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NIH's Pre-Award Process for Assessing Risk of Grant Applicants and Post-Award Process for Oversight of Grantees

Extramural research grants accounted for more than 80 percent of the $37 billion that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received for FY 2018 from Congress. Before making a Federal award, NIH is required to determine whether a party is eligible to receive Federal funds. Even if eligible, a party may be subject to certain conditions because of the risk(s) associated with making the Federal award. The Departments of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law No. 115-245) and its Accompanying Report directed that OIG examine NIH's oversight of its grantees' compliance with NIH policies, including NIH efforts to ensure the integrity of its grant application and selection processes. We will conduct audits at NIH's Institutes and Centers to review their (i) pre-award process for assessing risk of potential recipients of Federal funds, and (ii) post-award process for overseeing and monitoring of grantees on the basis of risks identified during the pre-award process.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
February 2019 National Institutes of Health NIH's Pre-Award Process for Assessing Risk of Grant Applicants and Post-Award Process for Oversight of Grantees Office of Audit Services W-00-19-51002 2020