F&A and the Cost of Research

Latest Developments on Proposal to Restrict F&A Payments

August 2017 Update:  COGR joined with over 100 other organizations Monday on a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to oppose the proposed cuts to NIH funding and facilities and administrative (F&A) costs in the Administration's FY18 budget. 

Among other things, the letter states that "If the Administration’s proposal to reduce NIH support for F&A moves forward, it will make research unaffordable for many institutions and ultimately lead to less research carried out across the country", and that "the economic impact could also be significant; communities will lose jobs, and the country will fall behind as our foreign competitors forge ahead in medical research. These consequences will hurt patients, scientists, and all Americans."

*Sent to COGR Listserv 8/24/17

F&A - What Is It and How Does it Work?

Due to recent concerns raised over Facilities and Administrative Costs, COGR staff has prepared the following documents to help explain and clarify what F&A costs are and how the system works.

F&A Primer

F&A Talking Points

COGR One Pager on F&A

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost of Research Infographic

​Comparing Foundations to Federal Research Support

Testimony

James Luther, COGR Board Chair and Associate Vice President of Finance and Compliance Officer at Duke University, testified on Capitol Hill on May 24, 2017 on "Examining the Overhead Costs of Research."  

Watch the full hearing

Transcript of Oral Testimony

Written Testimony

Responses to Additional Questions