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- Standard Terms and Conditions
- Grant Payment
- Reporting Requirements
- Requests for Change(s) to Award
- Noncompeting Continuation Funding
- Inspector General Hotline
- Financial Reporting
- Invention Reporting
- Final Reports/Closeout Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Recognition for AHRQ-Funded Publications
- Grants Management Staff Contacts
Standard Terms and Conditions
Individual awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by AHRQ and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated either directly or by reference in the following (this order of precedence prevails in the event there are conflicting or otherwise inconsistent policies applicable to the award):
- 42 U.S. Code sections 299-299c-7 as amended by Public Law 106-129. Note in particular sections 299c-1(c) and (d) regarding obligation to maintain confidentiality for identifiable data.
- Pertinent restrictions on the expenditure of Federal funds in applicable appropriations acts.
- 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 67, Subpart A. Note section 67.19 and consider if Health Information Privacy Regulation, 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 160 and 164 (published in 65 Federal Register 82462 ff., December 28, 2000) applies to any data to be used for proposed research.
- 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 75.
- The Notice of Grant Award including all terms and conditions cited on the document or attachments, such as the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Grants Policy Statement with addenda.
As stated in the HHS Grants Policy Statement, acceptance of the grant terms and conditions is automatically acknowledged by the grantee when funds are drawn or otherwise obtained from the grant payment system.
As of February 2008, a new Term of Award—Human Trafficking—applies to all AHRQ grantees.
As of July 2013, a new Term of Award—Pilot for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections—applies to all AHRQ grantees.
As of May 26, 2020, a new Term of Award—AHRQ Data Management Plan policy—applies to all AHRQ grantees.
As of August 13, 2020, a new Term of Award—Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment—applies to all AHRQ grantees.
As of July 26, 2021, a new Term of Award—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Non-Discrimination Legal Requirements for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance—applies to all AHRQ grantees.
Legislation and Policy Applicable to Awards
- Effective October 1, 2010: Requirement for Central Contractor Registration and Universal Identifier (PDF, 22.57 KB). This is implemented in accordance with OMB Interim Final Guidance, Federal Register Volume 75, No. 177, September 14, 2010; 2 CFR Subtitle A, Part 25).
- Effective October 1, 2010: Requirement for Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation on AHRQ Grants and Cooperative Agreements (PDF, 33.11 KB). This is implemented in accordance with OMB Interim Final Guidance, Federal Register Volume 75, No. 177, September 14, 2010; 2 CFR Part 170.
AHRQ award payments are available through the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is administered by The Division of Payment Management (DPM), an office of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Program Support Center, Financial Management Service.
Inquiries should be directed to:
ONE-DHHS—the PMS Help Desk, providing assistance to all system users. Support is available Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET (except Federal Holidays): 1-877-614-5533 or email PMSSupport@psc.gov.
In general, HHS grant programs have requirements for both financial and programmatic performance reporting.
For grant projects with more than one budget period, the grantee is required to submit an annual Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) using the electronic RPPR module in the eRA Commons (which includes a detailed budget). The due date of the annual progress report is three (3) months before the anniversary of the award (NOT HS-15-001). Grantees should also refer to the Notice of Award for any additional reporting requirements.
For further details regarding non-competing application requirements, go to the Non-Competing Continuation Funding section.
Financial reports are required annually by AHRQ for all grant programs. Grantees must submit this information on the Federal Financial Report (FFR; SF-425). The FFR must be submitted annually for each budget period no later than 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends. The final FFR is due no later than 120 days after the project period end date.
Submit the Federal Financial Report (SF 425) electronically via the Payment Management System (PMS).
Select for a table of FFR due dates.
At its discretion, AHRQ may require progress reports and/or financial reports to be submitted more frequently than annually, but no more frequently than quarterly. The terms of award will indicate if more frequent reporting is required. When a grant ends, the grantee is required to submit a Final Invention Statement, Final Progress Report, and Final FFR. For details, please refer to the Final Reports/Closeout Requirements section.
Requests for Change(s) to Award
The HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) addresses post-award prior-approval requirements related to making certain direct cost budget modifications or undertaking specified activities. Some post-award changes may be made without AHRQ prior approval as long as they are within the limits established by HHS. Post-award changes that require AHRQ approval, as well as changes that may be made under the recipient’s authority, are outlined in the HHS GPS. If AHRQ prior approval is required, it must be requested of, and obtained from, the AHRQ Division of Grants Management (DGM) in advance of the change or obligation. The grantee institution must email a written request, endorsed by an authorized institutional official, to the Awarding Agency Contact (also known as the Grants Management Specialist) listed under item #9 on the Notice of Award. Such requests include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in the scope or objectives of the project.
- Re-budgeting requests that cannot be approved by the grantee institution.
- Change of Institution.
- Carry over of restricted funds from one budget period to another.
- For a grant that is not included under expanded authorities, carryover of unobligated funds.
- Extensions of time during the final budget period that cannot be approved by the grantee institution.
Be sure that any request for PHS/AHRQ prior approval is countersigned by the Principal Investigator and an authorized institutional official in accordance with PHS policy. Any requests that have programmatic aspects will be acted on only after consultation with the appropriate AHRQ program official.
If AHRQ approves the request, the grantee will receive written notification from DGM staff in the form of a letter, email, or revised Notice of Award.
Noncompeting Continuation Funding
For instructions for requesting continued support beyond the first year of funding go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grants/process/noncomp.html.
Inspector General Hotline
The HHS Inspector General (IG) maintains a toll-free telephone number, 800-447-8477, for receiving information concerning fraud, waste, or abuse under grants and cooperative agreements. Such reports are kept confidential, and callers may decline to give their names if they choose to remain anonymous.
