Budget Rates

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Current SIUC Employees

Check with your OSPA Research Project Specialist for current monthly salary information for any participating SIUC employee.

Graduate Assistantship Salaries

GA Salary rates can be found in the link below. A graduate assistant supported by an external grant is paid the rate of the unit of the principal investigator. Units without established rates pay the rate of the unit in which the student is enrolled.

The standard graduate assistantship is one-half time (50%).OSPA budget spreadsheets should be set up to use the full-time (100%) rate at half-time (50% or 0.5) effort.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows are contracted through the Graduate School. Effective March 1, 2016, the salary rates for Fellows will vary depending on the level agreed upon by the unit and the post-doctoral fellow, but at no less than the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher. The current fringe benefit rate to be applied to a Fellow position is listed in the Fringe Benefit Rate schedule below.

Please make sure when hiring post-docs, to follow the guidelines listed on the Graduate School website and to use the updated Notice of Appointment and Change of Assignment forms.

Researcher Minimums

Fringe Benefit Rates

Fringe benefits must be budgeted in grants for all SIU personnel who have salary being charged to the grant. Standard fringe benefits are not budgeted for graduate assistants or student workers (see below).

SIUC’s Facilities & Administrative (F&A, or indirect) cost rates, set by the federal government, have now established all fringe benefit rates—medical (including health, dental, and life insurance) and retirement/Medicare—as a single percentage of salary. The current Fringe Rate Agreement can be found here.

Fringe Benefit Rates

Type Rate
Personnel 48.8%
Retired/Emeritus 1.4%
Extra Help 7.7%
Post-Docs 37.5%
Graduate Students 50% of Primary Care Fee. See rates below.
Undergraduate Students none


Student Medical Benefit Fee (SMB)

When including a GA in your proposal budget, Principal Investigators/Project Directors are required to budget for the appropriate SMB fee for each semester the GA will be employed by the project. For budgeting purposes, the SMB cannot be prorated for a GA working a partial semester on the project.

PIs/PDs should budget the following semester rates (no fee for summer):

        Fall            $180

        Spring       $180

Graduate Student Tuition  

Proposals that include salary support for graduate students may also include tuition if allowable by the sponsor.  Tuition information and rates can be found here.  A 3% increase should be budgeted for tuition included in future periods.   Tuition costs charged directly to a sponsored project are not subject to indirect costs (F&A).

Indirect Cost Rates

Type of Project On-Campus Project Rate Off-Campus Project Rate
Research 47.5% 26%
Training/Instruction 47.5% 26%
Other Sponsored Activities 31% 26%

The current Indirect Cost Rate Agreement can be found here.