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Proposal Information & Forms

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Institutional Information

Legal Name and Mailing Address

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office of Research Administration
600 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor - Suite 212
Lowell, MA 01854-3643


Middlesex County
003 Congressional District
State House District: 19th Middlesex
State Senate District: 1st Middlesex

DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) Number: 956072490

CAGE Code: 1QW17

EIN (Employer Identification Number): 04-3167352


  • 541713 - Research & Development in Nanotechnology
  • 541715 - Research & Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
  • 541720 - Research & Development in Social Sciences & Humanities

Standard Industrial Code

  • 8221 Colleges & Universities
  • CCR (Contractor Registration Number): 927033092

Institution Type

Public Higher Educational Institution

Authorized Institutional Official

Financial Information

Other Administrative Contacts

  • Staff Directory

Misconduct in Science Annual Report:
Dated February 5, 2008
Animal Subjects:
Animal Welfare Assurance:DHHS: A3867-01
USDA: 14-R-0081

Fringe Benefits

The following percentages should be used on budgets accompanying proposals.

For FY19 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Employee TypeAccount 732300
Group Insurance
Account 732300
Account 732300
Terminal Leave
Account 732320
Unemployment Insurance
Account 732320
Employer Medical Assistance Contribution
Account 732320
Medicare Tax
Account 732200
Health & Welfare
(not included in state rate)
Full Time Benefited21.57%12.06%1.26%0.27%0.11%1.35%*17.00 per week36.62%
Part Time Non-Benefited---0.27%0.11%1.35%-1.73%
Faculty Additional Compensation---0.27%0.11%1.35%-1.73%
Student Employees---0.27%0.11%1.35%-1.73%
Research Assistants------**11.15%0.00%

* Not included in total for full-time benefited - rate changes effective January 1, 2019.

**Applicable to Research Assistants who take health insurance.

In accordance with our negotiated agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the following Predetermined Rate(s) should be used until further notice.

Date of Agreement: December 1, 2016
Applicable to: Rate Base Period

  • Research on campus (Predetermined): 53% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2017
  • Research on campus (Predetermined): 55% MTDC* July 01, 2017 - June 30, 2018
  • Research on campus (Predetermined): 56.50% MTDC* July 01, 2018 - June 30, 2020
  • Research on campus (DOD Contract)(Predetermined): 55% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2017
  • Research on campus (DOD Contract)(Predetermined): 57% MTDC* July 01, 2017 - June 30, 2018
  • Research on campus (DOD Contract)(Predetermined): 58.50% MTDC* July 01, 2018 - June 30, 2020
  • Research off campus **(Predetermined): 26% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2020
  • Research on campus (Other Sponsored Activities)(Predetermined): 30% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2020
  • Research off campus (Other Sponsored Activities)**(Predetermined): 26% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2020
  • Research on campus (Instruction)(Predetermined): 50% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2020
  • Research off campus (Instruction)**(Predetermined): 26% MTDC* July 01, 2016 - June 30, 2020

*MTDC = Modified Total Direct Costs: Total direct costs excluding capital expenditures ( buildings, individual items of equipment over $1000, alterations and renovations), that portion of each subaward in excess of $25,000, patient care, rental/maintenance of off-site activities, tuition remission, scholarships and fellowships.

**The Off Campus research rate applies only to activities of significant duration performed in facilities not owned by the University and to which rent is directly allocated.

Indirect Costs

The indirect cost rate is a percentage of Modified Total Direct Costs negotiated and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services. This means that when proposals for grants and contracts are submitted through the Office of Research Administration, a percentage of the dollar value of the Modified Total Direct costs(MTDC) requested in the grant is added to the MTDC, resulting in the total project cost.

To support growth in research, the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides discretionary funds for reinvestment in research to the PI and co-PIs, centers, and colleges equivalent to the percentages of indirect costs recovered listed below.

From a baseline of 51%, the monies from indirect costs are divided according to the following formula:

  • 41% to UMass Lowell Finance and Operations
  • 25% to the Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigators (distribution between PI and co-PIs is defined by effort)
  • 12.5% to the UMass Lowell Stabilization Fund
  • 7.5% to the Provost
  • 7% to the College
  • 7% to the Center (if no University Research or Engagement Center is involved, this 7% will also go to the College, or up to 4% to the Department and the balance to the College)

The difference between the current federally negotiated rate and the baseline of 51% goes to building debt financing.

Overhead funds must be spent in accordance with the ORA Overhead Policy available on the Policies and Procedures section of our website. Monies must be expended "for purposes of instruction, research, tests, invention, discovery, development or engineering consistent herewith."

Regional Audit Office

D.H.H.S. - O.I.G.
Office of Audit Services
Region I
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
Room 1409
Boston, MA 02203
Phone 617-565-2684

Indirect Cost Audit Office

Regional Administrative Support Center
Division of Cost allocation
26 Federal Plaza, Room 41-118
New York, NY 10278
Phone 212-264-1823

O.N.R. Representative

Ross Joseph
Contract Specialist
Office of Naval Research, Boston Regional Office
495 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210-2109
Phone 617-753-4103
Fax 617-753-4605