Fringe Benefit Rates

Last updated on March 2, 2020

Fringe Benefit Rates

UCSF policy is to use the most accurate benefit rates for budgeting on sponsored proposals.   Allowable fringe benefits consist of employer contributions such as to health plans, insurance plans, social security, and retirement plans.  All rates are expressed as a percentage of salaries.  Therefore, to calculate fringe benefit costs, multiply the requested salary by the applicable benefit rate.

At the time of award, UCSF charges the actual cost of fringe benefits for each employee as related to the salary and wages charged for that employee.  The actual cost is applied per salary irrespective of fund source.

Effective October 15, 2019, UCSF proposal budgets will apply the Composite Benefit Rates, in preparation for the roll-out of UCPath targeted for June 1, 2020. The CBR is projected to escalate July 1, 2020 and benefit rates will be applied based on budget period start/end date (similar to indirect costs). Please note that the Faculty Family-Friendly Childbearing/Childrearing benefit is assessed separately and  the 1.25% benefit rate is added to the CBR to calculate total fringe benefits on all proposals.

For Departments: To ensure the success of UCPath changes and implementation, the UCPath Change Agent Network has been created to work with departments in their respective Control Points (e.g. EVCP, FAS, Global Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, etc.). To assist in answering your UCPath transition questions please click on this link to Find My Change Agent.

 Historical Fringe Benefit Rates (used on proposals prior to 10/15/19).