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
Charter: Tennessee General Assembly, 1915
Board of Trustees: Members
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
research@tntech.edu
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
dgernt@tntech.edu 
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
CAGE Code 7B125 
OPE ID Number 003523
FWA (Federalwide Insurance) FWA00011357
IRB Registration Number IRB00005901
HHS Identification 1-62-064-6806-A1
HHS Assurance of Compliance, Title VI 520370
Title IX Assurance 639, Submitted February 22, 1977
Indirect Cost Rates:
Federal

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 or the rate of 15% of Total Direct Costs should be utilized. Note: in projects utilizing federal flow through funds, the federally negotiated rate of 42% must be used.

Institutional Agreement:

The University has three on-campus institutional agreements for research, and others will be negotiated as warranted.

  • Tripartite Cooperative Agreement (PDF file) (Please note that clicking on this link will require you to log into a SharePoint site using your TTU username and password.)

    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--which is effective from March 16, 2016, until termination--Tennessee Tech 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.

  • CESU Master Agreement (PDF file) (Please note that clicking on this link will require you to log into a SharePoint site using your TTU username and password.)

    The purpose of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Master Agreement between the National Park Service (NPS) and Tennessee Technological University (TTU) is to establish cooperative study units to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop integrated information products on the resources of the National Park Service and develop adequate, coordinated, cooperative research and training activities concerning the resources of the NPS. The agreement will be effective March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2024. Worked covered by the agreement will have an indirect cost rate of 17.5% of total direct costs. Non-CESU sub-recipients may be asked to follow the rate, but may not be required.  

  • Master Agreement of Commercial and Cooperative Interactions (PDF file) (Please note that clicking on this link will require you to log into a SharePoint site using your TTU username and password.)

    The Master Agreement of Commercial and Cooperative Interactions between Tennessee Technological University (TTU) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides a contractual mechanism for the parties to utilize in conducting the various activities jointly undertaken from time to time.  The agreement is effective from May 15, 2019, through April 30, 2023.  Work covered by the agreement will have an indirect cost rate of 26% of 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.

Retirement

Employees Hired Before July 1, 2014

  • TCRS
  • ORP
  • 401(k) if participating
  • FICA (Federal Insurance Contribution)
  • 19.23% (effective 7/1/18)
  • 10%
  • $20-$50/month
  • 7.65%
Employees Hired After July 1, 2014, and no previous state employment
  • TCRS
  • ORP
  • 9%
  • 9%
RETIREMENT
Employee Benefits FICA%1 Employment PRIOR
to July 1, 2014
  Employment AFTER
June 30, 2014
 
    TCRS% ORP2 TCRS% ORP2
Administrative, Regular; Including
Research Associates
         
Regular Salary3 7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Extra Pay 7.65 18.87 10.00 9.00 9.00
Faculty; 9 or 12 month, Regular          
Regular Salary3 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 Salary3 7.68 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        

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