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Federal Agency Guidance


Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) contains regulations for administering discretionary and formula grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and establishes uniform administrative requirements for Federal grants and agreements awarded to institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations.


NASA's Guidebook for Proposers describes the policies and process for submitting responses to NASA funding opportunities. for basic and applied science and technology research and for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

NASA Guidebook


This application guidance includes detailed instructions for how to submit grant applications to NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

NIH's application site is here: Application Guide


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guide is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. The guide is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process.  It consists of two parts:

  • Part I is comprised of NSF’s proposal preparation and submission guidelines -- the NSF Application Guide. The Application Guide provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF, whether by the NSF Fastlane System or
  • Part II is comprised of the documents used to guide, manage, and monitor the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation. Coverage includes the NSF award process, from issuance and administration of an NSF award through closeout. Guidance regarding other grant requirements or considerations that either is not universally applicable or which do not follow the award cycle also is provided.

OMB Uniform Guidance

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance establishes a set of principles for federal grants management determining costs applicable to grants, contracts, and other agreements with educational institutions. The principles deal with the subject of cost determination, and make no attempt to identify the circumstances or dictate the extent of agency and institutional participation in the financing of a particular project. The principles are designed to provide that the Federal Government bear its fair share of total costs, determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, except where restricted or prohibited by law.

Uniform Guidance was drawn from and replaces OMB Circulars A-21, A-50, A-87, A-89, A-102, A-110, A-122, and A-133. Please click here for the full text of the OMB Uniform Guidance.