(The following is excerpted from a recent article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued final regulations for the Veterinary Services Grants Program (VSGP). Effective March 27, these regulations are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations in a new subpart Q at 7 C.F.R. Part 3430.
The Veterinary Services Grant Program develops, implements and sustains veterinary services and relieves the shortage of veterinarians in the United States and in U.S. Insular Areas. VSGP funding is used to: (1) establish or expand accredited veterinary education programs, veterinary residency and fellowship programs, or veterinary internship and externship programs carried out in coordination with accredited colleges of veterinary medicine; (2) provide continuing education and extension, including veterinary telemedicine and other distance-based education, for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other health professionals needed to strengthen veterinary programs and enhance food safety; and (3) cover travel and living expenses of veterinary students, veterinary interns, externs, fellows and residents, and veterinary technician students attending training programs in food safety or food animal medicine.
Under subparts A through E of 7 C.F.R. Part 3430, NIFA has established general award administrative provisions for its competitive and non-competitive non-formula federal assistance programs. “NIFA’s development of these regulations serves to enhance its accountability and to standardize procedures across the federal assistance programs it administers,” the agency stated in the final rule. Subsequent subparts in 7 C.F.R. Part 3430 contain award requirements under each of NIFA’s award programs. Along with addressing program applicability, purpose, definitions, eligibility, project types and priorities, funding restrictions and matching requirements, these subparts also discuss any additional program regulations.
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