Stimulus Funding Information

NEW - December 2011 - Accelerating Spending of Remaining Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Discretionary Grant Programs

Background and Initiation
President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law. The $787 billion stimulus bill allocates $21.5 billion for federal research and development, to be invested within two years. This site has been developed to provide the most recent information on the ARRA for the UMB community. This website will be continually updated throughout the days and weeks ahead, so please be sure to visit it often.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Federal Recovery Website

Federal Agency Recovery Websites

State of Maryland Recovery and Reinvestment Website

OMB: Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF)
Among other things, this document discusses the special reporting requirements for ARRA awards that will meet the transparency and accountability requirements and ARRA objectives including (1) ensure that the uses of the funds and the public benefits of the funds are reported, (2) ensure that the funds are used without delay, and (3) report on jobs created and retained.

April 3, 2009:  OMB: Updated Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF)

June 22, 2009:  OMB:  Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF)

Link to FR 18449-18463 (PDF) - Interim Final Guidance - Office of Management and Budget, "Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards

Reporting 
The Office of Management and Budget has developed a web-based data collection system, www.FederalReporting.gov, where contract and grant recipients will file reports on stimulus funding.  The reports will include the projects funded, total funds received and expended and jobs associated with each project. 

Tracking Stimulus Funds at UM
Tracking and reporting stimulus funds are considered critical to meet the transparency and accountability objectives of the law. One way that we will tracking proposals and resulting awards at UM is to identify up front whether or not the proposal is for Stimulus funding.  A proposal should be identified as "ARRA Fundng (Stimulus) if we are applying directly to the Federal government for these funds, or if we are a subcontractor in an application for Stimulus funds, or will receive local government funding (e.g., through DHMH) that comes from Stimulus funds.

In Coeus Proposal Development, the tab to the far right is now called ARRA (Stimulus).  From that tab, click the ADD button.  In the search screen, enter an asterisk to find all values.  Then highlight the appropriate selection [either ARRA Funding (Stimulus) or Regular Funding] and click OK. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The ARRA NIH Grants Funding Opportunities website provides the following statement about their strategy for stimulus funding:  While NIH Institutes and Centers have broad flexibility to invest in many types of grant programs, they will follow the spirit of the ARRA by funding projects that will stimulate the economy, create or retain jobs, and have the potential for making scientific progress in 2 years. We expect to:
1. Select recently peer reviewed highly meritorious research grant applications (R01s and others) that can be accomplished in 2 years or less.
2. Fund new research applications.
3. Accelerate the tempo of ongoing science through targeted supplements to current grants.
4. Support new types of activities such as the NIH Challenge Grant program that meet the goals of the ARRA.
5. Use other funding mechanisms as appropriate.

About NIH ARRA funding at UM

National Science Foundation

Important Notice No. 131 (PDF):  This Notice provides information about NSF's funding strategy for the ARRA funds.

NSF American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Terms and Conditions May 2009 (PDF)