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Review of Institutions of Higher Education Grantees Receiving National Institutes of Health Awards

More than 80 percent of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions located in every State and around the world. OIG has identified areas of potential risk at institutions of higher education receiving NIH awards such as inappropriate or unsupported charges to Federal awards, lack of financial conflict-of-interest polices, and deficiencies in internal control related to the financial management system. In addition, Congress, NIH, and Federal intelligence agencies have raised concerns about foreign threats to the integrity of U.S. medical research and intellectual property at institutions of higher education. Our objective will be to determine whether institutions of higher education (1) managed NIH awards to ensure allowability of costs in accordance with Federal and award requirements, and (2) met Federal conflict-of-interest requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
May 2020 National Institutes of Health Review of Institutions of Higher Education Grantees Receiving National Institutes of Health Awards Office of Audit Services W-00-20-59445 2021