Research Terms and Conditions (RTC)

Research Terms and Conditions address and implement the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The RTC is a side-by-side depiction of pertinent sections of the Uniform guidance on the left side and clarifications for research and research-related awards on the right side. Specifically these terms and conditions:

  • Incorporate the entire Uniform Guidance by reference, clarifying or supplementing select provisions where appropriate and consistent with government-wide research policy.
  • Incorporate the latest version of the Frequently Asked Questions for the Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200 (located at https://cfo.gov/cofar-resources).
  • Apply to an award when included as part of the award or when incorporated in the award by reference. Use of the RTCs is envisioned as a streamlined approach that supports the implementation of the Uniform Guidance by providing clarification, supplementary guidance, and, where appropriate, selected options, while meeting the spirit and intent of a uniform implementation.

Agencies participating in the RTC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) The most up to date version of the RTC is located at this link https://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp