Research Terms and Conditions Available for Public Comment

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-014

Key Dates
Release Date:   October 14, 2015

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


NIH is pleased announce that a request for public comment was posted today in the Federal Register announcing a draft set of Research Terms and Conditions (RTCs).  These terms and conditions implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, 2 CFR § 200 (Uniform Guidance).  The purpose of the activity was to develop a revised set of RTCs as they apply to research and research-related grants made by the following awarding agencies to institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations:

  • Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology;
  • Department of Energy;
  • Environmental Protection Agency;
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
  • National Science Foundation;
  • Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health;
  • Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture;
  • Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration; and the
  • Department of Homeland Security. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to serve as the Federal sponsor for the updated version of the RTCs; therefore, all comments will be submitted to the NSF point of contact below. The general public and Federal agencies are invited to comment on the proposed revised format during the 60-day public comment period. Comments should be addressed to:

Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer
Office of the General Counsel
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA, 22230
Telephone: 703-292–7556
FAX: 703-292-9240.

We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include
‘‘Research Terms and Conditions’’ in the subject line of the email message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message.


To view the draft Research Terms and Conditions, see: For information on the Research Terms and Conditions, contact:

Jean Feldman,
Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution & Support
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA, 22230
Telephone 703-292–8243
FAX: 703-292–9171