Skip to main content

Overhead and indirect costs

Research overhead and indirect costs of research effectively mean the same thing: the two terms are used interchangeably. Indirect costs of research are costs borne by the institution that benefit and support research. The costs cannot easily be attributed to a specific research project, but they are necessary for the conduct of research. They include the following:

  • Faculty time.
  • Provision of space and its maintenance and servicing (utilities).
  • Use and maintenance of equipment.
  • Proportionate share of other costs, such as insurance and legal services.
  • Services provided by the university's support staff, e.g., the Office of Research Services, the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Research Accounting, Human Resources, Purchasing Services, Facilities Management and Library.

UOIT seeks to recover indirect costs on research funded through both grant and contract agreements, according to its approved overhead policy. Principal investigators are required to budget overhead in applications for research funding using the rates appropriate to the funding mechanism as outlined in the university's Indirect Costs of Research Policy and the sponsor's guidelines.

All inquiries regarding research overhead and indirect costs can be directed to the Office of the Vice-President Research, Innovation and International at

University of Ontario Institute of Technology logo