NIH grants are subject to requirements intended to ensure that recipient organizations handle their Federal awards responsibly.
The term "public policy" indicates that the requirement is based on social, economic, or other objectives or considerations that may be attached to the expenditure of Federal funds by grantees, consortium participants, and contractors, in general, or may relate to the expenditure of Federal funds for research or other specified activities.
In addition to cross-cutting requirements that some or all Federal agencies must apply to their grant programs, NIH grantees are subject to requirements contained in the HHS annual appropriations act that apply to the use of NIH grant funds, applicable provisions in other Federal agencies' appropriations acts, including Treasury, and other Federal statutes.
Some of those requirements are included here in a separate section titled Appropriation Mandates since they have been included in the appropriations acts for several years with little or no change.
Those requirements may be changed or other requirements may be added in the future.
The public policy requirements, objectives, and appropriation mandates listed in Exhibit 4 apply to all NIH awards with exceptions as noted.
NIH intends to uphold high ethical, health, and safety standards in both the conduct of the research it funds and the expenditure of public funds by its grantees.
The public policy requirements specified in this section set many of those standards.
The signature of the AOR on the application certifies that the organization complies, or intends to comply, with all applicable policies, certifications and assurances referenced (and, in some cases, included) in the application instructions.
The policies, certifications and assurances listed in this section may or may not be applicable to the project, program, or type of applicant organization.
Requirements/objectives are listed in alphabetical order. As noted in this section, some requirements may necessitate the submission of a separate document (e.g., human subjects assurance, certification of IRB approval or institutional exemption, civil rights assurance).
Applicants and grantees should take particular note of these requirements (for example, see specific sections on Human Subjects Protections and Civil Rights Protections), the absence or inadequacy of which may delay an award or render an applicant ineligible for award.