National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program
To provide students an opportunity to participate in a research project that is directly related to their field of study. To foster a growing interest among higher education students in environmental careers. To help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: The NNEMS Program has been terminated by senior management due to budget constraints.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of the Administrator
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2013: For FY 2013, 6 students received a NNEMS Fellowship. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, 42 U.S.C 300j-1; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(5)&(g)3B, 33 U.S.C 1254(b)(5)&g3B; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, 15 U.S.C 2609; National Environmental Education Act, Section 7, Public Law 101-619; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 311, 42 U.S.C 9660; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 U.S.C 6981; Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(5), 42 U.S.C 7403(b)(5); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, 7 U.S.C 136r.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility: A NNEMS Fellowship is available to any associate, undergraduate, graduate, or advanced student who meets the general criteria listed below, as well as those identified for associate, undergraduate, graduate and advanced students. At a minimum, all applicants must be: 1) A citizen of the United States, its territories or possessions, or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency. 2) Enrolled for academic credit at a college or university, or distance-learning institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Associate and Undergraduate Students: Students attending 2- or 4-year institutions or distance learning institutions must meet the following requirements: 1) 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) based on a scale of 4.0 at the time that the application is due. 2) Completion of at least four courses related to the field of environmental studies. Graduate and Advanced Students: Students enrolled in graduate or doctoral programs must meet the following requirements: 1) Currently enrolled in a graduate or Ph.D. program or can provide proof of acceptance and enrollment to a graduate or Ph.D. program at the time of fellowship award. 2) Completion of at least one semester of graduate or Ph.D. work, or at least four undergraduate courses related to the field of environmental studies. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. Assistance agreement competion-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR 3629,3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Any student from a 2 or 4 year college or university that meets the criteria of the program.
Students are required to submit an official transcript from each 2- or 4-year college or university, or distance learning institution attended. A student must submit verification of acceptance and/or enrollment in a graduate or Ph.D. program if the applicant is a graduating senior. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Students who are interested in applying for a NNEMS fellowship must submit three complete application packages (one original and two copies) that include: 1) A completed NNEMS application, 2) SF 424, 3) A resume, 4) A completed NNEMS reference form, 5) A completed NNEMS Disclosure and Waiver Statement, 6) Verification of acceptance and/or enrollment in a graduate or Ph.D. program if the applicant is a graduating senior, and 7) An official transcript for each 2- or 4-year college or university, or distance learning institution attended. Official transcripts should be opened and photocopied as two copies of the transcript are required for each complete application. NNEMS application forms can be obtained on our web site at: www.epa.gov/enviroed. Applicants must submit their completed application package to: NNEMS Fellowship Program, Tetra Tech EM Inc., 1881 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191. Students selected for a NNEMS Fellowship must fill out a Fellowship Application (EPA Form 5770-2) and a Fellowship Facilities and Commitment Statement (EPA Form 5770-3). Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Grants are solicited through competitions and are not renewed.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Applicants must meet all of the basic eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then will be reviewed by panels comprised of EPA staff members. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) relevancy of classroom experience of the student as it relates to the EPA research project, 2) the student's understanding of the proposed EPA research project subject matter, 3) relevancy of work experience of the student (whether volunteer activities, internships, or paid jobs) as it relates to the EPA research project, 4) relevancy of the student's academic studies as it relates to the EPA research project, 5) leadership skills, written communication skills, and demonstrated success at working well in an office, laboratory, or field environment, as appropriate to the project, and 6) potential for success, as reflected by academic records, letters of reference, and other relevant information. Applications that are scored highly by the panels of reviewers are sent to NNEMS staff and EPA project officers for selection consideration.
How may assistance be used?
The funds are to provide resources to allow for training and research fellowships relating to environmental issues. No matching funds are required.
Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting requirements will be stated in the Terms and Conditions of the official grant award documents. Recipients must submit original final reports to the EPA Project Officer. The final report should be submitted on the last day of the fellowship. Unless directed otherwise by the EPA Project Officer, the final report should summarize the specific project undertaken by the student and the project results. Program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required per the NNEMS post award monitoring plan provided by the project officer. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is required per the NNEMS post award monitoring plan posted by each project officer.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Pursuant to 40 CFR Part 46- Fellowships, Subpart E-46.230, Closeout Procedures: NNEMS Fellows must retain all records related to the fellowship for 3 years following the completion date identified on the Completion of Studies Notice. The EPA, the Inspector General, and the Comptroller General of the United States, and any duly authorized representatives have the right of timely and unrestricted access to a student's documents, papers, or other records related to a fellowship in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, transcripts, and copies of such documents. The rights of access in this paragraph are not limited to the required retention period but shall last as long as those records are retained.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
NNEMS Fellowships are generally awarded for three months full-time and up to three years part-time. Students receive payment in the form of a stipend typically paid in equal monthly payments throughout the duration of the fellowship period unless otherwise specified in a disbursement plan submitted with the funding package. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Stipends are awarded according to Project Officer's disbursement plan.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Ginger Potter, Office of Environmental Education MC1703A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: email@example.com
Phone: (202) 564-0453.
(Project Grants) FY 13 $250,000; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0 - FY 2013 estimate $250,000; FY 2014 estimate $0; FY 2015 estimate $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Recipients of NNEMS fellowships receive a grant award in the form of a stipend, based on the student's level of education and the duration and location of the project. Grant awards range from approximately $7,400.00 to $12,600.00 per award for a 3-month, full-time period. The average award is for approximately $12,000.00. For a part-time period of up to 3 years, the average award is for approximately $25,000 to $30,000 per year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
40 CFR Part 46-Fellowships and 40 CFR Part 30-General Regulations for Assistance Programs.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: The NNEMS Program has been terminated by senior management due to budget constraints. There will be on projects available in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available