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University of Idaho
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Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
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Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

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Morrill Hall Room 209
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

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Food Research Center
860 W. Idaho Ave, #201
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Email: ott@uidaho.edu

Web: OTT

F&A Distribution Information

As determined by the Division of Finance and Administration, a portion of F&A revenue received is provided to the associated college(s) at the end of each fiscal year. The methods for determining the distribution of the revenue are as follows:

  • Base distribution model: 25% of the revenue generated by index is provided to the college based on the associated department on the index.
  • Phase 1 (Institute Affiliation) model: Same as above, but if the proposal indicates affiliation with an institute or use of its resources then an additional 25% of the revenue generated is provided to the associated institute(s).
  • Phase 2 (Multi-College): For use only when PI and one or more co-PIs are from different colleges. This method specifies how the 25% college revenue is split between the colleges and overrides any index-based splits. Institute affiliation (if any) revenue does not change.

Phase 1

Phase I of the F&A distribution updates went into effect July 1, 2022, and is focused on F&A distribution for proposals and projects affiliated with one or more ORED-administered Level 3 Research Institutes.

Dear U of I Principal Investigators,

I’m writing to you today to let you know of a change in F&A distribution for research that is affiliated with one or more of the ORED-administered Level 3 Research Institutes.

Effective July 1st, new awards that are affiliated with an institute will have F&A distributed 50% Central – 25% College(s) of PI(s) – 25% Institute. This compares with the “normal” F&A distribution or proposals that are not affiliated with an institute, which remains unchanged at 75% Central – 25% College(s) of PI(s). This new distribution has these major impacts:

  • Colleges will receive the same F&A distribution whether a proposal is affiliated with an institute or not – this removes a prior concern with institute research reducing funding to colleges. All deans are supportive of PIs participating in institute research and affiliating proposals with institutes, where appropriate (criteria described below)
  • All institutes have the same F&A distribution, resulting in greater simplicity
  • The F&A distribution applies to all F&A received, regardless of source (industry, federal, etc)
  • F&A supplied to the institutes will be used to support institute missions, including critical university research infrastructure, such as research computing.

Concurrently with this change, we are now requiring that all proposals that will use the personnel, facilities, or other resources of any institutes affiliate with the institutes involved. This affiliation will trigger the 50-25-25 F&A split, returning more F&A to the university research mission. The affiliation can be created in two ways upon VERAS submission:

  1. In VERAS Part 3, the proposal can be submitted with the institute as the submitting organization. This will place financial responsibility of administering the grant with the institute and is currently the mechanism for “submitting through an institute”. For PIs who currently affiliate with an institute through this mechanism, you will likely continue to do this and not see a change in your normal submission process.
  2. In VERAS “Other” Section, a new question will be added with check-boxes to indicate if the research will use any institute facilities, personnel, or resources. Checking this box will trigger the correct F&A split, but financial responsibility for administering the grant will not change (that is, it can remain with the College/Center/Department). For PIs who currently do not submit through institutes, but who use institute facilities or services, this is the mechanism you will use to create an institute affiliation and trigger the correct F&A distribution.

PIs should continue to have grants administered by their normal unit – PIs currently submitting through Institutes may continue and PIs currently submitting through colleges should continue to do that. To avoid overwhelming institute grant administrators, PIs should get approval of institute directors before naming an institute as the primary submitting organization in Part 3.

I encourage any PIs with questions about this, including whether they should affiliate with one or more institutes to first reach out to the institute director involved for a discussions. The institutes that this change covers includes:

  • Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) – Barrie Robison, Director
  • Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI) – Holly Wichman, Director
  • Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) – Brian Small, Director
  • Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) – Claudio Berti, Director
  • Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) – John Russell, Associate Director
  • Institute for Health and the Human Ecosystem (IHHE) – Shirley Luckhart, Director
  • Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) – Brad Ritts, Interim Director

Some examples of the research resources related to the facilities above include: the Computational Resources Core, the Genomics Resources Core, the Modeling Core, the Northwest Knowledge Network, Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, Moscow Aquatic Animal Research Facility.

I am also happy to answer questions and any of us would be delighted to join any faculty meeting to talk about institutes and potential collaborations. Additionally a few FAQs are appended below.

Thank you all for your great work in support of the university’s research enterprise and our efforts to better develop university research facilities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

Best Regards,

  • Brad Ritts

Phase 1 FAQs

Yes, multiple institutes can be selected in the “Other” section of the VERAS submission. When multiple institutes are selected, institute directors will agree on the F&A split between institutes.

