Cooperative Forestry Research

 

The purpose of this funding is to increase forestry research in the production, utilization, and protection of forestland; to train future forestry scientists; and to involve other disciplines in forestry research. Funding should also address the high priority issues described in the current M/S Strategic Plan: “Sustaining Healthy and Productive Forests: An Investment in America’s Competitive Position in the Global Marketplace”: (1) science of integration; (2) forest ecosystem services; (3) human attitudes and behaviors; (4) conflict, uncertainty, and decision-making; (5) technological advancements, productivity, and forest applications; and (6) urban ecosystems.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.202
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:

$33,961,000 was appropriated by Congress for FY2014. The net amount awarded to support approved projects was $31,979,290.

Examples of Program Accomplishments include:
1. The Japanese recently introduced a program called the Wood Use Point Program (WUPP) that provided up to 600,000 yen (~$6,000) in direct subsidies to home builders who used local wood rather than imported wood to build their houses. An economic analysis by CINTRAFOR (University of Washington) found that excluding US Douglas-fir wood products from the WUPP could cost US forest products manufacturers and exporters between $30 million and $ 40 million in lost exports during the implementation of the WUPP program. .

However, in order to comply with WTO trade regulations, they provided a mechanism whereby imported wood could be classified as “local wood” if it met three criteria:
1) it was legally harvested,
2) the forest inventory of the wood was increasing over time, and
3) the imported wood contributed to the economic well-being of rural, fishing and mountain communities.

With McIntire-Stennis funds, support of the US Embassy in Tokyo, and the Japan Director of the Tokyo Office of the Softwood Export Council, CINTRAFOR researched and developed a report demonstrating that US Douglas-fir wood products met the three criteria developed for gaining recognition as “local wood” in Japan.

Following the December 17th (2013) meeting of the Corporation for the WUPP Fund, it was determined that US Douglas-fir wood products did meet the criteria laid out in the WUPP program and as a result, US Douglas-fir was formally recognized as a “local wood” within the WUPP program. The US was the only country that gained the “local wood” designation for their wood being imported into Japan. As a result, the US was able to save a $30M Douglas-fir export and the US wood exporters are able to not only maintain their access to the Japanese market but they have an opportunity to expand exports at the expense of other competitors.

2. Mississippi State University McIntire-Stennis Program scientists devised a dual system treatment for railroad ties to extend their service life from 7 years to 25 years. Today nearly a million ties are dual-treated and installed annually by Class 1 railroads saving the industry millions of dollars. Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:

$33,961,000 was appropriated by Congress.
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:

The President’s request for the Program is $33.961 M
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Authorization
Executive Order Public Law 87-778 (76 Stat. 806, 16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.) signed into law on October 10, 1962 is also known as the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act. , 16 U.S.C 582a thru a-7.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funds are appropriated by Congress for distribution to State institutions certified as eligible by a State representative designated by the Governor of each State. Funds are apportioned among States by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with a National Advisory Council representing the State- certified forestry schools and other groups concerned with forestry research. This program is also available to Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Micronesia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funds are appropriated by Congress for distribution to State institutions certified as eligible by a State representative designated by the Governor of each State. Funds are apportioned among States by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with a National Advisory Council representing the State- certified forestry schools and other groups concerned with forestry research. This program is also available in Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana, and Micronesia.
Credentials/Documentation
Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM) - each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Applicants must furnish the information required in the request for applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, “Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.”. 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
All Request for Applications (RFAs) are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/.

NIFA Applications (R&R Other Project Information - Section 4.4) requires a response to the question regarding "Actual or Potential Impact on the Environment." For this program the response is "No.". Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 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. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov.
Award Procedure
Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors. First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula. The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors:

(1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land;

(2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and

(3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources. Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor’s designee.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):

From 30 to 60 days. Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA each fiscal year (FY).
Appeals
2 CFR Part 200 – Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Not applicable, each year of funding is awarded as a new grant.
How are proposals selected?
Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Formula Grant Opportunity (FGO).
How may assistance be used?
The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act (M/S) grant is used to assist all states in carrying out a program of state forestry research at state forestry schools and colleges and developing a trained pool of forest scientists capable of conducting needed forestry research, which should include:

(1) ecological restoration;
(2) catastrophe management;
(3) valuing and trading ecological services;
(4) energy conservation, biomass energy and bio-based materials development;
(5) forest fragmentation:
(6) carbon sequestration and climate change; and
(7) ways of fostering healthy forests and a globally competitive forest resources sector.

