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Grants Compliance & Oversight
This site provides Federal requirements, guidelines and resources for the extramural community involving grants compliance. The information provided on this website is designed to assist the extramural community in understanding the recipient's responsibility for establishing and maintaining the necessary processes to monitor its compliance with Federal requirements, ensuring NIH-funded projects are conducted in accordance with the approved application and budget and the terms and conditions of award and informing NIH of any problems or concerns regarding compliance.
Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight (DGCO) at NIH
Director: Diane W. Dean
Recipients of NIH grant funds must comply with all applicable Federal statutes (such as those included in appropriations acts) regulations, and policies. Additionally, they must also comply with their institutional requirements. The table below summarizes the Federal administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements applicable to NIH grants and cooperative agreements.
NIH and its recipient institutions share responsibility for compliance and oversight to ensure good stewardship of Federal funds. The relationship between NIH and its recipients is predicated on trust. Recipients are expected to properly administer sponsored activities and comply with applicable regulations and policies.
NIH Site Visits and Targeted Site Reviews
DGCO is involved in various site visit activities to advance compliance oversight at recipient institutions. Types of site visits and reviews include:
Proactive Compliance Oversight Program
DGCO has conducted various compliance oversight activities for FCOI over the years. In particular, the Proactive FCOI Compliance Oversight Program is a component of NIH’s oversight responsibilities to assess institutional implementation assure recipient compliance with the 2011 revised Federal financial conflict of interest regulation. Under this program, DGCO assists recipients with developing and implementing their FCOI policies through reviewing publicly accessible FCOI policies and providing technical assistance. This program was instituted in 2012 (see: NOT-OD-12-159) and continues as an active program to date.
Conflict of Interest Information
NIH Presentations on Compliance
Note: Some terminology used in these presentations may have changed, but the compliance principles have not. Please refer to the Glossary on the NIH Grants Policy website for current terms and definitions.
If you have questions or concerns about an NIH award you should first contact:
Reporting Compliance Concerns
To make a formal allegation about an NIH-funded grant or cooperative agreement, contact:
HHS OIG Hotline
Matters involving fraud, waste and mismanagement in any Department of Health and Human Services program(s), including NIH-funded grants or cooperative agreements, should be reported to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG maintains a hotline which offers a confidential means for reporting vital information.
Contacting the HHS OIG Hotline: http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/index.asp
For more information visit: http://oig.hhs.gov/
NIH Office of Management Assessment, Division of Program Integrity
You may also report allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse involving NIH-funded grants or cooperative agreements to the NIH Office of Management Assessment/Division of Program Integrity:
National Institutes of Health
Phone: (301) 496-5586
Report an allegation: https://oma.od.nih.gov/DPI/Pages/Allegations.aspx
For more information visit: https://oma.od.nih.gov/DPI/Pages/Home.aspx
HHS Office of Research Integrity
Matters regarding research integrity (i.e., plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication) should be reported to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI):
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services