Grants and Contracts Procedures Manual
Federal and State Regulations
When a sponsor provides federal funding for a project, either directly or indirectly as pass-through funds, there are specific compliance requirements.
These compliance requirements include:
- Statutory Requirements, which are created when laws are enacted. These requirements take precedence over all other policies and regulations related to sponsored projects.
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance for government-wide sponsored project management.
Federal Regulations - The University and the PI/PD, in accepting an award from a sponsoring agency, assume the responsibility for the financial, technical, and administrative aspects of the award. There are six principal sets of federal regulations that provide guidance in the financial and programmatic management of awards to universities:
2 CFR Part 200 (OMB Uniform Guidance), This guidance supersedes requirements from OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-122 (which have been placed in 2 C.F.R. Parts 220, 225, 215, and 230); Circulars A-89, A-102, and A-133; and the guidance in Circular A-50 on Single Audit Act follow-up. This guidance applies to new awards and funding increments (continuation awards) received on or after December 26, 2014.
EDGAR - Administrative regulations for the U.S. Department of Education grants.
FAR - Federal Acquisition Regulations are the primary regulations used by federal sponsors to govern contracts for supplies and services, including research services. FAR is not applied to grants and cooperative agreements that are governed by the Uniform Guidance, agency grant regulations, or Federal Demonstration Project (FDP) terms and conditions (FDP is not applicable to MVSU). Federal contracts typically incorporate all of the FAR clauses applicable to a given project.
State Regulations and Guidelines - Each state agency provides regulatory guidance in requests for proposals, in award documents, and/or in contract terms. In practice, they apply the cost principles under the Uniform Guidance (for awards on or after December 26, 2014) to universities.