Additionally, M/S funds should be allocated to the following high priority issues:
(1) science of integration (ecosystem or landscape approaches including interdisciplinary multi-state projects);
(2) forest ecosystem services;
(3) human attitudes and behaviors;
(4) conflict, uncertainty, and decision-making;
(5) technological advancements (biotechnology, nanotechnology and geospatial technology), productivity, and forest applications; and
(6) urban ecosystems.

Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors. First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula. The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors:

(1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land;
(2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and
(3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources.

Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor’s designee. pplications may be submitted by State-certified Schools of Forestry as stipulated in accordance with Section 2 of Public Law 87-788, McIntire-Stennis Act. Section 7412 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended Section 2 of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act (16 U.S.C. 582a-1) to include the 1890 Land-grant Institutions and made this change effective October 1, 2008. (1) Approved NIFA M/S Projects, NIFA will fund the M/S Program for authorized activities. Funds must be expended on approved M/S projects.

(2) Cost-Sharing and Matching funds are mandated in Section 4 of the McIntire-Stennis Act (16 U.S.C. 582a-3). 7 CFR 3015.50-56 prescribes the standards applicable to determining the allowability of cash and in-kind contributions for matching funds. Matching funds also must be expended on approved M/S projects. Capacity grant recipients are to provide matching (as detailed in Part VIII.A.6 of the Capacity Request for Applications (RFA) , either cash or in-kind, on a dollar-for-dollar basis (100 percent) on all Federal funds allotted. Eligible institutions located in insular areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) are not required to match amounts at or below $100,000, if the allocation is below $200,000.

(3) Waiver of Indirect Costs. Only applicable to Insular Areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) for amounts at or below $200,000.

(4) Indirect Costs and Tuition Remission. In accordance with Section 1473 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3319), indirect costs and tuition remission are unallowable as an M/S formula grant or matching expenditure. Fully discretionary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are to submit initial project information, annual summary and final reports through NIFA’s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions.

The following is a description of project data reporting requirements through the REEport system (located at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov) as well as the SF-425 reporting requirements:

1. Financial Reporting

Financial reporting via the SF-425, Federal Financial Report is due to the Capacity Grants Branch of OGFM on December 31 for the period October 1 through September 30, on an annual basis, until the award is closed out.

McIntire-Stennis funds are expected to be fully expended in the fiscal year of appropriation; however, funds may be carried over for up to one year after the end of the year for which they were appropriated. No prior approval is required to carry over funds for one additional year; however, no additional carryover requests may be considered or approved, as no legislative authority to do so is provided.

2. REEport Reporting

Institutions should submit a project proposal through the REEport systems. The “Essentials of a McIntire-Stennis Proposal” guideline document can assist you in developing the format of your proposal. The guideline can be found at http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/mcintire-stennis-project-proposal-essentials under the Resources section or on Appendix B in the RFA.

The following is a description of project data reporting requirements through the REEport system (located at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov) as well as the SF-425 reporting requirements:

Institutions must submit a REEport Project Initiation which includes the Project Description; Project Classification; Assurance Form; and Project Proposal through the REEport System prior to the initiation of each capacity-funded project. The project must undergo a review process and be approved before it is incorporated into the Program of Research.

Each institution shall submit a REEport Progress Report annually for each eligible project. All Progress Reports from institutions are based on the federal fiscal year and shall be submitted by March 1 for the preceding fiscal year (FY)..

A Final Report shall be submitted to NIFA through REEport for each completed or terminated project. Such reports shall be submitted at the same time as are progress reports on active projects and should include a summary of accomplishments for the entire life of the project.

A Financial Report shall be submitted to NIFA through REEport annually for all eligible projects from the preceding fiscal year. A Financial Report is also required for expenditures on all State projects that are to be included in the non-Federal funds and matching funds computation. Reports shall be made on the federal fiscal year basis.

Financial reporting via the SF-425, Federal Financial Report for the preceding FY 2015 is due to the Capacity Grants Branch, Awards Management Division, OGFM, on December 31, for the period October 1 through September 30, on an annual basis, until the award is closed out.

See http://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant for additional details of annual, final technical and financial reporting requirements. Instructions for using the REEport system are included on the NIFA web site at: http://nifa.usda.gov/reeport-resources-land-grant-partners.

The office listed below provides agency oversight of these reports:

Capacity Grants Branch
Awards Management Division
Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
STOP 2298
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2298
Telephone: (202) 401-6520
Fax: (202) 690-3002
E-mail: formulagrantquestions@nifa.usda.gov. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. (specific details regarding Progress Reports are provided above.). (specific details regarding Expenditure Reports are provided above.). (specific details regarding Performance Monitoring Reports are provided above.).
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. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F—Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in § 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved.

