Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement Issued

December 7, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

pen-policyIt may seem like we’re focusing our blog posts on the research community a lot lately, judging by recent posts coming out of National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but there has been a fair amount of noteworthy news coming from this segment of the grants community. Today is no exception as we are letting you know that NIH has published the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement, which is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2016.

Previous versions of the NIH Grants Policy Statement are applicable as a standard term and condition for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods that began prior to Oct. 1, 2016. NIH notes that the newly revised version does not introduce any new material for the first time, but it does incorporate new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations and policies that have been implemented through appropriate legal and/or policy processes since last year’s version was released.

For example, to implement provisions in 45 C.F.R. 75.353, the Grants Policy Statement in Chapter 8 – Administrative Requirements states that NIH will require prior approval for a pass-through entity to provide subawards based on fixed amounts when the subawards meet the requirements for fixed amount awards in 45 C.F.R. 75.201(b). A list of the other revisions and clarifications can be found at NIH explained that it will continue to publish interim grants policy changes through the issuance of NIH guide notices found at

We at Thompson have included the new version of the NIH Grants Policy Statement on our Grants Compliance Expert site, and it is available here.

Let us know your reaction to the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement. We’d love to hear from you.


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