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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!

May 26, 2015 - May 2015 Update
COGR has published its May 2015 Update.  Click here for the Update.

 

May 12, 2015 - Joint Letter from COGR/AAU to NIST on the Revised Draft Guidanced on Controlled Unclassified Information

COGR and AAU sent a joint letter regarding the revised draft guidance concerning controlled unclassified information (CUI) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology which was outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-171.  Click here for a copy of the letter.


 

May 8, 2015 - June 2015 COGR Meeting Agenda
COGR has published its June 2015 Meeting Agenda.  Click here for a copy.

 

May 7, 2015 - Letter to OHRP on Draft Guidance on the Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations
COGR sent a letter to the Office for Human Research Protections on draft guidance for industry, clinical investigators and IRBs on the use of electronic informed consent in clinical investigations - questions and answers.   For a copy of the letter, click here.

 

April 30, 2015 - Abusive Litigation Practices of Patent Trolls
COGR and other higher education associations released a statement expressing the view that bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate, seeking to address abusive litigation practices of patent trolls while protecting the integrity of our patent system, was a substantial improvement over the pending House version (HR 9). Click here for a copy of the statement.

 

April 24, 2015 - Comment Letter to the FAA on Proposed Rule for the Operation and Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
COGR signed on to a comment letter to the FAA on its proposed rule for the Operation and Certiification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  Click here for the letter.

 

March 27, 2015 - COGR Letter to NIH on Proposed Extension of Reporting Requirements for FCOI
COGR sent at letter to OPERA on the request for a three-year extension of the reporting requirements set out in regulations on the Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research.  Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

March 23, 2015 - Proposed Rulemaking for Clinical Trials
COGR has submitted comments to NIH on proposed rulemaking for clinical trials registration and results submission.  Click here for the letter.

 

March 23, 2015 - Comments to NIH on Draft Policy on Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information
COGR has submitted comments to NIH on its draft policy on dissemination of NIH-funded clinical trial information.  Click here for the letter.

 

March 20, 2015 - March 2015 COGR Meeting Report
The COGR March 2015 Meeting Report is available.  Click here for the Report.

 

March 13, 2015 - Higher Education Associations Comment on PTO Interim Eligibility Guidance
AAU, APLU, AAMC,. AUTM and COGR sent comments to the Patent and Trademark Office on its Interim Eligibility Guidance.  Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

February 20, 2015 - COGR February 2015 Update
COGR has published its latest Update - February 2015.  Click here for the Update.

 

February 20, 2015 - COGR Letter to EPA on Interim Conflict of Interest Policy
COGR has submitted a letter to EPA on its interim Conflict of Interest Policy. Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

February 13, 2015 - COGR Response to OMB on Uniform Implementation
COGR has submitted its comments to the December 19, 2014 Federal Register Notice on Federal Awarding Agency Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR [art 200).  Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

January 28, 2015 - Draft NIH Policy on Use of Single IRB for Multi-Site Research
COGR has commented on draft NIH policy on the use of a single Institutional Review Board for multi-site research.  Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

January 22, 2015 - COGR Letter to OHRP on Draft Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care
COGR sent a letter to the Office for Human Research Protections on draft guidance concerning disclosure of reasonably foreseeable risks in research evaluating standards of care.  Click here for the letter.

 

January 16, 2015 - Joint AAU and COGR Letter to NIST on Controlled Unclassified Information
AAU and COGR sent a comment letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology on requirements pertaining to sensitive, unclassified information.  Click here for the letter.

 

January 16, 2015 - COGR Summary of Background and Technical Corrections to Final Uniform Guidance
The COGR Summary of Background and Technical Corrections to the Final Version of the Uniform Guidance is available. Click here for the Summary.  If you are interested in a Word version, please contact David Kennedy.

 

December 19, 2014 - December 2014 Update
The COGR December 2014 Update is available.  Click here for the Update.

 

December 12, 2014 - COGR Implementation and Readiness Guide
The COGR Implementation and Readiness Guide for the OMB Uniform Guidance is available. Click here for the Guide. If you are interested in a Word version, please contact David Kennedy.

 

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 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.

 

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 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 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