NSF Implements Research Terms and Conditions

Excerpted from the NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter, Issue 2, May/June

As announced on March 14 in the Federal Register, the revised Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs) have been made available to research agencies for use with research and research-related awards. The RTCs address and implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200).

The revision helps to create greater consistency in the administration of federal research awards. Given the complexity of interdisciplinary and interagency research, it has become increasingly important for federal agencies to manage awards in a similar fashion.

NSF has agreed to serve as the sponsor of the updated version of the RTCs and all associated documents, all of which are accessible on the NSF Research Terms and Conditions website.

The RTCs are being implemented by agency per the following timeline:

April 2017

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/ National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

June 2017

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

October 2017

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • U.S. Department of Transportation/ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NOAA)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

December 2017

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Questions for NSF on the RTCs should be directed to the Policy Office in the Division of Institution and Award Support (DIAS) by sending an email to policy@nsf.gov.