600.172 Subsequent adjustments and

tinuing responsibilities. 600.173 Collection of amounts due.

600.251 Later disallowances and

ments. 600.252 Collection of amounts due.

Entitlements (Reserved]

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS 600.180 Purpose. 600.181 Special provisions for Small Busi

ness Innovation Research Grants. APPENDIX A TO SUBPART B TO PART 600/CON


Subpart C-Uniform Administrative Re

quirements for Grants and cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments


Subpart D-E [Reserved] Subpart F-Eligibility Determination for Cer

tain Financial Assistance Programs

General Statement of Policy 600.500 Purpose and scope. 600.501 Definitions, 600.502 What must DOE determine. 600.503 Determining the economic interest

of the United States. 600.504 Information an applicant must sub

mit. 600.505 Other information DOE may



DISTRIBUTEES AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq; 31 U.S.C. 6301-6308; 50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq., unless otherwise noted.


600.200 Purpose and scope of this subpart. 600.201 Scope of $8600.200 through 600.205. 600.202 Definitions. 600.203 Applicability. 600.204 Effect on other issuances. 600.205 Additions and exceptions.

PRE-AWARD REQUIREMENTS 600.210 Forms for applying for grants. 600.211 State plans. 600.212 Special grant or subgrant conditions

for “high-risk" recipients.

Subpart A-General


SOURCE: 61 FR 7166, Feb. 26, 1996, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Administration 600.220 Standards for financial management

systems. 600.221 Payment. 600.222 Allowable costs. 600.223 Period of availability of funds. 600.224 Matching or cost sharing. 600.225 Program income. 600.226 Non-Federal audit.

Changes, Property, and Subawards 600.230 Changes. 600.231 Real property. 600.232 Equipment. 600.233 Supplies. 601.234 Copyrights. 600.235 Subawards to debarred and

pended parties. 600.236 Procurement. 600.237 Subgrants.

Reports, Records Retention, and Enforcement 600.240 Monitoring and reporting program

performance. 600.241 Financial reporting. 600.242 Retention and access requirements

for records. 600.243 Enforcement. 600.244 Termination for convenience.

After-the-Grant Requirements 600.250 Closeout.


$ 600.1 Purpose.

This part implements the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act, Pub. L. 95–224, as amended by Pub. L. 97–258 (31 U.S.C. 6301-6308), and establishes uniform policies and procedures for the award and administration of DOE grants and cooperative agreements. This subpart (Subpart A) sets forth the policies and procedures applicable to the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements. $ 600.2 Applicability.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by Federal statute or program rule, this part applies to applications, solicitations, and new, continuation, and renewal awards (and any subsequent subawards).

(b) Any new, continuation, or renewal award (and any subsequent subaward) shall comply with any applicable Federal statute, Federal rule, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular and Governmentwide guidance in effect as of the date of such award.

(c) Financial assistance to foreign entities is governed, to the extent appropriate, by this part and by the administrative requirements and cost principles applicable to their respective recipient type, e.g, governmental, non-profit, commercial.

$ 600.3 Definitions.

Amendment means the written document executed by a DOE contracting officer that changes one or more terms or conditions of an existing financial assistance award.

Award means the written document executed by a DOE Contracting Officer, after an application is approved, which contains the terms and conditions for providing financial assistance to the recipient.

Budget period means the interval of time, specified in the award, into which a project is divided for budgeting and funding purposes.

Continuation award means an award for a succeeding or subsequent budget period after the initial budget period of either an approved project period or renewal thereof.

Contract means a written procurement contract executed by a recipient or subrecipient for the acquisition of property or services under a financial assistance award.

Contracting Officer means the DOE official authorized to execute awards on behalf of DOE and who is responsible for the business management and nonprogram aspects of the financial assistance process.

DOE Patent Counsel means the Department of Energy Patent Counsel assisting the Contracting Officer in the review and coordination of patents and data related items.

Financial assistance means the transfer of money or property to a recipient or subrecipient to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by Federal statute. For purposes of this part, financial assistance instruments are grants and cooperative agreements and subawards.

Head of Contracting Activity or HCA means a DOE official with senior management authority for the award and administration of financial assistance instruments within one or more DOE organizational elements.

Merit review means a thorough, consistent, and objective examination of applications based on pre-established criteria by persons who are independent of those submitting the applications and who are knowledgeable in the field of endeavor for which support is requested.

Nonprofit organization means any corporation, trust, foundation, or institution which is entitled to exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or which is not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual (except that the definition of “nonprofit organization” at 48 CFR 27.301 shall apply to the use of the patent clause at Section 600.27).

Program rule means a rule issued by a DOE program office for the award and administration of financial assistance which may describe the program's purpose or objectives, eligibility requirements for applicants, types of program activities or areas to be supported, evaluation and selection process, cost sharing requirements, etc. These rules usually supplement the generic policies and procedures for financial assistance contained in this part.