The 25% “college” distribution is the same for PIs whether it is Institute-affiliated (50-25-25 split) or not (75-25 split). That is, the distribution to the PIs normal administrative unit is unchanged, whether a proposal is submitted in affiliation with an institute or not. For example, IGS employees, who are not appointed in colleges, continue to have the 25% “college” distribution made directly to their appointment unit, IGS. Similarly, a CAES proposal from an Idaho Falls Center PI typically will have the “college” distribution made to the Idaho Falls Center (50 Central – 25 IF Center – 25 CAES) In contrast, a Moscow-based PI affiliated with CAES will typically have the college distribution made to one of the academic colleges. Currently this “normal” distribution follows grant account location. Future changes in F&A distribution over the future fiscal years may change how this is tracked.

Institutional F&A distribution is only made to the college level. Onward distributions of F&A are controlled by colleges, centers, and institutes. These distributions vary across the colleges and are not controlled by central or ORED procedures. Consult your chair, dean, or institute director for how F&A distribution is handled in your unit.

Yes, your college will get the same F&A distribution, whether your grant is affiliated with an institute or not. Further, colleges should claim full “credit” in whatever way is necessary for the work of their faculty and all of the institutes will support each college in developing a full picture of contributions by its faculty. The institutes exist to provide facilities, services, and communities that enable greater success of college faculty.

No, this will impact awards beginning on 1 July, 2021.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of the F&A distribution updates, effective Oct. 28, 2022, is focused on proposals and projects affiliated with more than one college, referred to here as ‘multi-college projects.’

MEMORANDUM

TO: Leadership, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

FROM: Christopher Nomura, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

DATE: September 12, 2022

SUBJECT: F&A Distribution for Multi-college sponsored projects

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dear Leadership, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators,

In order to allow for a clear and explicit F&A split in multi-college proposals, college deans and VPRED Nomura agreed in 2021 to define college F&A distributions on proposal submissions as part of broader interdisciplinary project F&A changes. This agreement is now being implemented with a new question in the VERAS proposal application form to address F&A revenue splits for interdisciplinary projects affiliated with more than one college. In preparation for this, we are providing a set of FAQs below to ensure that there is a full understanding of the process before we go live with implementation.

In particular, please note the changes in effect for when each PI has their own fund and index because this may affect how those are dealt with by your unit going forward.

If you have concerns or other feedback about any of the FAQs or would like a Q&A Zoom session to discuss the details, please email osp@uidaho.edu.

Phase 2 FAQs

The process was designed to simplify, automate where possible, and communicate to stakeholders when PIs and co-PIs from different colleges have agreed upon a split of any F&A revenue generated by a sponsored project.

At the proposal stage the PIs determine the agreed-upon split and indicate the split in the proposal application form as “XX% college 1; XX% college 2, etc.” Splits must be in 10% increments.

The post award team will set up a Banner code for F&A distribution that reflects the requested split. That code will be reflected on the Award Setup Detail report in Argos with a descriptive title.

For those projects needing a split that were submitted, but not awarded, prior to the question being available the split will be able to be designated when the PI returns their routing memo (award notice). OSP will include a question on the split in that memo.

As expenses post to the account and generate revenue the Banner system calculates the F&A allocation based on the split for all indexes. This will mean that if you have multiple indexes they will calculate using the same formula, no matter how much funding has been assigned. Example: PI 1 gets $50,000; PI 2 gets $50,000 as requested and budgeted for their separate indexes. If the agreed-upon split has been designated in Banner as 60/40, then the F&A revenue generated by either will be split 60/40.

No. It is important that any decisions about splits be made before the approvals process begin in order to not delay proposal submission. OSP will not arbitrate any disputes on the split and colleges are responsible for designing and implementing any internal approvals process prior to the signature process moving forward.

Yes. OSP has created an “Application Find Option” in VERAS under “Find a Proposal” called “F&A revenue split.” When this option is used, and any other filters added the search will only bring back proposals where the answer to the question of whether the funds are to be split is listed as “yes.” Results are limited to those departments or colleges associated with the person doing the search.

No. The split will stay the same throughout the life of the project, including for any supplemental or continuation funding. Any adjustments will be made between the colleges.

OSP has created an “Award Detail Report” that is sent out to the PI and grant administrators at setup and that can be run directly from Argos if needed. That report will include a descriptive title of the code being used for the split, such as 40% Ag, 60% Engr.

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6689

Email: vpresearch@uidaho.edu

Web: ORED

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

Web: ORA Website

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 209
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

Web: OSP Website

Map

Physical Address:
Food Research Center
860 W. Idaho Ave, #201
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Email: ott@uidaho.edu

Web: OTT