Current and Historical Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rates

The MIT fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Click on the fiscal year for the applicable rate agreement.

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    Research Accounts (1) Fund Accounts (2)
Period Rate Type On-Campus Off-Campus On-Campus Off-Campus
FY 2016 Provisional 56.00% 5.20% 56.00% 5.20%
FY 2015 Fixed 56.00% 5.00% 56.00% 5.00%
FY 2014 Fixed 56.00% 4.50% 56.00% 4.50%
FY 2013 Fixed 56.00% 4.50% 56.00% 4.50%
FY 2012 Fixed 60.50% 5.00% 60.50% 5.00%
FY 2011 Fixed 67.50% 5.50% 67.50% 5.50%
FY 2010 Fixed 68.00% 6.50% 68.00% 6.50%

(1) F&A rates are applied to a modified total direct costs (MTDC) base.
(2) F&A rates are applied to all Salaries & Wages and associated Employee Benefits, excluding all faculty and students, plus 10% on a non-personnel fund-fee base.

Overview of the F&A Rate Process

  • Allowable indirect costs are assigned to one of the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost pools
  • Each F&A pool is allocated across three Direct Cost Objectives (functions):
  • The F&A rate is equal to the total F&A costs allocated to research divided by the modified total direct costs (MTDC) of research
  • The F&A cost charged to a project is equal to the F&A rate times the MTDC of the sponsored research project
  • See a more detailed description of the F&A rate process.

Use of de minimis F&A rate

At this time, MIT does not have a federally negotiated F&A rate for non-research activities, which include Instruction and Other Sponsored Activity.  Since MIT has never had such a rate, OMB’s Uniform Guidance (UG) allows us to charge a de minimis F&A rate of 10% MTDC on non-research activity funded by Federal awards. UG also specifies that the rate must be used consistently for all Federal awards until such time as a federal rate for such activity is negotiated.

For non-research activity funded by Federal sponsors, MIT will propose and charge the de minimis 10% MTDC rate, unless a different amount is allowed under Federal terms (e.g. NIH Training Grants).

For non-research activity funded by non-federal sponsors, MIT will propose and charge Fund Account Overhead Rates.