Forestry Research

 

To extend fundamental research activities of the Forest Service by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and organizations engaged in renewable resources research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.652
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Forest Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978, Public Law 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, 16 U.S.C. 1643.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants and cooperative agreements for basic or applied research may be made to State Agricultural Experiment Stations, universities and colleges, State and local governments, U.S. Territories, nonprofit research institutions or organizations, international organizations, individuals, and for-profit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and scientists involved in basic and applied research activities related to forest and rangeland renewable resources.
Credentials/Documentation
The principal investigator must document competence in the field of the research proposed. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87, A-21, or A-122, Cost Principles for State and Local Governments, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, or Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations. 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 required. 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. A complete research proposal must be submitted following guidelines available in each of the offices referred to below. The proposal must explain in detail the work to be undertaken, the qualifications of key personnel involved in the work, other resources such as equipment, facilities, and services available or needed, and a proposed budget for each fiscal year during the life of the proposed grant or cooperative agreement. A short biographical sketch of the principal investigator and a list of his or her principal publications should be included.
Award Procedure
All research grant and cooperative agreement proposals must compete for priority, showing technical competence and demonstrating the ability to meet national or regional needs. Research grants and cooperative agreements are made only in support of forestry research. Unsolicited proposals can be awarded for innovative or unique approaches to the proposed project.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Contact the Research Station for guidance.
Renewals
Requests for continued support will be considered as equal in importance and in competition with pending proposals. Applications submitted for continued support should be identical to a new proposal, except that a resume of progress to date must be added.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are established on a program-by-program basis by Research Station Directors to meet Regional or National Research needs.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements will be used for research in the fields of forest management, watershed management, forest range management, wildlife habitat management, forest recreation, forest fire protection, forest insect and disease protection and control, forest products utilization, forest engineering, forest production economics, forest products marketing, forest survey, urban forestry, wilderness, and social/cultural influences. Indirect expenses, when permitted by statute, will be reimbursed according to the negotiated indirect cost rate established by the Government's cognizant audit agency. Grants and Cooperative Agreements are limited to 5 years duration.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Technical reports are required semiannually; a technical report is also required upon completion of project. Expenditure reports are not applicable. 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. The Comptroller General of the United States, his representative, or auditors of the cognizant audit agency for the educational institution involved shall have access at any reasonable time to the laboratories, offices, or other facilities of the recipient for purposes of review and observation of the status and progress of the sponsored project. Periodic audits should be made as part of the recipient's system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements.
Records
All related data, information, records, and accounts shall be retained for 3 years beyond the expiration date of the award unless other disposition is specified in writing by the awarding agency.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The applicant's contribution is negotiated for grants. The proposed budget by fiscal year shows the estimated cost of the complete project from Grant funds and value of resources to be contributed by the applicant. Salaries of academic personnel for periods when they receive salary for teaching should not be included for payment from grant funds. The minimum matching contribution for Cooperative Agreements must constitute at least 20-percent of the estimated total cost of the project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One to 5 years. Billings for expenses incurred may be submitted monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. FPL - Director Michael Rains - 610-557-4162. IITF - Director, Ariel Lugo – 787-764-7722. RMRS - Director, John Phipps - 970-498-1353. NRS - Director Michael Rains 610-557-4162. PNW - Director, Robert Mangold - 503-808-2101. PSW - Director, Alexander Friend- 510-882-8832. SRS - Director, Robert Doudrick - 828-257-4300. Washington Office Budget Coordinator- Felipe Sanchez, 202-205-0833. Washington Office Grants & Agreements Contact- Duane Williams, 202-205-1182.
Headquarters Office
Carlos Rodriguez-France 201 14th St. SW, 2NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Phone: 202-205-1665
Website Address
http://www.fs.fed.us/links/research.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1104-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $8,431,825; FY 15 est $7,331,097; and FY 16 est $6,247,738 - Both Grants and Cooperative Agreements are included in the past fiscal year number and in estimates.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,000 to $300,000. Average: $35,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as implemented by 2 CFR 225, are applicable to State and local government grantees. OMB Circular Nos. A-110 and A-21, as implemented by 2 CFR 215 and 2 CFR 220, are applicable to educational institutions. OMB Circular Numbers A-110 and A-122, as implemented by 2 CFR 215 and 2 CFR 230, are applicable to nonprofit organizations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.