California Model Agreement Resources

The California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) and the California Department of General Services (DGS), on behalf of the state agencies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a standard model agreement format, including standardized proposal requirements for contracts and grants, as part of State Assembly Bill 20 (AB20).​ The California Model Agreement (CMA) provides model contract terms for use by State of California agencies that fund research, training or service activities performed by campuses of the UC and CSU systems.

CMA Documents​​

The following documents are also available on the DGS University Model Contract page.


CSU Sponsored Programs Guidance Memos on CMA

Information about the CSU Indirect Cost Rate to be used when working with State of California agencies

The California State University, in collaboration with the University of California, will jointly increase indirect cost recovery for on-campus projects funded by State of California agencies up to 40% Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC).  However, if a campus is a subrecipient of federal funds and the State agency is a pass-through entity, as defined in 2 CFR 200.93 and 2 CFR 200.74, respectively, then the campus should budget and receive their federally negotiated rate for the project as specified by 2 CFR 200.331(a)(4).

Rate Schedule

25% through June 30, 201925%
30% through June 30, 2023*
35% through June 30, 2024
40% starting July 1, 2024

 *Due to various interactions with the State on multiple levels and compounding economic variables existing at this time, CSU and UC are delaying the 5% IDC rate escalation for state-funded on-campus projects.  T​he rate escalation from 30% MTDC to 35% MTDC that was originally scheduled to occur on July 1, 2020 will now occur on July 1, 2023.  

  • 25% of the indirect cost (IDC) rate for state agencies comprises the core administrative component. This component does not recover facility costs necessary to sustain activities on campus.

  • For on-campus projects, facilities costs will be added each year in increments of 5% until a total Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate of 40% MTDC is reached.

  • For projects performed off-campus, only the 25% administrative component will be applied. The off-campus rate will not escalate as the administrative component is capped at 25% MTDC.