- How do I determine the F&A rate for a Non Profit sponsor?
A Non Profit sponsor usually provides F&A rate detail within the RFA/RFP, grant or budget instructions, or published grant guidelines. Check the sponsor’s website for these documents. If your application will be submitted via Proposal Central, you may download these documents with the application.
If the sponsor does not specify a rate, then the MCW’s Federal Negotiated Rate for the research location applies. If the sponsor specifies no indirect costs/F&A are allowed, then submit the application using “None” for the rate and base.
MCW’s DHHS Rate Agreement is located on the Office of Grants and Contracts website.
- My sponsor will not allow the budget to include cost of living increases. Or the sponsor requests the use of an indirect cost base type that is not included in eBridge. What should I do because my budget will not match the eBridge budget grids?
These types of situations, although rare, do happen occasionally. The GCO’s focus in these situations is to match the two budgets as closely as possible and to document each situation fully within the funding proposal.
First, collect the sponsor’s documentation which details the situation. Such documentation may include the sponsor’s grant application or budget instructions or, in the case when MCW will be a subcontractor, emails from the collaborating institution that is applying for the grant. Then contact the GCO Contact for that sponsor type for guidance. The GCO Contact will review the sponsor’s documentation and determine if more information is needed from the sponsor. We will then provide specific guidance on how to handle the situation in eBridge.
The GCO’s eBridge guidance will focus on matching the sponsor’s budget and eBridge budget grids as closely as possible. The sponsor’s application budget will be considered the “budget of record.” For example, when a sponsor does not allow for cost of living increases, it possible to adjust all eBridge budget grids except Page W. Personnel with the inflator option located at the top of the page. Page W does not feature an adjustable inflation option. When the sponsor requests an indirect cost base not available in eBridge, all direct costs may be matched and only the calculation of the indirect costs will be off. Before the funding proposal is submitted, make sure that the sponsor’s documentation you collected is uploaded on Page R at Question 10.0. When the funding proposal is awarded, the GCO Contact will again review the sponsor’s documentation and communicate the situation to Sponsored Programs for account set-up.
- What if a Non Profit sponsor states that it will not pay indirect costs or specifies an F&A rate that differs from MCW’s Federal Negotiated Rate?
MCW prefers to receive its applicable Federal Negotiated indirect cost rate because it takes into account the actual costs of conducting research at the college. However, MCW will honor a sponsor’s published F&A or indirect cost policy if the rate variance is documented and attached in the Funding Proposal. Please upload the documentation (such as the RFA/RFP, sponsor’s grant guideline or grant and/or budget instructions) within your eBridge funding proposal on Page R, question 10.0.
- How do I add a sponsor to the pick list on page I of the eBridge Funding Proposal module? What about subcontractors on page T?
If the name of your sponsor does not appear in the pick list in question 1.0 or 2.0 on page I of the eBridge Funding Proposal, you will need to request that your sponsor be added in Oracle. New sponsor information is validated by the Controller’s Office, set up in Oracle, and will then be made available for you to select within eBridge. To request a new sponsor, go to http://www.mcw.edu/eBridge/addnewsponsor.htm, complete the online form and click ‘submit.’ You will need the following pieces of information to complete the form: legal name of sponsor, tax ID, mailing address, and sponsor financial contact name, telephone number and email address.
If you are completing page T, question 6.1 of the eBridge Budget and your subcontractor does not appear in the pick list, you will need to request that your subcontractor be added as a supplier in Oracle. New suppliers/subcontractors are validated by Accounts Payable, set up within Oracle, and are then made available for you to select within eBridge. To request a new subcontractor, go to http://www.mcw.edu/eBridge/addnewsupplier.htm, complete the online form and click ‘submit.’ You will need the following pieces of information to complete the form: legal name of subcontractor, general description of what they will be providing, tax ID, mailing address, and subcontractor financial contact name, telephone number and email address.
- What is a Letter of Intent (LOI)? What does it contain?
A LOI is a document provided by an institution acknowledging their participation on a project. A LOI is used when an institution is submitting an application to a sponsor, and the investigator intends to collaborate with another institution on a portion of the project (the consortium/subcontracting site).
The LOI is signed by an appropriate institutional or administrative official of the subcontracting site, and contains details such as the name of the PI, proposed project dates, budget amount, applicable F&A rate, and a statement to the effect that: "The appropriate programmatic and administrative personnel of each organization involved in this grant application are aware of the consortium agreement policy and are prepared to establish the necessary inter-organizational agreement(s) consistent with that policy." The institutional signature on the LOI signifies that the proposed consortium participant(s) understand and agree with this statement. It is not sufficient for the PI at the consortium institution to sign the LOI, as only an administrative official has the authority to commit the institutional resources to the proposed collaboration. The NIH does not mandate a LOI be attached in applications; however, you must include a LOI for each consortium / subcontract sites on an MCW application. Please review the LOI Procedure Guide for additional instructions on how to submit a LOI with a paper application versus an eBridge Funding Proposal, which can be located on the Grants and Contracts website at Procedures Guides / NIH Federal Procedure Guides / Process.
- Who is responsible for drafting the Letter of Intent (LOI) if a PI wants to collaborate on a grant that another institution is applying for? How do I get a LOI for my collaboration with a PI at another institution?
Your Grants and Contracts (GCO) contact person will draft the LOI for applications where MCW is the subrecipient. You have to submit a Funding Proposal (FP) for a new Federal Pass-through application in eBridge, and then complete the following steps in order to request a LOI:
Follow the instructions in the eBridge Procedure Guide for Federal Pass-Through applications to complete the FP, available on the GCO website at: Procedure Guides / Non-NIH Federal Procedure Guides / Federal Pass-Through.
After the PDO approves the FP and the application moves into state Grants and Contracts Review, the “Request Letter of Intent” activity will become available for the PI, BS and PDA. One of these individuals needs to go into the FP Workspace and select “Request Letter of Intent” from the “My Activities” list on the left-hand side of the screen.
Complete the requested information in the “Request Letter of Intent” activity and click Submit. The necessary information needed is as follows:
Name of Principal Investigator at the Primary Sponsor/collaborating organization site who is serving as PI on the application (include degree info, MD or PhD, as applicable)
Legal name of the institution submitting the application to NIH or other agency (Primary Sponsor in eBridge)
Name of the administrative official at the collaborating institution to whom the LOI should be addressed
Department of the administrative official
Address of the administrative official
Telephone, fax and email address for administrative official at the Primary Sponsor site
After the information is completed, click Submit. An email notification that the LOI has been requested will go to the GCO Owner.
The GCO Owner (the staff member who supports the PI’s department) will draft the LOI using information from the activity, FP and budget, and will obtain institutional signature. After the FP receives AOR Approval, the GCO Owner will upload the signed LOI using the “Log Comment and Attach Documents” activity, and the signed LOI will be available to the PI, PT, BS and PDA in the History Log of the FP. Once the FP is moved to state Pending Sponsor Decision, the signed LOI can be sent with other application materials to the Primary Sponsor (the collaborating institution that is submitting the application to the NIH).
- Who needs to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) from another institution?
An Authorized institutional or administrative official from the subcontracting site must sign the LOI. It is not sufficient for the PI at the consortium institution to sign the LOI, as only an administrative official has the authority to commit the institutional resources to the proposed collaboration.