Agencies Aligning with the Revised Research Terms and Conditions

May 18, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

terms-and-conditionsOne of the topics we have been following is the effort to revise the governmentwide Research Terms and Conditions for federal research awards. In fact, we posted a new story today providing an update on this effort at Thompson’s Grants Compliance Expert website.

For those not familiar with the research terms and conditions, here’s some background. The Research Business Models (RBM) Interagency Working Group, under the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science in 2005, originally developed a set of research terms and conditions specifically designed for the research community. The working group last fall sought comments on a draft set of research terms and conditions that revised the original version to better align with the uniform guidance. Stakeholders submitted comments on the draft version to NSF, which is now developing a final version of the terms and conditions for federal approval.

Many of the federal awarding agencies that originally participated in the research terms and conditions are doing so under the planned revisions. These include the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology; Department of Energy; Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration; Department of Homeland Security; Environmental Protection Agency; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Science Foundation.

Of interest, two agencies — the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration — are new to this effort. Conversely, one agency that previously participated in the research terms and conditions initiative that is not participating in the revised version is the Department of Defense. This includes DOD’s Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, U.S. Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research. These divisions will follow DOD’s Research and Development General Terms and Conditions.

We await the conclusion of this effort and will continue to keep you informed about any possible revisions to the draft version when the research terms and conditions are finalized.

Let us know your reaction to research terms and conditions effort. We’d like to hear your thoughts.



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