Biostatistics Collaboration Center

Overview

Department of Biostatistics staff and faculty project effort is billed directly to each project as a percentage of salary and fringe benefit expenses. In addition, a scientific resource fee of $8,300 per 100% annual FTE (faculty and staff combined) is billed to each project for allowable expenses necessary to perform the work of biostatisticians and computer systems analysts. These expenses are directly related to ensuring that each biostatistician has access to appropriate tools and other scientific resources that support each project, including the array of technologies needed to manage and analyze many types of data across the spectrum of biomedical research.

The biostatistics scientific resource fee is administratively managed through the Biostatistics Collaboration Center, a VUMC sponsored core resource. The VUMC Office of Research (OOR) annually reviews the BCC to ensure best compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations, including uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards. Rates are adjusted annually to ensure that the BCC operates on a strict non-profit cost recovery basis. The scientific resource fee is billed on a monthly basis via the OOR centralized core billing system Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System (CORES).

History

In 2010 the Department of Biostatistics began allocating M.S. staff biostatistician time to projects using hourly billing based on a core-standard 1,500 billable hour work year. A change is being made to enhance the culture of collaboration and academically productive partnerships.

Beginning July 1, 2014 all biostatistics staff and faculty effort is being billed directly to each project as a percentage of salary and fringe benefit expenses. In addition, a scientific resource fee is being billed to each project for allowable costs related to providing cutting-edge biostatistics support. Changes have been made to the model and some costs have been reduced related to providing this service. Therefore, your overall costs will be reduced with the new rate. The department utilizes robust computing technologies and innovative methodologies to manage complex analyses. This scientific resource fee covers costs necessary to perform the work of biostatisticians and computer systems analysts. These resources are directly related to the many technologies used and types of data generated across multiple disciplines that biostatisticians must competently handle. The scientific resource fee will be billed on a monthly basis via the Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System (CORES).

The growth in the number of biostatisticians in the Department of Biostatistics comes solely from the growth of funded biomedical research requiring statistical design and analysis. The Department of Biostatistics faces real personnel support costs in meeting the demands from other departments and centers, and the School of Medicine has created a model described here that allows the costs to be recovered from the sources requesting the assistance.

These changes have been reviewed and approved by executive leadership of the School of Medicine.
Topic revision: r23 - 12 Nov 2018, DalePlummer
 

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