The OMB Uniform Guidance: Key Issues for Universities
The Council on Financial Assistance Reform and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially published the “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” in the Federal Register.
The new OMB uniform guidance was released on December 26, 2013. The guidance, or Omni-Circular, consolidates eight OMB circulars into a single document and changes some fundamental concepts underlying the management of sponsored programs.
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), in conjunction with Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA), will host a webinar sponsored by NCURA to disseminate vital information that universities need to understand regarding the new guidance, and how it will affect our current policies and business practices: Conflict of Interest, Subrecipient Monitoring, Fringe Benefits and other financial and non-financial administrative matters.
The new guidance is the single most significant change in research regulations in the last 50 years. Thus, OSP and GCA strongly encourage all central and unit-level pre- and post-award research professionals at AU to attend this webinar to get a general overview of the scope of impending changes to federal regulations that will influence the content of research-related work with AU faculty.
The final guidance will be located in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter I, and Chapter II, Parts 200, 215, 220, 225, and 230. In the meantime, click here for an overview of the OMB Uniform Grant Guidance.
NIH Changes Resubmission Policy
Background of previous Resubmission Policy:
In 2009, NIH revised its resubmission policy by limiting the number of resubmission applications from two (2) to one (1). The policy specified that if the resubmission application was not funded, the application had to be substantially different in content and scope in order to be eligible for submission as a new application.
New Resubmission Policy:
On April 17, 2014, NIH announced a change to the resubmission policy. While the new policy still allows a single resubmission per application, ideas that were unsuccessfully submitted as a resubmission (A1) may now be presented in a new grant application (A0) without having to substantially redesign the content and scope of the project.
Benefit and Impact of New Resubmission Policy:
The resubmission of an idea as new means the application will be considered without an association to a previous submission; that the applicant will not provide an introduction to spell out how the application has changed or respond to previous reviews; and reviewers will be instructed to review it as a new idea even if they have seen it in prior cycles. While there may not be major changes to the research direction of these previously reviewed ideas, NIH expects that applicants will nevertheless take advantage of previous reviewers’ comments to strengthen the applications for each submission.
NIH recognized that it may see an increase in the number of applications per the new policy but emphasized the new policy does not address the fact that NIH funding is still tight—that it will not be able to fund any more projects because of the policy. However, NIH stated it will closely monitor the impact and benefit of the new policy.To view the policy in its entirety:
To view frequently asked questions: