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General Cost Sharing

When Cost Sharing is required by the sponsor, requests for cost-sharing should be accompanied by departmental participation, typically one-third to one-half of the total amount. For proposals of broad interest across campus, it is often possible to secure additional cost-sharing from the Vice President for Research (the proportions provided by each unit vary on a case-by-case basis). For complex, multi-unit proposals, please contact the Dean's office well in advance of the sponsor deadline in order to allow sufficient time to arrange the cost-sharing details. The UMOR contributes only when the needed cost sharing exceeds $30,000. In general, cost-sharing funds should not be used to support charges that could reasonably be included as direct costs on a grant.

When Cost Sharing IS NOT required by the sponsor, the College will still entertain requests for projects. Requests should carry full indirect costs, and the PI and department should demonstrate a need for cost sharing. The College will typically match the department's contribution and may request additional funding from UMOR.

Exception:  Faculty may request general cost-sharing for proposals to Ford Motor Company/Ford Alliance.  The College will match department contribution of up to 2.5% of sponsor budget direct costs.  UMOR will match the 5% cost-shared by College and department.

Cost-Sharing General - Budget Justification

Cost-sharing General - Example

Cost Sharing Industrial

In order to encourage industrial support for research, the College of LSA will cost-share on the cost of LSA graduate students that are supported as a GSRA on an industrial grant. The industry sponsor will be expected to provide half of the costs (stipend, benefits, and tuition) for the GSRA, and the remaining ~$30,000 will be split three ways between LSA, the Department, and UMOR. Up to twenty-five slots for industry-sponsored, cost shared GSRAs are available. However, these are limited to new industry-sponsored projects.

Cost sharing may be provided to purchase capital equipment in excess of $30,000 that is needed to support new industry-sponsored projects. The total equipment cost sharing may not exceed 8% of the non-GSRA indirect costs of the grant, and title for the equipment must reside with the University. No more than 50% of the equipment costs for a grant will be borne by U-M sources (Department+LSA+UMOR). For qualifying projects, LSA and UMOR will match the departmental contribution.

Cost-sharing Industrial - Budget Justification

Cost-sharing Industrial - Example

Cost Sharing Training

Training grants that support LSA Graduate Students are eligible for cost sharing to help offset the shortfall. Typically, the College support is 25% of the shortfall (tuition and gradcare). This, together with the graduate school contribution of 50% of the tuition shortfall will leave units and PI"s responsible for 25% of the shortfall. Also note that Rackham IDP units can request a contribution from Rackham of 75% of the tuition shortfall instead of 50%--this 75% and, if approved, a contribution of 25% split between the two departments will make up the entire tuition shortfall.  

Cost-sharing Training - Budget Justification

Cost-sharing Training - Example

Cost Sharing REU sites

The College will match a departmental contribution at a 1:1 ratio up to a maximum of $66 ($33 each) per student per week per year (maximum amount $29,700 -- $14,850 department and $14,850 College).  The purpose of this support is to provide the REU participants access to University facilities such as the computer network and athletic facilities, and to provide informal seminars, training sessions, or field trips.


Applications must be submitted via eGIF.