Contract Research, Training and Continuing Education: Robert Morris University Contract Research, Training and Continuing Education | Robert Morris University

Research Support

The research and outreach centers at Robert Morris University are established to provide a bridge between the community and the University.  The following centers represent various ways that Robert Morris University connects with the region. 

• Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
• Center of Economics Education (SBUS)
• Center for Documentary Production and Study (SCIS)
• Research and Outreach Center (SEMS)
• Research and Innovation in Simulation Education Center (SNHS)

The faculty and staff of the University may be involved in various activities through the Centers including contracted projects, teaching in training workshops and seminars, and continuing education courses (credit and noncredit). Such activities usually are short term (one week, several weeks or several months) and begin and end at any time of the calendar year, although they can extend for longer times. 

It is also possible that faculty and staff of the University can be involved in contract research through their departments and schools.  Such contract research may extend over a longer time than training and continuing education.

The draft terms of contracts for research, training and continuing education may be negotiated by the faculty member who will be the principal investigator for the project.  However, all contracts must be approved by the faculty member’s Department Head and school Dean and may only be executed by the Research & Grants Administration and/or Financial Operations – in accordance with the University’s policies regarding contracts.

This section provides information and guidelines in preparing contract research, training and continuing education agreements. 

Salaries and Wages
Salaries and wages for contract research, training, continuing education and similar projects will be determined based on specific agreements relating to the scope of work resulting from negotiations with the contracting agency or client.  This includes salaries and wages for faculty, faculty administrators, professional and technical staff, administrative staff, undergraduate and graduate students. 

Faculty and Faculty Administrators
The following describes compensation for faculty and faculty administrators (collectively "faculty") involvement in these projects:  

a) Compensation for projects with a duration less than a semester will be negotiated based on the total number of hours required for the project using the faculty member’s hourly rate provided by Financial Operations.  Faculty members who participate in these projects may receive additional compensation based on the amount negotiated with the client or may receive course reduction funded by amounts negotiated with the client, in either case as approved by the faculty member’s Department Head, School Dean and the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

b) Compensation for projects with a duration of a semester or more shall be prepared in compliance with the guidelines in sections 2 and 3 above.  Faculty members who participate in these projects will have the option of choosing course reduction and/or compensation based on the amount negotiated with the client subject to approval of the faculty member’s Department Head, school Dean and the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic affairs.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students
The wages for undergraduate and graduate students will determined based on negotiations with the funding agency.

Professional and Technical Staff
Any professional and technical staff member who is not a faculty member, faculty administrator or student in one of the above categories, will be included in this category. Examples include laboratory technicians, assessment experts, and administrative staff. 

Wages for these individuals vary with the requirements. Salaries for these positions are usually budgeted for on an hourly basis subject to negotiations with the client.

Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits may or may not be included in the contract depending on the negotiations with the funding agency.  If the funding agency is willing to pay fringe benefits, they should be computed according to the guidelines in Section 3.

Indirect Costs and Distribution of Funds
Indirect costs may or may not be included in the contract depending on the negotiations with the funding agency. If indirect costs are included, the indirect cost rates described in Section 3 should be used in determining the indirect cost for the project. The indirect cost will be allocated as described in Section 3.

Process for Research, Training and Continuing Education Contracts
The Research & Grants Administration will "facilitate" contract research, training and continuing education contracts using the guidelines provided in Sections 2 and 3 above.