Cost Sharing on Sponsored Projects

LSU has federally negotiated rates for indirect cost recovery that apply to all external grants and contracts. Moreover, NSF and LSU, as policy, does not allow voluntary cost sharing for proposals.  

However, there are situations where a reduction or waiver of indirect costs, or providing voluntary cost sharing is required or strongly suggested. Researchers may request waivers of indirect costs from the Office of Research & Economic Development. All requests will require uploading a signed Cost Sharing or IDC Waiver Request Form.


Required Committed Cost Sharing

Some funding programs require proposals to include a commitment from the proposing institution in the form of required committed cost sharing. When this is the case, the Office of Research & Economic Development can be consulted to determine if cost sharing resources are available. The following guidelines should be followed when developing a plan to fulfill the required cost sharing element of a program submission:

  • Proposers should consult with ORED as far before the submission deadline as possible on potential contributions to the cost sharing plan.
  • Proposers should make every effort to secure commitments from their units and colleges to contribute to the cost sharing plan prior to coordinating with ORED.
  • In the event of multiple submissions from LSU to a program with required committed cost sharing stipulations, resource commitments from ORED will be made on a first come, first served basis due to the limited resources available for such programs. Hence, establishing dialogue on this matter as early as possible is essential.