Broad Agency Announcement

 

This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.015
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: One-hundred and sixty projects that were assistive in maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and supporting global commerce and transportation. Fiscal Year 2015: Seventy projects that were assistive in maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and supporting global commerce and transportation. Fiscal Year 2016: Unknown.
Authorization
Executive Order Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
None.
Beneficiary Eligibility
None.
Credentials/Documentation
Registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants. gov is required. Also, applicants must submit all required Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce approved forms, and all required supporting documentation that thereby comprise a complete funding application package. Additionally, applicants must adhere to all requirements contained in the Broad Agency Announcement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The recipient and subrecipients must comply with all environmental standards, to include those prescribed under the following statutes and Executive Orders, and shall identify to the awarding agency any impact the award may have on the environment. In some cases, funds can be withheld by the grants Officer under a special award condition requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental compliance information sufficient to enable the DOC to make an assessment on any impacts that a project may have on the environment.
1. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq.). Recipients of Federal assistance are required to identify to the awarding agency any impact an award will have on the quality of the human environment, and assist the agency in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act when the award activities remain subject to federal authority and control. Applicants for assistance may be requested to assist DOC in drafting an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement if DOC determines such documentation is required.
2. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (16 U.S.C. § 470 et seq.). Recipients of Federal funding are required to identify to the awarding agency any effects the award may have on properties included on or eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Recipients may also be requested to assist DOC in consulting with State or Tribal Historic Preservation Officers or other applicable interested parties necessary to identify, assess and resolve adverse effects to historic properties. Until such time as the appropriate NHPA consultations and documentation is complete, funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award condition requiring the recipient to fully comply with the requirement of the NHPA.
3. Executive Order 11988, May 24, 1977( “Floodplain Management”) and Executive Order 11990, May 24, 1977 (“Protection of Wetlands”). Recipients must identify proposed actions in Federally-defined floodplains and wetlands to enable the Department to make a determination as to whether there is an alternative to minimize any potential harm.
4. Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq.), Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.) (Clean Water Act), and Executive Order 11738 (“Providing for administration of the Clean Air Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to Federal contracts, grants or loans”). Recipients must comply with the provisions of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 7401 et seq.), Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §§1251 et seq.), and Executive Order 11738. Recipients shall not use a facility placed by EPA on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) (http://www.sam.gov) in performing any award that is nonexempt under Subpart J of 2 CFR Part 1532.
5. The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (42 U.S.C. § 4002 et seq.). Flood insurance, when available, is required for Federally-assisted construction or acquisition in flood-prone areas.
6. The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. § 1531 et seq.). Recipients must identify any impact or activities which may involve a threatened or endangered species. Federal agencies have the responsibility to ensure that no adverse effects to a protected species or habitat occur from actions under Federal assistance awards and conduct the required reviews under the Endangered Species Act, as applicable.
7. The Coastal Zone Management Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. § 1451 et seq.). Funded projects must be consistent with a coastal State’s approved management program for the coastal zone.
8. The Coastal Barriers Resources Act (16 U.S.C. § 3501 et seq.). Restrictions are placed on Federal funding for actions within a Coastal Barrier System.
9. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. §§ 1271 et seq.). This Act applies to awards that may affect existing or proposed components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
10. The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 300f-j). This Act precludes Federal assistance for any project that the EPA determines may contaminate a sole-source aquifer so as to threaten public health.
11. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended (42 U.S.C. §§ 6901 et seq.). This Act regulates the generation, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes. The Act also provides that recipients of Federal funds give preference in their procurement programs to the purchase of recycled products pursuant to EPA guidelines.
12. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) (42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.) and the Community Environmental Response Facilitation Act (41 U.S.C. § 11001 et seq.). These requirements address responsibilities of hazardous substance releases, threatened releases, and environmental cleanup. There are also reporting and community involvement requirements designed to ensure disclosure of the release or disposal of regulated substances and cleanup of hazards to state and local emergency responders.
13. Executive Order 12898 (“Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations”). Federal agencies are required to identify and address the disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of Federal programs, policies and activities on low income and minority populations. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Registration in System for Award Management (SAM)
Secure a DUNS number
Apply through Grants.gov
Adhere to all requirements as outlined in the Broad Agency Announcement posted on the Grants.gov website
Award Procedure
Applicant submits application to Grants.gov;
Application is received by NOAA from Grants.gov through NOAA's Grants Online electronic grants system;
Applications are reviewed by responsible Program Office staff for adherence to requirements of BAA;
Those applications selected for further review are reviewed by technical experts and assessed;
Applications are selected for funding and recommended to Approving Official;
Approved applications are routed to Grants Management Division for further review and to DOC attorneys for review, if required;
Applications receive final review by Grants Officer before Grants Officer approves;
The Grants Officer will notify successful applicants in an electronic award notice when the applicants have been selected for an award. Prior to official Grants Officer notification, other officials and employees from the operating unit are prohibited from either formally or informally notifying applicants verbally or in writing that they have been selected for awards.
Deadlines
Oct 01, 2015 to Sep 30, 2017 None.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. None.
Appeals
None.
Renewals
> 180 Days. Awards may be renewed dependent upon funding availability and recipient performance.
How are proposals selected?
Research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that address maintaining and improving the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, for delivering valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, for understanding the science and consequences of climate change, and for supporting the global commerce and transportation.
How may assistance be used?
Maintain and improve the viability of marine and coastal ecosystems, deliver valuable weather, climate, and water information and services, understand the science and consequences of climate change, and support global commerce and transportation. Funding is specifically for work not addressed through NOAA's competitive discretionary programs. Funding is based on availability. Funding is dicretionary; however, it is based on availability.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash Reports are required quarterly. A Final Financial Report is required at the end of the award period. Progress Reports are required semi-annually unless otherwise noted in the award document. No expenditure reports are required. Performance will be monitored by the both NOAA Program Office staff and Grants Management Division staff.
Auditing
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. Procedures as outlined in 2 CFR Part 200.

