University-Facility Costs Rise Faster Than Grants, NIH Is Warned

Overhead payments to universities conducting federally sponsored medical research have been increasing faster than grant values, cutting the efficiency of taxpayer support for scientific discovery, Congressional auditors warned last week.

The payments by the National Institutes of Health for so-called indirect costs—meaning facility and administrative expenses—rose 16.9 percent from 2003 to 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a