If you are involved in carrying out a federal grant project, you share the responsibility for compliance with federal laws, regulations, and policies. The CFSR team can help you understand the regulations and policies that apply to your particular situation. But you, as the project director or principal investigator, are ultimately responsible for ensuring that you carry out your grant project and spend your grant funds in compliance with federal and agency rules. Please contact CFSR staff for more information relating to federal-wide and agency-specific requirements along with institutional policies relating to your grant award.

Key Federal Regulations

As of December 26, 2014, a new "super circular" of federal regulations is in effect. This new regulatory document, known as the Uniform Guidance or 2 CFR 200, replaces several previously-separate regulatory documents, including the two described below. Each federal grantmaking agency is required to update its grants policy documents to conform to the new standards set by 2 CFR 200. If you have been awarded a federal grant on or after December 26, 2014, then the new regulations under 2 CFR 200 apply to the management of your grant. If you were awarded a federal grant before December 26, 2014, then the federal regulations and policies listed below apply to the management of your grant.

Administrative Requirements for Grants & Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education. Also known as 2 CFR  215 or OMB Circular A-110, this is the code of federal regulations governing how federal grants prior to December 26, 2014 must be administered, what records and documentation must be kept, etc. CFR-2013-title2-vol1-part215.pdf

Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, also known as 2 CFR 220 or OMB Circular A-21, lays out detailed explanations of how to spend federal funds in allowable ways and avoid unallowable costs. It applies to grants awarded prior to December 26, 2014. CFR-2013-title2-vol1-part220.pdf