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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
Records
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from
the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities. The only exceptions are the following:

(a) If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records
have been resolved and final action taken. (b) When the non-Federal entity is notified in writing by the Federal awarding agency, cognizant agency for audit, oversight agency for audit,
cognizant agency for indirect costs, or pass-through entity to extend the retention period.
(c) Records for real property and equipment acquired with Federal funds must be retained for 3 years after final disposition. (d) When records are transferred to or maintained by the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity, the 3-year retention requirement is not applicable to the non-Federal entity. (e) Records for program income transactions after the period of performance. In some cases recipients must report program income after the
period of performance. Where there is such a requirement, the retention period for the records pertaining to the earning of the program income starts from the end of the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in which the program income is earned. (f) Indirect cost rate proposals and
cost allocations plans. This paragraph applies to the following types of documents and their supporting records: indirect cost rate computations or proposals, cost allocation plans, and
any similar accounting computations of the rate at which a particular group of costs is chargeable (such as computer usage chargeback rates or composite fringe benefit rates).
(1) If submitted for negotiation. If the proposal, plan, or other computation is required to be submitted to the Federal government (or to the pass-through entity) to form the basis for negotiation of the rate, then the 3-year retention period for its supporting records starts
from the date of such submission. (2) If not submitted for negotiation. If the proposal, plan, or other computation is not required to be submitted to the Federal government (or to the passthrough entity) for negotiation purposes, then the 3-year retention period for the
proposal, plan, or computation and its supporting records starts from the end of the fiscal year (or other accounting period) covered by the proposal, plan, or other computation.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. None.
This program does not have MOE requirements. None.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
10/01/2015 through 09/30/2017. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The recipient will either use the SF-270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement, or more likely the Automated Standard Application for Payments, a federal electronic payment system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Grants Management Division
1325 East West Highway, 9th Floor
Silver Spring MD 20910

phone: 301.628.1319.
Headquarters Office
Lamar Dwayne Revis 1325 East West Highway, 9th floor, Bldg 2
, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Email: lamar.revis@noaa.gov Phone: 3016281308
Website Address
http://www.noaa.gov/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-1450-0-1-306 - Projects for any number of NOAA programs will be funded under the auspices of the Broad Agency Announcement.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $16,677,515; FY 15 est $11,651,101; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Funding availability is unknown.) - FY 14 and 15 amounts are actual.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 -$4.2 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 200
Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions
NOAA Administrative Standard Award Conditions
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: -Performance of a long lasting shark repellent bait for bycatch reduction during commercial pelagic longline fishing.
-Algorithm Improvement and Evaluation for High-Resolution Flood Products from S-NPP VIIRS and Applications in Snowmelt and Ice-Jam Flood Monitoring
-Tropical Trawl Fishery Impacts in Asia: Investigating management decision processes in 3 countries that led to successful/unsuccessful outcomes
-Grant to provide NOAA related internships for High School and College students.
-Assessment of black abalone populations
-Rebuilding Sea Run Fisheries of the Penobscot River; Sustaining Long Term Project Monitoring
-Building and Assessing Effective Habitat Restoration and Conservation in West Hawaii and Guam
-Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration:
Evaluating the Science and Practice of Restoration
-Building Sustainable Fisheries through Public Private Partnerships
-9th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit
-Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Core
-Biogenic Hydrocarbons & the Atmosphere Research Conference. Fiscal Year 2015: -Combining passive- and active-acoustic sampling to assess the effects of boat noise and fishing activities on the distribution, abundance, and behavior of spawning croakers
-Preparing management plans for trawl fisheries in South East Asia: assisting stakeholders and officials to prepare management plans in accordance with the Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission guidelines
-Measuring and modeling the effect of temperature-mediated growth in juvenile green sturgeon
-Sawfish conservation planning in East Africa
-Total Water: Toward Enhanced Prediction, Assessment, and Management of Weather and Climate Risks
-Exploration Education Partnerships
-Deep Submergence Protocol Development and Training Program
-Advancing the Use of Telepresence in Ocean Exploration
-Decadal climate prediction: Improving our understanding of processes and mechanisms to make better predictions. Fiscal Year 2016: Unknown.

 



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