The Division of Financial Advisory Services (DFAS) is a centralized office that supports the Office of the Director, NIH; contracts, grants and program officials of NIH's Institutes and Centers; and business management officials of NIH's contractors and grantees.
DFAS provides financial advice, participates in the development, coordination and implementation of cost policy relating to contracts and grants, resolves audit findings, performs cost analyses and special reviews, and negotiates indirect cost rates with commercial companies.
The Division is staffed with a dedicated group of auditors and administrative staff working as a team to support NIH's multi-billion dollar contracts and grants programs.
The DFAS mission is to provide quality financial advice and services to ensure the appropriate funding and reimbursement of contracts and grants.
In addition to the Director and her immediate staff, DFAS has two specialized Branches, i.e., the Indirect Cost Branch and the Special Reviews Branch. The SBIR/STTR Grant Pilot Team was established in 2014 to focus on indirect cost rate negotiations with these awardees. A complete staff listing and specific areas of responsibility are shown on each organizational component’s web page.
The DFAS Director is responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of the SBIR/STTR Grant Pilot Team, the Indirect Cost Branch, and the Special Reviews Branch. In addition, the Director and her immediate staff contribute at various NIH and DHHS levels to the development, coordination and implementation of cost policy relating to contracts and grants, serve as the NIH liaison with the DHHS Office of Audit Services and other Federal audit offices, conduct studies and surveys and provide representation on DHHS and NIH study groups and committees concerned with contract and grant management and administration. The Director and her immediate staff also coordinate training activities conducted by DFAS.