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F&A Resources

The Trump administration proposed a 10 percent cap on reimbursements of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on National Institutes of Health grants in its FY18 budget. This proposal also received support from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and some members of Congress. NACUBO has been actively engaging in advocacy on this issue to educate these officials on the importance of F&A reimbursements to the life-saving research taking place on college and university campuses. The resources below are designed to help business officers explain the intricacies of F&A on their own campuses and to the general public.


Facilities & Adminstrative Rate Short-Form Course

This 2.5-hour self-study course is a must-see for schools preparing the facilities and administrative rate short form. The first module offers an overview and guidance on the calculation; the second provides specific considerations and indirect cost pools. The final module takes an inside look into the F&A short-form calculation and proposal.


Subscription Service

A Guide to Managing Federal Grants for Colleges and Universities is a comprehensive resource for college- and university-sponsored research administrators managed by Thompson Grants, a division of CBIS. The subscription is designed to help those responsible for federal fund management on campus perform effectively during one of the most challenging periods ever for the field of grants management. In addition to the normal risks that colleges and universities face, OMB grant reforms have changed the way you must handle time and effort reporting, procurement under grants, direct charging certain costs, single audit preparations, subrecipient monitoring, and much more.

NACUBO members receive $100 off the subscription. Contact client services at (800) 677-3789 or by emailing to order.


Bryan Dickson

Assistant Director, Advocacy and Student Financial Services



Megan Schneider

Assistant Director, Federal Affairs



House Lawmakers Reject Trump F&A Proposal

July 21, 2017

Facilities and administrative cost reimbursements for National Institutes of Health grants have been explicitly protected by provisions in a publicly released draft of the Health and Human Services FY18 funding bill. Lawmakers called proposed caps “misguided” and “devastating.” However, the bill has yet to be voted on by the full House.

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  • October 27, 2017

    House Holds Hearing on F&A Costs

    Congressional budget writers have pushed back on the president’s proposal to limit payments, but debate continues around the role NIH facilities and administrative cost reimbursements play in supporting the work of grant-funded research.

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Upcoming Events

  • February 20, 2019

    Legislative Lunchcast: A Washington Update from NACUBO (February 2019)

    The latest from the federal affairs team.

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    2019 Unrelated Business Income Tax

    February 27 - March 1 | Savannah

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Press Releases

  • July 30, 2018

    NACUBO Names New President and CEO

    Susan Whealler Johnston, Ph.D., is NACUBO’s first female CEO

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  • July 30, 2018

    NACUBO Names New President and CEO

    Susan Whealler Johnston, Ph.D., is NACUBO’s first female CEO

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