Policy Guide

The NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes the statutory and regulatory responsibilities of NIFA federal-fund recipients. Although the document is available for download, we continue to solicit stakeholders’ input so that it can be revised further to address our users’ concerns. The Policy Guide allows grantees to rely on a single document for information formerly provided by a variety of grantee manuals.

The Policy Guide provides comprehensive guidance on:

  • Application and review processes
  • Award notification and administration procedures
  • Applicable cost principles
  • Award terms and conditions
  • Administrative, monitoring, and reporting requirements
  • Close-out procedures

In the event of conflicting information between the Policy Guide and a specific award, the terms and conditions associated with the award should be followed.

A Notice of Availability of the Draft NIFA Policy Guide for comment was published in the Federal Register (79 FR 40706; Monday, July 14, 2014). NIFA updated the NIFA Policy Guide to address most stakeholder comments; however, some comments require additional substantive changes.

NIFA views the Policy Guide as a “living document.” It will continue to be revised to incorporate legislation changes, clarify policies and procedures, address stakeholder concerns, and improve usability. A summary of revisions included in the document is intended to help users identify any significant changes to policies and procedures. NIFA continues to revise the Guide to implement the Agricultural Act of 2014 and USDA’s implementation of the 2 CFR part 200, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards”.

NIFA welcomes input to improve the NIFA Policy Guide. You may submit comments via email to policyguide@nifa.usda.gov. Include “NIFA Policy Guide” in the subject line of the message.

Download the NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide.