Research & Economic Development

Institutional Information, Codes & Rates for Proposals

General Information
Applicant Organization: Tennessee Technological University
1 William L. Jones Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505-0001
Type of Organization: State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Non-profit, Public, Educational

Tennessee General Assembly, 1915
Board of Trustees:

Congressional/Location Information

County: Putnam
U.S. Congressional District: TN-006/6th Congressional District
TN Senatorial District: 15
TN Representative District: 42
Development District:
Upper Cumberland
Officials Authorized to Sign
Proposals (any amount);
Contracts up to $75,000;
All budget revision requests:
Associate Vice President for Research
Francis Otuonye
128 Derryberry Hall, Campus Box 5164
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3374 V
(931) 372-6374 F
Contracts over $75,000

University President
Dr. Philip Oldham
206 Derryberry Hall, Campus Box 5007
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3241 V
(931) 372-6332 F
Business Officers
Financial Officer

Audit Report 
Dr. Claire Stinson
Vice President for Planning and Finance
100 Derryberry Hall, Campus Box 5037
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3311 V
(931) 372-3898 F
Grant Accountant Debbie Gernt
Director, Business Office
Derryberry Hall, Room 126  
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3026 V
(931) 372-3898 F
Demographic Information
Full-Time Employees (including faculty) App. 1,019
Full-Time Faculty App. 384
Undergraduate Enrollment FTE (Fall 2018) App. 9,006  (visit the Institutional Research page for up-to-date figures)
Graduate Student Enrollment FTE (Fall 2018) App. 1,180  (visit the Institutional Research page for up-to-date figures)
Identification Numbers
Federal Employer Identification (FEI) EIN-62-064-6806
DUNS Number 878648153
OPE ID Number 003523
FWA (Federalwide Assurance) 
IRB Registration Number IRB00005901
HHS Identification
HHS Assurance of Compliance, Title VI 520370
Title IX Assurance 639, Submitted February 22, 1977
Indirect Cost Rates:


For All Programs (Research, Instruction, Training)

Modified total direct costs consist of all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel and subgrants and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 of each subgrant or subcontract (regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract). Modified total direct costs exclude capital expenditures (buildings, individual items of equipment; alterations and renovations); that portion of each subaward in excess of $25,000; and flow-through funds.

The MTDC rate is subject to any statutory or administrative limitations and apply to a given grant, contract or other agreement only to the extent that funds are available.  

Official Rate Agreement

42% of Modified Total Direct Costs On-Campus

11.5% of Modified Total Direct Costs Off-Campus

When determining whether the on‐ or off‐campus rate is to be used, especially when multiple institutions are involved, one should only consider Tennessee Tech’s portion of the project and not the project as a whole. If more than 50% of Tennessee Tech’s part of the project utilizes Tennessee Tech’s facilities and resources, the full indirect cost rate of 42% should be charged for the project. If less than 50% of Tennessee Tech’s part of the project utilizes Tennessee Tech’s facilities and resources, the off-campus rate should be utilized  (see our full procedure on indirect costs for further information).

State: The agency must provide documentation requiring a rate lower than the federally negotiated rate above.  

Although it may be approved to charge a lower indirect cost rate to the sponsor, the difference in the University’s negotiated indirect cost rate of 42% and the rate charged to the sponsor is considered waived and should be calculated on MTDC.

Institutional Agreement: The University has one on-campus institutional agreement for research, and others will be negotiated as warranted. The Tripartite Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), and Tennessee Technological University (TTU) provides funds for the operation of the Cooperative Fishery Research Unit. Under this tripartite agreement, TTU is obligated to share in the cost of research conducted through the Unit. No indirect costs are charged against the annual base support funds provided by USGS and TWRA for the Unit. Research projects funded by USGS, TWRA, and other state agencies and administered through the Unit must have an indirect cost rate of 15% of total direct costs, including equipment.

Projects funded by a federal agency other than USGS and processed through the Unit will be charged full indirect costs of 42% of modified total direct costs.

Business and Industry:

For Research, Minimum of 42% of Modified Total Direct Costs

For Instruction (Training), Minimum of 42% of Modified Total Direct Costs
If a funding agency has a policy/guideline prohibiting full indirect cost recovery or has special requirements regarding indirect costs, a copy of the policy must accompany the proposal at the time it is submitted to the Office of Research for University approval. If federal funds are "spilled through" a state agency, full federal indirect costs for research are encouraged.

TTU Contribution for Benefits

Note:  The fringe benefits rate is not negotiated with the Division of Cost Allocation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services but is based on actual benefits paid as a percentage of total actual salaries paid.  

Health Premiums  Visit Partners for Health website for current premium levels.

Employees Hired Before July 1, 2014
401(k) if participating
FICA (Federal Insurance Contribution)
19.23% (effective 7/1/18)
Employees Hired After July 1, 2014, and no previous state employment


Employee Benefits


Employment Prior to July 1, 2014 Employment AFTER June 30, 2014

ORP% 2


ORP% 2

Administrative, Regular; Including
Research Associates

Regular Salary 3

7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00

Extra Pay






Faculty; 9 or 12 month, Regular

Regular Salary 3

7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Summer Pay 7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Extra Pay 7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Clerical and Supporting

Regular Salary 3

7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Regular Part-Time Employees
Less than 80% full time 7.65 18.87 9.00
80% or more full time 7.65 18.87 9.00
Temporary Employees
Less than six months 7.65
Full time or part time 7.65
Student Workers
Undergraduate Hourly
Students taking less than 6 hours
FICA of 7.65% is paid.
Graduate Assistants

Students taking 6 hours or more, nothing other than rate is paid.
Work Hours
Academic Year 1,462.5
Calendar Year 1950