Forms and Policies





The federal government has a vested interest in the responsible management of the grants process from beginning to end. This section links to federal policies surrounding the allocation of grant funds and the research enterprise.

Federal Uniform Guidance

A summary of the changes in Federal regulations that apply to grants and cooperative agreements and how NIU is responding to them.

Federal Uniform Guidance  Date: 11/17/2014

Budgeting Electronic Devices

Guidance on budgeting and charging small electronic computing devices (e.g. iPads) on sponsored projects.

Budgeting Electronic Devices (PDF)

Budgeting Administrative-Clerical Salaries

Guidance on budgeting and charging administrative and clerical salaries on sponsored projects.

Budgeting Administrative-Clerical Salaries (PDF)

Federal Lobbying Policy

Federal regulations 2 C.F.R. Part 220, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions and 31 U.S.C. Section 1352, Byrd Amendment. This section explains the university's responsibilities under federal lobbying regulations as they relate to federal proposals and awards.

Federal Lobbying Policy (PDF) Date: 4/17/2014

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

The principle rules outlining federal procurement (contract) actions.

Federal Acquisition Regulations 

Excluded Parties List

The Excluded Parties List identifies those parties excluded throughout the U.S. Government from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits.

Fly American Act

Travel under federal awards must comply with the Fly American Act.

Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

The Bureau of Industry and Security is charged with the development, implementation and interpretation of U.S. export control policy for dual-use commodities, software, and technology.

Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

The Office of Foreign Asset Control  administers and enforces economic sanctions programs primarily against countries and groups of individuals, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers.

Foreign Per Diem Rates

Foreign travel under federal awards must comply with both NIU and federal Foreign Per Diem Rates at put forth by the U.S. Department of State.

Federal Research Sponsors Rules and Regulations


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