Federal Relations


March 26, 2020

NSF Releases FAQs for Proposers and Awardees, Establishes Website on COVID-19

Earlier today, NSF released an FAQs document for proposers and awardees with respect to the impact of COVID-19.  It is available here.  It is part of a larger NSF special report website related to NSF-relevant COVID-19 issues, which is available here.

March 24, 2020

DOD Basic Research Office Releases COVID-19 FAQs Document

Like the NSF, the DOD Office of Basic Research has released its own FAQs document in response to the OMB M-20-17 Memo that was issued to agencies on March 19.

February 14, 2020

IBM Report: Reducing Administrative Burden in Federal Research Grants to Universities

The IBM Center for the Business of Government released a new report analyzing the regulatory and policy requirements surrounding federal research grants. The study focused on financial and programmatic requirements to comply with federal mandates. The report reveals that university researchers may spend up to 44% of their time complying with administrative requirements, rather than actually…

December 19, 2019

New NSF Director to be Nominated

Today, the President announced the intent to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona State University, to be the director of the National Science Foundation. Currently, Panchanathan serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at ASU. The NSF director serves a 6 year term. Current director, Dr. France A. Córdova, has served since March…

December 12, 2019

NSF Releases JASON Report

The JASON Report was released yesterday, December 11th. The NSF has hired JASON, an independent science advisory group, to “enhance the agency’s understanding of the threats to basic research posed by foreign governments that have taken actions that violate the principles of scientific ethics and research integrity.” The report details numerous recommendations, including greater scrutiny…

January 28, 2019

NSF and NASA Resumption of Operations

The National Science Foundation issued the following notice concerning the reopening of the government: A Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and…

Three Week Deal…Some Ancillary Fixes

As part of the three week deal signed into law on Saturday, the measure (H.J.Res. 28) would reopen the nine Cabinet departments and several independent agencies closed during the shutdown through February 15. Beyond funding these agencies, there were other significant items included in this agreement. Back Pay Federal employees will receive back pay as part…

July 13, 2017

House Spending Bill Includes Helpful Language on F&A

The House spending bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2018 includes helpful language on the facilities and administrative (F&A) costs issue. The bill includes the following language on the issue: In making Federal financial assistance, the NIH shall continue to apply the provisions relating to indirect costs in part 75…

May 25, 2017

Administration’s FY2018 Budget Would Restrict F&A, Contains Salary Cap

Two provisions of note in the President’s Budget released Tuesday: Within the NIH section of the Major Savings and Reforms provision, the Budget includes an indirect cost rate for NIH grants that will be capped at 10 percent of total research. This approach would be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than…

May 1, 2017

FY 2017 Omnibus Released

At 2 am last night, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2017 Omnibus, which  comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government and formally appropriates more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2017, in keeping with the spending limits agreed…

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