Quick Reference Guide
Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno
Office of Sponsored Projects
1664 North Virginia Street
204 Ross Hall/Mail Stop 325
Reno, NV 89557-0325
Grant applications must arrive at OSP a minimum of five business days prior to the submission deadline and must be entered into InfoEd and routed for internal approvals through InfoEd. Application packages should include the following:
- Completed MANDATORY OSP-1 Transmittal eform.
- Complete proposal including scope of work, budget and budget justification.
- Complete URL or uploaded copy of RFP/FOA/program announcement.
- If cost match required, a completed and signed OSP-11 Cost Share form and letters of commitment for any third party cost share (upload to InfoEd proposal record).
- Documentation of sponsor's F&A rate (if it varies from the full, applicable UNR rate).
Charlene Hart, Assistant Vice President, Research Administration
Karen Smith, Manager, Pre-Award
Samir Mehtaji, Manager, Post-Award
Effective Date: 8/1/02
Cognizant Federal Agency:
Dept of Health & Human Services
Office of Inspector General
Office of Audit Services, Region IX
San Francisco, CA 94102
Point of Contact: Robert Lee, (415) 437-7823
Cognizant Federal Auditor:
Department of Education
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington DC, 20202
The following provisional F&A rates are effective 07/01/2016 until amended by UNR's new indirect cost rate agreement. The below rates should be used on all proposals submitted to federal and nonfederal agencies and organizations for research and instruction grants and contracts and other sponsored activities:
|07/01/16 - 06/30/17||Research||43.5%||On-Campus|
|07/01/17 - 06/30/20||Research||44%||On-Campus|
|07/01/16 - 06/30/20||Research||26%||Off-Campus*|
|07/01/16 - 06/30/17||Instruction||53%||On-Campus|
|07/01/17 - 06/30/20||Instruction||51.3%||On-Campus|
|07/01/16 - 06/30/20||Instruction||26%||Off-Campus*|
|07/01/16 - 06/30/17||Other||31%||On-Campus|
|07/01/17 - 06/30/20||Other||35%||On-Campus|
|07/01/16 - 06/30/17||Other||25.6%||Off-Campus*|
|07/01/17 - 06/30/20||Other||26%||Off-Campus*|
Note: As indicated in the above table, the F&A rates do not change until 07/01/17.
New Proposals: A proposal submitted now is likely to be awarded 07/01/17 or later; therefore, it is strongly recommended that proposal submissions immediately begin using the F&A rates taking effect 07/01/17. This will ensure that the proposed F&A amount coincides with the F&A rate applied to the account upon award setup (if award starts 07/01/17).
New Awards: For awards received prior to 07/01/17 with a project start date prior to 07/01/17, the current F&A rate (those in effect through 06/30/17) will apply to the first project year, and the new F&A rate (those taking effect 07/01/17) will apply to the outlying project years. For awards received 07/01/17 and beyond, the applicable F&A rate taking effect 07/01/17 will apply (regardless of F&A rate used in proposal).
Supplement to existing award: Rate on existing account will apply to supplement budget.
Continuation (when multiple budget years previously submitted): Rate used in original proposal will apply to continuation years.
Continuation (when single budget year previously submitted): New rates will apply to budgets submitted for outlying years with a start date of 07/01/17.
Carryforward: Rate on existing account will apply.
F&A is calculated on modified total direct costs (MTDC) which excludes the following expenditures:
- Participant support
- Capital expenditures
- Equipment (any one item over $5,000)
- Patient care
- Rental costs of off-site facilities
- Scholarships and fellowships
- Subcontract portion in excess of $25,000
- Tuition remission
*Per the University of Nevada, Reno's F&A rate agreement, an off-campus rate is applicable only when a project meets the following definition of off-campus: "An off-campus program is one where the preponderance of the program is conducted by the University (1) in leased facilities where space related costs (e.g., rent, utilities and maintenance) are charged directly to the program, or (2) in facilities made available (at no costs) to the program by a non-university organization, or (3) a minimum of 50 miles away from the University over an uninterrupted period of time in excess of 90 days per program year for field work. Short duration events such as workshops are generally considered to be on-campus."
When budgeting salaries in sponsored project proposals, please use the following fringe benefit rates*:
|"A" or "B" contract faculty (contract days)||35%|
|"B" contract faculty (non-contract days) with retirement||18.5%|
|"B" contract faculty (non-contract days) without retirement||4%|
|Letter of appointment||10%|
|Letter of appointment with benefits||27%|
|Student or hourly employee||2%|
*Fringe rates are averages. Rates revised July 2016.
|Assistantship Type||Minimum Monthly||Maximum Monthly||Tuition Rate|
- Graduate assistantships must provide tuition remission and are not subject to non-resident fees.
- Average credit load is 9 credits per semester plus 3 credits in the summer for a total of 21 credits per year. Credits requested can range from 6-12 per semester, though. A minimum of 6 credits per semester is required to maintain assistantship eligibility.
- Graduate assistant health insurance is included in the 16% fringe benefit rate used for grant proposal budgeting.
Further assistantship information can be found at the graduate school.
