REVISED TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR NIH AWARDS

Release Date:  September 28, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-01-070

National Institutes of Health

In October 1988, NIH implemented Expanded Authorities for its research 
grant mechanisms.  In an effort to bring some consistency to the 
management of NIH’s grant portfolio and to further streamline the 
administration of NIH awards, NIH is expanding these authorities (with 
the exception of automatic carryover of unobligated balances) to 
include all grant mechanisms.  

Effective October 1, 2001 (awards issued on or after October 1, 2001), 
the authorities currently known as Expanded Authorities will become 
standard terms and conditions for all NIH grant awards.  The mechanisms 
that currently do not have routine automatic carryover of unobligated 
balances are centers (P50, P60, P30, etc.); cooperative agreements (U’s); 
National Research Service Awards (T’s and F’s); Phase I SBIR & STTR 
(R43,R41); clinical trials (regardless of mechanism) and awards to 
individuals.  In most cases, carryover of unobligated balances for these 
mechanisms will continue to require prior approval of NIH staff.  However, 
awarding office discretion may be used to authorize the automatic carryover 
authority for these grant activities and cooperative agreements on an 
individual or group award basis. The terms and conditions of individual 
awards will reflect the disposition of unobligated balances and other terms 
that an Institute or Center may place on an award that are project specific.

Where there are separate program guidelines (National Research Service 
Awards, Career Awards, and Requests for Applications), the policies 
under those guidelines must be followed. For example, the program 
guidelines for NRSA awards have specific policy requirements concerning 
the rebudgeting of stipends and tuition and fees, and career award 
program guidelines have specific minimum effort requirements for the 
career awardees.  These program guidelines are not changed by the new 
NIH standard terms and conditions.

The NIH Grants Policy Statement will be revised to reflect the change 
in NIH terms and conditions.

Questions concerning the new NIH implementation should be addressed to 
the NIH grants management staff identified on the notice of grant award.


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