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Research Terms and Conditions Implementing the Uniform Guidance

The Final Notice of Research Terms and Conditions (RTC) To Address and Implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, 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). Agencies are planning to implement the RTCs at different dates in 2017.

Agencies participating, with implementation dates, are:

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 Principles, 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.

In addition to the RTCs, three companion resources will be developed: Appendix A, Prior Approval Matrix; Appendix B, Subaward Requirements Matrix; and Appendix C, National Policy Requirements Matrix.

NIH Notice NOT-OD-17-049: FY2017 NIH Salary Cap - Interim Guidance

Per NIH notice NOT-OD-17-049, the new NIH salary cap is $187,000 effective January 8, 2017

Salaries up to this new $187,000 level are allowed to be charged starting January 8, 2017, to NIH funded grants provided the necessary funds are available.

NOTE: No additional funds will be provided by NIH.

Once the Department of Health and Human Services Appropriation for FY 2017 is enacted, NIH will publish the annual Notice of legislative mandates to provide information on any statutory provisions that limit the use of NIH grant funds in FY 2017.  Additional guidance on the salary cap will also be provided at that time. 

For those planning to make payroll adjustments due to this salary cap increase, we encourage using February 1st, 2017, as the start date for any changes.  Start dates other than the first day of the month may lead to errors due to the manual calculations required.

When preparing all future NIH grant proposals, please use the new salary cap maximum.  Both the ORSP Proposal Preparation page and Cayuse data are being updated to reflect the new NIH Salary Cap level.

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