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Administrative Cost Working Group

Charge I Initiatives I Documents I Committee Members

Charge of the Committee
The administrative cost working group is focused on identifying ways to recover more of the administrative costs related to individual sponsored project activities. The primary interest in doing so is to address the faculty concern that too much of their time is spent dealing with administrative tasks rather than research.

The primary initiative is to identify those administrative tasks which are not generally clerical, but rather germane to the management of the projects and should therefore be allowable under the current version of A-21. The group will draft a white paper describing these project management tasks and to propose a pilot for FDP schools to consistently direct charge pro-rated costs to multiple awards at levels ranging from as low as 5 percent to 10 percent to 50 percent or higher based on the specific responsibilities of the individual contract or grant.  Feedback from faculty engaged in the pilot will determine whether or not additional steps should be taken, including those involving OMB.


Minutes from January 2011 Meeting

Minutes from August 2010 Meeting

Committee Members
 Committee Mailing List -

Member Organization
Sara Bible (co-chair) Stanford University
Jim Luther (co-chair) Duke University
John Wiest University of Alabama
Marv Paule Colorado State University
Gerri Bussell University of Tennessee, HSC
David Schmidt University of North Dakota
Johnna Kincaid University of Texas, HSC Houston
Jeanne Hermann University of Tennessee, HSC
Ren Ostrom University of Tennessee, HSC
Debbie Smith University of Tennessee, HSC
Tim Reuter Stanford University
Jerry Cohen University of Minnesota
Jeff Silber Cornell University
Debbie Rafi Office of Naval Research
Joe Ginhart Washington University
Jennifer Shambrook St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Julie Jarvis University of Illinois
Justo Torres University of Central Florida
Bruce Elliott Nortwestern University
Lisa Mosley Arizona State University
Panda Powell University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Marietta Harrison Purdue University
Jennifer Duncan University of Missouri
Tim Barbari Georgetown University
Joseph Eichberg University of Houston
Lawrence Sutter Michigan Technological University
Cindy Hope University of Alabama
Kelley O’Donoghue University of Rochester
Dan Evon Michigan State University