NOAA Mission-Related Education Awards
The objectives of the overall program are to facilitate educational activities related to NOAA's mission.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2014: The following audiences and institution types were served by NOAA’s mission-related educational awards in FY 2014; cumulative numbers of learners are approximate: 4 million Pre-K to 12 students; 390,000 Pre-K to 12 teachers; 10,000 informal educators; 29 million adult learners in informal science education contexts; 14 institutions of higher education; and 66 informal education institutions and other non-profit organizations. Fiscal Year 2015: Projects supported in FY 2015 will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes and encourage students to study and consider career paths in ocean sciences and related fields. Fiscal Year 2016: N/A.
America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 ("America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010")., Public Law 111-111-358, § 302, 33 U.S.C 893 a(a).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants include federal, state, and local governments, tribal entities, universities and colleges, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and/or individuals. Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have more restrictive eligibility requirements.
This program benefits other Federal, state, and local governments, tribal entities, public and private universities and colleges, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and the general public. Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have more restrictive eligibility requirements.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including standard and special award conditions for financial assistance. Recipients are required to use the System for Award Management Registration (formerly Central Contractor Registration) and Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System and be subject to reporting requirements, as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 C.F.R Parts 25 and 170. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications, and in some cases preliminary applications, are submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or the CFDA number to access the applications package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the Program Office. This program is subject to 2 C.F.R. Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance). For guidelines, see the specific funding opportunity.
Applications will undergo an administrative review and a technical review based on NOAA standardized evaluation criteria. For each project recommended for funding under this program, NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts of projects as required under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 40 C.F.R 1500 through 1508. See the funding opportunity announcement for further NEPA guidance. NOAA reserves the right to withhold the awarding of a grant or cooperative agreement to any individual or organization delinquent on a debt to the Federal government until payment is made or satisfactory arrangements are made with the agency to which the debt is owed.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. Approval time is expected to range from 180 to 240 days from the time of receipt of a complete application. This timeframe includes processing the award through NOAA and DOC financial assistance functions.
Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce/NOAA and contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will undergo an administrative review and a technical merit review based on NOAA standardized evaluation criteria. NOAA standardized selection factors may also be used in making the final selection.
How may assistance be used?
To provide funds to support educational activities and studies related to NOAA's mission. Funds may not be used for construction of facilities. Individual Federal Funding Opportunities may have additional restrictions on the use of funds, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements. Awards are primarily funded through annual appropriations to the Office of Education, but may also be funded through other agency programs and offices at their discretion.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that financial reports are submitted semi-annually or as otherwise required under special award conditions. Reports will be submitted through NOAA's Grants Online System. Programmatic progress reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that progress reports are submitted semi-annually or as otherwise required under special award conditions. Programmatic progress reports summarize work accomplished, relate the progress to the original approved application and timeliness, explain situations where expected work has not been completed, and request modifications to the project plan as necessary. Reports will be submitted through NOAA's Grants Online System. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. The recipient must retain records for 3 years from the date with the final financial status report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to five years. The funding is spent during the award's period of performance unless otherwise negotiated between the recipient and NOAA and approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Office of Education HCHB 6863
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: email@example.com
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $3,029,941; FY 15 est $3,874,986; and FY 16 est $0 - The Administration's Fiscal Year 2016 request was zero, but available funding may be higher depending on the outcome of FY2016 Congressional appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards typically range from $100,000 to $1,500,000 under the competitive process, with an average award amount of approximately $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Commerce Grants and Cooperative Agreements Regulations. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 C.F.R Part 200 (Uniform Guidance). Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 2 C.F.R Part 200 (Uniform Guidance). For programmatic information on past and current funding opportunities, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Seven new awards were funded through the Environmental Literacy Grants program and NOAA’s Broad Agency Announcement. These seven awards are building educators’ capacity to use NOAA data sets and visualizations; providing strategic framing communication tools to effectively communicate NOAA-related sciences in informal science education settings such as aquariums, zoos and museums; and encouraging high school students to study and consider careers in ocean sciences and related fields. Additionally, 6 awards initiated in prior years were provided with their next annual increment of funds. Fiscal Year 2015: We anticipate funding 9 new awards that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes and encourage students to study and consider career paths in ocean sciences and related fields. Additionally 7 awards initiated in previous fiscal years will be provided their next increment of funding. Fiscal Year 2016: New funding opportunities have not yet been defined.