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Monday,

July 2, 2007

Part IV

Department of
Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration

Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal


Year 2008; Notice
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE considered for an award in a 12. International Coral.


competitive grant/cooperative
National Oceanic and Atmospheric National Environmental Satellite Data
agreement program, an eligible
Administration and Information Service
applicant must submit a complete and
responsive application to the 1. Research in Primary Vicarious
[Docket No. 030602141–7123–50;
I.D.051906D] appropriate program office. An award is Calibration of Ocean Color Satellite
made upon conclusion of the evaluation Sensors.
RIN 0648–ZB55 and selection process for the respective 2. Research in Satellite Data
program. Assimilation for Numerical Weather,
Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Climate, and Environmental Forecast
Year 2008 NOAA Project Competitions
Systems.
This omnibus notice describes
AGENCY: National Oceanic and funding opportunities for the following National Weather Service
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA discretionary grant programs:
Department of Commerce (DOC). 1. Collaborative Science, Technology,
National Marine Fisheries Service and Applied Research (CSTAR)
ACTION: Notice.
Program.
1. Great Lakes Habitat Restoration
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Partnership Grant. Oceans and Atmospheric Research
Atmospheric Administration publishes 2. Marine Fisheries Initiative
this notice to provide the general public 1. Climate Program Office for FY
(MARFIN).
with a consolidated source of program 3. Protected Species Cooperative 2008.
and application information related to Conservation. Office of the Under Secretary (USEC)
its competitive grant and cooperative 4. Cooperative Research Program.
agreement (CA) award offerings for 5. General Coral Reef Conservation. 1. Environmental Literacy Grants for
fiscal year (FY) 2008. This Omnibus 6. FY2008 Community-based Marine Spherical Display Systems for Earth
notice is designed to replace the Debris Prevention and Removal Project System Science-Installations and
multiple Federal Register notices that Grants. Content Development.
traditionally advertised the availability 7. Projects to Improve or Amend Coral NOAA Mission Goals
of NOAA’s discretionary funds for its Reef Fishery Management Plans.
various programs. It should be noted 8. FY2008 Community-based Habitat The mission of the agency is to
that additional program initiatives Restoration Project Grants. understand and predict changes in the
unanticipated at the time of the 9. FY2008 Open Rivers Initiative. Earth’s environment and conserve and
10. Bay Watershed Education & manage coastal and marine resources to
publication of this notice may be
Training Program. meet our Nation’s economic, social, and
announced through subsequent Federal 11. 2008 Monkfish Research Set-Aside
Register notices. All announcements environmental needs. Below is a listing
Program. of the program solicitations that
will also be available through the 12. 2008/2009 Atlantic Herring
Grants.gov Web site. generally fall under one or more areas
Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program. of NOAA’s strategic plan, i.e., mission
DATES: Proposals must be received by 13. John H. Prescott Marine Mammal goals. It is imperative that potential
the date and time indicated under each Rescue Assistance Grant Program. applicants tie their proposals to one of
program listing in the SUPPLEMENTARY 14. Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant
the mission goals. Program solicitations
INFORMATION section of this notice. Program.
are provided from each of the five
ADDRESSES: Proposals must be National Ocean Service operating units within NOAA.
submitted to the addresses listed in the
1. CRCP-State and Territory Coral NOAA Project Competitions Listed by
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of
Reef Management Grants. NOAA Mission Goals
this notice for each program. The 2. National Estuarine Research
Federal Register and Full Funding Reserve Land Acquisition and I. Protect, Restore and Manage the Use
Opportunity (FFO) notices may be Construction Program FY08. of Coastal and Ocean Resources
found on the Grants.gov Web site. The 3. 2008 CRCP Coral Reef Ecosystem Through Ecosystem-Based Management
URL for Grants.gov is http:// Monitoring.
www.grants.gov. Summary Description: Coastal areas
4. National Estuarine Research are among the most developed in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship Nation. More than half the population
Please contact the person listed within Program FY08. lives on less than one-fifth of the land
this notice as the information contact 5. FY08 California Bay Watershed in the contiguous United States.
under each program. Education and Training Program. Furthermore, employment in near shore
6. Bay Watershed Education and
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: areas is growing three times faster than
Training (B-WET) Program, Hawaii.
