These include costs of other items which may be Directly Incurred (and therefore auditable) to the project, or other direct costs calculated on the basis of estimates of use when the project is running i.e Directly Allocated,. Directly Incurred Other costs may, under some circumstances, be funded as Exceptions at 100% (see 5.2)
Costs that we would expect to be categorised as Directly Incurred include:
Consumables. In most cases, office consumables such as photocopying, printing, postage, general transport costs, stationery, computer consumables and telephone costs, and also utilities costs, are not expected to be accounted for at the project level and should be found from indirect costs. However, items of this type may be charged as directly incurred where use is exceptional (for example, high electricity use). These exceptional costs would then need justification in relation to the research need; and there should be a clear statement indicating that these are separately accounted for and charged to the project as actual costs.
Publication costs associated with research outputs other than journal articles and conference papers, such as books, monographs, critical editions, catalogues etc provided the costs will be incurred within the period of the grant. (Following the publication of the revised RCUK policy on open access, and the decision to provide Research Organisations with block funding for publication costs, STFC will no longer provide funding in research grants for any publication costs associated with peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers.)
Recruitment and advertising costs for staff directly employed on the project.
Computer costs dedicated to the project; e.g. specialist stationery supplies, software licences not associated with central computing facilities. Purchase of standard laptops should be funded by Indirect costs.
Items of equipment costing less than £10,000 (including VAT) including replacement or upgrades of existing equipment.
Equipment-related items (if not included as part of the Research Organisation's estates costs), e.g. maintenance; relocation; rental charges;
Access charges for major or small research facilities (specify the nature of the facility and the basis of charging: note that, in accordance with TRAC, the total fEC of a grant containing charges for use by the project of research facilities must not include any net depreciation costs if the facility was purchased with Research Council funding) The case for support should describe the service being sought, the usage and the basis of charging.
Personal costs. Personal costs incurred by staff supported on the grant, such as relocation charges, home telephone/internet charges, etc. may be requested as Directly Incurred costs if their reimbursement is consistent with Organisational l policy, they are specifically incurred by the research project and will be subject to an audit record.
Subcontractor costs should appear under Other Directly Incurred costs and are paid at the standard 80% rate.
Costs that we would expect to be claimed as Directly Allocated may include the costs of shared resources including:
Pooled staff: technicians, secretarial and computing staff who are part of a staff pool supporting a range of facilities and projects. Where these costs cannot be separately identified they should be included under the Estates heading.
Infrastructure technicians: staff providing general non-project-specific support for the research infrastructure, charged on the basis of a per-research FTE rate.
Research facilities: charge out costs for access to shared major and small research facilities. Note that, if the facility was purchased from Research Council funding, the relevant depreciation element in the charge out cost should, in accordance with TRAC, be deducted from the estates charge out cost so that the total fEC of the project includes no net charge for this depreciation.
Last updated: 21 January 2019
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000