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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) grant programs in general have requirements for both financial and programmatic performance reporting. Please refer to the Reporting Requirements section for additional details.

No. The formula is used for award calculation purposes only. Funds are awarded in a lump sum and grantees are free to expend these as best for their actual needs.

There is no limit on indirect costs, per se. Rather, indirect costs are limited to those prescribed in the applicant's Federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement. An applicant has the option of waiving all or a portion of its indirect costs if it so desires.

You can be apprised of new grant opportunities from our Agency in the following ways:

For the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T32s, tuition and fees are reimbursed at the level established in the baseline year of the grant's current 5-year competitive segment. You may not include requests for reimbursement of any escalations in tuition and fees in noncompeting continuation applications. Additional funds will not be awarded for this purpose.

"Expanded authorities" refer to a limited number of actions that normally require awarding agency prior approval but for which HHS has waived its authority and given this authority to the grantee.

For more information, go to the HHS Grants Policy Statement (PDF, 1.354 MB).

The Notice of Award will indicate whether or not your award is under expanded authorities.

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