Educational Partnership Program


To continue development of education, research, policy and natural resource management programs aimed at increasing education, training and graduation rates in NOAA mission STEM disciplines at Minority Serving Institutions. The EPP is administered through a national competitive process. Partnerships and capacity building are achieved through collaboration with NOAA scientists and managers and with the use of NOAA facilities and resources in atmospheric, oceanic, environmental sciences, and remote sensing technologies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The Graduate Sciences Program is no longer administered by the EPP. 136 number of students trained in NOAA mission research; 86 number of collaborative research projects conducted with NOAA scientists & managers; 1 number of peer reviewed research publications by EPP supported students and faculty; Increased social science integration in EPP-supported research projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 91 number of students trained in NOAA mission research; 75 number of collaborative research projects conducted with NOAA scientists & managers; 7 number of peer reviewed research publications by EPP supported students and faculty; Increased theses developed with social science integrated in the student's projects at EPP supported academic institutions.
13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 33 U.S.C. 893 a(a)
13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 15 U.S.C. 1540
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants are designated as minority serving institutions by the United States Department of Education list of minority serving institutions. Non-minority institutions may also participate in this program when partnered with a minority serving institution. Lead institutions applying to become Cooperative Science Center must have a Ph.D. degree program in the science or technology disciplines (ocean, marine and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology) that directly supports NOAA mission.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The benefits to the Nation are an increased number of academic institutions capable of providing services and products in support of the agency's mission to describe and predict changes in the environment, and to conserve and manage the nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. Collaboration among NOAA and academic institutions will increase the number of trained professionals in NOAA-related sciences and will also lead to a larger number of institutions participating in collaborative research and co-management of the nation's natural resources with State, local and tribal governments.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DoC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR, Part 220 for educational institutions.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of an application package which includes the Standard Form SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance, SF-424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs, SF-424B Assurances Non-Construction Programs, statement of work, budget and supporting details, and CD-511 Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug Free Workplace Requirements, and Lobbying must be used when applying for Federal funds. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14.
Award Procedure
Awards are made on the basis of an initial administrative review followed by an evaluation of proposals by an external panel of STEM, education and management experts. 2 CFR, Part 200 applies to all awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval time is anticipated to range from 90 to 150 days, which includes processing of the award through NOAA Education, NOAA and DoC financial assistance functions.
Not applicable.
Cooperative activities are generally approved on an annual fiscal year basis, but may be continued for up to ten years, subject to approved time frame, program development plan, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are subject to an internal administrative review and an external panel review process taking into consideration the applicant(s) performance plan, research plans, scientific merit, investigator's qualifications, cost and available funds. Proposals undergo a rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DoC and NOAA grant policies and procedures. Specific information about the selection process will be included in the solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to support student tuition assistance, stipends, course development, research, faculty and program enhancement and students undertaking course work and/or research in NOAA related sciences at minority serving institutions. No less than 50% of a total award may be used for direct student support at all Center institutions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Recipients will be subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of l996 and revised OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations".
Financial records and supporting documents and all other records, i.e., property, performance, work products, patents etc. pertinent to the agreement shall be maintained for a period of three years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Subject to availability of funding, financial assistance awards may be made from one to ten years with funding approved annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jacqueline Rousseau
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association, Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program
1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3,
10th Floor

Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: (301) 628-2905
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$14,080,000.00; FY 19 est $13,775,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$12,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$45 K - Undergraduate Scholarship award $3.0 - $3.2M annually to Cooperative Science Centers
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For cost principles, see OMB Circular No. A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions". For grants administration requirements, see 15 CFR Part 14, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations".
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 - Implementation of Center-wide Core Competency training for all EPP supported students. - Center-wide evaluation plan developed by an external expert to ensure award goals and objectives are achieved. - Design and initial implementation of "Big Data" training for EPP supported students - All EPP-supported students required to complete internship at a NOAA facility under mentorship of NOAA employee.
Fiscal Year 2019 - Comparing the diet and microbiome of Atlantic menhaden and Eastern oyster using DNA barcoding; - Assessing the impacts of harmful algal species and Vibrio spp. on oysters; - Habitat suitability model for Black Sea Bass; - Fieldwork for bio-optical properties to characterize coastal/oceanic waters in Guanica La Parguera area after hurricane Maria.
Fiscal Year 2018 - Development of Environmental and Coastal Quality Indicators; - Coastal Ocean Observing Systems; - Heat Stress and Urban Modeling; - Discard mortality of sublegal black sea bass in the commercial trap fishery: Impacts of air exposure and acute temperature changes; - Refining stock structure of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) through photo-identification and genetic analysis; - The Impact of Increasing Sea Surface Temperatures on Piscivore and Planktivore Species Dynamics: An Ecosystem-Based Modeling Approach


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