NIH Issues Interim General Grant Conditions

February 17, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nih-logo-blueNow that the Office of Management and Budget’s uniform grant guidance is in place and federal agencies have adopted it into their regulations, the folks at these agencies can’t just sit back and declare their work finished. Now comes a thankless task within the agencies of trying to update all their internal documents to integrate uniform guidance language and provisions. And don’t expect this process to be a quick one; it could take iterations.

For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) this month issued the interim general conditions of NIH grant awards aligned with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations implementing the uniform guidance at 45 C.F.R. Part 75. NIH notes that although the NIH Interim General Grant Conditions generally focus on the provisions of 45 C.F.R. Part 75, previous policy is reiterated to provide recipients with further context (e.g., cost considerations, NIH standard terms of award, special award conditions and grants appeal procedures). Why an interim policy? NIH issued the Interim General Grant Conditions to serve as the applicable terms and conditions for recipients of NIH awards until such time as revised Research Terms and Conditions become effective. Several federal agencies currently are working on updating the Research Terms and Conditions to implement provisions in the uniform guidance.

The NIH Interim General Grant Conditions document is available at: These conditions are effective for new awards or supplements to existing awards issued on or after Dec. 26, 2014. NIH awards issued prior to that date remain subject to 45 C.F.R. Part 74 or Part 92, as applicable, until such time that new funds are obligated. For further explanation, NIH has also included an FAQ on NIH’s 45 C.F.R. Part 75, which is available at

Look for similar announcements from all the other federal agencies as they update their internal policies and documents. It’s going to be a busy year!

Let us know what you think about the NIH Interim General Conditions.


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