Indirect Costs

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Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are expenses that support common, ongoing activities within an organization (e.g., facility maintenance, heat, etc.) instead of expenses specific to a grant-funded program.  These costs cannot be identified by line item budget.  This is also known as overhead.

Northwestern is in the process of negotiating a federal indirect cost rate.  When this is final, the university will have a specific indirect cost percentage to use on all grants and contracts.  This will be posted as soon as the process is final.

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs for assistance with indirect costs.

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