Yukon River Salmon Research and Management Assistance
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) receives funds for implementation of the Yukon River Salmon Agreement with Canada which was reached in March 2001. The Yukon River Salmon Act of 2000 authorizes funds for implementation of the Agreement including funds for cooperative research and management projects on the Alaska portion of the Yukon River. The Service administers these funds through financial assistance on a competitive basis for projects/studies that advance the scientific community’s understanding and management of Chinook and chum salmon in the Yukon River of Alaska.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Fiscal Year 2014: A total of 21 projects for a total of $623,684 was requested this year and we are likely to have approximately $260,000 worth of funding available. Fiscal Year 2015: In October, 2014, the program received a total of nine Conceptual Proposal projects requesting a total of $409,859 for FY15 funds. The proposals will be reviewed and reduced to fit the $260,000 available budget. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving applications similar in to number to FY15.
The Yukon River Salmon Act of 2000 (16 USC 5701 et seq., P.L. 104-43, November 3, 1995, 109 Stat 392) as amended by P.L. 106-450, November 7, 2000, 114 Stat 1941; P.L 108-219, April 13, 2004, 118 Stat 615.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The intended result of this funding is to improve the understanding of the biology and management of Yukon River salmon species.
Projects that are awarded money from this source will ultimately benefit the rural and urban American and Canadian public that subsist off of the salmon resources of the Yukon River.
Federal law mandates that all organizations applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Individuals submitting an application on their own behalf and not on behalf of a company, state, local or tribal government, academia or other type of organization are exempt from the DUNS number and CCR requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This is a two-step proposal process: 1) submit a one page initial proposal; 2) If initial proposal is approved, provide a detailed proposal including a completed and signed SF424 Application for Federal Assistance, a completed SF424A Budget Information (Non-construction) form, and a signed SF424B Assurances form. Detailed instructions for submitting both an initial proposal and a detailed proposal will be posted on Grants.gov. The Project Officer for the grant announces the call for initial proposals via newspapers, email, and Grants.gov. Links to the initial call for proposals are posted on the Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office website and are distributed to state, federal, NGOs, and universities.
The initial project proposals will be evaluated by an interagency review committee which will provide recommendations to the U.S. Section of the Yukon River Panel (Panel) for final approval. Authors of selected initial proposals will be notified by the Service to submit detailed proposals for final review and selection. Service staff will notify applicants of review results by either sending them an approval letter stating their selection and a project agreement to sign and return to the Service or by sending written notification to the applicant that the application was not selected. Potential recipients must sign the project agreement and return it before funds can be obligated. Once the potential recipients sign the project agreement, the Service will obligate funds and issuing a fully executed Award either electronically or through the mail.
Oct 03, 2014 Conceptual Proposals addressing the needs expressed in the Request for Proposals were due October 3, 2014. The Request for Proposals for FY16 funds will be released June 28, 2015 and will close October 2, 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will receive notice of approval/disapproval within 60 calendar days of submitting an initial proposal and within 60 calendar days of submitting a detailed proposal.
Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as a new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
How are proposals selected?
Review criteria are based on the applications requirements as posted in the call for proposals. Selections for funding are principally based on the merit of the project and how well the project addresses one or more of the priorities and factors identified in the call for proposals. Proponent’s success in previous projects and their ability to successfully and efficiently execute the new project is also taken into consideration. Finally, timeliness in the submission process is also used as a criterion for approval.
How may assistance be used?
This funding is intended to support projects that are focused on improving the understanding of the biology and management of Yukon River Chinook salmon and summer and fall chum salmon. Yes, 100%. Discretionary funds are available through this program. Generally the program receives funding of $260,000 to $400,000 that is set aside to award to projects that focus on Chinook salmon and chum salmon in the Yukon River Basin.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form. Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients that are states and local governments will maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C (section 12.82). All other recipients will maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F (section 12.953). Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictation additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Research and Management Fund Coordinator, Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office, 101 12th Avenue, Room 110, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701, 907-456-0418, FAIR_USRM@fws.gov.
Alaska Region Fish and Wildlife Office, 1011 East Tudor Road , Anchorage, Alaska 99503 Phone: 907-786-3523
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $259,342; FY 15 est $270,000; and FY 16 est $270,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $259,342, FY15 est $270,000, FY16 est $270,000.
FY15 and FY16 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $3,000-220,456; Average: $40,756.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Per http://www.doi.gov/pam/TermsandConditions.html, acceptance of a Federal
Financial award from the Department of the Interior carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of the award. Acceptance is defined as starting work, drawing down or otherwise requesting funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by the Department of the Interior and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated in to the Award either directly or by reference to the following: Program legislation/regulation, assurances, special conditions, the Code of Federal Regulations, and other regulatory requirements, as applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Program funded projects that: 1) helped build and maintain public support for management of the Yukon River salmon through outreach events, weekly teleconferences, and public meetings; 2) dealt with monitoring salmon returns in rivers; and 3) assessed the effectiveness of various gill net sizes and depths at catching chum and Chinook salmon. Fiscal Year 2015: Program anticipates funding projects that increase/improve understanding of the biology and management of Yukon River salmon species in the Alaska portion of the basin. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has yet to identify specific project needs, but anticipates directing significant funding towards projects that increase/improve the understanding of in-season subsistence harvest of Yukon river salmon species.