- EIN/University Tax ID#: 88-6000024
- EIN# FOR DHHS: 188-6000024A1
- DUNS Number: 14-651-5460 (for Grants.gov, key in without dashes: 146515460)
- CAGE Code: 00ZM7
- Legislative District: NV-002
- Vendor #: D35000816
Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno
- Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno
- Bd of Regents of the NSHE on behalf of the Univ of NV, Reno
- BOR, NSHE, obo UNR
For a list of eligible non-contract faculty days (Overload Calendar), please access the human resources website.
1664 North Virginia Street
204 Ross Hall/Mail Stop 325
Reno, NV 89557
Note: When preparing a National Science Foundation proposal in FastLane, use 89557-0001 for the zip code.
Effective December 1, 2016, the minimum annual salary for a full-time postdoctoral scholar will increase to $47,476 ($3,956.33 per month). Please begin using this minimum salary level immediately for sponsored project proposals that contain postdoctoral salaries.
Human Subjects Number: 00002306. See the research integrity office for further information about human research protection.
Animal Welfare Assurance Number: (Issued by OLAW): D16-00311. Expiration Date: 4/30/17.
Note: There are expenses associated with the use of lab animals in research. Investigators who plan to use animals in their sponsored research are strongly urged to contact the UNR Office of Animal Resources to discuss animal use expenses so that these expenses can be properly accounted for in the research proposal budget.
USDA Research Registration No. 88-R-0005 (next renewal 12/22/18)
The UNR animal care and use programs fully accredited by AAALAC, International.
Tourism, Gaming, and Entertainment:
- Center for online gaming
- Intellectual capital of global gaming
- Gaming Manufacturing
- Diversifying into niche tourism markets
- Retirees and second hand home owners
- Film and Media
- Renewable component manufacturing
- Expanding transmission capacity
- Advancing and internationalizing geothermal development
- Energy efficiency upgrading
- Water technology
Health and Medical Services:
- Surgical specialties
- Geriatrics and related services
- Disaggregation of medical service delivery
- Leveraging a strong medical/health sector to build other emerging industries
Aerospace and Defense:
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) supply, assembly and testing
- Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul(MRO) of aircraft systems
Mining, Materials and Manufacturing:
- Expanding participation in upstream mining activities
- Medium-value mineral supply chain development
- Manufacture of advanced composite materials
- Organizing and marketing of manufacturing base
Business IT Ecosystems:
- Call centers/customer service and back office/BPO/shared services
- E-commerce operations/headquarters
- Corporate Data Centers
- Cloud computing/high-performance computing
- Cyber security
Logistics and Operations:
- Warehousing and distribution
- Advanced logistics
- Air cargo
- Integrated manufacturing-distribution
- Assembly manufacturing
- Food processing operations
- Freight transportation (ground and rail)
Additional Promising Possibilities:
- Intangibles and Financial Enterprises
Research is defined as activities that are organized to produce outcomes that contribute to new knowledge. This expansion of knowledge can lead to a better understanding of the discipline. This will also include activities involving the training of individuals in research techniques where activities share facilities that are used for research and development.
Research generally has the hallmarks of data collection that may or may not occur within the confines of a laboratory. Research typically involves analysis of data that leads to a dissemination activity such as a report for the sponsor who may then use the data publicly, privately or in a presentation or publication.
Research can be divided into three categories: basic, applied or developmental.
Research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind.
Examples of basic research:
- A study to determine what affects blood coagulation
- A study of the properties of molecules under various heat and cold conditions
- A study of the heart chambers of various fish species
Research conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.
Examples of applied research:
- A study on how a new chicken pox vaccine affects blood coagulation
- A study investigating the properties of particular substances under various heat and cold conditions with the objective of finding longer-lasting components for highway pavement
- A study examining various levels of a toxic substance to determine the maximum safe level for fish in a stream
The systematic use of the knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes.
Examples of developmental research:
- A clinical trial to test a newly developed chicken pox vaccine
- A study to test a newly developed highway pavement under various types of heat and cold conditions
- A study to develop a new stream monitoring system that will incorporate research findings on toxicity levels for fish
Instruction is defined as teaching activities that may be offered for credit towards a degree or certificate. This may include noncredit classes that are offered through a regular academic department. Generally, there will be a student to teacher relationship.
The focus of instruction generally involves the student receiving credit for the instructional activity. This credit could be in the form of actual college credits or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for professional students. Curriculum development and effort to improve teaching methods is included in the definition of instruction.
Examples of instruction:
- College preparation activities
- Development of college-level educational materials
- Professional instruction/education that may or may not lead to a CPE certificate
- Leadership training or activities
Other Sponsored Activity
Other sponsored activity is defined as any project that addresses the university's public service mission. Projects classified as "other" or "public service" are not instruction or research. Other sponsored activity projects will have hallmarks like economic development in the community, rural health or demonstration activities or techniques that focus on outreach. Often, sponsor designed testing or analysis where no reporting or analysis of data occurs.
Examples of other sponsored activities:
- Museum displays or exhibits
- Extension activities that disseminate information about conservation or agriculture
- Symposiums or lectures
- Arts programs
- Community or rural health projects where services or initiatives are directed to a particular group of people
- Sponsor designed testing or analysis where no reporting or analysis of data occurs
- K-12 education projects