Applicants must comply with all 7. CSCOR FY08 Regional Ecosystem population. Coastal and marine waters
requirements contained in the FFO Prediction Program. support over 28 million jobs and
announcements for each of the programs 8. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship provide a tourism destination for nearly
listed in this omnibus notice. These Program. 90 million Americans a year. The value
FFOs are available at http:// 9. FY 2008 Implementation of of the ocean economy to the United
www.grants.gov. Regional Integrated Ocean Observing States is over $115 billion. The value
The list of entries below describe the Systems. added annually to the national economy
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basic information and requirements for 10. FY 2008 Integrated Ocean by the commercial and recreational
competitive grant/cooperative Observing System Regional Association fishing industry alone is over $48
agreement programs offered by NOAA. Support. billion. U.S. aquaculture sales total
These programs are open to any 11. FY 2008 Oceans and Human almost $1 billion annually. With its
applicant who meets the eligibility Health Initiative, External Grants Exclusive Economic Zone of 3.4 million
criteria provided in each entry. To be Program. square miles, the United States manages

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the largest marine territory of any nation II. Understand Climate Variability and to provide decision makers with key
in the world. Change To Enhance Society’s Ability To observations, analyses, predictions, and
Funded proposals should help Plan and Respond warnings for a range of weather and
achieve the following outcomes: Summary Description: Climate shapes water conditions, including those
A. Healthy and productive coastal and the environment, natural resources, related to water supply, air quality,
marine ecosystems that benefit society; economies, and social systems that space weather, and wildfires.
and people depend upon worldwide. While Businesses, governments, and non-
B. A well-informed public that acts as humanity has learned to contend with governmental organizations are getting
a steward of coastal and marine some aspects of climate’s natural more sophisticated about how to use
ecosystems variability, major climatic events, this weather and water information to
Program Names: combined with the stresses of improve operational efficiencies, to
1. Great Lakes Habitat Restoration population growth, economic growth, manage environmental resources, and to
Partnership Grant. public health concerns, and land-use create a better quality of life. On
2. Marine Fisheries Initiative practices, can impose serious average, hurricanes, tornadoes,
(MARFIN). consequences on society. The 1997–98 tsunamis, and other severe weather
3. Protected Species Cooperative El Nino, for example, had a $25 billion events cause $11 billion in damages per
Conservation. impact on the U.S. economy—property year. Weather, including space weather,
4. Cooperative Research Program. losses were $2.6 billion and crop losses is directly linked to public safety and
5. General Coral Reef Conservation. approached $2 billion. Long-term about one-third of the U.S. economy
6. FY2008 Community-based Marine drought leads to increased and (about $3 trillion) is weather sensitive.
Debris Prevention and Removal Project competing demands for fresh water with With so much at stake, NOAA’s role in
Grants. related effects on terrestrial and marine observing, forecasting, and warning of
7. Projects to Improve or Amend Coral ecosystems, agricultural productivity, environmental events is expanding,
Reef Fishery Management Plans. and even the spread of infectious while economic sectors and its public
diseases. Decisions about mitigating are becoming increasingly sophisticated
8. FY2008 Community-based Habitat
climate change also can alter economic at using NOAA’s weather, air quality,
Restoration Project Grants.
and social structures on a global scale. and water information to improve their
9. FY2008 Open Rivers Initiative.
We can deliver reliable climate operational efficiencies and their
10. Bay Watershed Education & management of environmental
Training Program. information in useful ways to help
minimize risks and maximize resources, and quality of life.
