Institutional Information & Rates

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Proposal Preparation Reference Sheet
Fiscal Year 2015

Organizational Information:

Institution Name & Address: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Office of Sponsored Programs
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
Applicant Type: Private University
Congressional District: MA-002
County: Worcester
Entity Identification No. (EIN): 04-2121659
Contractor Establishment Code (DUNS No.): 04-1508581
Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE No.): 81359
National American Industry Classification Code (NAICS No.): 61130
Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC No.): 8221
PHS Entity Identification No.: 1042121659A1
Animal Welfare Assurance Number: A3277-01
Federalwide Assurance (FWA) number FWA00015024
Commonwealth of MA Vendor Number VC 6000157477

Authorized Institutional Officials:

Bogdan Vernescu
Vice Provost for Research, ad interim 
Eric W. Overstrom
Telephone: +1-508-831-6411 Telephone: +1-508-831-5222
Fax: +1-508-831-5774 Fax: +1-508-831-5774



Federal Administrative Cognizance:

Office of Naval Research
Administrative Grants/Contracting Officer
Office of Naval Research
ONR Draper
495 Summer Street, Room 103
Boston, MA 02210-2109

Current ONR Contact:

Richard Ortisi
Telephone: +1-617-753-4103
Fax: +1-617-753-4605

Current Rate Information:

 Research Assistants: (For NIH-funded awards, please see below)

Master's Degree Candidates: Minimum Mid-Point Maximum
Monthly Rate $1,910 $1,948 $1,987    
Ph.D. Candidates (Post-Master's): Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Minimum (per month) $1,910 $2,095 $2,300 
Maximum (per month) $2,300 $2,500 $2,667

Important Note: On NIH-funded awards, the amount provided to pre-doctoral Research Assistants for the total of stipend, health insurance, and tuition may not exceed the zero level NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral stipend rate (plus fringe benefits) in effect at the time of the award. This stipend amount is currently $42,000. Thus, the maximum 12-month stipend for Graduate RAs on NIH funded awards is $27.972, or $2,331 per month. ($42,000, plus $10,920 fringe benefits, less tuition [18 X $1,325 = $23,850] and health insurance [$1,098]).

 *Students must have completed 18 graduate credit hours

Graduate Tuition: $1,325 per credit hour (effective July 1, 2014). Graduate students are expected to be registered for a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per semester to be considered full-time.

Projected Annual Rates of Increase: Salaries - 2-4%; Graduate Tuition - 3%

Estimated Tuition To Be Included for Years 2-5 of Proposals (Amounts Based on 3% Increases from Above Rate):

FY16 (Year 1) FY17 (Year 2) FY18 (Year 3) FY19 (Year 4) FY20 (Year 5)
$1,365 $1,406 $1,448 $1,491     $1,536

Graduate Health Insurance:  The annual rate is $1,098 per individual for the enrollment period August 2014 to August 2015. 

Important Notes Regarding Graduate Student Appointments

Graduate Students Paid Monthy: Research Assistant (.6183) appointments should be paid within the above defined stipend ranges.

For reporting purposes going forward, we will differentiate academic year from summer graduate student hires. Thus, Payroll Authorizations or subsequent Change of Status may not extend beyond the following periods:

  • Academic Year: August 15 through May 14
  • Summer: May 15 through August 14

Federally Negotiated Rates

  Period Rate Base
Facilities & Administrative Costs Rate* 07/01/13 - 6/30/2017  57.0% (a)
Fringe Benefit Rate 07/01/13 - 6/30/2017 26.0% (b)

Distribution Bases

a. 57.0% of Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC) for all budgets beginning July 8, 2013 or after - The MTDC base consists of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel, and subgrants and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 each (regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract). To calculate the MTDC base, Total Direct Costs (TDC) must be reduced by any budgeted amounts for equipment, capital expenditures, tuition remission, rental of off-site facilities, scholarships and fellowships, and the portion of each sub-award in excess of $25,000.

b. Salaries and wages of faculty and staff. Rate does not apply to student employees, research or teaching assistants.

Date of Current Rate Agreement with the Office of Naval Research: February 10, 2014.

Effective July 1, 2011 equipment is defined as nonexpendable, tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost equal to or greater than $5,000.

The above rates are final predetermined rates – please use on all proposals through the effective period.

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