Uniform Guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Different regulations govern federal awards based on whether they are grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts.

To determine if the FAR is applicable, consult the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) or your RAS CA.

Uniform Guidance

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards is a comprehensive grants management policy. Abbreviated OMB Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR part 200Uniform Guidance, or UG, it consolidates 8 federal circulars (A-102, A-110, A-89, A-21, A-87, A-122, A-133, A-50).  

Search Uniform Guidance

To search Uniform Guidance, use eCFR. The eCFR site provides extensive guides to navigation and search capability.   

Commonly used Uniform Guidance reference points via eCFR: 

Federal Register

Though eCFR is the easiest way to search, the full Uniform Guidance is available through the Federal Register. It is divided into subparts:   

Federal Acquisitions Regulation

The Federal Acquisitions Regulation (FAR) governs the acquisition or contracting actions of all federal agencies.

To search the FAR, use the FAR Smart Matrix to filter applicable FAR clauses based on type of contract.