Update on Federal Grant Flexibilities provided in M-20-17 and M-20-26

Please be advised of an important change in federal flexibilities related to salaries and benefits on federal awards provided in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandums M-20-17 and M-20-26.

As of October 1, 2020, salaries and related benefits should not be charged to federal awards for individuals who are unable to perform any work on those awards. We believe that very few Principal Investigators should be impacted, as research continues at UCSF both onsite and remotely, in some capacity. However, should there be a resurgence in COVID-19, and a reduction in our ability to conduct research in the future, additional flexibilities may be needed.

The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have submitted a joint letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting a reinstatement of flexibilities provided in the subject memorandums.

The Office of Sponsored Research and Contracts and Grants Accounting will update the campus if any additional guidance is provided by OMB, or particular sponsors (e.g. NIH). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Winona Ward or Ellyn McCaffrey.