Regional Applied Research Efforts (RARE)

 

To (1) support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution analysis, monitoring, and control techniques; and (3) fund innovative regional projects that address a stated problem or opportunity relating to sustainability and use science to inform design, planning and environmental decision-making.

Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014 Priorities include conducting high priority air pollutants research, ecological risk assessment, water quality, watersheds and drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) risk assessment, pollution prevention and new technologies/Economic and Social Science research. Support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance actions to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques and community applications will all be funded under this category.

Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 Priorities include but are not limited to conducting high priority air pollutants research, ecological risk assessment, water quality, watersheds and drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) risk assessment, pollution prevention and new technologies/Economic and Social Science research. Support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance actions to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques and community applications will all be funded under this category.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.517
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 1) This project developed initial quantifications of the degree to which Pb is stabilized and As is mobilized due to phosphate application and assess the Pb stabilizing and As mobilizing capacity of an alternative amending agent such as compost or sewer sludge. The project team is continuing analysis to a) understand such effects for different types of soils, amendment applications, and drainage conditions; and c) evaluate the extent of Pb and As uptake by garden vegetables due to Pb stabilization and As mobilization in phosphate and alternative amendments.



2) This project developed initial estimates of an air-basin level source-emissions characterizations to support prioritization of emission reductions from sources of black carbon and other climate relevant pollutants. The study team continued their evaluation.



3) These project supported further development and administration of the Tribe's Water Pollution Control, and Nonpoint Source Programs. Major activities include: conducting water quality monitoring and analysis; reducing nonpoint source erosion/sediment deposits into the nearby creek by conducting hill-slope restoration; conducting outreach and education to the community; and general administration of the Tribe's water quality management program. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6981; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311, Public Law 95-510; Clean Air Act, Section 103&104, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20&23, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, Public Law 93-523; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 95-396, 7 U.S.C 136; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 94-140, 7 U.S.C 136; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311, Public Law 99-499.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
These programs are available to each State, territory and possession, and Tribal nation of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, for public and private State universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, State and local government departments, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and in some cases, individuals who have demonstrated unusually high scientific ability.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; Scientists/Researchers, Hospitals, and Individuals.
Credentials/Documentation
No content available. 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
For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. When applicable, an environmental impact assessment is made by the Office of Research and Development as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The standard application forms as furnished by the EPA and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 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. An environmental impact assessment is required 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funds may be available to support activities including but not limited to experiments, surveys, studies, investigations, public education programs, and monitoring where authorized by specific statutes, in both science and engineering disciplines. Please check the Federal Register or the EPA/ORD website http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm for an updated listing of these programs. Completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate laboratory, center or office within ORD specified in the announcement.
Award Procedure
The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division. Customarily, applicants are notified about award decisions within six months of the solicitation deadline. After being recommended for award, applicants will be required to submit additional certifications and may be requested to provide responses to comments or suggestions offered by the peer reviewers, a revised budget, past performance documentation, and/or make appropriate revisions. EPA Project Officers will contact Principal Investigators to obtain these materials. Before or after award, certain applicants will be expected to provide additional quality assurance documentation.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
Appeals
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.

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
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations, 2 CFR 200 and 1500. Progress reports are required under this program. A discussion of expenditures is required in progress reports under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
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. 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.
Records
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
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
Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Total approved project period typically does not exceed 2 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is either fully funded (lump sum) or incrementally funded on an annual basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Maggie Lavay For administrative questions on grant applications and procedures, contact Maggie Lavay, at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20460. Commercial telephone number 202-564-5264,. Government e-mail address: lavay.maggie@epa.gov


, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: lavay.maggie@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-5264
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/osp/regions/rare.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0107-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $200,000; FY 15 est $100,000; and FY 16 est $0 - FY 2014 actual $200,000 FY 2015 estimate $100,000, FY 2016 estimate $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New grants/cooperative agreements shall not exceed $60,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General Grant Regulations and Procedures for new awards for the Environmental Protection Agency are in 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, which supersedes all previous OMB Circulars.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: This project will develop a visualization tool to help multiple stakeholder groups balance the ecological, economic, and human health effects of range-land burning. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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