Grants from federal agencies aid the University's faculty in their research. These grants can come from any federal agency, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or one of the many institutes under it, or the Department of Defense, NASA, Centers for Disease Control, etc. The University also receive funds from agencies on flow-through contracts (federally funded contracts awarded to a prime recipient, who in turn, contracts a portion of the project to the University) from local (50011), state (50013), and private (50012) entities.
The federal grants as well as flow-through contracts from these types of grants are governed by:
- The Code of Federal Regulations specific to each agency (Title 42 and Title 45 are applicable to DHHS, Title 14 is applicable to NASA)
- OMB Circulars, namely A-21 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; A-110 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations; and A-133 - Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations).
- Specific agency guidelines. For example, DHHS follows the Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Policy Statement.
Department of Health and Human Services
One of the primary sources of federal grants received by the University come from agencies under the umbrella of DHHS, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The following link provides access to an index of the agencies in this group: HHS Grants Index. These grants are established under Fund 50000 in FMS.
Refer to PAF's easy-to-reference NIH Allowability Grid to see if a particular type of expense is allowable under federal guidelines. Note some awards still have particular restrictions, so reference the award document as well.
The HHS Grants Policy Statement (formerly known as The PHS Guidelines) provides guidance on the rules and regulations associated with HHS discretionary grant programs other than NIH.
NIH is the primary grantor under DHHS. The NIH Grant Policy Statement (NIHGPS) is intended to make available to NIH grantees, in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of NIH grant awards.
Other Sources of Information on Federal Grants
Office of Grants & Acquisition Management - DHHS's information page on federal funding.
Grants Web - An excellent source for federal grant information provided by The Society of Research Administrators (SRA).
The Information provided on these pages are issued as a guide. Contact PAF with additional questions.