Residual Income on Fixed Price Sponsored Programs
Associate Vice President for Research Administration
Steve Martin, Associate Vice President for Research
It is the policy of Indiana University that residual income on fixed price awards may be moved to an account outside of the sponsored account fund group. In instances where the amount of residual income is greater than $100,000, the Principal Investigator (PI) and Fiscal Officer (FO) will be required to certify that no part of the residual balance is the result of shifting costs applicable to the fixed price award to other cost reimbursable sponsored awards.
To establish guidelines and best practices for the transfer of residual income on fixed price awards from a sponsored account. Certification by the PI and FO provides assurance that costs from the fixed price award were not shifted to cost reimbursable grants and contracts, resulting in a residual balance on the fixed price award.
Upon conclusion of a project, departments must ensure that the project is complete and that costs have been correctly allocated to the project. Charges to fixed price accounts, including clinical trials, must reflect all actual effort and related costs incurred.
For awards where the residual funds exceed the thresholds stated in this policy, the PI and FO will be required to certify that 1) all reports and or other deliverables have been provided to the agency, and 2) the no part of the residual balance is the result of shifting costs to cost reimbursable grants or contracts. The certification will be due no later than 30 days upon request by the ORA.
Upon review and approval of the PI’s and FO’s certification, the Office of Research Administration will move the residual income using a Transfer of Funds document to the appropriate departmental account. Indirect costs will be assessed against residual balances at the university’s full indirect cost rates in effect at the time of the transfer of the residual balance. Sponsored projects that had previously been provided full or partial indirect cost waivers will still be assessed full indirect costs on any residual balances.
Fixed Price Award: An award provided to Indiana University by an external funding agency where payment is based on a fixed fee per unit of service or deliverables (rather than costs incurred).
Residual Income: An unobligated, unspent balance remaining in a sponsored account at the conclusion of the project. Residual income occurs when the income or revenue is greater than the expense incurred upon completion of the project.
Please note: This policy is currently under review.