Grants Policy and Guidance

Grants Policy Guide

The Grants Policy Guide is currently under major revision. All prior versions should be considered obsolete.

Instructions for preparing and submitting grant applications are contained in the Funding Opportunity Announcements posted on this site, at www.grants.govExternal link, and at www.FedConnect.netExternal link.

Current guidance about grants may be found in the regulations and documents cited below.


Merit Review of Grant Applications

The following guidelines and regulations pertain to the merit review of grant applications as well as other Federal policies and procedures concerning the Department's grant process.

Application Receipt and Processing (Summary)Includes administrative review of grant applications, evaluation criteria, and the merit review process. (As contained in the Grant Application Guide.)

Office of Science "Merit Review System"
(As published in Federal Register, March 11, 1991)


Grant Rules, Regulations, and Guidance

The rules governing SC's grants and cooperative agreements are regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs). The following rules establish the basic requirements that SC and its awardees must follow:

10 CFR 600 - Department of Energy Financial Assistance RegulationsExternal link

The Office of Science Financial Assistance Program Rule: 2 CFR 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsExternal link (PDF)

10 CFR 605 - The Office of Science Financial Assistance Program Rule

2 CFR 215 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations (A-110)External link

2 CFR 220 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (A-21)External link

2 CFR 230 - Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (A-122, does not apply to Colleges and Universities)External link

All references to the Code of Federal Regulations may be found hereExternal link.

OMB Circular A-133 - Audits of States, Local Government and Non-Profit OrganizationsExternal link

OMB Policy StatementsExternal link

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) - Part 31, Cost Principles for Profit-making OrganizationsExternal link

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