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Research Incentive Distribution Models

Funded project budgets that include full indirect costs may redistribute a portion of the recovered indirect costs to the investigator. Ohio University has policies (19.053 and 19.056) which direct distribution of a portion of the recovered indirect costs back to the principal investigator, center, department, and college associated with the funded proposal. These funds are deposited into Research Incentive (RI) accounts, specific to the PI/PD, center, department, and college based on the distribution models described below. Allocation of research incentive funds are made available on a monthly basis during the project period.

RI funds are managed directly by the named account holder and are subject to the policies and procedures that govern expenditures in the University financial management system. The use of RI funds is restricted to the enhancement of activities related to the funded project and/or to assist in the development of new projects. Funds may be used for, but not limited to, the costs of writing new proposals, travel associated with the development of proposals for external funding, pilot studies for new projects, equipment, student support, and professional development. Funds unspent at the end of the fiscal year may be appropriated and made available in the subsequent fiscal year.

Submission through an Ohio University Board of Trustees approved center or institute, or through a department or school impacts which distribution model may be employed. In addition, pre-approved modification of the below models may occur if granted by the Assistant Vice President for Research, Mo Valentine, or by the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Dr. Joseph Shields. The approved reduction agreement will be reflected in the distribution formula presented in the electronic award letter notification.

 

Department Distribution Model:

For awards made to Ohio University (which include indirect costs as a budget line) that declare the project is being administered (at time of submission through the electronic Transmittal Form) through an academic DEPARTMENT of the institution, 100% of the revenues will be distributed as follows:

100% - College 
  18% - Principal Investigator 
    7% - Department 
  18% - VPR Investment Fund


To calculate (using $100,000 as the total indirect cost amount), apply the percentages above to calculate recovery amounts as labeled: Example: To find the PI portion: Take $100,000 x 0.18 = $18,000.

 

Center or Institute Distribution Model:

For awards made to Ohio University (which include indirect costs as a budget line) that declare the project is being administered (at time of submission through the electronic Transmittal Form) through a Board of Trustees approved CENTER or INSTITUTE, 100% of the revenues will be distributed as follows:

100% - College 
      14% - Principal Investigator 
        7% - Department 
      30% - Center 
      18% - VPR Investment Fund 

To calculate (using $100,000 as the total indirect cost amount), apply the percentages above to calculate recovery amounts as labeled: Example: To find the PI portion: Take $100,000 x 0.14 = $14,000.

For questions regarding the distribution of recovered indirect costs, please contact ORSP@ohio.edu or call 740-597-ORSP (6777).