Office of Justice Programs Consultant Rate and Procurements Approval Revisions

Effective June 1, 2014, for future awards and current active grant and cooperative agreement awards, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is increasing the Consultant Rate Threshold to $650 per day, and the prior approval threshold for noncompetitive procurements (e.g., Sole Source) to $150,000.



Consultant Rate:

NIH eRA Services Unavailable Memorial Day Weekend

All NIH eRA services (including both the eRA Commons and ASSIST) will be completely shut down for system upgrading over the Memorial Day weekend.  The systems will be brought down at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and are expected to be restored to service by Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.

This downtime is necessary to complete the upgrade of all eRA systems so they are Unicode capable. As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters and other scientific characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by applicants.

Grants.Gov System Enhancement Notice

GRANTS.GOV System Enhancement - Release 12.3.4-SAM Integration and Minor Enhancements:

  •          Production System will go Offline Saturday May 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM EST
  •          Production System will go Online Monday May 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM EST
  •          Training environment will go Offline Monday, May 12, 2014, at 12:01 AM EST
  •          Training environment will go Online Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:00AM EST


NIH FAQs on New Resubmission Policy

NIH FAQs on New Resubmission Policy can be found here

NSF Proposal Preparation - A Reminder of a Significant Change

"Beginning March 18, 2013, FastLane will enforce submission of required sections of full proposals prior to proposal submission.

EPA sets Strategic Plan for 2014-2018

The Strategic Plan charts the course for advancing EPA's priorities and mission to protect human health and the environment.

Please contact your Grant and Contract Administrator with any questions.

Honorarium Payments on Restricted Grant Funds

Honoraria or other payments for the purpose of conferring distinction or to symbolize respect, esteem, or admiration may not be paid from federally-sourced grant funds.


OMB Publishes Federal Grants Reform Final Guidance

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) working with the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) issued final guidance titled “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” in the December 26, 2013 Federal Register.

Government Shutdown - Impact on UNH

Due to a lapse in appropriated funding and the government’s failure to put a continuing resolution into place for fiscal year 2014, the federal government is under a partial shutdown, beginning at 12:00a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Federal Plans Announced for Handling Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations – Follow up

As of October 1, 2013, there is no longer appropriated funding for Federal Agencies and they have implemented their contingency plans which can be viewed at the following url:   This list will be updated as additional agencies post their plans.  

Please contact your Grant and Contract Administrator with any questions.


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