Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Grants within the Office of Research and Development

 

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 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 decision-making at the local, state and industrial levels.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014 priorities include conducting air pollutants research, improving the science behind risk assessment, water quality research, drinking water research, research to improve human health and the environment, and research related to Homeland Security. Surveys, studies, and investigations to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and pesticides will also be funded under this category. Additionally, this funding priority provides support for conferences relating to the areas above.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: FY 2015 priorities include conducting air pollutants research, improving the science behind risk assessment, water quality research, drinking water research, research to improve human health and the environment, and research related to Homeland Security. Surveys, studies, and investigations to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and pesticides will also be funded under this category. Additionally, this funding priority provides support for conferences relating to the areas above.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016 priorities include conducting air pollutants research, improving the science behind risk assessment, water quality research, drinking water research, research to improve human health and the environment, and research related to Homeland Security. Surveys, studies, and investigations to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and pesticides will also be funded under this category. Additionally, this funding priority provides support for conferences relating to the areas above.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.510
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: An estimated 2 grants/cooperative agreements are made each year. Data of the number of applications received and the exact number of awards made in FY 14 are not available. Summary information of the funded research is available in the EPA Grant Awards Database, http://yosemite.epa.gov/oarm/igms_egf.nsf/HomePage?ReadForm. Fiscal Year 2015: An estimated 6 grants/cooperative agreements will be made in FY 2015. Data of the number of applications received and the exact number of awards made in FY 15 are not available. Summary information of the funded research is available in the EPA Grant Awards Database, http://yosemite.epa.gov/oarm/igms_egf.nsf/HomePage?ReadForm. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 , Section 311; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, 93 U.S.C 523; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2(F); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6981; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 U.S.C 6981; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Clean Air Act, Section 103, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; 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.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
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 or foreign entities. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.

Eligible nonprofit organizations include any organizations: 1) Are operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable or similar purposes in the public interest; 2) Are not organized primarily for profit; and 3) Use its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations. . However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to apply.

National laboratories funded by Federal Agencies (Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, "FFRDCs") may not apply. FFRDC employees may cooperate or collaborate with eligible applicants within the limits imposed by applicable legislation and regulations. They may participate in planning, conducting, and analyzing the research directed by the applicant, but may not direct projects on behalf of the applicant organization. The institution, organization, or governance receiving the award may provide funds through its assistance agreement from the EPA to an FFRDC for research personnel, supplies, equipment, and other expenses directly related to the research. However, salaries for permanent FFRDC employees may not be provided through this mechanism.

Federal Agencies may not apply. Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on an assistance agreement, and may not receive salaries or augment their Agency's appropriations in other ways through awards made under this program.

The applicant institution may enter into an agreement with a Federal Agency to purchase or utilize unique supplies or services unavailable in the private sector to the extent authorized by law. Examples are purchase of satellite data, chemical reference standards, analyses, or use of instrumentation or other facilities not available elsewhere. A written justification for federal involvement must be included in the application. In addition, an appropriate form of assurance that documents the commitment, such as a letter of intent from the Federal Agency involved, should be included.
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; anyone/general public; education professionals; students/trainees; graduate students; scientists/researchers; hospitals; foreign entities; and individuals.
Credentials/Documentation
The Agency may request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training experience in the field, and the necessary equipment to carry out the research. EPA may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. EPA may ask principal investigators for information documenting past performance. 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
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. 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 OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-110 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. Competitive RFAs (requests for applications) or RFIPs (requests for initial proposals) for grants in these areas are announced widely through the Internet, university and scientific organizations, among other mechanisms. Although the programs identified are the formal assistance programs that ORD funds, there are periodic RFAs/RFIPs disseminated on other topics that are not part of the formal program. These new programs are also part of 66.510 but cannot be presently identified. 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 Grants Management Office at the Environmental Protection Agency or as shown in the specific RFAs/RFIPs, which are accessible through the EPA/ORD website at http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

Award Procedure
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. 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 an electronic version of the revised project abstract, 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. The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division. 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
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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to performance plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with the established policies of EPA. 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 2 CFR 200 and 1500. Progress reports are required under this program. A discussion of expenditures is required in progress reports under this program. Perfromance 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
The record retention requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 apply. 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.
Matching Requirements: The Office of Research and Development reserves the right to impose a cost share requirement under certain competitions. See individual RFAs for additional information pertaining to matching/cost share 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 may not exceed 5 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 or the contact listed on the RFA.
Headquarters Office
John Nanartowicz For administrative questions on grant applications and procedures, contact: John Nanartowicz, at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20460 MC: 8201R. Phone number 202-564-4756, email: nanartowicz.john@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Nanartowicz.john@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-4756
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0107-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,700,000; FY 15 est $2,100,000; and FY 16 est $1,800,000 - FY 2014 actual $1,700,000, FY 2015 estimate $2,100,000 FY 2016 estimate $1,800,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
New grants/cooperative agreement funding ranges will be forthcoming shortly.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 & 2 CFR Part 1500 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) and Research and Demonstration Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 40)

Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 1) "Citizen Monitoring of Water Sanitation in a Rural Puerto Rico Watershed" is to increase public awareness of sanitation issues in the watershed by initiating assessments of water quality and sewage infrastructure by citizen volunteers. It is intended that this project will engage members of the watershed community in collecting and analyzing water samples for indicators of unsanitary condition and for assessing sewer infrastructure for faulty or damaged sewage lines. Expected outcomes are two-foldeducating community members through active participation and identifying unsanitary conditions and their likely cause; 2) This project is to create a constantly upgrading, flexible and easily reproducible Living Laboratory to pilot sustainability tools and methods, starting on the local level in the Drini - Drina River Watershed. Each activity will be structured as a comprehensive capacity-building activity, combining both theoretical and hands-on approaches and actively engaging participants in the decision-making process. The project will foster sustainability by improving local development strategies, building watershed-management capacity, and providing decision-making tools. Fiscal Year 2015: Projects supported include the development of a web-accessible digital platform for collecting, analyzing, mapping and sharing Mill Creek Watershed water quality data. Conference support has included Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics; Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products; and Environmental Nanotechnology. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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