Federal Government 

The University of California is the largest recipient of federally-sponsored research activity among US institutions of higher education with over $7 billion in federally-sponsored research activity expenditures at the ten UC campuses.

Agency specific and federal-wide policy guidance links are provided below, including resources provided by collaborative initiatives like the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).

Uniform Guidance/OMB Circulars

Uniform Guidance

Information on UC's implementation of OMB's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

Office of Management and Budget Link


The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in coordination with the federal grant-making agencies, promulgate many of the federal-wide rules that govern research

OMB Office of Federal Financial Management Link

The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is responsible for the financial management policy of the Federal Government

Grants Management Link | Grants Management Circulars Link

OMB Circular A-110 Link

November 19, 1993 (amended September 30, 1999)

Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations

Relocated to 2 CFR, Part 215 PDF

OMB Circular A-133 PDF

June 27, 2003 and June 26, 2007

Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organizations

Federal Audit Clearinghouse Link

Federal Award Management and Rulemaking

Federal Regulatory Rulemaking Link

Rulemaking is the process of creating and enacting federal regulation, the actual enforceable laws authorized by Congressional legislation

Federal Register Link | Code of Federal Regulations Link

Track a Regulation Link

OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Regulatory Review Dashboard resource that tracks the process of federal rulemaking

Federal Acquisition Regulation Link

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is the principal set of rules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation System, a system that consists of sets of regulations issued by agencies of the federal government to govern the acquisition process

Quick reference of the FAR parts Link

Federal Agencies that Provide Grants Link

Listing and links to the 26 federal grant-making agencies

National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health Link


National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest source of extramural research funding at UC. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.

List of NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices Link

NIH Office of Extramural Research Link


The Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides policy and guidance to the NIH Institutes and Centers that award grants

NIH Grants Policy Statement (October 1, 2013) Link | Grants Policy & Guidance Link

Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools


Search NIH’s repository of funded research projects

NIH Data Book Link | Funding Facts Link

National Science Foundation

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide Link

February 2014

The Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide is comprised of documents relating to NSF's proposal and award process

Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide PDF | Previous Version (February 2014) Link

NSF Cost Sharing Policy Link

NSF generally does not allow voluntary committed cost sharing in its proposals. NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) details NSF's cost-sharing policy. Refer to PAPPG II.D.2.f(xii) for cost sharing information for NSF proposals, and PAPPG VII.C for cost-sharing information for NSF awards.

Overarching Policies on Cost Sharing PDF | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NSF's Revised Cost Sharing Policy PDF

Department of Energy Office of Science

Department of Energy Office of Science Link

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science coordinates fundamental scientific research for energy on behalf of DOE and is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences

Office of Science, Office of Grants and Contracts Support Link

Federal Government Shutdowns

Federal Government Shutdowns

Information regarding the impact of federal government shutdowns on UC campus research.

RPAC Resources

Guidance to Clauses Link

REMS Sponsor Guidance #423

Guidance on FAR, DFAR and NASA FAR clauses that are frequently proposed in research contracts to universities. REMS login required.


Melissa Waver

Research Policy Manager

Phone: (510) 987-9344