Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research_Coastal Ocean Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

NOAA's Coastal Ocean Program in the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR/COP) is a unique Federal- academic partnership designed to provide predictive capability for managing coastal ecosystems. COP seeks to deliver the highest-quality science in a timely manner for important coastal policy decisions by supporting high-priority research and interagency initiatives related to NOAA's mission in three goal areas: coastal ecosystem oceanography, cumulative coastal impacts and coastal forecasting/natural hazards. COP supports research on critical issues which exist in the Nation's estuaries, coastal waters and the Great Lakes; and translates its findings into accessible information for coastal managers, planners, lawmakers and the public.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Grants may be used to fund research and interagency initiatives under specific CSCOR/ COP programs related to NOAA's mission in coastal ecosystem oceanography, cumulative coastal impacts, and coastal forecasting/natural hazards.

Who is eligible to apply...

Institutions of higher education, not-for- profit institutions, State, local and Indian tribal governments and Federal agencies. CSCOR/COP will accept proposals that include foreign researchers as collaborators with researchers who are affiliated with a U.S. academic institution, Federal agency, or other nonprofit organization. Nonfederal and Federal applicants will be competed against each other.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Proposals with statement of work, estimated budget, and curriculum vitae. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Send an application for financial assistance (Standard Form 424) to CSCOR/COP with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount in response to a current funding announcement only. This program is subject to the requirements of CFR Part 14, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of High Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit and Commercial Organization, which replaces OMB Circular No. A-110 as the administrative rules applicable to these awards. In addition, this program is subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments", which replaces OMB A-102 as the administrative rule applicable to these awards.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with instructions published in the Federal Register notice. The deadline date will be at least 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal receipt.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372 and OMB Circular No. A-102.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

None.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

By negotiation with the CSOR/COP Office. Multi- year awards of one to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi- year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Organizations and individuals with interests in coastal oceanography.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $1,000,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants only) FY 03 actual: $10,500,000; FY 04 est $8,500,000; and FY 05 est $8,500,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

The Coastal Ocean Program uses a regional, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and predicting the impacts of natural and anthropogenic variability on coastal ecosystems, communities, and economies. The main goal of the Coastal Ocean Program (COP) is to improve predictions for coastal management through research to understand and describe coastal systems, data synthesis and modeling to assess and predict ecosystem conditions, and translation of scientific results to engage, inform, and advise the public. The COP sponsors competitive, peer-reviewed research to collaborate with and augment NOAA-based research programs focused on the coastal ocean, estuaries, and coastal margins.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

The Coastal Ocean Program is currently funding over 68 competitively awarded ongoing extramural research funding commitments to over 80 external marine science institutions. This cutting-edge research has already and will in the future benefit the management of U.S. coastal resources and increase our understanding of the coastal ocean. Projects are underway to unravel the ecology and oceanography of harmful algal blooms and help coastal states manage HAB associated health and economic risks; understand the effects of human impacts on coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean and Micronesia; assess the potential impacts of the Everglades restoration project on South Florida ecosystems; understanding the effects of climate variability on fish stocks in the Northwest Pacific and Northwest Atlantic; and detecting and assessing the extent of the hypoxic area in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. CSCOR studies will also examine the impacts of multiple stressors on coastal ecosystems in Louisiana and integrate the findings of recently completed east coast research projects.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Proposals are evaluated by competitive peer review taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and applicability to COP's research goals. Principal investigators' qualifications and cost are also considered, with cost subject to negotiation.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

From 1 to 5 years, with funding approved annually.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Implementation plans are required annually. Progress reports are due annually. Financial status reports are required semi- annually. Final reports are due ninety days after expiration of award.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Recipients and subrecipients that are State and local governments, institutions of higher education or other nonprofit organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (3 U.S.C. 7501-7507) and revised OMB Circular No. A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

16 U.S.C. 1456c; 33 U.S.C. 883d; 33 U.S.C 1442; 15 U.S.C. 1540, Public Law 105-383.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

None.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Rob Magnien, Director, NOAA/CSCOR/COP, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713- 3020, FAX: (301) 713-4044.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, Coastal Ocean Program, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East West Highway, Room 8243, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-3338.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: