Division of the Social Sciences Agreement with Urban Labs

In 2015, the University of Chicago established the Urban Labs to build upon the University’s academic strengths and civic commitments, creating new opportunities for social scientific research in partnership with extramural policy-makers and practitioners working together toward effective urban solutions. The Division of Social Sciences (hereafter, “Division”) and the Urban Labs share a mutual goal of enabling and encouraging faculty members in the Division of Social Sciences to develop and lead research initiatives in the Urban Labs, with due respect for the interests and priorities of each partner unit. The following principles will apply to all faculty members in the Division of Social Sciences who serve as Principal Investigator on a grant at the Urban Labs (excluding the appointed faculty director of each Urban Lab):

  • 1.     In cases where a research grant is submitted by a faculty member in the Division of Social Sciences for activities directly related to their work in the Crime Lab or the Education Lab, 100% of indirect costs (IDCs) will be allocated to the entity that submits the grant (either the Division or the Urban Labs). For each grant, IDCs associated with the specific grant budget must meet the following guidelines:
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    2. a.     100% of IDCs associated with facilities or services provided by Urban Labs (for example, IDCs associated with equipment, data, or services provided by Urban Labs) will be allocated to the Urban Labs;
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    4. ​b.     100% of IDCs associated with faculty effort, facilities, or services provided by the Division (for example, IDCs associated with summer salary, course buyout, or Division-funded graduate students) will be allocated to the Division.
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  • ​2.     In cases where a research grant is submitted by a faculty member PI in the Division for activities directly related to their work in the Energy, Poverty, or Health Lab, 100% of IDCs associated with faculty effort will be allocated to the Division, and 50% of IDCs not associated with faculty effort will be allocated to the Urban Labs and 50% to the Division. For large grants submitted through Energy, Poverty, or Health Labs with annual direct costs over $500,000, 100% of IDCs associated with faculty effort will be allocated to the Division, and 75% of the remaining IDCs will be routed to the Urban Labs and 25% to the Division (this reflects the need to support the high overhead (including space) associated with running large grants).
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  • 3.     If the faculty member serving as a PI has a secondary appointment in another Division or School or a grant-funded project is led by faculty co-PIs with primary academic appointments in different Divisions or Schools, the cognizant Deans will determine IDC allocations before the grant activity commences, but grant submission should not be delayed pending negotiations over IDC-sharing.
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  • 4.     The Urban Labs will not handle grants that do not directly involve Urban Labs facilities and administration.