11. CRCP-State and Territory Coral Funded proposals should help
Reef Management Grants. opportunities for decisions in
achieve the following outcomes:
12. National Estuarine Research agriculture, public policy, natural
A. Reduced loss of life, injury, and
Reserve Land Acquisition and resources, water and energy use, and
damage to the economy;
Construction Program FY08. public health. We continue to move B. Better, quicker, and more valuable
13. 2008 CRCP Coral Reef Ecosystem toward developing a seamless suite of weather and water information to
Monitoring. weather and climate products. The support improved decisions; and
14. National Estuarine Research Climate Goal addresses predictions on C. Increased customer satisfaction
Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship time scales of up to decades or longer. with weather and water information and
Program FY08. Funded proposals should help services.
15. FY08 California Bay Watershed achieve the following outcomes: Program Names:
Education and Training Program. A. A predictive understanding of the 1. Collaborative Science, Technology,
global climate system on time scales of and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program
16. 2008 Monkfish Research Set-Aside
weeks to decades with quantified 2. FY 2008 Implementation of
Program.
uncertainties sufficient for making Regional Integrated Ocean Observing
17. 2008/2009 Atlantic Herring
informed and reasoned decisions; and Systems
Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program.
B. Climate-sensitive sectors and the 3. FY 2008 Integrated Ocean
18. Bay Watershed Education and climate-literate public effectively Observing System Regional Association
Training (B-WET) Program, Hawaii. incorporating NOAA’s climate products Support
19. CSCOR FY08 Regional Ecosystem into their plans and decisions.
Prediction Program. IV. Support the Nation’s Commerce
Program Names:
20. Research in Primary Vicarious 1. Climate Program Office for FY With Information for Safe, Efficient,
Calibration of Ocean Color Satellite 2008. and Environmentally Sound
Sensors. Transportation
21. Research in Satellite Data III. Serve Society’s Needs for Weather Summary Description: Safe and
Assimilation for Numerical Weather, and Water Information efficient transportation systems are
Climate, and Environmental Forecast Summary Description: Floods, crucial to the U.S. economy. The U.S.
Systems. droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, marine transportation system ships over
22. Collaborative Science, tsunamis, wildfires, and other severe 95 percent of the tonnage and more than
Technology, and Applied Research weather events cause $11 billion in 20 percent by value of foreign trade
(CSTAR) Program. damages each year in the United States. through U.S. ports, including 48 percent
23. FY 2008 Oceans and Human Weather is directly linked to public of the oil needed to meet America’s
Health Initiative, External Grants health and safety, and nearly one-third energy demands. At least $4 billion is
Program.
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of the U.S. economy (about $3 trillion) lost annually due to economic


24. International Coral. is sensitive to weather and climate. inefficiencies resulting from weather-
25. John H. Prescott Marine Mammal With so much at stake, NOAA’s role in related air-traffic delays. Improved
Rescue Assistance Grant Program. understanding, observing, forecasting, surface weather forecasts and specific
26. Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant and warning of environmental events is user warnings would reduce the 7,000
Program. expanding. With our partners, we seek weather related fatalities and 800,000

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injuries that occur annually from NOAA ships, aircraft, and Grants.gov. Getting started with
crashes on roads and highways. The environmental satellites are the Grants.gov is easy! Go to http://
injuries, loss of life, and property backbone of the global Earth observing www.grants.gov. There are two key
damage from weather-related crashes system and provide many critical features on the site: Find Grant
cost an average of $42 billion annually. mission support services. To keep this Opportunities and Apply for Grants.
