The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research and Sponsored Programs
Notice 2018-1
May 29th, 2018

Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Department Administrators (for distribution to all Faculty)
Kim Moreland, Associate Vice Chancellor
Fringe Benefit Rates for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

The following fringe benefit rates will become effective July 1, 2018 for UW-Madison and UW-Extension, and will be used when charging the employer's contribution to fringe benefits on all new and on-going extramural projects.

UW-Madison Regular Faculty and Academic Staff 33.3%
UW-Madison University Staff and UW-Extension Permanent Staff (Faculty, Academic Staff, and Classified Staff) 42.5%
Research Associates and Grad Interns 20.0%
Research Assistants, Project Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Pre-Doc Fellows and/or Trainees 21.0%
Post-Doc Fellows and/or Trainees 14.7%
Limited Term Employees (LTE's) 11.5%
Ad Hoc Program Specialists, Undergraduate Assistants and Undergraduate Interns 13.6%
Student Hourly Employees 3.1%

Rates are based on the actual costs of benefits paid during the fiscal year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The decreases in the rates are due to DHHS' required methodology for handling of previous years' under- or over-recovery of actual costs. Since this method has reduced the University's ability to smooth out the impact of changes to health insurance and retirement over longer periods of time, we are unable to predict the direction of rates after June 30, 2019.

The specific components for each rate are detailed in a schedule that has been published at:

We appreciate your assistance in assuring that all projects with an anticipated beginning date of July 1, 2018 or later utilize the above rates.