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Federal Regulations for NIFA Awards

Most regulations applicable to National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awards are housed in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations is accessible through the National Archives and Records Administration. The following regulations may be of particular interest to NIFA awardees; however, the list is not all inclusive. Note that each regulation does not apply to each and every award. It is important to refer to the request for applications, the award document, or the content of the regulations for its applicability.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published two Federal Register Notices on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 (69 FR 26275 and 69 FR 26281). The Notices implement changes affecting the location of policy guidance for grants and other agreements.

In the first notice, OMB established a single title in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (i.e., title 2 of the CFR) along with two subtitles (i.e., subtitles A and B). Subtitle A of title 2 is to house OMB's guidance to Federal agencies for grants and agreements. Subtitle B of title 2 will house agency regulations implementing the OMB guidance.

By way of the second notice, OMB relocates the existing OMB Circular A-110 to title 2 in the CFR, subtitle A, chapter II, subchapter B, part 215.

Proposed Regulations

NIFA Publishes Interim Rule (7 CFR Part 3430)

On August 1, 2008, NIFA published an interim rule (in the Federal Register) establishing uniform administrative provisions for all competitive and noncompetitive grant programs with the exception of the Small Business Innovation Research Program and capacity grant programs. Although this interim regulation became effective on August 1, 2008, NIFA is requesting comments on or before October 30, 2008.

That document contained an invalid E-mail address for the submission of comments. The correct address and comment submission instruction is: E-mail: Policy@nifa.usda.gov. Include Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number 0524-AA28 in the subject line of the message. The extended comment end period is October 30, 2008. The correction published in the (Federal Register) on September 5, 2008


USDA Regulations

7 CFR Part 1 USDA implementation of the Freedom of Information Act

7 CFR Part 1b National Environmental Policy Act

7 CFR Part 1c Protection of human subjects

7 CFR Part 3 Debt management

7 CFR Part 15 Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Agriculture--Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

7 CFR Part 15b Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance

7 CFR Part 3011 Availability of information to the public

7 CFR Part 3015 Uniform federal assistance regulations

7 CFR Part 3016 Uniform administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to state and local governments

7 CFR Part 3017 Governmentwide debarment and suspension (nonprocurement)

7 CFR Part 3018 New restrictions on lobbying

7 CFR Part 3019 Uniform administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations

7 CFR 3021 Governmentwide requirements for drug-free workplace (financial assistance)

7 CFR Part 3052 Audits of states, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.


NIFA Regulations

7 CFR Part 3404 Public information

7 CFR Part 3407 Implementation of National Environmental Policy Act

7 CFR Part 3419 Matching Funds Requirement for Agricultural Research and Teaching and Extension Formula Funds at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University , and at 1862 Land-Grant Institutions in Insular Areas


NIFA Administrative Provisions

7 CFR Part 3400 Special Research Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3401 Rangeland Research Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3402 Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3403 Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3405 Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3406 1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3411 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

7 CFR Part 3415 Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program


Other Regulations

9 CFR Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 Rules of practice governing proceedings under the Animal Welfare Act

37 CFR Part 401 Rights to inventions made by nonprofit organizations and small business firms under government grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements

48 CFR Chapter 4 Federal Acquisition Regulations System for the United States Department of Agriculture


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