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Indirect Costs of Research: VERA Research Support January 13 and 14, 2009 Sara Clark Gerard Husson Tony Laracuente Timothy O’Leary Fred Wright. VERA BOOK 2008, p14 “VA’s three Medical Care appropriations fund a variety of activities that support its research mission.

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Indirect Costs of Research:

VERA Research Support

January 13 and 14, 2009

Sara Clark

Gerard Husson

Tony Laracuente

Timothy O’Leary

Fred Wright

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VERA BOOK 2008, p14

  • “VA’s three Medical Care appropriations fund a variety of activities that support its research mission.
  • “The total dollars of funded research was selected as the appropriate metric for allocating Research Support funds.
  • “For the period FY2000 through FY2008, networks passed through the Research Support allocation as it is computed for each Medical Center.
  • “Research Support from the Medical Care budget includes:
    • Personal services costs for individuals on the Medical Care rolls who spend part of their time working on research projects;
    • Facilities costs (Engineering, etc.);
    • Administrative costs (Fiscal, HR, AMM, etc.)” vaww.arc.med.va.gov/references
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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

  • Chartered in April 2008 by Joel Kupersmith, CRADO, and Paul Kearns, VHA CFO
  • Review uses of research funds (Research appropriation) and Research Support funds (Medical Care appropriations)
    • Current practices
    • Areas of ambiguity
    • Questions to be resolved
    • Areas for improvement and simplification
    • Recommendations
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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

  • Site visits:
    • Baltimore
    • Bay Pines
    • Houston
    • Little Rock
    • Palo Alto
    • San Francisco
    • Tampa
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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

  • Site visits findings:
  • Allocation – Some VISNs do not pass through separately identified Research Support funds.
  • Accounting – Fiscal services can’t track Research Support costs; the Decision Support System (DSS) does not do this.
  • Purpose of Research Support Funds – Interpretations vary widely regarding appropriateness of types of support costs (facilities maintenance, improvements, personnel, compliance, WOC appointments).
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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

Questionnaire Concerning VERA Research Support

Majority Views

ACOS,AODir,CFO

Vera funds passed through? YES YES

Vera funds accounted for? NO NO

Fund projects with VERA $? NO NO

Any ResSup not appropriate? NO NO

Agree with current VERA model? NO YES

Any obstacles supporting research? YES NO

Is ResSup captured in DSS? NO YES

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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

  • Survey: Admin cost of Research Office personnel
  • Response: 80% of 88 Medical Centers
  • Types of costs:
    • General Office
    • Budget
    • Committee Management
    • “HR” (WOC appointments, Training)
    • Compliance
    • Assistance to Principal Investigators
    • Other
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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

Survey: Administrative cost of Research Office

Research Cost of Research Cost Center 101

Expenditures Office Personnel Allocation

FY 2007 FY 2008 FY 2008

>$10 M (25) $1.40 M 6.0% $686,000

> $5 M (15) 0.90 M 12.9% 463,000

> $1 M (18) 0.60 M 22.1% 162,000

< $1 M (12) 0.33 M 68.8% 120,000

Total $744 M (70) $63 M $26 M

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Research and Research Support Funding Workgroup

  • Survey: Admin cost of Research Office personnel
  • Sources of support:
    • Cost Center 101 (Research appropriation)
      • $28,448,622
    • VERA Research Support (Med Care appropriation)
      • $29,856,256
    • VA Nonprofit Corporations
      • $4,316,720
    • Affiliated Medical Schools
      • $651,846