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Extramural Agreement Authorities, Restrictions and Limitations 

This table provides a list of the Agency's extramural agreement authorities, applicable Federal regulations, and terms and conditions.

Note that all indirect cost rates applied to awards are subject to review and approval of the Agency Authorized Departmental Officer

Extramural Agreement Terms and Conditions

Requirement to Do Business with the Federal Government 

Cooperators are required to have Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and be registered in SAM.GOV.

Extramural Agreement Performance Reporting Requirements 

  • Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) - for awards executed 10/11/2016 and thereafter.  The RPPR has been mandated by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and coordinated by the National Science Foundation.  Must meet mandatory reporting requirements and any other reporting requirements that may have been identified in the award document.  (This is the document found on the National Science Foundation website.)  Reports must also include the provisions set forth in 2 CFR 200, sec. 200.328.

Extramural Agreement Payment 

The Cooperator's method of payment is identified on the Award Face Sheet (REE-451)

HHS-PMS: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Payment Management System, Program Support Center (PMS). https://pms.psc.gov/ This is the default method of payment for ARS.

•  About the Program Support Center: https://pms.psc.gov/about-us.html

•  Roles and Responsibilities: https://pms.psc.gov/grant-recipients/roles-responsibilities.html 

•  PMS Help Desk: https://pms.psc.gov/support/help-desk.html 

•  Frequently Asked Questions (for recipients):https://pms.psc.gov/grant-recipients/grant-recipient-faqs.html  

EFT/Treasury check: 

The recipient must submit invoices to the REE Agency ADO on the OMB-approved “Request for Advance or Reimbursement” SF 270 (OMB 4040-0012). Additional invoice backup or itemization requirements may be identified by REE Agency in the REE Award, generally in the Statement of Work, “Mutual Agreements”.

 Information for ARS Partners (Sponsors of Funding) 

     Agency Fringe Benefits: 

      ARS Indirect Costs:

NOTICE regarding USDA, National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Federal awards to Non-Federal Entities (NFE) with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) as a subrecipient. 

USDA-NIFA awards many grants to NFEs with USDA-ARS identified as a co-Principal Investigator (subrecipient).  As a subrecipient, USDA-ARS shall receive a sub-award from the NFE.  Subject to the eligibility requirements identified in a USDA-NIFA or another Federal funding opportunity announcement, USDA-ARS may apply as a subrecipient of the NFE.  The Agency’s legal authority to enter into a competitive grant proposal for research as a NFE’s subrecipient for which grant funds will be provided to the Agency is 7 USC 3318a. Therefore, a NFE who is a prime recipient of a USDA-NIFA grant or other Federal grant has the authority to issue a sub-award to USDA-ARS.

Links to Federal Resources 

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You can search this database to find assistance programs meeting your requirements and for which you are eligible.  This website is https:beta.sam.gov/ and has officially replaced CFDA.gov. 

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