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Fixed Price Agreement, Disposition of Funds


This policy describes the allocation of residual funds from fixed price research agreements.

Applies to: 

Principal investigators, faculty, deans, directors, department chairs.

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Policy Statement: 

In some instances the most efficient way for a sponsor to support research activities is through a fixed price agreement. In such an agreement a specified research outcome is delineated and a fixed dollar amount is provided to support the necessary research activities. The amount provided should be appropriate to support the specified research activities and expenditures supported by these funds must be allocable and allowable for the project.

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to estimate as accurately as possible the cost of the project. Regardless of the sponsor, Federal regulations require that the project budget estimate actual costs in a manner consistent with other sponsored projects. Even if a detailed budget is not required by the sponsor, project budgets prepared for internal use must include sufficient detail to provide verification that all costs included are based upon normal university rates and policies. Costs that are normally unallowable on a cost-reimbursable project (including, but not limited to, general office equipment and computers, furniture, entertainment costs) will also be unallowable on a fixed price project unless the sponsor provides prior authorization of these expenses or approves specific language in the scope of work and budget that describes these costs.

At the completion of the project, if sponsor-provided funds are insufficient to cover the cost of providing the required deliverables to the sponsor, additional costs are not usually negotiable with the sponsor. Therefore, it is imperative that the estimated fixed-price budget reflects the full cost of the proposed research. As a general rule overrun costs are the responsibility of the PI/department/center.

If at the completion of the project there are residual funds remaining these funds will be allocated in the following way:

1. Post Award Service in the Office of Research will, based on the original project budget, assess any remaining F&A amounts and distribute them per the allocation established at the time the award was set up. If there are deficiencies due to overspending on original project budget resources, the budget will be adjusted prior to the F&A being assessed during the close out process.

2. The remaining funds will be transferred into the PI’s Research account.


Office of Research

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor for Research
Approved on: 
Monday, February 26, 2018
Effective on: 
Monday, February 26, 2018
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Fixed Price; Sponsored Projects; F&A
Change History: 

02/06/2020: Updated Contact section.
10/16/2018: Updated Contact section.
03/08/2018: Updated policy to reflect change in fund distribution and add updated PI Certificaiton form.
01/18/2018: Updated contact information.
12/15/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
05/21/2014: Added link to PDF for PI Certification and Close-Out Form; made additional technical edits.
07/22/2013: Changed contact information.
09/10/2012: Changed contact information.

Financial Categories: 
Research and Sponsored Projects Category: 
Research and Sponsored Projects

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