Considering Indirect Costs

Research requires both direct and indirect investments. Operational maintenance of research infrastructure requires reinvestment on a significant scale.

Indirect costs support many institutional functions of the University, including:

  • Space and utilities (electricity, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, as well as plans for and finances new research spaces)
  • Core facilities (janitorial services, Facilities and Management Planning, Computing & Communication Services, hazardous waste disposal, campus security and health services)
  • Library services (acquisitions, maintenance costs, etc.)
  • Research financial services (personnel, financial management utilities, like FAST, Banner, etc.)
  • Research compliance and regulatory requirements (Research Compliance Office, Animal Care Facility)
  • Payroll
  • Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) (Research Office personnel, cuResearch, research development funding, etc.)
  • Occupational safety
  • Liability insurance
  • Laboratory/office furniture
  • Advanced Research Computing

These indirect costs must be included in budget requests to external sponsors of research. Carleton’s Indirect Costs Policy states that indirect costs will be recovered as follows: