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California’s marine programs and conduit, relaying the community’s DATES: Effective November 8, 2002.
policies. interests, concerns, and management ADDRESSES: Center for Sponsored
Authority: 16 U.S.C Sections 1431, et seq. needs to the Sanctuary. Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean
The Sanctuary Advisory Council Program, National Oceanic and
(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog members represent public interest
Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East
groups, local industry, commercial and West Highway, SSMCι4, Room 8218,
Dated: October 31, 2002. recreational user groups, academia, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3282
Alan Neuschatz, conservation groups, government FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Associate Assistant Administrator for agencies, and the general public.
Management. Leslie McDonald, NCCOS/CSCOR/COP
Authority: 16 U.S.C. Section 1431 et seq. Grants Administrator, (301)713–3338/
[FR Doc. 02–28463 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am]
(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog x155.
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Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Dated: October 31, 2002.
Electronic Access
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Alan Neuschatz,
Associate Assistant Administrator for NOAA Standard Form and COP-
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Management. specific application forms are accessible
Administration [FR Doc. 02–28462 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am] with instructions on the following COP
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Internet Site: http://www.cop.noaa.gov,
Availability of Seats for the Olympic under the COP Grants Information
Coast National Marine Sanctuary section, Part D, Application Forms for
Advisory Council DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Initial Proposal Submission.
AGENCY: National Marine Sanctuary Forms may be viewed and in most
Program (NMSP), National Ocean National Oceanic and Atmospheric cases filled in by computer. All forms
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Administration must be printed, completed, and mailed
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), [Docket No. 000817236–2242–04, I.D. No.
to NCCOS/CSCOR/COP with original
Department of Commerce (DOC). 082702F] signatures. If you are unable to access
ACTION: Notice and request for
this information, you may call COP at
applications. General Grant Administration Terms 301–713–3338 to leave a mailing
and Conditions of theCoastal Ocean request.
SUMMARY: The Olympic Coast National Program for FY2003 General information about the COP’s
Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS or projects and publications is also
AGENCY: National Centers for Coastal available on the NCCOS/CSCOR/COP
Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the
following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Ocean Sciences/Center for Sponsored Internet Site.
Advisory Council (Council): Member Coastal Ocean Research, Coastal Ocean
Program (NCCOS/CSCOR/COP), Background
and alternate for the Conservation seat,
Member and alternate for the Research National Ocean Service (NOS), National (1) Program Authority(s): 16 U.S.C.
seat. Applicants are chosen based upon Oceanic and Atmospheric 1456c; 33 U.S.C. 883d; 33 U.S.C. 1442;
their particular expertise and experience Administration (NOAA), Department of 15 U.S.C. 1540; and/or Pub.L. 105–383.
in relation to the seat for which they are Commerce. (2) Catalog of Federal Domestic
applying; community and professional ACTION: Notice for financial assistance Assistance (CFDA): 11.478 Coastal
affiliations; philosophy regarding the for project research grants and Ocean Program.
conservation and management of marine cooperative agreements. (3) Program Description: NOAA’s
resources; and possibly the length of NCCOS/CSCOR/COP provides
SUMMARY: It is the intent of NOAA/NOS/ predictive capability for managing
residence in the area affected by the
Sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen NCCOS/CSCOR/COP to provide direct coastal ecosystems through sponsorship
as members should expect to serve financial assistance in the form of of research. NCCOS/CSCOR/COP seeks
three-year terms, pursuant to the discretionary research grants and to deliver the highest quality science in
Council’s Charter. cooperative agreements under its a timely manner for important coastal
program for the management of coastal decisions. It supports research on
DATES: Applications are due by
ecosystems. critical issues that exist in the Nation’s
November 29, 2002. This document does not solicit estuaries, coastal waters, and Great
ADDRESSES: Application kits may be proposals but rather describes the Lakes and translates its findings into
obtained from Andrew Palmer, OCNMS, general grant administration terms and accessible information for coastal
138 West First St., Port Angeles, WA conditions of the NCCOS/CSCOR/COP managers, planners, lawmakers, and the
98362 Completed applications should program for fiscal year 2003. It is public. The COP also supports
be sent to the same address. NCCOS/CSCOR/COP’s intent to issue educational activities at the graduate
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: supplemental Announcements of and undergraduate level to facilitate the
Andrew Palmer at (360) 457–6622 x. 30 Opportunities (AOs) to request development of qualified professionals
or andrew.palmer@noaa.gov. proposals on specific projects in the fields of coastal science,
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The throughout the year according to the management, and policy.
