Terms and Conditions

Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant’s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements.

Most USDA NIFA grants fall under two sets of research terms and conditions:

  1. Government-wide
  2. Agency-specific research

References to the terms and condition of your award are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. Terms and conditions apply to all research and research-related (i.e., research, education, and extension) grants, cooperative agreements, and special projects, awarded to institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and for-profit organizations, except:

  • Capacity Programs
  • 1890 Facilities Program
  • Small Business Innovation Research Program

Exceptions to the 1890 Facilities Program are included in 1890’s – Special Terms and Conditions:

In addition, some grant programs have program-specific terms and conditions:

For awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter

For awards with an award date preceding December 26, 2014

All related documents including appendices and agency-specific terms and conditions are housed on a web site maintained by the National Science Foundation. Visit the NSF website to access this critical information.