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Financial Assistance Policy

 

Learn about the laws, policies, and procedures that shape our financial assistance environment.

Current Department of Commerce Policy Documents
Department of Commerce Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual (24 October 2016) Interim Change 1 (Dated 25 January 2018)

 

Department of Commerce's policies on the administration of Federal grants in compliance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (4 May 2017), the Attorney General's memorandum - Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty (6 October 2017); and OMB M-20-09 Guidance Regarding Federal Grants and Executive Order 13798, (16 January 2020)
Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Memorandum (FAM) - Certifications Regarding Federal Felony and Federal Criminal Tax Convictions, Unpaid Federal Tax Assessments and Delinquent Federal Tax Returns (FAM 2015-01)
Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Memorandum (FAM) - Policies, Procedures, and General Decision-Making Criteria for Deviations from Negotiated Indirect Cost Rates under Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards (FAM 2015-02)
Department of Commerce Approved Deviations from Negotiated Indirect Cost Rates under Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards
Commerce Department Forms (CD)

DOC Award Terms, Conditions and Associated Regulations:

If your award or additional funding to an existing award was made on or after April 30, 2019, please see below for the applicable terms.

Agency Title
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Pre-Award Notice Effective December 26, 2014
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions Dated April 30, 2019
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) OMB Uniform Guidance, 2 C.F.R Part 200

If your award or additional funding to an existing award was made on or after October 9, 2018 and before April 30, 2019, please see below for the applicable terms.

Agency Title
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Pre-Award Notice Effective December 26, 2014
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions Dated October 9, 2018
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) OMB Uniform Guidance, 2 C.F.R Part 200

If your award or additional funding to an existing award was made on or after March 31, 2017 and before October 9, 2018, please see below for the applicable terms.

Agency Title
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Pre-Award Notice Effective December 26, 2014
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions Dated March 31, 2017
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) OMB Uniform Guidance, 2 C.F.R Part 200

If your award or additional funding to an existing award was made on or after December 26, 2014 and before March 31, 2017, please see below for the applicable terms.

Agency Title
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Pre-Award Notice Effective December 26, 2014
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions Dated December 26, 2014
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) OMB Uniform Guidance, 2 C.F.R Part 200

If your award or additional funding to an existing award was made before December 26, 2014, please see below for the applicable terms.

Agency Title
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Pre-Award Notice Effective December 17, 2012
Department of Commerce (DOC) Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions Dated January 2013
Department of Commerce (DOC) DOC Grants and Cooperative Agreement Regulations

Research Terms and Conditions (RT&Cs) for Federal awards
Issuance of the revised RT&Cs was announced in the March 14, 2017 Federal Register (82 FR 13660). The RT&Cs address and implement the Uniform Guidance issued by OMB. The Department of Commerce commenced implementation of the RT&Cs effective October 1, 2017. For awards designated on the Form CD-450 (Financial Assistance Award) as Research, both the ST&Cs and the RT&Cs as implemented by the Department, apply to the award.

The RT&Cs as well as the Departments implementation statement, agency specific requirements, prior approval matrix, and subaward requirements are posted on the National Science Foundations website https://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp. The ST&Cs and the RT&Cs are generally intended to harmonize with each other; however, where the ST&Cs and the RT&Cs differ in a Research award, the RT&Cs prevail, unless otherwise indicated in a specific award condition.

Current DOC Research Award Documents
Department of Commerce Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
RPPR Instructions

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This page was updated on April 28, 2020