Bahmni is receiving grant funding through Digital Square, with OpenMRS Inc as our fiscal sponsor. Our fiscal sponsorship agreement says that we should pay a 12% fee to OpenMRS of inbound funding. (This is fine by us.)
It seems that the simplest way to do things would be to have a 12% indirect rate on incoming grants, that goes to cover OpenMRS Inc’s costs for PM, accounting, etc, that we’re leveraging. (Someone should point out if this is the wrong approach!)
In any case, we have not been allowed to charge an indirect rate on the grant from PATH per their policies, because to do that OpenMRS Inc would either need to have (1) a NICRA, or (2) 3 years of audited financials that support the indirect rate.
There is an easy enough workaround with PATH, so this isn’t urgent. Although when we got DIAL funding earlier they preferred to do 5 different contracts with individual Bahmni Coalition members because it would have taken too long to get approval to contract with OpenMRS Inc. (I didn’t explore why at the time, but could follow up now.)
As Bahmni, we suggest that OpenMRS Inc should start taking the steps necessary to be able to receive indirects a few years down the road.
(Justifying an indirect rate probably requires putting a value on things like “advising from Terry and Jan”, and they’re not paid by OpenMRS but rather doing this as an in-kind contribution. So I guess it’s not totally trivial to do this, but I also assume there are standard approaches.)