The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-224, 31 USC 6301 and following) establishes the fundamental distinctions between purchase contracts, grants and cooperation contracts. During your discussion of the types of grants, you did not mention fixed premiums. Although not widely available, F premiums are typical of cases where funding opportunities are limited and do not meet the usual definition of discretionary allocation. For example, when funds are allocated to defined benefit activities and non-incurred costs are incurred, as is the case for the costs of assisting volunteer programs. A Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA) is a contractual document used for the transfer of data developed by non-profit, public or private companies when the data is not public or subject to other restrictions. Often, this data is a necessary component of a research project and can be data from human subjects from a clinical trial or data set limited to the meaning of HIPAA. Universities will want to ensure that the terms of the DTUA protect confidentiality when necessary, but allow for appropriate publication and sharing of research results, in accordance with higher education guidelines, applicable laws and regulations, and federal requirements. Confidentiality agreements are similar because they limit the use and disclosure of the data set and, in some cases, a CDA format can be used as a starting point for creating a DUA suitable for data transmission.
Our university is a public institution that receives a large portion of its research funds from the U.S. federal government. To ensure that AAUs comply with higher education policy and funding agency requirements, the OGCA and the UAF ORI will conduct an examination and institutional assistance of THE AUS to ensure compliance with the relevant guidelines and regulations. In the case of cooperation agreements, it is likely that the OMB PRA will need to be reviewed and approved if the NIJ plays an important role in the design, development of methodology and analysis of data collection. Given that the amount of NIJ participation at the time of submission may not be clear, applicants proposing research involving more than nine (9) advisorys should consider that an authorization of the PRA OMB is necessary and take this information into account when developing the application, including the proposal , the research plan, the timetable and the budget.