Research and National Technical Assistance (RNTA)

The RNTA program funds research, evaluation, and national technical assistance projects that promote competitiveness and innovation in distressed rural and urban regions throughout the United States and its territories. Such projects will support the DOC Strategic Plan (2018-2022) including through the advancement of innovation and job growth with a specific focus on building the capacities for job growth; providing data, tools and technical assistance to support the export needs of business; and, supporting growing ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.

The statutory authority for the RNTA programs is section 207 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3147). Applicant eligibility and program requirements are set forth in EDA’s regulations at 13 C.F.R. chapter III, and all applicants must address these requirements. Specific requirements for the RNTA program are at subpart A of 13 C.F.R. part 306.

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RNTA Program Structure

The RNTA program has one Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which encompasses two separate programs: Research and Evaluation (R&E) Program and National Technical Assistance (NTA) Program.

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2021-2023 Research and Evaluation (R&E) and National Technical Assistance (NTA) Programs:

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement publishes EDA’s application submission requirements and review procedures for applications received under EDA’s Research and Evaluation and National Technical Assistance programs, authorized under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 3121 et seq.) (PWEDA)

This document provides funding information, programmatic details, eligible activities, and all technical guidance for the funding opportunity.

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