What is it?
A fee component of all research contracts, contribution agreements, and grants where permissible, to account for indirect costs incurred during the performance of research. These indirect costs are those that cannot be readily identified with the research and relate to the administration and operation of the University.
Why is it important?
The amount of overhead is determined as per the policy, finalized by the Carleton Office of Research Initiatives and Services (CORIS), and then managed by Research Accounting, Financial Services. Collected overhead is distributed to the University, faculty, department, and researcher according to the formula laid out in the policy and is used to support a variety of activities including further research or programming initiatives.
Where do I find more information?
For further information, review the Indirect Costs of Research policy.