We provide information, services, and capability strong and current with our Everything else on the site is designed
products for transportation safety and Mission Goals, we will ensure that to support these two features and your
for increased commerce on roads, rails, NOAA has adequate access to safe and use of them. While you can begin
and waterways. We will improve the efficient ships and aircraft through the searching for grant opportunities for
accuracy of our information for marine, use of both NOAA platforms and those which you would like to apply
aviation, and surface weather forecasts, of other agency, academic, and immediately, it is recommended that
the availability of accurate and commercial partners. We will work with you complete the remaining Get Started
advanced electronic navigational charts, academia and partners in the public and steps sooner rather than later, so that
and the delivery of real-time private sectors to ensure that future when you find an opportunity for which
oceanographic information. We seek to satellite systems are designed, you would like to apply, you are ready
provide consistent, accurate, and timely developed, and operated with the latest to go.
positioning information that is critical technology.
for air, sea, and surface transportation. Leadership development and program Get Started Step 1 Find Grant
We will respond to hazardous material support are essential for achieving our Opportunity for Which You Would Like
spills and provide search and rescue Mission Goals. We must also commit to To Apply
routinely to save lives and money and organizational excellence through Start your search for Federal
to protect the coastal environment. We management and leadership across a government-wide grant opportunities
will work with port and coastal ‘‘corporate’’ NOAA. We must continue and register to receive automatic e-mail
communities and with Federal and state our commitment to valuing NOAA’s notifications of new grant opportunities
partners to ensure that port operations diverse workforce, including effective or any modifications to grant
and development proceed efficiently workforce planning strategies designed opportunities as they are posted to the
and in an environmentally sound to attract, retain and develop site by clicking the Find Grant
manner. We will work with the Federal competencies at all levels of our Opportunities tab at the top of the page.
Aviation Administration and the private workforce. Through the use of business
Get Started Step 2 Register With Central
sector to reduce the negative impacts of process re-engineering, we will strive
Contractor Registry (CCR)
weather on aviation without for state-of-the-art, value-added
compromising safety. Because of financial and administrative processes. Your organization will also need to be
increased interest by the public and NOAA will ensure state-of-the-art and registered with Central Contractor
private sectors, we also will expand secure information technology and Registry. You can register with them
weather information for marine and systems. By developing long-range, online. This will take about 30 minutes.
surface transportation to enhance safety comprehensive facility planning You should receive your CCR
and efficiency. processes, NOAA will be able to ensure registration within 3 business days.
Funded proposals should help right-sized, cost-effective, and safe Important: You must have a DUNS
achieve the following outcomes: facilities. number from Dun & Bradstreet before
A. Safe, secure, efficient, and Funded proposals should help you register with CCR. Many
seamless movement of goods and people achieve the following outcomes: organizations already have a DUNS
in the U.S. transportation system; and A. A dynamic workforce with number. To determine if your
B. Environmentally sound competencies that support NOAA’s organization already has a DUNS
development and use of the U.S. mission today and in the future. number or to obtain a DUNS number,
transportation system. Program Names: contact Dun & Bradstreet at 1–866–705–
Program Names: 1. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship 5711. This will take about 10 minutes
None. Program. and is free of charge. Be sure to
2. Environmental Literacy Grants for complete the Marketing Partner ID
V. Provide Critical Support for NOAA’s
Spherical Display Systems for Earth (MPIN) and Electronic Business Primary
Mission
System Science—Installations and Point of Contact fields during the CCR
Summary Description: Strong, Content Development. registration process. These are
effective, and efficient support activities mandatory fields that are required when
are necessary for us to achieve our I. Electronic Access
submitting grant applications through
Mission Goals. Our facilities, ships, The full funding announcement for Grants.gov.
aircraft, environmental satellites, data- each program is available via the
processing systems, computing and Grants.gov Web site: http:// Get Started Step 3 Register With the
communication systems, and our www.grants.gov. These announcements Credential Provider
approach to management provide the will also be available by contacting the You must register with a Credential
foundation of support for all of our program official identified below. You Provider to receive a username and
programs. This critical foundation must will be able to access, download and password. This will be required to
adapt to evolving mission needs and, submit electronic grant applications for securely submit your grant application.
