Updates to the Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for NIH Recipients
Notice Number:
NOT-OD-21-181

Key Dates

Release Date:

September 13, 2021

Related Announcements

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Issued by

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

Purpose

Effective immediately, NIH is updating and implementing HHS language on the Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, to comply with 2 CFR Part 200.300 and to ensure that NIH is promoting equity in its grant awards.

Therefore, NIH is updating its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOAs) and terms and conditions of award as follows:

Funding Opportunity Announcements: The updated language below applies to all active NIH FOAs, and FOAs issued on or after the date of this Notice.

Section VI – 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Should the applicant organization successfully compete for an award, recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy). This includes ensuring programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency and persons with disabilities. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. See https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/nondiscrimination/index.html.

Terms and Conditions of Award: The following term and condition of award applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements issued on or after the date of this notice. The NIH Grants Policy Statement will be updated at the time of its next publication to incorporate this term and condition into Section 4 – Public Policy Requirements, Objectives and Other Appropriation Mandates.

Recipients must administer projects in compliance with federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy). This includes taking reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to persons with limited English proficiency and providing programs that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. See https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/nondiscrimination/index.html.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Division of Grants Policy
GrantsPolicy@nih.gov


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