Faculty Compensation

Under Federally Sponsored Research

The federal government regards research as one of the normal functions of faculty members at institutions of higher education. Compensation for time normally spent on awards within the term of appointment is deemed to be included within the faculty member's regular organizational salary. Grant funds may not be used to augment the total salary or rate of salary of faculty members during the period covered by the term of faculty appointment or to reimburse faculty members for consulting or other time in addition to a regular full-time organizational salary covering the same general period of employment. Exceptions may be considered under certain NSF science and engineering education program solicitations for weekend and evening classes or for administrative work done as overload.

For periods outside the academic year, the summer months or other periods not included in the period for which the base salary is paid, salary is to be paid at a monthly rate not in excess of the base salary divided by the number of months in the period for which the base salary is paid. NSF policy on funding of summer salaries (known as NSF's two-ninths rule) remains unchanged: proposal budgets submitted should not request, and NSF-approved budgets will not include, funding for an individual investigator which exceeds two-ninths of the academic year salary. This limit includes summer salary received from all NSF-funded grants.

Under Non-Federally Sponsored Research

For sponsored programs funded by private foundations, the College may allow extra compensation above base salary but that compensation must be negotiated and approved by the Division Chair, the Provost and the Vice President of Finance. In no event will this compensation exceed 20% of base salary. Please see the Other Faculty Compensation Form at the end of this section.