Announcement: Last month the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued guidance on NSF’s implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum (M-20-26), entitled, Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations. This issuance implemented updated guidance authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26 for recipients affected by COVID-19. The guidance extends two of the short-term administrative relief from specific requirements contained in 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, without compromising accountability requirements.
These extensions, that go beyond what OMB previously outlined in Memorandum M-20- 17, specifically pertain to the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission. In order to support charges against NSF awards, recipients are reminded of their responsibility to maintain appropriate records and documentation to support the charges in accordance with institutional policies and procedures.
- Flexibility with application deadlines
- Allowability of salaries and other project activities
- Prior approval requirement waivers
- Extension of financial, performance, and other reporting
- Extension of closeout
Questions? Questions about the policies described in the NSF Guidance should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the DCG Contracts and Grants Officer assigned to your unit.