SNAP Award Process

Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) -- Phase III

Until 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have required annual fiscal reports within 90 days of expiration of each competing and non-competing budget period. As a result of this requirement for separate accountability, new budget numbers have been assigned to each competing and non-competing year of all NIH grants.

In fiscal year 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented the Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP). SNAP applies to all mechanisms routinely covered under expanded authorities, except Program Project Grants (P01s) and Outstanding Investigator Grants (R35s). Awards may be specifically included or excluded from SNAP by a term and condition on the Notice of Grant Award. Those budgets covered by SNAP will be identified with Grant Control Flag 5 in the Budget Number Index (FIN). The phases of SNAP are as follows:

Phase I - simplified the requirements of the non-competing application process (1995).

Phase II - the Notice of Grant Award was changed to reflect only direct and indirect costs, and indirect costs are now included in the future year recommended funding levels (1996).

Phase III - Financial Status Reports (FSR) are required at the end of the competitive segment, rather than annually. FSRs will be required by NIH 90 days after expiration of the competitive segment.

As a result of the third phase of SNAP, Grant and Contract Accounting and Office of Sponsored Programs have reviewed the implications of this change and considered various options that would continue to maintain accountability, yet reduce administrative burden associated with annual reporting. The following changes have been implemented for SNAP awards:


  1. Assign a new budget number only to each competing period of an NIH SNAP project (i.e. one budget number for each project period which generally lasts 3 to 5 years).
  2. Set up the current period date in the Budget Number Index (FIN) to correspond with the project period.
  3. Supplement the budget annually in each non-competing year as the award document is received.
  4. Submit a fiscal report within 90 days of the expiration of each competing segment, the final budget period of a grant, of early termination of a grant or transfer of a grant to a new institution.

Implementation Date: The change is effective for new, competing and non-competing NIH SNAP awards starting 9/1/96 and later.

Departmental personnel continue to be responsible for completing the SNAP non-competing proposal which includes responding to questions related to balances and rebudgeting.

New budget numbers will continue to be issued annually for NIH awards not covered by SNAP.

Please contact Grant and Contract Accounting at 3-8454 or Office of Sponsored Programs at 3-4043 if you have any questions. 

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