New Electronic Indirect Cost Waiver Process

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is implementing, effective today, July 6, 2021, a new electronic process for indirect cost (IDC) waivers. Indirect costs are also referred to as F&A and Overhead costs.

When developing a project budget, it is important to review the University’s approved IDC rates to determine the applicable indirect cost rate for the type of research or sponsored project being proposed. 

Before using a rate that is less than the University’s IDC rate and less than what the sponsor formally requires in a published RFP or policy, institutional approval must be obtained.  An IDC Waiver must be approved by the Dean of the school or University-level Center/Institute Director and may require additional approval from the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research (SVCR).

This chart outlines the required approvals needed for an IDC Waiver Request.  


Total Proposal Budget

Requires Approval by the Dean or University-level Center/Institute Director

Requires Approval by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research (SVCR)

$50,000 or less


Not Required

Over $50,000



IDC Waivers must be requested at the proposal stage by the department by completing an “IDC Waiver Request” in MyFunding (see Quick Guide instructions).  To ensure timely submission of proposals, IDC Waiver Requests should be submitted as far in advance of the proposal deadline as possible, and by no later than 4 business days before the proposal’s due date. Requests will not be considered after the proposal has been submitted to the sponsor.

For more information, see the OSP website and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


Tuesday, July 6, 2021