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Regulations and Guidelines

As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA’s partners and award recipient to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance.

Policy Guide

NIFA’s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures.

Certifications and Representations

Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process.

Acknowledgment of USDA Support by NIFA

When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgment for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA.

Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register.


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data.

NEPA Policy and Guidance

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts.

OGFM Issued Correspondence

The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes.

Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are those expenses that support the shared goals of the project and grantee. Refer to the process for establishment of Indirect Cost Rates for more information.

Research Misconduct

NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct.

Terms and Conditions

Award terms and conditions provide specific guidance on program performance. Refer to the award document, Form NIFA-2009, to determine the applicable terms and conditions document.

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