therefore, is an integral part of our NOAA Programs in this announcement
strategic planning. It also must support at http://www.grants.gov. The closing Get Started Step 4 Register With
Grants.gov
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U.S. homeland security by maintaining dates will be the same as for the paper
continuity of operations and by submissions noted in this The final step in the Get Started
providing NOAA services, such as civil announcement. NOAA strongly process is to register with Grants.gov.
alert relays through NOAA Weather recommends that you do not wait until This will be required to submit grant
Radio and air dispersion forecasts, in the application deadline date to begin applications on behalf of your
response to national emergencies. the application process through organization. After you have completed

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the registration process, you will receive the Application Deadline section. Upon and commensurate with the project
e-mail notification confirming that you receipt of a full application by NOAA, needs and time-frame.
are able to submit applications through an initial administrative review is 5. Outreach and education: NOAA
Grants.gov. conducted to determine compliance assesses whether this project provides a
with requirements and completeness of focused and effective education and
Get Started Step 5 Log on to Grants.gov
the application. A merit review is outreach strategy regarding NOAA’s
After you have registered with conducted to individually evaluate, mission to protect the Nation’s natural
Grants.gov, you can log on to Grants.gov score, and rank applications using the resources.
to verify if you have registered evaluation criteria. A second merit
successfully, to check application Selection Factors for Projects
review may be conducted on the
status, and to update information in applicants that meet the program’s The merit review ratings shall provide
your applicant profile, such as your threshold (based on scores from the first a rank order to the Selecting Official for
name, telephone number, e-mail merit review) to make selections using final funding recommendations. A
address, and title. In the future, you will the selection factors provided below. program officer may first make
have the ability to determine if you are Merit review is conducted by mail recommendations to the Selecting
authorized to submit applications reviewers and/or peer panel reviewers. Official applying the selection factors
through Grants.gov on behalf of your Each reviewer will individually below. The Selecting Official shall
organization. evaluate and rank proposals using the award in the rank order unless the
proposal is justified to be selected out
Electronic Application File Format and evaluation criteria provided below. A
minimum of three merit reviewers per of rank order based upon one or more
Naming Conventions
proposal is required. No consensus of the following factors:
After the initial grant application advice will be given. The merit 1. Availability of funding.
package has been submitted to NOAA reviewer’s ratings are used to produce a 2. Balance/distribution of funds:
(e.g., via Grants.gov), requests for rank order of the proposals. The NOAA a. Geographically.
additional or modified forms may be Program Officer may review the ranking b. By type of institutions.
requested by NOAA. Applicants should of the proposals and make c. By type of partners.
resubmit forms in Portable Document recommendations to the Selecting d. By research areas.
File Format (PDF) and follow the e. By project types.
Official based on the mail and/or panel
following file naming convention to 3. Whether this project duplicates
review(s) and selection factors listed
name resubmitted forms. For example: other projects funded or considered for
below. The Selecting Official selects
98042_SF–424_mmddyy_v2.pdf. funding by NOAA or other federal
proposals after considering the mail
(1) 98042 = Proposal # (provided to agencies.
and/or peer panel review(s) and
applicant by Grants.gov & NOAA). 4. Program priorities and policy
recommendations of the Program
(2) SF–424 = Form Number. factors.
Officer. In making the final selections, 5. Applicant’s prior award
(3) mmddyy = Date. the Selecting Official will award in rank
(4) v2 = Version Number. performance.
order unless the proposal is justified to 6. Partnerships and/or Participation of
To learn how to convert documents to
be selected out of rank order based upon targeted groups.
PDF go to: http://www.grants.gov/assets/
one or more of the selection factors 7. Adequacy of information necessary
PDFConversion.pdf.
below. The Program Officer and/or for NOAA staff to make a NEPA
II. Evaluation Criteria and Selection Selecting Official may negotiate the determination and draft necessary
Procedures funding level of the proposal. The documentation before recommendations
NOAA standardized the evaluation Selecting Official makes final for funding are made to the Grants
and selection process for its competitive recommendations for award to the Officer. Proposal Review and Selection
assistance programs. All proposals Grants Officer who is authorized to Process for NOAA Fellowship.
submitted in response to this notice obligate the funds.
