Indirect Cost Distribution

The formula for distributing Indirect costs is dependent on the type of project to be performed:

  • Academic/Administrative Cost Center Projects
  • University Center Projects

Springfield campus academic/administrative Cost Center projects

These projects are performed by faculty or staff that originate and will be administered by an academic department or other administrative unit (not including Centers). The total Indirect costs collected for the project will be distributed as follows:

  • 35% to the Vice President for Research & Economic Development
  • 25% to the College or Administrative Cost Center
  • 15% to the Department
  • 10% to the Principal Investigator(s)
  • 5% to Financial Services
  • 5% to the ORA–Sponsored Research & Programs
  • 5% to the ORA–Research Compliance

University Center projects

Indirect costs collected for projects performed and administered by University Centers will be distributed as follows:

  • 70% to the University Center
  • 15% to the Vice President for Research & Economic Development
  • 5% to Financial Services
  • 5% to the ORA–Sponsored Research & Programs
  • 5% to the ORA–Research Compliance

Because University Centers are designed to be self supporting, the amount of funds distributed to the Principal Investigator(s) will be at the discretion of the Center Director.

West Plains campus projects

Indirect costs collected for projects performed and administered by the West Plains Campus will be distributed as follows:

  • 56% to West Plains Central Administration
  • 7% to West Plains Development Office
  • 7% to Principal Investigator(s)
  • 15% to the Vice President for Research & Economic Development
  • 5% to Financial Services
  • 5% to the ORA–Sponsored Research & Programs
  • 5% to the ORA–Research Compliance

Credit sharing plan

To ensure that the faculty and staff, and their home units, receive the recognition and rewards for their efforts, the credit sharing plan that follows will be used to identify the relative contributions of the individuals and their home units. During the development of a proposal, faculty and staff to be named as responsible for aspects of the project will assign themselves a percentage of shared credit according to their estimated contributions. This information will be included on the Internal Approval Form (IAF) “Percentage of Shared Credit” line. This system will be used to determine the distribution of Indirect Costs and to recognize the individuals and their home units in reports on external funding received by the University. 

Following are examples of how Indirect Costs would be distributed in conjunction with the Credit Sharing Plan:

Springfield campus academic/administrative department projects

The distribution percentages are based on the Academic/Administrative Cost Center distribution rates:

CREDIT SHAREDISTRIBUTION
PI/Co-PI UnitPI/Co-PI Cost CenterCredit ShareVP REDORA–
SRP
ORA–
RC
FSCost CenterUnitPI/Co-PI
Chemistry CNAS 40.00% 35.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 10.00% 6.00% 4.00%
Communication COAL 20.00%         5.00% 3.00% 2.00%
Counseling COED 10.00%         2.50% 1.50% 1.00%
Biomedical Sciences CHHS 10.00%         2.50% 1.50% 1.00%
Political Sciences CHPA 20.00%         5.00% 3.00% 2.00%

University Center projects

The distribution percentages are based on the Academic/Administrative Cost Center distribution rates:

CREDIT SHAREDISTRIBUTION
PI/Co-PI UnitPI/Co-PI Cost CenterCredit ShareVP REDORA–
SRP
ORA–
RC
FSCost CenterUnitPI/Co-PI
CAR CHPA 40.00% 15.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 0.00% 28.00% 0.00%
OEWRI CNAS 20.00%         0.00% 14.00% 0.00%
CBLS VPRED 10.00%         0.00% 7.00% 0.00%
CASE VPRED 10.00%         0.00% 7.00% 0.00%
CRPM CNAS 20.00%         0.00% 14.00% 0.00%

Because University Centers are designed to be self supporting, the amount of funds distributed to the Principal Investigator(s) will be at the discretion of the Center Director.

West Plains campus projects

The distribution percentages are based on the West Plains Campus distribution rates:

CREDIT SHAREDISTRIBUTION
PI/Co-PI UnitPI/Co-PI Cost CenterCredit ShareVP REDORA–
SRP
ORA–
RC
FSCost CenterUnitPI/Co-PI
Development West Plains 40.00% 15.00% 5.00% 5.00% 5.00% 56.00% 7.00% 2.80%
Development West Plains 20.00%             1.40%
Development West Plains 10.00%             0.70%
Development West Plains 10.00%             0.70%
Development West Plains 20.00%             1.40%

 Based on how West Plains has chosen to distribute their collected indirect, the Unit will remain constant as the Development Office.

Joint Springfield/Center/West Plains projects

The distribution percentages for both Academic/Administrative department Proposals AND University Center Projects are both used as follows:

CREDIT SHAREDISTRIBUTION
PI/Co-PI UnitPI/Co-PI Cost CenterCredit ShareVP REDORA–
SRP
ORA–
RC
FSCost CenterUnitPI/Co-PI
Chemistry CNAS 40.00% 21.00% 3.00% 3.00% 3.00% 15.00% 9.00% 4.00%
Communication COAL 20.00%             2.00%
CBLS VPRED 10.00% 3.00% 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% 0.00% 14.00% 0.00%
CPRM CNAS 10.00%             0.00%
Development West Plains 20.00% 3.00% 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% 11.20% 1.40% 1.40%