Higher Education Practice

Self-Paced CRIS University

About this Workshop

This self paced introductory workshop provides university professionals who prepare F&A rate proposals with an overview of the Maximus Comprehensive Rate Information System - CRIS. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain a basic familiarity with the CRIS application, under the direction of Maximus staff.
  • Complete a CRIS model, using data for a simulated university.
  • Calculate an F&A rate for the modeled university and generate reports for a rate proposal.
  • Learn how to use the CRIS analytical tools to optimize rates and to make data driven decisions.
  • Step through the CRIS process of calculating the Utility Cost Adjustment, which may increase your Organized Research F&A rate by up to 1.3 points.
CRIS is compliant with Uniform Guidance 2 CFR PART 200 and is the most proven and widely trusted F&A software in the industry. Over 250 institutions use CRIS to calculate and negotiate F&A rates. CRIS has demonstrated and proven the optimization of F&A reimbursement through thousands of negotiations with HHS-CAS and ONR.
Participants will earn 17 CPE credits for successful completion of this course.

Workshop Instructors

Ms. Caroline Beeman, Director
Ms. Inna Gvozdeva, Director
Ms. Anne Feuerborn, Director
Mr. Chuck Wuensch, Senior Manager
Ms. Mitzi Singleton, Senior Manager

Course Modules

  • Module 3: Payroll and Department View, cont'd, Finalize the Cost Pools, Building, Equipment
  • Module 5: Allocations Part 1, Allocations Part 2, Rate Results, Proposal Prep


The workshop is $1,500 for all five (5) modules. You will have access to the online workshop for 90 days after purchase. Discounts may apply for CRIS Licensees.