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Timely Topic: Research Terms and Conditions Implementing the Uniform Guidance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00 AM - Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00 AM

The Final Notice of Research Terms and Conditions (RTC) To Address and Implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards Issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was published in the March 14 Federal Register. These RTCs are the successor to the terms developed with the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and they have been written to comply with the requirements set out in the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200). Federal agencies are planning to implement the RTCs at different dates in 2017, see below. 

 Agencies participating, with implementation dates are: 

  • Department of Agriculture / National Institute of Food and Agriculture (June 1, 2017) 
  • Department of Commerce (October 1, 2017) 
  • Department of Energy (April 3, 2017) 
  • Department of Health and Human Services / National Institutes of Health (April 3, 2017) 
  • Department of Homeland Security (to be determined) 
  • Department of Transportation (October 1, 2017) 
  • Environmental Protection Agency (December 2017) 
  • National Science Foundation (April 3, 2017) 
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (October 1, 2017) 

Note that the Department of Defense is not included; but will implement award terms in compliance with 2 CFR 200. 

While the Uniform Guidance outlines provisions that are specific to research, these terms and conditions: 

  • Incorporate the entire Uniform Guidance by reference, clarifying or supplementing select provisions where appropriate and consistent with government-wide research policy. 
  • Incorporate the latest version of the Frequently Asked Questions for the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200.
  • Apply to an award when included as part of the award or when incorporated in the award by reference. Use of the RTCs is envisioned as a streamlined approach that supports the implementation of the Uniform Guidance by providing clarification, supplementary guidance, and, where appropriate, selected options, while meeting the spirit and intent of a uniform implementation. 

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