2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Public Law 87-778. 76 Stat. 806, 16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 100.%. Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors. First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula. The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors: (1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land;

(2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and

(3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources. Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor’s designee. Formula grant recipients are to provide matching [as detailed in Part VIII.A.6 of the Formula Grant Opportunity (FGO)], either cash or in-kind, on a dollar-for-dollar basis (100 percent) on all Federal funds allotted. Eligible institutions located in insular areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) are not required to match amounts at or below $100,000, if the allocation is below $200,000.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
M/S funds are expected to be fully expended in the fiscal year (FY) of appropriation; however funds may be carried forward one (1) additional fiscal year (FY). These carryover funds must be fully expended by September 30 of the following year. No prior approval to carryover these funds is required from NIFA. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment – Division of Environmental Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210,, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2210 Email: formulagrantquestions@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5229 Fax: (202) 720-3945
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1500-0-1-352.
Obligations
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 14 $31,979,290; FY 15 est $31,953,127; and FY 16 est $31,920,185 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding are established, these will be announced in the Capacity Request for Applications (RFA).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The following federal statutes and regulations represent general administrative requirements which apply to NIFA federal assistance programs. These include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

2 CFR Part 25 - Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration

2 CFR Part 170 - Reporting Subaward and Executive Compensation Information

2 CFR Part 175 - Award Term for Trafficking in Persons

2 CFR Part 180 and Part 417 - OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-Wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and USDA Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 182 - Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 400 – USDA implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR Part 415 - General Program Administrative Regulations

2 CFR Part 416 – USDA General Program Administrative Regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments

2 CFR Part 417 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

2 CFR Part 418 - New Restrictions on Lobbying

2 CFR Part 421 - Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance)

2 CFR Part 422—Research Institutions Conducting USDA-Funded Extramural Research; Research Misconduct.

7 CFR Part 1, subpart A—USDA implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and 7 CFR Part 3404, Public Information.

7 CFR Part 1c—USDA Implementation of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

7 CFR Part 3—USDA implementation of OMB Circular No. A-129 regarding debt collection

7 CFR Part 15, subpart A—USDA implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121—USDA implementation of the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002

7 CFR Part 3407—USDA procedures to implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended

7 CFR Part 3418—Stakeholder Input Requirements for Recipients of Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension Formula Funds

7 CFR Part 3419—Matching Funds Requirement for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds at 1890 Land–Grant Institutions, Including Tuskegee University, and at 1862 Land–Grant Institutions in Insular Areas

7 CFR Part 3430—Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Financial Assistance Programs--General Award Administrative Provisions

7 CFR Part 3434—Hispanic–Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities Certification Process

29 U.S.C. 794 (section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and 7 CFR Part 15b (USDA implementation of statute) —prohibiting discrimination based upon physical or mental handicap in federally-assisted programs

35 U.S.C. 200 et seq. —Bayh Dole Act, controlling allocation of rights to inventions made by employees of small business firms and domestic nonprofit organizations, including universities, in federally-assisted programs (implementing regulations are contained in 37 CFR Part 401)

44 U.S.C. 3551-3558 (Pub. L. 113–283) - Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA). Applies to awardees if it will collect, store, process, transmit, or use information on behalf of NIFA.

Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving (Oct. 1, 2009).

NIFA Federal Assistance Policy Guide—a compendium of basic NIFA policies and procedures that apply to all NIFA awards, unless there are statutory, regulatory, or award-specific requirements to the contrary.

In addition, the following represent Program-Specific requirements:

7 CFR Part 3400 – Special Research Grants Program (for CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3401—Rangeland Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.200)

7 CFR Part 3402—Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (CFDA 10.210).

7 CFR Part 3403—Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.212)

7 CFR Part 3405—Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (CFDA 10.217)

7 CFR Part 3406—1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants Program (CFDA 10.216)

7 CFR Part 3415 – Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (CFDA 10.219)

7 CFR Part 3431—Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (CFDA 10.313)


Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: For FY 2014:

Funded projects are on:
1. Value-added products from the forest products industry
2. Green building and climate change
3. Woody bi9mass feedstock production and development
4. Nature-based recreation
5. Non-traditional forestry (agroforestry and urban forestry). Fiscal Year 2015: For FY 2015:

Actual amount appropriated by Congress for FY 2015 was $33,961,000. A total amount of $31,953,127 was distributed to states to address projects such as:
1. Nutrient and Carbon Cycling
2. Liquid biofuels from woody biomass conversion
3. Quantification of ecosystem goods and services
4. Life cycle analysis and value chain
5. Ecosystem and watershed restoration. Fiscal Year 2016: For FY 2016:

The President’s request for the Program is $33.961 M
Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.

 



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