Sanctuary Advisory Council provides appropriations issued by Congress. AOs
NOAA with advice on the management will be issued through the Federal Coastal Ecosystem Oceanography
of the Sanctuary. Members provide Register. Information regarding these NCCOS/CSCOR/COP supports the
advice to the Olympic Coast Sanctuary announcements will be made available conservation and management of marine
Superintendent on Sanctuary issues. on the NCCOS/CSCOR/COP Home Page ecosystems through sponsorship of
The Council, through its members, also and NCCOS/CSCOR/COP’s e-mail list. improved ecological and oceanographic
serves as liaison to the community These announcements will provide predictions for resource management.
regarding Sanctuary issues and acts as a specific program descriptions. Studies focus on (1) understanding

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critical processes that control the continue to stress our coastal waters, collaboration, participation, or
abundance, distribution, and bays, and estuaries and the Great Lakes. intervention in project performance.
replenishment of fishery resources; (2) NCCOS/CSCOR/COP has focused on Substantial involvement exists when:
determining critical habitat processes developing information for longer range responsibility for the management,
that influence fishery ecosystems; and U.S. management and policy at large control, direction, or performance of the
(3) quantifying ecosystem species and complex scales. NCCOS/CSCOR/ project is shared by the assisting agency
interactions to develop models that can COP research will help the U.S. respond and the recipient; or the assisting
be used in management decisions. to the major challenges of the next agency has the right to intervene
Current efforts support studies dealing century and to balance the needs of (including interruption or modification)
with cod and haddock on Georges Bank, economic growth with those of in the conduct or performance of project
and salmon in the Pacific Northwest. conserving the environment and its activities.
coastal resources. (c) Determination of which
Cumulative Coastal Impacts (4) Funding Availability: On average, instrument to use: Applicants must
NCCOS/CSCOR/COP sponsors a annual funding for each Announcement specify the type of award for which they
series of regional watershed projects on of Opportunity is approximately are applying, either a grant or a
the causes and impacts of multiple $l,000,000. Each NCCOS/CSCOR/COP cooperative agreement. The funding
stresses on coastal ecosystems. Studies project generally consists of several agency will review the applications in
focus on (l) developing indicators of coordinated investigations with separate accordance with the evaluation criteria.
stress; (2) predicting impacts of multiple awards, ranging from $5,000 to Before issuing awards, NOAA will
stresses (3) valuing natural resources in $500,000. Actual funding levels will determine whether a grant or
ecological and economical terms; and depend upon the final budget cooperative agreement is the
(4) predicting the outcomes of appropriations for the fiscal year. appropriate instrument based upon the
management strategies. Current efforts Individual AOs will be released with need for substantial NOAA involvement
are located in Chesapeake Bay, Florida specific applicable dollar amounts. in the project.
Bay and the Keys, the coastal areas of The funding history of NCCOS/ (d) In an effort to maximize the use of
South Carolina, the Pacific Northwest, CSCOR/COP’s Direct Financial limited resources, applications from
and coral reefs in Florida and Hawaii. Assistance is as follows: FY99 $8.5M; non-Federal, non-NOAA Federal and
FY00 $15M, FY01 15.5M; FY02 $20M; NOAA Federal applicants will be
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and and FY03 is estimated at $22.2M. competed against each other. Research
Hypoxia Publication of this notice does not proposals selected for funding from
NCCOS/CSCOR/COP also sponsors obligate Commerce/NOAA to any non-Federal researchers will be funded
studies on the ecology and specific award or to obligate any part of through a project grant or cooperative
oceanography of harmful algal blooms the entire amount of funds available. agreement.
(HABs), focusing on identifying and Recipients and subrecipients are subject Research proposals selected for
modeling linkages between the to all Federal laws and agency policies, funding from non-NOAA Federal
physiology, ecology, behavior and regulations, and procedures applicable applicants will be funded through an
toxicity of HABs and local/regional to Federal financial assistance awards. interagency transfer, provided legal
circulation patterns and water quality. If an application for a financial authority exists for the Federal
These results will not only generate assistance award is selected for funding, applicant to receive funds from another
greater general knowledge of NCCOS/CSCOR/COP has no obligation agency. PLEASE NOTE: Before non-
problematic species in the U.S. coastal to provide any additional prospective NOAA Federal applicants may be
waters, but also provide a foundation for funding in connection with that award funded, they must demonstrate that they
development of regional HAB in subsequent years. have legal authority to receive funds
forecasting capabilities, eventually (5) Matching Requirements: None. from another Federal agency in excess
providing a means to assess the (6) Type of Funding Instrument: They of their appropriation. Because this
effectiveness of prevention, control, and are project grants and cooperative announcement is not proposing to
mitigation strategies developed in the agreements. procure goods or services from the
programs. Current regional efforts are (a) Research Project Grants: A applicants, the Economy Act (31 U.S.C.