HHS policy requires a report of expenditures as documentation of the financial status of grants according to the official accounting records of the grantee organization.
AHRQ grantees are to submit expenditures information using the Federal Financial Report (FFR; SF-425). AHRQ requires the electronic submission, via the Payment Management System (PMS), of a financial report for every grant or cooperative agreement on an annual basis. The annual FFR is due 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends.
The expenditure data elements of the final Federal Financial Report (FFR; SF-425) submitted via the Payment Management System (PMS) must exactly match the final expenditures reported on the grantee's cash transaction report and reflected in the Payment Management System. All obligations must be liquidated before final FFR submission. The final FFR is due no later than 120 days after the project period end date.
Please note that FFRs are not required for Fellowship (F31, F32) grant awards.
FFR Due Dates
|Budget or Project Period End Date||Calendar Quarter End||Annual FFR Due Date
(90 days after end of calendar quarter)
|Final FFR Due Date
(120 days after end of project period)
|January 31||March 31||June 30||May 31|
|February 28 or 29||March 31||June 30||June 30|
|March 31||March 31||June 30||July 31|
|April 30||June 30||September 30||August 31|
|May 31||June 30||September 30||September 30|
|June 30||June 30||September 30||October 31|
|July 31||September 30||December 31||November 30|
|August 31||September 30||December 31||December 31|
|September 30||September 30||December 31||January 31|
|October 31||December 31||March 31||February 28 (or 29 in a leap year)|
|November 30||December 31||March 31||March 31|
|December 31||December 31||March 31||April 30|
Timely submission of accurate FFRs is important. Unobligated balances of Federal funds may be requested to be carried forward to the subsequent budget period if the grantee anticipates and justifies a need for the funds. For grants under expanded authorities, the grantee institution may approve the carry forward of unexpended, nonrestricted funds to the subsequent budget period and must reflect this approval in the Remarks section of the FFR. For grants that are not under expanded authorities, or for unexpended restricted funds, AHRQ written prior approval is required to carry over funds to a subsequent budget period.
Revised FFRs representing additional expenditure claims by the grantee that were not included in the original FFR may be submitted via PMS with an explanation. This should be done as promptly as possible, but no later than 1 year from the due date of the original report. Any such revised report received after that date will not be accepted and will be rejected.
Revised FFRs resulting in a balance due to the Federal Government must be submitted to AHRQ whenever the overcharge is discovered, regardless of the lapse of time since the original due date of the FFR. For additional information, refer to the HHS Grants Policy Statement as well as to the Division of Payment Management Web site.
After a grant has ended or been terminated, a final FFR must be submitted within 120 days of the end date of the project period. The final FFR must have no unliquidated obligations and must indicate the exact balance of unobligated funds. The expended funds reported on the FFR must exactly match the disbursements reported on the grantee's report to the Payment Management System.
PHS policy requires that all inventions made in the course of or under any PHS research grant be promptly and fully reported to HHS and, in any event, be reported prior to the publication of any description of the invention. An online system called "iEdison" has been developed to allow grantees to fulfill this requirement. Please refer to the iEdison Web site for additional information.
Final Reports/Closeout Requirements
HHS policy requires that a grant or cooperative agreement be "closed out" after the project ends. Documentation in the form of several "final reports" is required within 120 days of the end date of the project period.
Grant Closeout Requirements
Documents and submission requirements for grant closeout
Go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grants/process/closeout.html
Final Federal Financial Report (FFR; SF-425)
Form and instructions for final expenditures report
Go to: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/report_on_grant/federal_financial_report_ffr.htm
Final Invention Statement and Certification
Inventions conceived and developed during project
Go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/hhs568.pdf (83 KB)
AHRQ Grant Final Progress Report Format
Instructions and structure for final report submission on project
Go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grants/process/reptemp.html
AHRQ Citation Style for Reference Lists
Format for citations on publications and electronic resources
Go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grants/tips-tools/refstyle.html
Frequently Asked Questions
|The HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) [PDF, 1.4 MB] is a prime resource for answering most grant-related questions. Also, please utilize the resources available in your institution's sponsored projects or research administration office for guidance before contacting AHRQ.|
For Frequently Asked Questions related to Grants Management, go to: https://info.ahrq.gov.
Recognition for AHRQ-Funded Publications
To submit information to AHRQ on publication of your AHRQ-funded study, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grant-mgmt/recognition_ahrq-funded_study.html
Grants Management Staff Contacts
Grants management staff welcome questions of an administrative nature. For active grant or cooperative agreement awards, questions should be directed to the Awarding Agency Contact (also known as the Grants Management Specialist) listed on the Notice of Award (NOA).
Grants Management Specialists
|Name||Phone Number||Email Address|
|George Gardner||(301) 427-1450||George.Gardner@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Brian Campbell||(301) 427-1266||Brian.Campbell@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Anna Caponiti||(301) 427-1402||Anna.Caponiti@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Kathryn Woolridge||(301) 427-1025||Kathryn.Woolridge@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Galen Gregor||(301) 427-1457||Galen.Gregor@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Carol Kauffman||(301) 427-1448||Carol.Kauffman@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Nicole Williams||(301) 427-1015||Nicole.Williams@ahrq.hhs.gov|
|Steven Young||(301) 427-1458||Steven.Young@ahrq.hhs.gov|
Questions of a programmatic nature should be directed to the Program Official listed on the NOA. General programmatic questions should be directed to the appropriate program office.
|Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (CDOM)||(301) 427-1410|
|Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT)||(301) 427-1406|
|Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI)||(301) 427-1500|
|Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS)||(301) 427-1349|
|Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations (OEREP)||(301) 427-1449|
|Office of Communications (OC)||(301) 427-1700|
|Office of Management Services (OMS)||(301) 427-1364|