Scholarship and Internship Programs
shall be evaluated and selected in Evaluation Criteria for Projects
accordance with the following Some programs may include a pre-
procedures. There are two sets of 1. Importance and/or relevance and application process which provides an
evaluation criteria and selection applicability of proposed project to the initial review and feedback to the
procedures, one for project proposals, program goals: This ascertains whether applicants that have responded to a call
and the other for fellowship, there is intrinsic value in the proposed for letters of intent or pre-proposals;
scholarship, and internship programs. work and/or relevance to NOAA, however, not all programs will include
These evaluation criteria and selection federal, regional, state, or local such a process. If a pre-application
procedures apply to all of the programs activities. process is used by a program, it shall be
included below. 2. Technical/scientific merit: This described in the Summary Description
assesses whether the approach is and the deadline shall be provided in
Proposal Review and Selection Process technically sound and/or innovative, if the Application Deadline section. An
for Projects the methods are appropriate, and initial administrative review of full
Some programs may include a pre- whether there are clear project goals and applications is conducted to determine
application process which provides an objectives. compliance with requirements and
initial review and feedback to the 3. Overall qualifications of applicants: completeness of applications. A merit
applicants that have responded to a call This ascertains whether the applicant review is conducted to individually
possesses the necessary education,
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for letters of intent or pre-proposals; evaluate, score, and rank applications


however, not all programs will include experience, training, facilities, and using the evaluation criteria. A second
such a process. If a pre-application administrative resources to accomplish merit review may be conducted on the
process is used by a program, it shall be the project. applicants that meet the program’s
described in the Summary Description 4. Project costs: The Budget is threshold (based on scores from the first
and the deadline shall be provided in evaluated to determine if it is realistic merit review) to make selections using

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the selection factors provided below. No efforts and partnerships, (2) availability successfully perform partnership
consensus advice will be given. The of matching funds are met, (3) the activities as stated in their applications.
Program Officer may conduct a review problem is significant to the Great Lakes NOAA anticipates that the typical
of the rank order and make region, NOAA’s mission and established partnership(s) award will range from
recommendations to the Selecting priorities, and, (4) there is a scientific $250,000 to $1,000,000 for the initial
Official based on the panel ratings and merit in restoration. NOAA envisions year of a regional habitat restoration
the selection factors listed below. The working jointly on such a partnership(s) partnership(s) established in FY 2008.
Selecting Official considers merit through its Great Lakes Habitat Applicants can request increases to
reviews and recommendations. The Restoration Program (GLHRP) to fund continue scaling up partnership
Selecting Official will award in rank and administer projects that support activities in subsequent budget periods
order unless the proposal is justified to community-identified priorities such as: to a limit of $2,000,000 in FY 2009, and
be selected out of rank order based upon (1) Restoring and enhancing critical, to $3,000,000 in FY 2010. As this is the
one or more of the selection factors nearshore areas, tributaries and first year of the Great Lakes Habitat
below. The Selecting Official makes connecting channels; (2) remediating Restoration Program, no prior award
final recommendations for award to the basin-wide sources of stress; (3) information can be provided for
Grants Officer who is authorized to protecting healthy functioning areas; reference purposes.
obligate the funds. and, (4) monitoring ecosystem health. Statutory Authority: The Secretary of
This document describes the types of Commerce is authorized under the Fish
Evaluation Criteria for Fellowship/ partnership(s) that NOAA envisions and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16
Scholarships/Internships establishing, portrays the qualities that U.S.C. 661, as amended by the
1. Academic record and statement of NOAA has found to be ideal in a Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970, to
career goals and objectives of student. partnership, and describes criteria provide grants or cooperative
2. Quality of project and applicability under which applications will be agreements for fisheries habitat
to program priorities. evaluated for funding consideration. restoration.
