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Applicant Address

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
Phone: 775-784-4040
Fax: 775-784-6680
E-Mail: ospadmin@unr.edu

Application Process

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).

Authorized Signatures

Charlene Hart, Assistant Vice President, Research Administration

Karen Smith, Manager, Pre-Award

Samir Mehtaji, Manager, Post-Award

Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statement

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

F&A Rates

The following F&A rates are effective 12/12/2012 - 06/30/2016 and 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:

ActivityOn-CampusOff-Campus*
Research43.5%26%
Instruction53%26%
Other31%25.6%

The University of Nevada, Reno calculates F&A 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 from field work. Short duration events such as workshops are generally considered to be on-campus."

Fringe Benefit Rates

When budgeting salaries, use the following fringe benefit rates:

Appointment TypeRate
"A" or "B" contract faculty (contract days)31%
"B" contract faculty (non-contract days) with retirement17.25%
"B" contract faculty (non-contract days) without retirement4%
Postdoc27%
Classified41%
Graduate assistant15%
Letter of appointment10%
Letter of appointment with benefits27%
Student or hourly employee2%

Detailed fringe benefit information.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Salary & Tuition

Current Minimum salary: $1,550 per month for a 20-hour (50% FTE) assistantship.

Note: Effective July 1, 2015, the minimum salary will increase to $1,650 per month for a 20-hour (50% FTE) assistantship. For projects with a proposed start date of July 1, 2015 and beyond, please use the $1,650 per month rate when preparing proposal budgets.

Current Maximum salary: $2,363.88 per month for a 20-hour assistantship. (Corresponds to the minimum A contract, rank II academic faculty salary at 50% FTE.)

Assistantships must be provided tuition and are not subject to non-resident fees.

Insurance: Included in the 15% fringe rate charged against GA salaries.

Tuition rates: $187.04 per credit for a 20-hour assistantship, $140.28 for a 15-hour assistantship and $93.52 for a 10-hour assistantship.

Average credit load: 9 credits per semester with 3 credits in the summer for a total of  21 credits per year. However, credits requested per GA range from 6 to 12 per semester. A minimum of 6 credits per semester is required to maintain assistantship eligibility.

Further assistantship information can be found at the graduate school.

Institution Numbers

  • 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

Legal Name

Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education, on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno

Acceptable abbreviations:

  • 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

Non-contract Days for Faculty

For a list of eligible non-contract faculty days (Overload Calendar), please access the human resources website.

Physical Address

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.

Regulatory Compliance

Human Subjects Number: 00002306. See the research integrity office for further information about human research protection.

Animal Welfare Assurance Number: (Issued by OLAW): A3500-01. Expiration Date: 4/30/17

USDA Inspection Date: 4/28/09

Industry Clusters

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

Clean Energy:

  • 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:

  • Agriculture
  • Intangibles and Financial Enterprises

Sponsored Project Program Types

Research

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 development.

Basic Research

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

Applied Research

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

Development Research

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 development 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

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

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