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Agency Terms and Conditions

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On December 26, 2013 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final rule of “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (2 CFR Chapters I, II, Part 200, et al), and later provided interim updates.

This guidance to federal agencies consolidates and replaces eight OMB Circulars such as the A-110 (Administrative requirements), A-21 (Cost principles), and A-133 (Audit requirements). The Uniform Guidance (UG) applies to all new federal awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Modifications adding new funding to awards issued prior to that date may also include a clause updating the terms of the award to fall under UG.

UNIFORM GUIDANCE-Information can be found more easily by understanding that the Uniform Guidance is broken down into Subparts. The preamble also provides a useful framework and discussion of how certain guidelines were ultimately determined.

Preamble – Major Policy Reforms
Subpart A – Acronyms and Definitions
Subpart B – General Provisions
Subpart C – Pre Award Requirements
Subpart D – Post Award Requirements
Subpart E – Cost Principles
Subpart F – Audit Requirements

Federal agencies (NIH and  NSF) have each developed their own agency-specific implementation plans for the Uniform Guidance. The plans for some agencies adopt the Uniform Guidance in its entirety. Other agencies list specific exceptions. It is necessary to review the Uniform Guidance, the sponsoring agency’s implementation plan and the award terms to determine what rules will apply to any new federal funding.

Please Note: Federal-wide Research Terms and Conditions (RTC), including waiver of prior approvals and other requirements, have now been finalized.


NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) (final)

NIH Grants Policy Statement (final) - November 2016

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - March 31, 2017

DOC Research Terms and Conditions: Agency-Specific Requirements - Effective October 1, 2017.

NOAA Financial Assistance Administrative Terms - Revised December 13, 2017

CINAR - Cooperative Institute Specific Conditions - All Amendments from #195

Last updated: March 26, 2018

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