Environmental Protection-Consolidated Research
Support research (1) to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances and pesticides; (2) to identify, develop and demonstrate necessary and effective pollution control techniques; and (3) to explore and develop strategies and mechanisms for those in the economic, social, governmental and environmental systems to use in environmental management decisions.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/27/2005 (Each program office that provides funding for research or training will develop their own CFDA descriptions for these activities or incorportate them in their existing descriptions.)
OFFICE OF AIR AND RADIATION; OFFICE OF WATER; OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE; OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION; OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE ASSURANCE; OFFICE OF PESTICIDES, PREVENTION, AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES; OFFICE OF SOLID WASTE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants; Cooperative Agreements.
Data not available.
Clean Air Act, Sections 103 and 104, as amended; Public Law 106-55; Clean Water Act, Sections 104(b)(3), 104(h), 104(i), 104(r) 104(s), 105(a), 105(b), 105(c), 105(e)(1), 105(e)(2), 107, 108, and 113, as amended; Public Law 106-308; Safe Drinking Water Act Section 301, as amended; Public Law 107-136; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Sections 8001, 8004, 8005, and 8006, as amended; Public Law 106-55; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended; Public Law 106-74; Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended; Public Law 106-74; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended; Public Law 107-142.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
This program is available to each State, territory and possession, and Tribal nation of the United States, including the District of Columbia, municipal, interstate or intermunicipal agencies, institutions of higher education, hospitals, laboratories, nonprofit agencies, State and local government departments, public agencies and authorities or private persons, other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, organizations, and individuals.
State and local governments, U.S. territories and possessions, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, and individuals.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Discussion with the Office of Research and Development National Laboratories/Centers or the technical program office is advisable for research cooperative agreement applications. When making competitive awards, EPA will specify the nature of the pre-application assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications. Contact points are shown in Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications. Generally, no reapplication assistance is available for research grant applications. An environmental impact assessment is made by the Office of Research and Development as required by the National Environmental Protection Act. The standard application forms as furnished by the EPA and required by OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-110 must be used for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-110 must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Application kits should be requested from and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Grants Administration Division, Mail Code 3903R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460 or the appropriate EPA Regional Office identified in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Detailed information and assistance, including an application kit, required forms, and a check list, may also be found at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures.
For non-competitive awards, EPA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project to Agency programs. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. For competitive awards, EPA will review applications or proposals in accordance with the criteria specified in the Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals. Competitions will be conducted under EPA Order No. 5700.5, Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements (09/12/02).For non-competitive awards, EPA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project to Agency programs. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. For competitive awards, EPA will review applications or proposals in accordance with the criteria specified in the Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals. Competitions will be conducted under EPA Order No. 5700.5, Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements (09/12/02).
For competitive awards, deadlines will be specified in Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
As described in 40 CFR Part 30.63, and Part 31, Subpart F.
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds.
How are proposals selected?
A proposal is judged for (A) scientific merit in terms of: (1) quality and originality of the proposed work; (2) the qualifications of the Principal Investigator(s) and other key personnel assigned to the project; (3) the adequacy of the quality assurance narrative; (4) the responsiveness of the proposed research to needs identified in the Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals; (5) the appropriateness of the proposed project period and budget; and (6) the probability that the project will accomplish stated objectives; and (B) program interest in terms of the need for the proposed research.
How may assistance be used?
Available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with the established policies of EPA. Projects which include research, but also contain other types of grant assistance, such as training, planning, etc., may be funded through the Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants-Program Support, which is described in 66.600.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require annual, quarterly, or interim and final progress reports, final results, expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations, 40 CFR Parts 30 and Part 31.
Grants are subject to inspections and audit by representatives of the Comptroller General of the United States and EPA or any authorized representative. Periodic audits by the recipient institution should be made as part of the recipient's systems of financial management and internal controls to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
For information on grant applications and procedures, contact Environmental Protection Agency, Grants Administration Division, Mail Code 3903R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of Air and Radiation - Katherine Moore, (202) 564-1514; Office of Water - Tim Fontain, (202) 564-0318; Office of the Administrator - Shirley Leonard, (202) 564-1347; Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response - Julianne Edmondson, (202) 260- 0251; Office of Environmental Justice - Linda Smith, (202) 564-2602. Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance - Joseph Hall, (202) 564-2271; Office of International Affairs - Iris Zeigler, (202) 564-6614; Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances - Elaine Lyon-Johnson, (202) 564-0547 or Janet Remmers, (202) 564-0548.
FY 02 $45,907,200; FY 03 est $30,000,000; and FY 04 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Data not available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General Grant Regulations and Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31); Interim Regulations, Research and Demonstration Grants, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 40).
Examples of Funded Projects