Project means the set of activities described in an application, State plan, or other document that is approved by DOE for financial assistance (whether such financial assistance represents all or only a portion of the support necessary to carry out those activities.)

Project period means the total period of time indicated in an award during which DOE expects to provide financial assistance. A project period may consist of one or more budget periods and may be extended by DOE.

Recipient means the organization, individual, or other entity that receives an award from DOE and is financially accountable for the use of any DOE funds or property provided for the performance of the project, and is legally responsible for carrying out the terms and conditions of the award.

Renewal award means an award which adds one or more additional budget periods to an existing project period.

Research and development means all research activities, both basic and applied, and all development activities

that are supported at universities, colleges, and other non-profit institutions and commercial organizations. “Research" is defined as a systematic study directed toward fuller scientific knowledge or understanding of the subject studied. The term research also includes activities involving the training of individuals in research techniques where such activities utilize the same facilities as other research and development activities and where such activities are not included in the instruction function. “Development” is the systematic use of knowledge and understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including design and development of prototypes and processes. [61 FR 7166, Feb. 26, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 56420, Oct. 20, 1999)

$ 600.4 Deviations.

(a) General. (1) A deviation is the use of any policy, procedure, form, standard, term, or condition which varies from a requirement of this part, or the waiver of any such requirement, unless such use or waiver is authorized or precluded by Federal statute. The use of optional or discretionary provisions of this part, including special restrictive conditions used in accordance with 600.114 and 600.212, are not deviations. Awards to foreign entities and the waiver of the cost sharing requirements in $ 600.30 or the patent requirements of $ 600.27 are not subject to this section.

(2) A single-case deviation is a deviation which applies to one financial assistance transaction and one applicant, recipient, or subrecipient only.

(3) A class deviation is a deviation which applies to more than one financial assistance transaction, applicant, recipient, or subrecipient.

(b) The DOE officials specified in paragraph (c) of this section may authorize a deviation only upon a written determination that the deviation is

(1) Necessary to achieve program objectives;

(2) Necessary to conserve public funds;

(3) Otherwise essential to the public interest; or

(4) Necessary to achieve equity.

(c) Approval procedures. (1) A deviation request must be in writing and must be submitted to the responsible DOE Contracting Officer. An applicant for a subaward or a subrecipient shall submit any such request through the recipient.

(2) Except as provided in paragraph (c)(3) of this section

(i) A single-case deviation may be authorized by the responsible HCA. Any proposed single-case deviation from the requirements of $ 600.27 concerning patents or data shall be referred to the DOE Patent Counsel for review and concurrence prior to submission to the HCA.

(ii) A class deviation may be authorized by the Director, Procurement and Assistance Management or designee. Any proposed class deviation from the requirements of $ 600.27 concerning patents or data shall be forwarded through the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property or designee.

(3) Whenever the approval of OMB, other Federal agency, or other DOE office is required to authorize a deviation, the proposed deviation must be submitted to the Director, Procurement and Assistance Management or designee for concurrence prior to submission to the authorizing official.

(d) Notice. Whenever a request for a class deviation is approved, DOE shall publish a notice in the FEDERAL REGISTER at least 15 days before the class deviation becomes effective. Whenever a class deviation is contained in a proposed program rule, the preamble to the proposed rule shall describe the purpose and scope of the deviation.

(e) Subawards. A recipient may use a deviation in a subaward only with the prior written approval of a DOE Contracting Officer. [61 FR 7166, Feb. 26, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 56420, Oct. 20, 1999)

$ 600.5 Selection of award instrument.

(a) If DOE has administrative discretion in the selection of the award instrument, the DOE decision as to whether the relationship is principally one of procurement or financial assistance shall be made pursuant to the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act as codified at 31 U.S.C. 63016306. A grant or cooperative agreement shall be the appropriate instrument, in accordance with this part, when the principal purpose of the relationship is the transfer of money or property to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by Federal statute. In selecting the type of financial assistance instrument, DOE shall limit involvement between itself and the recipient in the performance of a project to the minimum necessary to achieve DOE program objectives.

(b) When it is anticipated that substantial involvement will be necessary between DOE and the recipient during performance of the contemplated activity, the award instrument shall be a cooperative agreement rather than a grant. Every cooperative agreement shall explicitly state the substantial involvement anticipated between DOE and the recipient during the performance of the project. Substantial involvement exists if:

(1) Responsibility for the management, control, or direction of the project is shared by DOE and the recipient; or

(2) Responsibility for the performance of the project is shared by DOE and the recipient.

(c) Providing technical assistance or guidance of a programmatic nature to a recipient does not constitute substantial involvement if:

(1) the recipient is not required to follow such guidance;

(2) the technical assistance or guidance is not expected to result in continuing DOE involvement in the performance of the project; or

(3) The technical assistance or guidance pertains solely to the administrative requirements of the award.

