Vital Planet defines indirect costs as:
Vital Planet is committed to conducting clinical trials and to support where possible the coverage of direct costs associated with conducting a clinical trial. Vital Planet is committed to sharing the indirect costs of clinical trials involving Universities or other entities. We recognize that this means that: (a) some grantees may need to engage in cost‐sharing between projects, tap into unrestricted funds, or conduct other fundraising to cover operations; or (b) some contractors may choose not to contract with our organization. However, we believe our policy is consistent with that of many companies, private foundations and certain government entities that have a flat or maximum rate that caps the amount an applicant institution can charge.
Maximum Indirect Cost Rates
Indirect cost rates for clinical trials are subject to the following limitations:
Up to a 10% rate
U.S. universities, U.S. community colleges
Up to a 15% rate
Non‐governmental organizations (NGOs), International organizations, Non‐U.S. universities
Example: If a U.S. university is the primary grantee and includes an international organization as a sub‐grantee, the U.S. university can receive up to a 10% rate, while the international organization can receive up to a 15% rate for indirect costs.
The rates provided above are the maximum rates allowed under the Vital Planet’s policy. A grantee with an actual indirect cost rate lower than the maximum rate provided above should not increase the funding request to the maximum allowed.