3. Recommendations and/or The partnership application(s) selected Catalog of Federal Domestic
endorsements of student. through this announcement must be in Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463,
4. Additional relevant experience support of ongoing efforts in an Area of Habitat Conservation.
related to diversity of education; extra- Concern (AOC) and will be Application Deadline: Applications
curricular activities; honors and awards; implemented through a cooperative should be submitted via
interpersonal, written, and oral agreement. The selection process is www.grants.gov, and must be received
communications skills. anticipated to be highly competitive. by grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m.
5. Financial need of student. Funding of up to $1 million may be EST on August 31, 2007. No facsimile
available to establish one or more or electronic mail applications will be
Selection Factors for Fellowship/ habitat restoration partnership(s) in accepted.
Scholarships/Internships 2008, and annual funding is anticipated Address for Submitting Proposals: If
1. Balance/Distribution of funds: to maintain them for 1 to 3 years grants.gov cannot reasonably be used,
a. Across academic disciplines. duration. Definitions of Terms: (1) The applications must be postmarked, or
b. By types of institutions. Great Lakes region will be defined by provided to a delivery service and
c. Geographically. the Great Lakes Water Quality documented with a receipt, by August
2. Availability of funds. Agreement: Article 1.(h) ‘‘Great Lakes 31, 2007 and sent to: NOAA Restoration
3. Program-specific objectives. System: means all of the streams, rivers, Center (F/HC3), Office of Habitat
4. Degree in scientific area and type lakes and other bodies of water that are Conservation, National Marine Fisheries
of degree sought. within the drainage basin on the St. Service, 1315 East West Highway, Room
III. NOAA Project Competitions Lawrence River at or upstream from the 14726, Silver Spring, MD 20910. ATTN:
point at which this river becomes the GLHRP Partnership Applications.
National Marine Fisheries Service international boundary between Canada Information Contacts: For further
(NMFS) and the United States.’’ (2) Areas of information contact Jenni Wallace (301)
Concern are severely degraded 713–0174 x191 or David Landsman at
(1) Great Lakes Habitat Restoration
geographic areas within the Great Lakes (301) 713–0174 x 151 or
Partnership Grant
Basin. They are defined by the U.S.- GLHRP.GLERL@NOAA.gov.
Summary Description: The NOAA Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Eligibility: Eligible applicants are
Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program Agreement (Annex 2 of the 1987 institutions of higher education,
invites applications requesting funding Protocol) as ‘‘geographic areas that fail hospitals, other non-profits, commercial
to establish one or more regional habitat to meet the general specific objectives of (for-profit) organizations, organizations
restoration partnership(s) for 1 to 3 the agreement where such failure has under the jurisdiction of foreign
years. The partnership(s) is expected to caused or is likely to cause impairment governments, international
catalyze the implementation of habitat of beneficial use of the area’s ability to organizations, state, local and Indian
restoration projects that will benefit support aquatic life.’’ tribal governments whose applications
coastal resources through improved Funding Availability: This solicitation propose to benefit Great Lakes coastal
Great Lakes habitat quality. announces that funding of up to $1 and open-lake habitats. Applications
The centerpiece of the program will million is expected to be available for from federal agencies or employees of
be one or more restoration projects in an establishing a habitat restoration federal agencies will not be considered.
