Stewardship Science Grant Program

 

(1) To grow the U.S. scientific community through university involvement in areas of fundamental science and technology relevant to stockpile stewardship; (2) to promote and sustain scientific interactions between the academic community and scientists at the NNSA laboratories; (3) to train scientists in specific areas of long-term research relevant to stockpile stewardship; (4) to increase the availability of unique experimental facilities sited at NNSA's laboratories to the academic community, particularly for collaborations in areas of relevance to stockpile stewardship; and (5) to develop and maintain a long-term recruiting pipeline to NNSA's laboratories by increasing the visibility of NNSA's Defense Program's scientific activities to the U.S. faculty and student communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
81.112
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The research supported helps to increase U.S. efforts in physical science relevant to stockpile stewardship and trains future scientific talent in these areas. Results and accomplishments of basic research performed under these programs are reported in open scientific literature. University research programs often support graduate students who assist principal investigators with research programs. Fiscal Year 2015: The research supported helps to increase U.S. efforts in physical science relevant to stockpile stewardship and trains future scientific talent in these areas. Results and accomplishments of basic research performed under these programs are reported in open scientific literature. University research programs often support graduate students who assist principal investigators with research programs. Fiscal Year 2016: The research supported helps to increase U.S. efforts in physical science relevant to stockpile stewardship and trains future scientific talent in these areas. Results and accomplishments of basic research performed under these programs are reported in open scientific literature. University research programs often support graduate students who assist principal investigators with research programs.
Authorization
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 31, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title 1, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Some solicitations are open to institutions of higher education only and others include nonprofit organizations and for profit commercial organizations. See individual funding opportunity announcements for details on eligibility.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Depending upon the eligibility requirements of the individual solicitation, U.S. public and private institutions of higher education and/or nonprofit organizations and for profit commercial organizations will benefit. The Federal government will also benefit from the research of these grants.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. Proposals should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted at http://www.grants.gov/.
Award Procedure
Proposals will be screened for stewardship relevance and then reviewed for scientific and technical merit by qualified individuals. The review and selection process for each funding opportunity are included in the solicitation. Decisions to approve are made by a Headquarters program official within the Program Office. Selected proposals will be forwarded to the NNSA Albuquerque Complex for grant development, negotiation and award.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Approximately 90 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Program Office.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Alignment with the areas of technical scope; (2) Scientific/technical merit of the project, including innovativeness and originality; (3) Expected impact on the area of technical scope addressed; (4) Consistency with the objective of this academic alliances program to focus on advanced experimental investigations; (5) Qualifications of the Applicant's personnel and adequacy of proposed resources; (6) Feasibility of plans for carrying out the proposed research, considering such factors as: appropriateness of the technical method and approach, facility compatibility, other commitments, competition and timing; (7) For projects currently receiving funding under this program, the scientific impact of recent results and accomplishments; (8) Level of interaction with NNSA/DP laboratory personnel and the potential to train students in scientific areas defined by the technical scope in order to build a long-term recruiting pool for the NNSA/DP laboratory complex. Generally, a higher degree of interaction both quantitatively and qualitatively is considered desirable; (9) Leverage provided by cost sharing with other funding sources.
How may assistance be used?
Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as the salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training, related activities, and advanced technology projects or assessments. Funding is provided for basic and applied research in the field of physical science in support of the DOE stockpile stewardship program. Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions. Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not unnecessarily duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit. Some solicitations are open to institutions of higher education only.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. SF425 quarterly. Progress Reports annually. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is required for Cooperative Agreements.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
Recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.
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
Generally, grants are approved for two-year or three-year project periods and funded one year at a time. Depending upon specific circumstances, grant project periods may range from one year to five years, at the discretion of the program office. Cooperative Agreements typically have five-year project periods and are funded one year at a time. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The NNSA Albuquerque Complex will make determination of method of funding release at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Terri Lynn Stone 19901 Germantown Road, Germantown, Maryland 20874 Email: terri.stone@nnsa.doe.gov Phone: 3019037423
Website Address
http://www.nnsa.energy.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
89-0240-0-1-053.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $107,750,000; FY 15 est $110,000,000; and FY 16 est $100,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
grants $50,000 - $750,000 per year
Cooperative agreements $1,000,000-$63,000,000 per year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
10 CFR 600, Federal Statutes, OMB Circulars, and other Government-wide guidance implementing 10 CFR 600, DOE Acquisition Policy and Guidance, DOE Guide to Financial Assistance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Center for Pulsed-Power-Driven High-Energy-Density Plasmas; University of Texas Center for High Energy Density Science; A Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology; Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies for Stewardship Science; Cross Section Level Densities and Strength Functions; Developing Surrogate Reaction Techniques to Determine Neutron Capture Rates; Relativistic Study of X-ray Polarization Spectroscopy for Fusion Plasmas. Fiscal Year 2015: Center for Pulsed-Power-Driven High-Energy-Density Plasmas; University of Texas Center for High Energy Density Science; A Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology; Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies for Stewardship Science; Carnegie/DOE Alliance Center -A Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology. Fiscal Year 2016: Center for Pulsed-Power-Driven High-Energy-Density Plasmas; University of Texas Center for High Energy Density Science; A Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology; Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies for Stewardship Science; University of Tennessee Radiochemistry Center of Excellence; High Pressure Science and Engineering Center; Carnegie/DOE Alliance Center -A Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology.

 



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