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OMB Uniform Guidance

On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in the Federal Register.  This Uniform Guidance will take effect December 26, 2014, and will replace the administrative, accounting, audit rules and principles in eight OMB circulars, including A-21 (Cost Principles), A-110 (Administrative Requirements), and A-133 (Audit Requirements).  Each agency will be issuing its own implementing regulations for the Uniform Guidance.

ORS is committed to making sure Penn is positioned to comply with the new guidance as it becomes effective.  We have established a working group to evaluate Penn’s Sponsored Program Policies in the context of the new guidance and implementing regulations.  If you would like more information about the working group, or would like to participate, please contact Missy Peloso at

This site will be updated as information becomes available.

Sponsored Programs Policies

Penn Resources
Brief Overview of the Uniform Guidance
The Uniform Guidance: Key Changes Faculty Need to Know About

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)

OMB Resources

OMB Policy Statements: Uniform Grant Guidance
Uniform Guidance Crosswalk from Existing Guidance to Final Guidance
Uniform Guidance Crosswalk from Final Guidance to Existing Guidance

Other Federal Resources

COFAR’s FAQs on Uniform Guidance
COFAR Metrics to Measure the Impact of the Uniform Guidance
COFAR webcast on Uniform Guidance Implemantation October 2, 2014

Agency Implementation

NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide
NIH Interim Grant General Conditions
NIH Grants Policy Statement Revised March 31, 2015

Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

FDP/COGR White Paper on the Uniform Guidance
COGR Guide to OMB Uniform Guidance (April 24, 2014)
COGR Key Issues Summary to COFAR (June 11, 2014)
NCURA Uniform Guidance Presentation: Key Issues for Universities
OMB Update - Uniform Guidance presentation at NCURA Annual Aug 2014



ORS Newsletter: June 2014

ORS Newsletter: February 2014

ORS Newsletter: November 2013

2013 NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS)

ORS Newsletter: July 2013

NIH Tutorial

ORS Newsletter: April 2013

ORS Newsletter: January 2013

ORS Newsletter: October 2012

2012 NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS)

Financial Conflict of Interest Information

ORS Newsletter: July 2012

DOD F&A Cap Update

ORS Newsletter: March 2012

ORS Brown Bag Schedule with Handouts

xTrain FAQs

xTrain Termination of Fellowships Quick Reference Guide for Institution Users

eRA Help Desk (For xTrain Policy-related Questions)

Announcement: Change in University's F&A Rates for Clinical Trials, effective July 1, 2011

New AIS Guide

Updated NSF Proposal & Policy & Award Procedures (PPAP)

NIH eFFR (SF425) Implementation Notice

FFR Schedule

FFR Implementation Notice

FFR Pilot--- Late FFR Submission Approval Ltr

Procedural Guidelines for Principal Investigators (“PIs”) Leaving the University of Pennsylvania: Handling Awards, Research Materials, Equipment and/or Other Research-Related Issues

New for FY11: New BEN Cost Transfer Categories

August 20th, 2008 Letter from Associate Vice Provost for Research

For More Information on the Stimulus Package

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009:
Stimulus Information Site

Solution to Common PD Questions

ORS Brown Bag Session, Apr 9, 2009:
Slide Presentation

NIH Public Access Policy This new policy now mandates the deposit of peer-reviewed manuscripts from all NIH funded research to an open access archive, PubMedCentral

Information related to the FY08 Department of Defense appropriation signed November 17, 2007.  

NIH Salary Cap
Information on the past and current caps.

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Sponsored Programs

New to Sponsored Projects Administration at Penn?
Click here for information on what you need to know and where to find it.

NIH eSNAP Process and Procedures

Research Compliance

Proposal Transmittal and Approval Form

Sponsored Programs Subaccount Worksheet

Accounting Procedures of Non-Federal Sponsors


Research Administration Quizzes and FAQ'S

Salary Cap Cost Sharing Estimator



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