Energy Cooperatives to Support the National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)

 

To collect, interpret, correlate, and evaluate energy-related stratigraphic, chemical, and GIS data that support USGS Energy Resources Program research initiatives; to build and maintain national energy databases of; to conduct energy related research and apply knowledge gained to conduct resource assessments within the United States in order to further the understanding of energy resources within a global, geologic, economic and environmental context.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.819
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 22 grants fully funded for year 3 work, all deliverables collected and catalogued. Fiscal Year 2015: 22 grants fully funded for year 3 work, all deliverables collected and catalogued. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Authorization
Public Lands, 43 U.S.C 31 et. seq.; Minerals, Lands and Mines, 30 U.S.C 208-1; Public Health and Welfare, 42 U.S.C 15801.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants can be affiliated (but are not required to be affiliated) with State agencies, universities, Tribal governments or organizations. Applications must have the ability to conduct research consistent with the Energy Resources Program goals. Applicants must not be employed by a U.S. Federal agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Research scientists, their agencies, and ultimately the general public will benefit from the program.
Credentials/Documentation
None specific, although proposal must contain evidence of personnel’s qualifications for performance of the work. 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
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
Deadlines
Jul 01, 2010 to Jun 30, 2015: Most projects start on July1 and end on June 30 on a year-by-year basis. Jul 01, 2010 to Jun 30, 2015: Most projects start on July1 and end on June 30 on a year-by-year basis. Program Announcement 10HQPA0010 instituted a 5-year cycle from FY10 through FY14 (June 30, 2015). A new Program Announcement is being prepared by Acquisitions and Grants for a 5 year cycle from FY15 through FY19.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Four to six months after submittal of proposal or bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Annual renewals for continuation of work may occur through the 5-year cycle (FY 2010 to FY 2014, or FY15 to FY19 for the new agreements), subject to the availability of annual funds.
How are proposals selected?
A panel evaluates application for relevance to announced priorities, technical merit, applicant's professional qualifications and prospect of attaining program objectives. The review process is detailed in a Technical Evaluation document.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to conduct research to further the understanding of U.S. energy resource occurrence (coal, gas shale, coalbed methane, geothermal, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, etc.) and their geologic characteristics. Applications for proposals not covered by at least one of the objectives in the Program Announcement are not solicited. For further information, please contact the regional office. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual and final financial reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
Records
Recipient records shall be retained and made available for audit for three years after submission of final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: No statutory requirement. In order to gain the greatest leverage of limited Federal and State funds, each proposed State-originated program should indicate some State matching of direct- and indirect-cost dollars. Exceptions may be granted for ratios far below 1:1.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will normally be awarded in 12 month budget periods, with the budget periods cumulative to the end of the total project period. In FY14, a new 5 year cycle project period was initiated with annual funding for FY 15-19 based on future availablility of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Joseph A. East Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Energy Resources Program, MS 956 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: jeast@usgs.gov Phone: (703) 648-6450 Fax: (703) 648-6419
Website Address
http://energy.er.usgs.gov/coal_quality/state_coops
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0804-0-1-306.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $292,318; FY 15 est $292,315; and FY 16 est $300,000 - (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $292,318; FY 15 $292,315; FY 16 Est 300,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$15,000- $26,000; average $15,190.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Two examples from 22 funded projects: "DATA COLLECTION, VERIFICATION,AND ENCODING FOR THE NATIONAL COAL RESOURCES DATA SYSTEM (NCRDS)" - Indiana Geological Survey
"Oklahoma Coal Resource Appraisal and Computerization through NCRDS, FY 2010–2014" - Oklahoma Geological Survey. Fiscal Year 2015: "INVENTORY OF TERTIARY LIGNITES OF THE CLAIBORNE, WILCOX, AND MIDWAY GROUPS IN MISSISSIPPI, AND DATA COLLECTION RELATED TO SHALE GAS AND COAL-BED METHANE IN MISSISSIPPI" - Mississippi Office of Geology
"Computerization of Point-Source Data and Geographic Information for New Mexico’s Coal-bearing Formations" - New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.

 



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