Applicable External Policies


Office of Management and Budget, Grants Management - OMB, working cooperatively with Federal agencies and non-Federal parties, establishes government wide grants management policy and guidelines through the code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The policy is adopted by each grant making agency and inserted into their Federal regulations.

Smithsonian, as a non-profit organization, follows the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Indirect Costs Policies and Rates

Smithsonian's Current Indirect Cost Rates

NASA is the cognizant agency for SI government indirect cost rates. Two indirect cost rates, the Grants and Contracts Overhead Rate and the General and Administrative Rate are used for all SI-Washington based government grants and contracts.

A unit-specific, indirect cost rate has been authorized for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

Government indirect cost rate characteristics and application procedures are in Smithsonian Directive 304.


Compliance Policies

Animal Care and Use

OSP Animal Care and Use Webpage


Use of Human Subjects in Research

OSP Human Subjects in Research Webpage


Responsible Conduct of Research

Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy, SD 607, requires training in the Responsible Conduct of Research for all students, interns, post-doctoral fellows supported by awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) or Public Health Service (PHS). The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals, Human Subjects.


Financial Conflict of Interest

Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy, SD 608, requires disclosure of significant financial interests by individuals responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), or Public Health Service (PHS.)


Misconduct in Research

Federal and Smithsonian Institution policy, SD 604, defines Misconduct in Research as: fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results. Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services

Contact the Research Compliance Officer for more information.

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