Converged Communication Fee

The School of Medicine applies a Converged Communications/Technology fee as a percentage of salary expenses, currently 3%, excluding those salaries sourced to federal sponsored awards or service center PTAs.  The Converged Communications/Technology fee offsets the cost of the school’s Converged Communications and other technology services, which include phones, network management/support, IT systems and support, and other enterprise-wide platforms and services.

Application to PTAs

The telecommunications charge is applied to sponsored project and non-sponsored project PTAs administered through the School of Medicine only. It does not apply to these award types.

For non-federal sponsored projects, RMG will calculate the 3% telecommunications rate on all salaries (faculty, staff, postdocs, students, and TBN positions) included on the proposal budget.  The amount will be included in the budget as a line item in the Other Expenses category as a "Telecommunications Charge".  If the sponsor does not allow these charges, an alternate PTA will be required.

Departments may designate an Alternate PTA to pay the Converged Communications/ Technology fee for salary expenses on a particular award.  To designate, update, or correct an Alternate PTA for a -

  • Sponsored award - contact your OSR representative
  • Non-sponsored award - contact Fund Accounting

An OBI report is available to view Alternate PTAs that have been designated for Converged Communications/Technology charges to an award.