Fringe Rates FY2024

Regular Faculty and Academic Staff 36.5%
Regular University Staff 37.8%
Research Associates and Grad Interns 19.8%
Research Assistants, Project Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Pre-Doc Fellows and/or Trainees 22.5%
Post-Doc Fellows and/or Trainees 16.4%
Limited Term Employees (LTEs) 4.8%
Ad Hoc Program Specialists, Undergraduate Assistants and Undergraduate Interns 6.8%
Student Hourly Employees 1.5%

F&A and Fringe Benefit Rates

Page Updated: May 23, 2024

UW Negotiated Rates (Agreement Dated 11/21/2023)

Any rates other than those detailed in the grid must be:

F&A Rate Type Definitions

Research and development activities sponsored by federal or non-federal agencies and organizations. Research and development activities sponsored by for-profit entities, except for industry/commercially-sponsored clinical trials. Examples include basic or applied research projects. Sponsors include NIH, NSF, DOE, DoD, etc.

The full federal research rate is applicable to federally funded clinical trials, whether the funds are awarded directly from the sponsor or flow through an intermediary sponsor. Examples: Investigator-initiated Extended Clinical Trial, Exploratory Clinical Trials, Multi-Site Trials.


Specific instructional or training activity established by an award. Non-research related instruction including conferences & workshops, where primary purpose is training & development of UW students and/or personnel.

Activities through which a student may earn credit toward a postsecondary degree or certificate granted by the university. Also includes preparatory/remedial instruction even though these courses may not carry degree credit.

Public Service

Programs and projects which involve the performance of work other than instruction and organized research. All non-credit instruction (except preparatory/remedial instruction) and for activities that are established primarily to provide services beneficial to individuals and groups external to the institution. These activities include community service programs (including non-credit instructional activities) and cooperative extension services. Included in this category are conferences, institutes, general advisory services, reference bureaus, radio and television, consulting, and similar services to particular sectors of the community. These activities are often referred to as other sponsored activities.

Examples include: outreach education, community service, cooperative extension service, and public broadcasting.

Clinical Trials

All industry/commercially-sponsored clinical trials regardless of the phase.

Examples include pharmaceutical companies.

Governmental Agencies within the State of Wisconsin

The state rate (depending on agency) should only be used when the State Agency has already received the funding (i.e., Block Grant) and is passing a portion of the existing funding on to the University. When UW-Madison’s proposal is part of the agency’s application to another sponsor, use the full University rate appropriate for the activity.

Examples include Wisconsin State Agencies, Counties, Dane County, Madison School Districts, and local municipalities.

Source of Funds Applicable To Effective Period F&A Rate
Federal, Non-Direct Federal, For Profit Entities, Non-Profit Entities, Non-Federal governmental agencies
Research 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026 55.5% of MTDC
Public Service 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026 38% of MTDC
Instruction 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026 53% of MTDC
Primate Center non-P-51 Grants 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026 55.5% of MTDC
Commercially Sponsored Clinical Trials Clinical Trials Open-ended 30% of TDC
All Sources All Off Campus Programs 7/1/2023 to 6/30/2026 26% of MTDC
Governmental Agencies within the State of WI* DHS, DOA, DWD, DOT, DNR, DATCP, Dane County, Madison School Districts & Other State of WI governmental units Open-ended 15% of TDC
DPI, WI Tech College System Open-ended 8% of TDC

*Applications to a State of WI agency which are part of that agency's application to another Sponsor should include the full University Rate listed in the first section above. The state rate should only be used when the State Agency has already received the funding (i.e. Block Grant) and is passing a portion of the existing funding on to the University.

*All applications to the State of WI Agencies must include F&A costs with a footnote stating, "If funded with State GPR funds or other nonfederal funds which by program or policy do not allow, F&A costs should be excluded from the award."