Grants & Contract Policy

It is the Feed & Seed’s policy not to pay indirect costs on any proposal requesting an award of $75,000 or less. For research grant proposals requesting over $75,000, Feed & Seed reviews each budget individually for the appropriateness of the indirect costs being requested up to 15% of direct costs. The Feed & Seed will also not allow the following sorts of institutional infrastructure costs to be listed as direct costs on any funded research budget: office rent, grants and contracts office expenses, institutional and departmental administrative expenses, institutional and departmental information technology expenses, and accounting and legal services.

For all other grant proposals requesting an award greater than $75,000 (e.g., fellowship and training grants), it is the Feed & Seed’s policy not to pay indirect costs. In these grant proposals, necessary administrative costs related to the request can be built into the direct costs of the proposal, but the Feed & Seed will generally not accept institutional infrastructure costs to be included within the budget.