located in the Gulf of Maine, the Pacific research project grant is one in which section 1535) is not an appropriate
Northwest, Hawaii, eastern Long Island, substantial programmatic involvement basis. Support may be solely through
the coastal regions of the mid-Atlantic by NOAA is not anticipated by the COP or partnered with other Federal
States, the Great Lakes, and the western recipient during the project period. offices and agencies.
coast of Florida. Applicants for grants must demonstrate Proposals deemed acceptable from
Eutrophication and resulting hypoxia an ability to conduct the proposed NOAA Federal researchers will be
have become common problems research with minimal assistance, other funded through an intraagency transfer.
affecting living marine resources and than financial support, from NOAA. (7) Eligibility Criteria: Eligible
recreational uses of coastal waters. The (b) Cooperative Agreements: A applicants are institutions of higher
NCCOS/CSCOR/COP supports research cooperative agreement implies that education, other non-profits, state, local,
examining the influences of nutrient NOAA will assist recipients in Indian Tribal Governments, and Federal
loading, physical forcing, climate conducting the proposed research. The agencies that possess the statutory
change, and extent of hypoxic application should be presented in a authority to receive financial assistance.
conditions (i.e., the ‘‘dead zone’’) on the manner that demonstrates the (i) Researchers must be employees of
ecosystem and fisheries of the northern applicant’s ability to address the an eligible institution listed above; and
Gulf of Mexico. research problem in a collaborative proposals must be submitted through
manner with NOAA. A cooperative that institution. Non-Federal researchers
Benefits of the NCCOS/CSCOR/COP agreement is appropriate when should comply with their institutional
Continued population pressures on substantial NOAA involvement is requirements for proposal submission.
the Nation’s coastal areas and ongoing anticipated. This means that the (ii) Non-NOAA Federal applicants
changes in the environment will recipient can expect substantial agency will be required to submit certifications

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or documentation showing that they subsequently recommended for award. objectives and a complete and efficient
have specific legal authority to receive Multi-institution proposals must strategy for making measurements and
funds from the Department of include a Summary Proposal Budget observations in support of the
Commerce (DOC) for this research. Form from each institution. objectives. The approach is sound and
(iii) NCCOS/CSCOR/COP will accept Disposition of Unsuccessful logically planned throughout the cycle
proposals that include foreign Application: Applications not adhering of the proposed work;
researchers as collaborators with a to these stated guidelines will be (e) Linkages (10 percent): Connections
researcher, who has met the above returned to the applicant without to existing or planned studies, or
stated eligibility requirements; and who further review. demonstrated cooperative arrangements
also is an employee of an eligible In addition, other forms required as to provide or use data or other research
institution listed above. part of a complete application package results to achieve the objectives.
(iv) Non-Federal researchers affiliated from only those recipients subsequently (f) Costs (10 percent): Adequacy of the
with NOAA-University Joint Institutes recommended for award include the proposed resources to accomplish the
should comply with joint institutional NOAA Standard Form 424–B, proposed work, and the appropriateness
requirements; they will be funded ‘‘Assurances for Non-Construction of the requested funding with respect to
through grants either to their Programs’’; the CD–511, ‘‘Certifications the total available funds.
institutions or to joint institutes. Regarding Debarment, Suspension and (l3) Selection Procedures: All
(8) Award Period: Typically, NCCOS/ Other Responsibility Matters; Drug-Free proposals will be evaluated and scored
CSCOR/COP’s projects average 1 to 5 Workplace Requirements and individually in accordance with the
years in length. Projects covering more Lobbying’’; the CD–512, ‘‘Certification assigned weights of the above
than 1 year will usually be funded on Regarding Debarment, Suspension, evaluation criteria by independent peer
an annual basis. Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion- mail review and/or by independent peer
(9) Indirect Costs: Regardless of any Lower Tier Covered Transactions and panel review. Both Federal and non-
approved indirect cost rate applicable to Lobbying’’ (this certification is to Federal experts in the field may be used
the award, the maximum dollar amount remain with the recipient and is not in this process. The peer mail reviewers
of allocable indirect costs for which forwarded to the Grants Officer); the will be several individuals with
DOC will reimburse the recipient shall CD–346, ‘‘Applicant for Funding expertise in the subjects addressed by
be the lesser of (a) the line item amount Assistance’’(for non-profit particular proposals. Each mail reviewer
for the Federal share of indirect costs organizations) and the SF-LLL, will see only certain individual
contained in the approved budget of the ‘‘Disclosure of Lobbying Activities’’ (if proposals within his or her area of
award or (b) the Federal share of the applicable). expertise, and score them individually
total allocable indirect costs of the (11) Project Funding Priorities: on a scale of one to five, where scores
award based on the indirect cost rate Priority considerations will be given to represent respectively: Excellent (1),
approved by a cognizant or oversight proposals that promote balanced Very Good (2), Good (3), Fair (4), Poor
Federal agency and current at the time coverage of the science objective stated (5).
