See RPH 3.1, Fiscal Responsibilities of Principal Investigators, Section 1.C.
SUMMER SALARY FOR FACULTY ON NINE-MONTH ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Proposals should represent the effort that key personnel expect to commit to the project.
No, you are no longer required to charge or cost share effort in every active quarter of an award. However, some effort needs to be direct charged or cost shared during each year of the period of performance. This effort can be provided at any time within the year (summer months, academic year, or both). However, salary may not be direct charged if no effort is expended. It is the responsibility of the PI and department to track committed effort during the performance period of the award to ensure the original effort commitment to the sponsor has been met. The School of Medicine requires approval for any cost sharing of faculty effort/salary. (http://med.stanford.edu/rmg/facultyeffort.html)What if I have a breakthrough on my project and I spend more time than originally proposed? Do I need to track the additional time that I spend on my project?
No. You do not need to track the voluntary uncommitted effort that you may spend on your project. You do NOT need to direct charge or cost share this incremental effort.
Effort may need to be reduced at the time of award as a result of reduced funding and/or scope of work or because there is a change in the amount of effort available to devote to the project. If the effort needs to be reduced by 25% or more, you may need to obtain prior approval from the sponsor. Please check with your institutional representative (Office of Sponsored Research [OSR] or Research Management Group [RMG]) to determine if prior approval from the sponsor is required and the steps required to request approval.
This policy applies to PIs and co-PIs?
PI effort expended on Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials is dependent on the patient enrollment and when the patient procedures are performed. PI effort is not required for those periods where there is no activity on the study and procedures on patients have not been performed.
No, you do not need to charge effort directly to the project because there is an expectation that your sabbatical time may be used for research purposes. When a faculty member is on sabbatical his/her salary is paid from the sabbatical pool that is funded from the negotiated fringe benefit rate. However, if your sabbatical pay is part time (less than 100%) and you plan to devote your non-sabbatical time to your sponsored awards, you may continue to charge your salary directly to a sponsored project(s).
Emeritus faculty must be recalled to active duty with the approval of their primary department for the period for which the award is active. Emeritus faculty may or may not receive compensation for their work on sponsored projects. Emeritus faculty receiving compensation must be placed back on Stanford payroll with the pay rate set by the school or department prior to returning to Stanford. The emeritus PI may have a part-time appointment representing only their percent of effort on the sponsored award. Emeritus faculty not receiving compensation may donate their time to the award. This requires no direct charge or cost sharing to the sponsored award.
Some federal agencies require some level of effort during a no-cost extension period. When submitting a request for a no cost extension, state the level of effort for all key personnel for the no-cost extension period. No-cost extension periods are typically granted for a 12 month period or longer. It is important to notify the sponsor if the work is completed before the extended end date to request a revision to the extension period so the award can be closed and to avoid a cost sharing commitment for the remainder of the original extended period.
No. However, some effort needs to be direct charged or cost shared during each year of the period of performance.
The requirement for PI effort does NOT extend to:
A student augmentation award is an award whose primary purpose is to fund a student’s or post doc’s activity. You do not need to include committed PI effort in the proposal nor do you need to charge or cost share PI effort.
The various schools may have their own policies, but typically research-only faculty may charge up to 95% of their effort on research. Check with your school for their policy, which will apply to all 12 months of the appointment.
No. That would be considered cost sharing of project expenses, and NSF prohibits cost sharing, unless otherwise specified in the solicitation. Additionally, Stanford policy requires a commitment of effort on the part of the Principal Investigator during the period in which the work is being performed. This effort may be expended during the academic year, summer quarter only, or both.
Exceptions to the requirement for the commitment of PI effort are shown in the response to Question #10, above.
SUMMER SALARY FOR FACULTY ON NINE-MONTH ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
No. These issues impact all institutions that have faculty on nine-month appointments and allow summer or off-duty quarter compensation in addition to academic year salary.
NSF clarified their policy on academic year effort in October 2008, stating effort may be charged during the academic year to the award. In general, NSF limits salary compensation for senior project personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary from all NSF sources in any one year. A third month may be allowed on an exception basis when approved by NSF. (See response to question 15 below.)
The NSF Grant Proposal Guide states the following. “As a general policy, NSF limits salary compensation for senior project personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year. This limit includes salary compensation received from all NSF-funded grants. This effort must be documented in accordance with the applicable cost principles. If anticipated, any compensation for such personnel in excess of two months must be disclosed in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and must be specifically approved by NSF in the award.” You may contact your program officer prior to submitting the proposal.
No. Effort may be charged within the fiscal year (summer months, academic year, or both). However, salary may be charged only up to 90% in each of the summer months, commensurate with effort expended. Any remaining effort may be charged during the academic year commensurate with effort expended.
Each School Dean will determine how to implement this policy
for his or her school. The following is an example of implementation:
- Up to a total of 90% of a full one ninth of academic salary can be charged to federal and non-federal sponsored projects during the summer, commensurate with effort.
- During the academic year, effort should be charged as it is incurred. NSF now allows charging sponsored projects during the academic year, and effort should be charged at the time it is expended. If there are salary savings that accrue to departments during the academic year, they can be used to support academic effort during the summer (or off-duty) quarter.
If you only have one month of summer salary support, you may spread the salary over two or three summer months, if the work is being performed over that period of time. If you have two months of summer salary support you may spread the salary over three summer months, if the work is being performed over that period of time.
You will need to revise the budget. The faculty member’s salary can be charged in the summer month commensurate with the effort devoted, up to a maximum of 90%. Any remaining effort may be charged during the academic year commensurate with effort.
No. You can still receive 100% salary during one to three summer months by supplementing sponsored funds with other fund sources. (See response to question 17 above.)