Assurances, Compliances, Representations and Certifications

To obtain funding from the federal government or other sponsoring agencies, the University will make assurances to the sponsor that it is in compliance with a number of regulations. Each sponsor, or even program, will have its own set of requirements. These assurances, compliances, representations and certifications apply to the institution, not the principal investigator.

The sponsor may require some or all of the following assurances, and may have additional agency-specific requirements:

  • The University will comply with all regulations, policies, guidelines and requirements, as they relate to the application, acceptance and use of funds.
  • The Office of Research has legal authority to submit applications and accept extramural funding for the University.
  • Facilities are properly accredited and authorized.
  • The University is not on the Federal Debarment and Suspension List.
  • The University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.
  • Military services are not barred from recruitment at University of Florida sites.
  • The University is in compliance with:
    • Federal Discrimination Regulations
    • Federal Lobbying Regulations
    • Federal Regulations Regarding Promoting Objectivity in Research
    • Federal Regulations Regarding Research Misconduct
    • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
    • Title IX of the Education Amendments
    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    • National Occupational Safety and Health Act
    • FDA Good Laboratory Practices Act
    • Drug-Free Workplace Act
    • Smoke-Free Workplace Act

On a project-specific basis, the investigator and/or University must indicate when the following special circumstances apply:

  • Hazardous materials are involved.
  • Genetically engineered organisms are involved.
  • Human anatomical substances are involved.
  • Historical sites are affected.
  • This is a group proposal.
  • Proprietary or privileged information will be generated by the project.
  • Project is in violation of any environmental compliance regulation.
  • Project involves the International Cooperative Act.
  • Project requires inter-governmental review due to state/local/national security.
  • Lobbying activities have been conducted regarding the proposal.
  • The University does not allow the government to announce the award.