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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!

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.


September 3, 2014 - Government-wide Biosafety
On August 28, 2014 OSTP released a joint memorandum urging all relevant federal intramural facilities, including extramural facilities that receive federal funding, to conduct a biosafety "Safety Stand Down" in the near term.  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


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.


September 9, 2013 - Military Electronics and Equipment and the Commerce Control List
COGR and AAU have written two letters on the transfer of military electronic equipment from the United States Munitions List to the Commerce Control List; one to the Department of State (click here for the letter) and one to the Commerce Department (click here for the letter).  Also, COGR and AAU supported the letter from the Association of University Export Control Officers (AUECO) on the subject.  Click here for the AUECO letter