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The Council on Governmental Relations is an association of research universities located in the District of Columbia.

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Since its inception in 1948, COGR has been continuously involved in the development of all major financial and administrative aspects of federally-funded research.

Today, COGR's primary function is to provide advice and information to its membership and to make certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on colleges and universities. COGR helps to develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in research and graduate education.

COGR holds three meetings each year to keep its membership informed of any and all issues facing research institutions today. The next meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Hotel on October 23 and 24, 2014. The 2015 meetings are: March 5 and 6; June 4 and 5; and October 22 and 23. COGR meetings are open for COGR members only.

Latest News!

October 17, 2014 - Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
COGR and AAU responded to the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) notice of proposed rulemaking.  Click here for the letter.

 

October 15, 2014 - PTO Proposed Guidance on Patent Eligibility for Claims Involving Natural Phenomena or Products
COGR joined five other higher education associations in urging the Patent and Trademark Office to allow public comment on pending revised guidance on patent eligibility for claims involving natural phenomena or natural products.  Click here for the letter.

 

October 10, 2014 - Recent COGR Letters on the OMB Uniform Guidance

Listed here are three recent letters that COGR has sent to the COFAR applicable to the OMB Uniform Guidance:  1) September 26, 2014 - request to clarify the definition of MTDC and use of the term "subcontract" - click here for the letter; 2) October 9, 2014 - request to incorporate technical corrections into the final version of the Uniform Guidance - click here for the letter; and 3) October 10, 2014 - request to change the trigger for DS-2 submission from $50 million of federal awards to $50 million of CAS-covered contracts - click here for the letter.


 

October 10, 2014 - Fall 2014 Update
COGR has published its Fall 2014 Update.  Click here for the Update.

 

October 2014 COGR Meeting Agenda
COGR has published the October 2014 Meeting Agenda.  Click here for the Agenda.

 

October 2, 2014 - COGR Analysis of OSTP Final Policy on Dual Use Research of Concern
COGR has published an analysis of the Office of Science and Technology Policy final policy on Dual Use Research of Concern.  Click here for the Analysis.

 

September 17, 2014 - COGR Guide to OMB Uniform Guidance, Version 2

The COGR Costing Policies Committee has published Version 2 of the COGR Guide to OMB Uniform Guidance.  Click here for a copy.


 

August 25, 2014 - Summer 2014 Update
COGR has published its Summer 2014 Update.  Click here for the Update.

 

August 1, 2014 - Finances of Research Universities, June 2014 Version
COGR has released its 2014 version of the Finances of Research Universities analysis.  The paper was first published in 2003 and updated in 2008. An Executive Summary will be available soon.  Click here for the full version of the paper.  Click here for the Executive Summary.

 

July 29, 2014 - Joint Letter to PTO on Laws of Nature

COGR, AUTM, APLU and AAU sent joint comments to the Patent and Trademark Office on its Guidance Memorandum for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena and Natural Products.  Click here for the letter.


 

July 1, 2014 - Recent COGR Letters on the OMB Uniform Guidance
Listed here are three recent letters that COGR has sent to federal officials applicable to the OMB Uniform Guidance: 1) response to the NSF implementation in the NSF PAPPG, dated July 1, 2014 - Click here; 2) proposed FAQs with answers to OMB, dated June 26, 2014 - Click here; 3) Procurement and Fringe Benefits implementation request to OMB, dated June 17, 2014 - Click here.

 

June 11, 2014 - COGR Resources on the OMB Uniform Guidance
Listed here are COGR resources on the OMB Uniform Guidance:  1) COFAR-COGR Review (status used for the COFAR-COGR meeting held on June 11, 2014) click here; 2) FDP-COGR White Papers (based on meeting held on April 14, 2014) click here; 3) COGR Guide to the OMB Uniform Guidance, dated April 17, 2014, click here; 4)  Paper titled "An Implementation Plan for a Major Research University", dated March 10, 2014, click here; 5) Preliminary Assessment of the OMB Uniform Guidance, Dated January 14, 2014, click here

 

April 24, 2014 - April 2014 Update
COGR has published its April 2014 Update.  Click here for the Update.

 

May 30, 2014 - May 2014 Update
COGR has published its most recent update - May 2014.  Click here for the Update.

 

April 24, 2014 - Joint Association Letter on Attributable Owners
COGR, AAU, ACE, AAMC, APLU and AUTM have sent a joint letter to the Commissioner of Patents on changes to require identification of attributable owner.  Click here for the letter.

 

April 24, 2014 - Change to Require Identification of Attributable Owner
Six associations - COGR, AAU, ACE, AAMC, APLU, AUTM - wrote a letter to PTO on changes to require identification of attributable owners.  Click here for the letter.

 

February 14, 2014 - February 2014 Update
COGR has published its latest Update - February 14, 2014.  Click here for the Update.

 

December 18, 2013 - COGR December 2013 Update
COGR has published the latest Update for December 2013.  Click here for the Update.

 

December 9, 2013 - COGR Letter to NIH on Grants Closeout Model
COGR sent a letter to NIH asking that a new grants closeout model be established that is compatible with the implementation of subaccounts in the Payment Management System, as described in NIH Notice NOT-OD-13-120.  Click here for the letter.

 

October 11, 2013 - COGR Update
COGR has published its latest Update for October 2013.  Click here for the Update.

 

September 3, 2013 - COGR Letter to OMB and COFAR
COGR, in collaboration with other stakeholders, sent a letter to OMBO and the COFAR requesting a meeting to discuss the status of grants reform.  Click here for the letter.