the cost was incurred, provided the rate in the later AOs, avoid duplication of The peer panel will comprise of 4 to
is approved on or before the award end completed or ongoing work, and 12 individuals, with each individual
date. increase geographic diversity. having expertise in a separate area, so
(10) Application Forms: When Additional and/or other priorities may that the panel, as a whole, covers a
applying for financial assistance under be detailed in NCCOS/CSCOR/COP range of scientific expertise. The panel
a published AO, applicants will be able AOs. will have access to all mail reviews of
to obtain both the standard NOAA (12) Evaluation Criteria: Unless proposals, and will use the mail reviews
application forms and COP-specific otherwise stated in an individual in discussion and evaluation of the
application forms at the COP home funding announcement, the following entire slate of proposals. All proposals
page. Forms may be viewed and, in criteria and evaluation weightings will will be evaluated and scored
most cases, filled in by computer. All be used for evaluating both solicited and individually. The peer panel shall rate
forms must be printed, completed, and unsolicited proposals: the proposals using the evaluation
mailed to NCCOS/CSCOR/COP with (a) Scientific Merit (20 percent): criteria and scores provided above and
original signatures in blue ink. If you are Intrinsic scientific value of the proposed used by the mail reviewers. The
unable to access this information, you work and the likelihood that it will lead individual peer panelist scores shall be
may also call (301)713–3338 to leave a to fundamental advancements, new averaged for each application and
mail request. At time of submission, the discoveries or will have substantial presented to the program officers. No
applicant will follow the proposal impact on progress in that field; consensus advice will be given by the
requirements presented in the funding (b) Research Performance Competence independent peer mail review or the
announcement. (20 percent): The capability of the review panel.
At time of original application for investigator and collaborators to The program officers will neither vote
financial assistance, all applicants are complete the proposed work as or score proposals as part of the
required to submit the NOAA Standard evidenced by past research independent peer panel nor participate
Form 424 (Rev July 1997), ‘‘Application accomplishments, previous cooperative in discussion of the merits of the
for Federal Assistance’’ and a COP work, timely communication, and the proposal. Those proposals receiving an
Summary Proposal Budget Form for sharing of findings, data, and other average panel score of ‘‘Fair’’ or ‘‘Poor’’
each fiscal year increment in lieu of the research products; will not be given further consideration,
NOAA Standard Form 424A (Rev July (c) Relevance (20 percent): Likelihood and proposers will be notified of non-
1997),‘‘Budget Information for Non- that the research will make substantial selection.
Construction Programs.’’ Applicants contributions or develop products For the proposals rated by the panel
shall also include a budget narrative/ leading to improved management of as either ‘‘Excellent,’’ ‘‘Very Good,’’ or
justification that supports all proposed coastal resources; ‘‘Good’’, the program officers will (a)
budget categories. The SF–424A shall be (d) Technical Approach (20 percent): select the proposals to be recommended
requested only from those recipients The proposed work has focused science for funding by average panel ratings,

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and/or by applying the project funding CSCOR/COP should be delivered to a Reduction Act, unless that collection
priorities listed in section 11 and National Data Center (NDC), such as the displays a currently valid OMB control
specific objectives published in the AO; National Oceanographic Data Center number.
