Volume 95 Issue 22 | p. 17 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 29, 2017 | Web Date: May 25, 2017

U.S. Congress probes underlying costs of research

Rising fees for building upkeep, administration eat into federal grant funding
By Jeff Johnson, special to C&EN
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: research funding, House Science Committee, indirect costs, overhead, NSF, NIH

Overhead costs, such as fees for administrative support and building maintenance, are on a slow rise and becoming a larger share of federal research spending, a congressional investigator said May 24.

A study by the Government Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress, shows that some $1.3 billion out of NSF’s $6 billion annual research budget is consumed by payment of these indirect costs to universities and research institutions.

Similarly, in 2015, the National Institutes . . .

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