Other Sponsored Activities and State and Local Government Overhead Rates

Policy No: RESEARCH 
Type of Policy: Administrative
Effective Date: December 2013    
Last Revised: September 2013

Policy Owner: OSP
Policy Contact: Duane Hutchison, Executive Director, duane.hutchison@osp.gatech.edu

1. Policy Statement

Georgia Tech applies the Other Sponsored Activities (OSA) F&A rate to projects that benefit the public through activities other than research, development, or instruction. Other Sponsored Activities make available to the public various resources and special capabilities that exist within the institution. OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, describes Other Sponsored Activities to include ". . . . programs and projects financed by Federal and non-Federal agencies and organizations which involve the performance of work other than instruction and organized research. Examples of such programs and projects are health service projects, and community service programs…." These activities are intended to be available to, and to benefit, "individuals and groups," the "public" and "various sectors of the community." As a result, the application of the OSA Facilities & Administrative rate hinges upon a determination of who will benefit from the activities associated with a particular project, regardless of the source of funding for that project.

In addition to those activities that qualify for the OSA rate based on the above guidelines, the following specific activities will be allowed to use the OSA rate (by direction of Georgia Tech's administration):

  • Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) - (ATDC company’s campus service accounts only)
  • Georgia Internships for Teachers (GIFT) Program regardless of funding source
  • K-12 Education Community

For activities meeting the above criteria and for the specific activities noted, Contracting Officers in the Office of Sponsored Programs are authorized to approve use of the OSA rate. Otherwise, use of the rate requires approval by the Vice President for Research.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all Georgia Tech Faculty and Staff.

3. Policy History

Revision Date Author Description
01-02-2014 OSP Rev 1.0