F&A Agreement

Current F&A Rate Agreement: Dated October 12, 2018
Negotiated with Department of Health and Human Services. View F&A Rate Agreement document
Janet Turner, (415) 437-7820

Sponsored Activity Effective Period
FY 2017
(July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)
FY 2018
(July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)
FY 2019
(July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019*)
Organized Research 54% 55% 56%
Other Sponsored Activities 35% 38% 38%
Instruction 37% 40% 40%
Off-Campus (all functions) 26% 26% 26%
Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) 8% 8% 8%

*From July 1, 2019 until amended, use FY 2019 rates.

Current Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated October 12, 2018 (PDF)
Previous Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated May 3, 2017 (PDF)
Previous Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated April 27, 2011 (PDF)
Previous Facilities and Administrative Rate Agreement document, dated February 28, 2007 (PDF)


On May 3, 2017, the University of California and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the responsible Federal audit agency) entered into a new facilities and administrative (F&A) cost rate agreement for UCLA. This agreement establishes facilities and administrative cost rates for the period July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. It supersedes the agreement dated April 27, 2011. The agreement was revised on October 12, 2018 to formally approve Composite Benefit Rates "CBR". No changes were made to F&A rates with this revision.

These facilities and administrative cost rates are applied to a Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) base. MTDC consists of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel and the first $25,000 of each subaward (subgrant and subcontract) regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract. Equipment (defined as a tangible item with a useful life of at least one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit), alterations and renovations, charges for patient care, student tuition remission, space rental costs, scholarships and fellowships, as well as the portion of each subaward in excess of $25,000 are excluded from the MTDC calculation. Please note that if the subaward is issued to another UC campus, the full amount of the subaward is excluded from the MTDC calculation.*

Although negotiated with the federal government, these rates should be used in all contract, grant and subcontract proposals submitted to all extramural sponsors. The exceptions are those industry-sponsored studies that meet the campus definition for clinical trials and qualify for the application of a special 26% rate approved by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Exceptions to the federal negotiated F&A rates have also been approved by UCOP for certain non-profit organizations. Please contact your C&G Contact for details.

The on-campus rate should be used for all research conducted in buildings owned by or leased by The Regents of the University of California. The off-campus rate should be used only when work is either done at facilities owned or leased by other organizations, or in a building for which rent is being directly charged to the project.

If a project involves work at on-campus and off-campus sites, a single rate should generally be applied. That rate, either the on or off-campus rate consistent with the location where the majority of the salary costs are expended. The use of both on-campus and off-campus rates for a given project may be justified only if the following criteria are met:

  • The salaries paid to UCLA employees under the project exceed $250,000; and
  • At least 25% or more of the total costs can be clearly identified with each rate

If a project involves more than one type of work (e.g., both research and training), a single rate must be applied, reflective of the type of work that makes up the majority of the project.

Page Last Updated: June 5, 2019