ERI BUSINESS OFFICE
ERI handles all business and financial transactions according to federal guidelines regardless of funding source.
The following are some of the services available in the ERI Business OfficeDevelop budgets for research proposals
• Develop budgets for research proposals
• Negotiate awards for ERI investigators
• Accept awards and establish accounts to spend funds
• Process personnel payroll and benefits
• Process invoices for payment of expenses
• Provide non-scientific reports
• Collect funds from the sponsor
• Request special approvals from the sponsor
If you are developing a research program or have questions about the services available through the ERI, please contact the Business Office, Research Administration Office, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, (747) 210-3434.
Tax I.D. Number – 95-2249539
Congressional District – CA029
DUNS Number – 14-341-9120
Olive View-UCLA Education & Research Institute
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
14445 Olive View Drive
Research Administration Office
Sylmar, CA 91342-1495
Telephone: (747) 210-3434
Fax: (747) 210-3465
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I ESTABLISH AN ERI FUND?
An ERI fund is established when you have funds (check) for deposit. The funds can be from a variety of sources. For example, if you give a lecture and do not want to claim the honorarium as personal income, you can have the check made payable to the ERI and deposit it into a various research fund under your direction. Funds can also come from clinical (drug) studies, as gifts from companies or for educational purposes.
I'VE GOT MONEY IN AN ERI ACCOUNT. HOW DO I GET IT OUT?
Complete an ERI Check Request Form and submit to the ERI office. If the funds are for travel, you will need to use either a travel advance or travel reimbursement form. Include appropriate backup documentation such as original receipts or an order form. Also, ERI policy describes guidelines and limits for reimbursements to individuals who purchase items and then request reimbursement through the ERI. Please check the policy before any purchases.
HOW COME THE OVERHEAD IS DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF FUNDS?
The overhead rate is based on the type of funds. Various research funds require the least amount of oversight and no reporting requirements, therefore the overhead is less. The investigator initiated rate is a rate that is negotiated with DHHS (not to be confused with DHS) every year. It is based on a formula that calculates different things such as how much the research projects spend compared to Research Administration. This rate is negotiated with and established by DHHS.
HOW COME I RECEIVED GIFT MONEY FROM A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY AND THE ERI IS CHARGING AN EDUCATIONAL RATE?
Federal audit requirements state that all monies deposited into the ERI must have backup documentation. Pharmaceutical companies will typically receive a tax incentive on their end if the money can be given as educational funds. This is why you may have experienced difficulty in getting a letter from the pharmaceutical company stating that the funds are for various research. If the company provides a letter stating that the money is for unrestricted use (various research), then the various research overhead rate is applied. If it states anywhere in the letter that the money is for educational purposes, then the education rate will apply.