Research Cost Recovery (RCR) is the allocation of funds back to academic and research units that generate indirect costs from grants and contracts. 35% of the Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR) funds generated by grants and contracts are distributed to the College as RCR, which then redistributes them to the unit level.

The current unit distribution is based on actual annual indirect cost expenditures and the period for which the calculations are done is the 12-month period from April 1 through March 30, allowing the University to set RCR budgets before the beginning of the fiscal year. The formula return to individual units is set at 75 percent of the College’s allocable RCR funds. The remaining balance is reserved by the College to support a range of research needs, commitments, and investments.

RCR funds are put into a unit’s 75-xxxx budget and may be used for research needs at the discretion of the department chair.