I work at a university research center that creates a software platform used by thousands of cultural institutions like galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. We want to put in a proposal and have a specific question about a proposal coming from a university setting.
Universities almost always require “indirect costs,” meaning costs for the overhead of running the research center. Typically that is expressed as a rate negotiated with the federal government.
Are indirect costs allowed as an item in this proposal? If so, what is the rate at which we can ask for indirect costs? Can we use the federally negotiated rate?