What are indirect costs?

Indirect costs are those that have been incurred for common or joint objectives and cannot be readily identified with a particular final cost objective. Direct cost of minor amounts may be treated as indirect costs under the conditions described in §200.413 Direct costs paragraph (d).  After direct costs have been determined and assigned directly to awards or other work as appropriate, indirect costs are those remaining to be allocated to benefitting cost objectives. A cost may not be allocated to a federal award as an indirect cost if any other cost incurred for the same purpose, in like circumstances, has been assigned to a federal award as a direct cost.  Indirect costs are frequently referred to as overhead expenses.  Examples of indirect costs are: accounting and legal expenses, administrative salaries, office expenses, rent, security expenses, utilities, and telecommunications.