Dear Colleagues:

NSF Grant General Conditions (GC-1) and the Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC) have been posted to the NSF website.  These documents have been updated to implement changes necessitated by 2 CFR § 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance).

The Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs) normally are applicable to NSF grants to universities and other non-profit organizations. However, the RTCs are currently being revised by a working group of the National Science and Technology Council’s Research Business Models Subcommittee.  Until the RTCs become effective, the GC-1 will serve as the applicable terms and conditions for all NSF grants.  The revised GC-1 will apply to all new NSF grants and funding amendments to existing NSF grants issued on or after December 26, 2014, and similarly, the CA-FATC will apply to NSF cooperative agreements.

Additionally, on December 19, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services published in the Federal Register, an interim final rule (NOT-OD-15-046) ) adapting OMB’s final guidance in 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) with certain amendments, based on existing HHS regulations. HHS’ amendments are described in the joint preamble, and incorporated into HHS’ implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 75.

NIH will issue separate Guide Notices providing NIH-specific implementation information of the Uniform Guidance.

More information about implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance may be found on the UCI resource page:  http://research.uci.edu/uniform-guidance/index.html.

Nancy Lewis
Director, Sponsored Projects