Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs are a single value and do not require justification in the case for support or the Justification of Resources.

Indirect costs cover the costs of the Research Organisation’s management and administrative services, including the personnel and finance departments, library, central computing and some departmental services; plus elements of academic research support time.

Applicants should obtain these costs from their Research Organisation (RO). They will be calculated by institutions using their own cost rates and these will vary across institutions.

If the proposal is for more than one organisation, for example has Co-Investigators from multiple organisations, the component parts of the Indirect cost for each organisation should be costed separately and added together to be entered as a single composite cost.   

If the proposal is part of a Joint proposal and separate proposal forms are being submitted (applicable to BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC and STFC) then the individual RO costs should be entered on each RO submission).

Indirect costs may be included for overseas visitors, regardless of whether the support being requested includes a salary contribution or is only travel and subsistence. Indirect costs may not be included where the visiting researcher is from another UK Research Organisation.

Indirect Costs FAQ can be found at

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