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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010 ("America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010")., 33 U.S.C. 893 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 Notices of 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 Notices of 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Most funding opportunities under 11.008 are excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Check individual Notices of Federal Opportunity (NOFO) to confirm the applicability of this requirement.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Office of Education
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$5,537,502.00; FY 19 est $6,266,032.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$3,929,779.00; FY 16$4,056,508.00; - The Administration's Fiscal Year 2020request was zero, but available funding may be higher depending on the outcome of FY2020 Congressional appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Environmental Literacy Program Awards typically range from $100,000 to $1,500,000 under the competitive process, with an average award amount of approximately $500,000. Bay-Watershed Education and Training Awards typically range from of $25,000 to $80,000 per year for up to $240,000.
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.noaa.gov/office-education/grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
We anticipate funding 5 new awards that will help communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Additionally 6 awards initiated in previous fiscal years will be provided their next increment of funding. Five new awards were funded through the Environmental Literacy Program (ELP). These ELP awards will inform, educate, and inspire educators, students, and the public to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. Education plays a critical role in achieving NOAA’s mission and vision. To make the best social, economic, and environmental decisions, individuals should have the ability to understand scientific processes, consider uncertainty, and reason about the ways human and natural systems interact. These awards support formal and informal education projects that cultivate these skill sets among diverse audiences. Additionally, 6 awards initiated in prior years were provided with their next annual increment of funds.Fiscal Year 2017
Three new awards were funded through the Environmental Literacy Program (ELP). These ELP awards will inform, educate, and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to local weather and climate hazards. Funded projects engage a diverse audiences through formal K-12 and informal education. Additionally, 8 ELP awards initiated in prior years were provided with their next annual increment of funds.Fiscal Year 2018
The Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) funded 9 new awards that will help communities build the environmental literacy necessary for resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Additionally, 3 ELP awards initiated in previous fiscal years will be provided their next increment of funding.Fiscal Year 2019
There were no new ELP funding opportunities in 2019. Additional funding was added to existing awards made in 2018. The B-WET Program is offered two funding opportunities in 2019 under 11.008, although new awards are pending final approval. Other programs at NOAA funded individual projects under 11.008 from applications submitted through NOAA's Broad Agency Announcement.