(b) determine the total duration of (NODC), in a format to be determined by Dated: October 31, 2002.
funding for each proposal; and (c) the institution, the NODC, and the Alan Neuschatz,
determine the amount of funds available Program Officer. It is the responsibility
Associated Assistant Administrator for Ocean
for each proposal subject to the of the institution for the delivery of
Services and Coastal Zone Management.
availability of fiscal year funds. Awards these data; the DOC will not provide
[FR Doc. 02–28511 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am]
may not necessarily be made in rank additional support for delivery beyond
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
order. In addition, proposals rated by the award. Additionally, all biological
the panel as either ‘‘Excellent,’’ ‘‘Very cultures established, molecular probes
Good,’’ or ‘‘Good’’ that are not funded developed, genetic sequences identified,
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
in the current fiscal period, may be mathematical models constructed, or
considered for funding in another fiscal other resulting information products National Oceanic and Atmospheric
period without having to repeat the established through support provided Administration
competitive, review process. by NCCOS/CSCOR/COP are encouraged
Recommendations for funding are to be made available to the general [I.D. 110102C]
then forwarded to the selecting official, research community at no or modest
the Director of NCCOS/CSCOR/COP, for handling charge (to be determined by North Pacific Fishery Management
the final funding decision. The Director the institution, Program Officer, and Council; Public Meeting
shall make his final funding decisions DOC). AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
based upon the program officials’ (d) Please note that NOAA is Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
recommendations, project funding developing a policy on internal Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
priorities and availability of funds. overhead charges, NOAA scientists Commerce.
Investigators may be asked to modify considering submission of proposals ACTION: Notice of committee meeting.
objectives, work plans or budgets, and should contact the appropriate NCCOS/
provide supplemental information CSCOR/COP Program Manager for the SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery
required by the agency prior to the latest information. Management Council’s (Council) Gulf of
award. When a decision has been made (e) Paperwork Reduction Act: This Alaska Working Group will meet in
(whether an award or declination), notification involves collection-of- Anchorage, AK.
verbatim anonymous copies of reviews information requirements subject to the DATES: The meeting will be held on
and summaries of review panel Paperwork Reduction Act. The use of November 25–26, 2002.
deliberations, if any, will be made Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
available to the proposer. Declined SF-LLL has been approved by the Office
the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd
applications will be held in the NCCOS/ of Management and Budget (OMB)
Avenue, Top of the World Room,
CSCOR/COP for the required 3 years in under control numbers 0348–0043,
0348–0044, 0348–0040 and 0348–0046. Anchorage, AK 99501.
accordance with the current retention Council address: North Pacific
requirements, and then destroyed. The following requirements have been
approved by OMB under control Fishery Management Council, 605 W.
(14) Other Requirements:
number 0648–0384; a Summary 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK
(a) The Department of Commerce Pre-
Proposal Budget Form (30 Minutes per 99501–2252.
Award Notification of Requirements for
Grants and Cooperative Agreements response), a Project Summary Form (30 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
contained in the Federal Register notice minutes per response), a standardized Council Staff: 907–271–2809
of October 1, 2001 (66 FR 49917), as format for the Annual Performance SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On
amended by the Federal Register notice Report (5 hours per response), a Monday, November 25, the committee
published on October 30, 2002 (67 FR standardized format for the Final Report will meet starting at 10 a.m. and on
66109), is applicable to this solicitation. (10 hours per response), and the Tuesday, November 26, the meeting will
(b) Intergovernmental Review: (a) submission of up to 20 copies of begin at 8 a.m. to review: data on
Applications under this program are not proposals (10 minutes per response). rockfish bycatch rates; International
subject to Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, The response estimates include the time Pacific Halibut Commission discussion
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal for reviewing instructions, searching paper on managing halibut bycatch in a
Programs.’’ (b) It has been determined existing data sources, gathering and rationalized Pacific cod hook and line
that this notice is not significant for maintaining the data needed, and fishery; proposals for catcher/processor
purposes of E.O. 12866. Pursuant to 5 completing and reviewing the collection elements and options and finalize
U.S.C. 553 (a)(2), an opportunity for of information. Send comments elements and options for analysis.
public notice and comment is not regarding this burden estimate or any Although non-emergency issues not
required for this notice relating to other aspect of this collection of contained in this agenda may come
grants, benefits and contracts. Because information, including suggestions for before this group for discussion, those
this notice is exempt from the notice reducing this burden, to issues may not be the subject of formal
and comment provisions of the Leslie.Mcdonald@noaa.gov. Copies of action during this meeting. Action will
Administrative Procedure Act, a these forms and formats can be found on be restricted to those issues specifically
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not the COP home page under the Grants identified in this notice and any issues
required, and none has been prepared. Information section. arising after publication of this notice
It has been determined that this notice Notwithstanding any other provision that require emergency action under
does not contain policies with of law, no person is required to respond section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens
Federalism implications as that term is to, nor shall any person be subject to a Fishery Conservation and Management
defined in Executive Order 13132. penalty for failure to comply with a Act, provided the public has been
(c) Data Archiving: Any data collected collection of information subject to the notified of the Council’s intent to take
in projects supported by NCCOS/ requirements of the Paperwork final action to address the emergency.

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