(d) In cooperative agreements, DOE has the right to intervene in the conduct or performance of project activities for programmatic reasons. Intervention includes the interruption or modification of the conduct or performance of project activities. Suspension or termination of the cooperative agreement under $$ 600.162 and 600.243 does not constitute intervention in the conduct or performance of project activities.

$ 600.6 Eligibility.

(a) General. DOE shall solicit applications for financial assistance in a manner which provides for the maximum amount of competition feasible.

(b) Restricted eligibility. If DOE restricts eligibility, an explanation of why the restriction of eligibility is considered necessary shall be included in the solicitation, program rule, or published notice. Except when author ized by statute or program rule, if the aggregate amount of DOE funds available for award under a solicitation or published notice is $1,000,000 or more such restriction of eligibility shall be supported by a written determination initiated by the program office and approved by an official no less than two levels above the initiating program official and concurred in by the Con tracting Officer and legal counsel Where the amount of DOE funds is less than $1,000,000, the cognizant HCA and the Contracting Officer may approve the determination.

(c) Noncompetitive financial assistance DOE may award a grant or cooperative agreement on a noncompetitive basis only if the application satisfies one or more of the following selection cri teria:

(1) The activity to be funded is necessary to the satisfactory completion of, or is a continuation or renewal of an activity presently being funded by DOE or another Federal agency, and for which competition for support would have a significant adverse effect on continuity or completion of the activity.

(2) The activity is being or would be conducted by the applicant using its own resources or those donated or provided by third parties; however, DOE support of that activity would enhance the public benefits to be derived and DOE knows of no other entity which is conducting or is planning to conduct such an activity.

(3) The applicant is a unit of government and the activity to be supported is related to performance of a governmental function within the subject jurisdiction, thereby precluding DOE provision of support to another entity.

(4) The applicant has exclusive domestic capability to perform the activity successfully, based upon unique

$ 600.7 Small and disadvantaged and

women-owned business participa

tion. (a) DOE encourages the participation in financial assistance awards of small businesses, including those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and women, of historically black colleges, and of colleges and universities with substantial minority enrollments.

(b) For definitions of the terms in paragraph (a) of this section, see the Higher Education Act of 1965, and 15 U.S.C. 644, as amended by the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), and implementing regulations under FASA issued by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

(C) When entering into contracts under financial assistance awards, recipients and subrecipients shall comply with the requirements of Section 600.144 or Section 600.236, as applicable.

equipment, proprietary data, technical expertise, or other such unique qualifications.

(5) The award implements an agreement between the United States Government and a foreign government to fund a foreign applicant.

(6) Time constraints associated with a public health, safety, welfare or national security requirement preclude competition.

(7) The proposed project was submitted as an unsolicited proposal and represents a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach which would not be eligible for financial assistance under a recent, current, or planned solicitation, and if, as determined by DOE, a competitive solicitation would not be appropriate.

(8) The responsible program Assistant Secretary, Deputy Administrator, or other official of equivalent authority determines that a noncompetitive award is in the public interest. This authority may not be delegated.

(d) Approval requirements. Determinations of noncompetitive awards shall be approved, prior to award, by the initiating program official, by the responsible program Assistant Secretary (or official of equivalent authority) or designee, who shall be not less than two organizational levels above that of the project officer, by the Contracting Officer and shall be concurred in by local legal counsel. Where the amount of DOE funds is less than $1,000,000 for a noncompetitive financial assistance award, the determination shall be approved by the cognizant HCA and the Contracting Officer. Concurrence for a particular award or class of awards of $1,000,000 or less may be waived by local legal counsel.

(e) Documentation requirements. A determination of noncompetitive financial assistance (normally prepared by the responsible program official) explaining the basis for the proposed noncompetitive award shall be placed in the award file.

8 600.8 Solicitation.

(a) General. A solicitation for financial assistance applications shall be in the form of a program rule or other publicly available document which invites the submission of applications by a common due date or within a prescribed period of time.

(1) A Program Assistant Secretary (or official of equivalent authority) may annually issue a program notice describing research areas in which financial assistance is being made available. Such notice shall also state whether the research areas covered by the notice are to be added to those listed in a previously issued program rule. If they are to be included, then applications received as a result of the notice may be treated as having been in response to that previously published program rule. If they are not to be included, then applications received in response to the notice are to be treated as unsolicited applications. Solicitations may be issued by a DOE Contracting Officer or program office with prior concurrence of the contracting office.

(2) DOE shall publish either a copy or a notice of the availability of a financial assistance solicitation in the FEDERAL REGISTER. DOE shall publish solicitations or notices in the Commerce

(61 FR 7166. Feb. 26, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 56420, Oct. 20, 1999; 66 FR 34784, July 2, 2001)



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