Agency NOFOs Generally Are Conforming to Revised Uniform Guidance

Jerry Ashworth
January 5, 2021 at 13:58:42 ET
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While many federal awarding agencies still have some work to do in updating their agency exceptions to the uniform guidance in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (for more information, see our related video), a Thompson Grants review of a number of recent notices of funding opportunity (NOFOs) issued by federal agencies shows that they are generally implementing the revisions, both pre-award and post-award, under the revisions.

For example, the revised guidance added a new provision at §200.202 requiring awarding agencies to design programs, prior to announcing the NOFO, “with clear goals and objectives to facilitate the delivery of meaningful results consistent with the federal authorizing legislation of the program” and that match the agency’s strategic goals. For example, a recent request for applications (RFA) issued by the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (Assistance Listing 10.331) includes language not included in last year’s request stating that the program is aligned with USDA Strategic Goal 7, “Provide all Americans Access to a Safe, Nutritious and Secure Food Supply,” as well as Theme 3 of the USDA Science Blueprint, “Food and Nutrition Translation.” Further, it states that “additional requirements on expected performance goals, indicators and targets may be required as a condition of award.”

The NIFA RFA also makes adjustments to the amended citations used under the revised guidance, such as §200.211, Information contained in a federal award, and §200.333, Fixed-amount subawards.

It’s welcoming to know that awarding agencies are updating their NOFOs to ensure that applicants have all the updated, appropriate information they need to determine whether to apply for an award, whether they are eligible, and what goals and targets must be met to successfully meet the award expectations. With the current disruptions created by the COVID-19 epidemic, entities and organizations could find it critical to win federal funding to keep their programs afloat.

Entities preparing to submit proposals should be aware that planning is crucial. To help your organization understand all the facets of this planning process, Thompson Grants will host a webinar on Jan. 19 entitled, “Pre-award Grant Readiness,” at the special price of only $99. Register now for this event so that you can put forward your best grant proposals.

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