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FHWA Planning and Research Grants: Program Administration (23 CFR Part 420)

PROGRAM AREA: Transportation Planning
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
2 Hours
0.2 Units
$0 Per Participant


NOTES:This course is the first in a series of Web-based training courses updated in 2018. The course series covers the background of FHWA planning grants through the audit process after the grant has been completed. +FHWA Planning and Research Grants: Program Administration (23 CFR Part 420) (FHWA-NHI-151057); +FHWA Planning and Research Grants: The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) - Part 1 (FHWA-NHI-151058); +FHWA Planning and Research Grants: The Uniform Guidance (2 CFR Part 200) - Part 2 (FHW-NHI-151509)


'FHWA Planning and Research Grants: Program Administration (23 CFR Part 420)' is a 2-hour Web-based Training course offered by NHI, the authoritative source in transportation training.

Recent legislation has introduced changes to the requirements around the administration of FHWA planning and research grants. This course is the first of a series of Web-based Training courses on this topic and provides an introduction to the series. Learners will gain familiarity with terms and general concepts around grants. They will also learn the requirements of 23 CFR Part 420--the regulation that implements the Federal-Aid highway planning program outlined in Title 23 and contains the specific FHWA grant policies and procedures that need to be followed.

The course consists of three lessons:

Lesson 1 (Overview) covers key terms associated with and guidelines and legislation that govern the administration of FHWA planning and research grants, distribution of FHWA planning and research funds, and the steps of the grants funding process.

Lesson 2 (23 CFR Part 420 Subpart A) covers the purpose, terminology, and requirements of grants administration outlined in 23 CFR Part 420 Subpart A.

Lesson 3 (23 CFR Part 420 Subpart B) covers the purpose, terminology, and requirements of grants administration outlined in 23 CFR Part 420 Subpart B.

This course series was revised and republished in April 2018 in response to the Office of Management and Budget's promulgation of 2 CFR 200 (Unified Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit for Federal Awards; also referred to as the "Uniform Guidance" or "Supercircular") and the enactment of the MAP-21 and FAST Acts. The course includes direct links to the full text of the regulations, as they are discussed throughout the course.

The course includes an assessment, which learners must pass at 70% to receive credit for the course.

To enroll in this Web-based Training course, click 'Add To Cart.'


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define key terms associated with FHWA planningand research grants
  • Describe various guidelines and legislation thatgovern the administration of FHWA planning and research grants
  • Discuss the distribution of FHWA planning andresearch funds
  • Define the steps of the grants funding process
  • Explain the purpose of 23 CFR Part 420
  • Describe the requirements of 23 CFR Part 420


The target audience for this Web-based Training course includes FHWA, FTA, State Department of Transportation (State DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs), and other agency staff that expend or administer Federal-aid funds--including planning, engineering, and fiscal staff.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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