US federal funds

The US Government Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for establishing government wide grants, policies and guidelines which are adopted by each federal grant making agency.

The OMB Circulars most relevant to the administration of awarded funds at academic institutions include:

  • A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions
  • A-110: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations
  • A-133: Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Non-Profit Organizations.

The above circulars provide instructions to recipients for handling US federal funds. Principal Investigators on US federally funded projects should be aware of and ensure they comply with institutional requirements for the administration of funds, in accordance with clause 2.2 of the ANU Externally-Funded Grants, Consultancies and Contracts Policy.

In addition to the above circulars, which apply to all US federal fund expenditure, federal award agency terms and conditions will apply to specific awards and must be read in conjunction with OMB advice.

To assist the flow down of contractual obligations to subcontractors engaged by The Australian National University, a template Collaborating Organisation agreement is available from the quick resources menu.

If you require assistance or advice please contact Kerrie Jackson or Luke Beckett.