Uniform Guidance Implementation at the University of Louisville

What is the Uniform Guidance?

In December 2013, the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced a sweeping reform of the guidance regarding Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards into a single circular.  The new “Uniform Guidance” streamlines the language from eight existing OMB circulars (including A-21, A-87, A-110, and A-133) into one consolidated set of guidance in the Code of Federal Regulations.  This new Guidance was implemented by Federal agencies for new funding received on or after December 26, 2014.

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) has stated that the Uniform Guidance is “the single biggest regulatory change in the last 50 years of research administration.” The Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup was established by the Office of the EVPRI to research the revised regulations and, in conjunction with other University offices, determine what will be needed to keep the University of Louisville and our research faculty compliant for Federal funding.  As we understand what procedural changes will be required, the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup will be able to provide guidance and instruction to our research faculty and staff so that we are well-prepared for this new era in federal award management.

Recent Updates

*Apr 8, 2015: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions on its implementation of Uniform Guidance 2 CFR part 200.  This FAQ resource will be updated periodically by the NSF as more questions arise.

Apr 1, 2015: The National Institutes of Health has published its full revised Grants Policy Statement, effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after December 26, 2014.  In addition, the NIH has also provided a supplemental Summary of Significant Changes document, which helps explain the changes in the full-text policy.

Mar 20, 2015: The National Institutes of Health’s webinar from March 12, “Q&A: Eye on NIH Policy – OMB Uniform Guidance, What it Means for You video is now available online at the NIH YouTube channel.  This webinar features discussion on frequently asked questions that were submitted in response to NIH’s Interim Grant General Conditions document and the related video “NIH Implementation of Uniform Guidance.”

The Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup has published its Analysis of Federal Uniform Guidance. This reference cites specific text of 2 CFR part 200 Uniform Guidance and provides the analysis and discussion for implementation at the University of Louisville.

Mar 5, 2015: The National Institutes of Health has announced an upcoming webinar - Eye on NIH Policy: OMB Uniform Guidance, What it Means for NIH & You. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  This is an interactive webinar with participant discussion and a Q&A session. In advance of the webinar, the NIH has released a pre-recorded video presentation “NIH Implementation of Uniform Guidance”, which is available on the NIH Grants YouTube channel.  Any questions you may have from this presentation may then be submitted during the webinar for discussion.

UofL Community Presentations

In February 2015, the Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup hosted a series of four Information Sessions on Uniform Guidance at both Health Science and Belknap campuses.  The slides from this presentation are now available as a reference for the entire UofL community.

UofL Online Resources for Uniform Guidance Implementation

Key References for Uniform Guidance

Federal Code – Office of Management and Budget (White House)

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR)

Uniform Guidance Implementation Workgroup

    Kevyn Merten, Ph.D. - Assistant Vice President for Research & Innovation

    Cheri Jones - Director, Audit Services

    Judy Bristow - Director, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration

    Julie Renn - Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration

    Larry Zink - Controller and Treasurer

    Andrew French - Grants Management Specialist, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration

Contact Us

If you have any questions, requests, or concerns regarding the new federal regulations and how they will be applied at UofL, please contact our Workgroup by email at uniform.guidance@louisville.edu.

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Last update:  4/8/2015