Area of Concern that: are based on partnership(s) with the NOAA Great Cost Sharing Requirements: The
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strong science and data availability; are Lakes Habitat Restoration Program in FY overall initial focus of the GLHRP is to
ecosystem focused; and, involve 2008. Actual funding availability for provide seed money to a regional
significant problems and lake-wide this program is contingent upon Fiscal partnership(s) that leverages funds and
improvements. Project areas should Year 2008 Congressional appropriations. other contributions from a broad public
include locations where: (1) Maximum Funding for subsequent years will and private sector to implement locally
use can be made of on-going restoration depend on the ability of partners to important habitat restoration projects to

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benefit Great Lakes coastal and open- Only if an applicant does not have program priorities for this opportunity
lake resources within an Area of Internet access, hard copies may be sent support NOAA’s mission support goal
Concern (AOC). to the National Marine Fisheries of ‘‘Ecosystems’’.
Additionally, the partnership(s) that Service, State/Federal Liaison Branch, Funding Availability: This solicitation
propose to provide cash match toward 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, announces that a minimum of $250K
project implementation funds at the FL 33701. and a maximum of $800K may be
local level (before local, project-specific Information Contacts: Ellie F. Roche, available for distribution under the FY
contributions are included) will be Chief, State/Federal Liaison Branch at 2008 PSCC program, in award amounts
likely to score higher in the evaluation (727) 824–5324. to be determined by the proposals and
of project costs. While this is not a Eligibility: Eligible applicants include available funds. Actual funding
requirement, the GLHRP strongly Institutions of higher education, other availability for this program is
advises applicants to leverage as much nonprofits, commercial organizations, contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008
investment as possible. state, local and Indian tribal Congressional appropriations. Funds
Intergovernmental Review: governments. Federal agencies or have not yet been appropriated for this
Applications under this program from institutions are not eligible. Foreign program, and there is no guarantee that
state and local governments are subject governments, organizations under the sufficient funds will be available to
to the provisions of Executive Order jurisdiction of foreign governments, and make awards for all qualified projects.
12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of international organizations are excluded Publication of this notice does not
Federal Programs.’’ for purposes of this solicitation since oblige NOAA to award any specific
the objective of the MARFIN program is grant proposal or to obligate any
(2) Marine Fisheries Initiative to optimize research and development available funds. Award periods may
(MARFIN) benefits from U.S. marine fishery extend up to 3 years with annual
Summary Description: The National resources. funding contingent on the availability of
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost Federal appropriations and satisfactory
Southeast Region, is seeking proposals sharing is not required. performance by the grant recipient.
under the Marine Fisheries Initiative Intergovernmental Review: There are no restrictions on maximum
Program (MARFIN), for research and Applications under this program are or minimum award amounts within the
development projects that optimize the subject to Executive Order 12372, available funding.
use of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Statutory Authority: The NMFS is
and off the South Atlantic states of Programs.’’ authorized to provide Federal assistance
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, (3) Protected Species Cooperative to eligible states for the purpose of
and Florida involving the U.S. fishing Conservation assisting the states in the development
industry (recreational and commercial), of programs for the conservation of
including fishery biology, resource Summary Description: The National listed, recently de-listed, and candidate
assessment, socioeconomic assessment, Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is species that reside within that state (16
management and conservation, selected soliciting applications to support the U.S.C. 661; 1535).
harvesting methods, and fish handling conservation of threatened and Catalog of Federal Domestic
and processing. endangered species, recently de-listed Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.472,
Funding Availability: Approximately species, and candidate species under Unallied Science Program.
$2.0 million may be available in fiscal the jurisdiction of the NMFS or under Application Deadline: Proposals
year (FY) 2008 for projects. This amount the joint jurisdiction of the NMFS and submitted through Grants.gov must be
includes possible in-house projects. the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (e.g. received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight
Actual funding availability for this sea turtles). Any state that has entered Time on September 15, 2007; proposals
program is contingent upon Fiscal Year into an agreement with the NMFS and submitted by mail must be postmarked
2008 Congressional appropriations. The maintains an adequate and active by September 15, 2007.
NMFS Southeast Regional Office program for the conservation of Address for Submitting Proposals:
anticipates awarding projects that will endangered and threatened species Applications should be submitted
range from $25,000 to $300,000. The pursuant to section 6(c) of the electronically through the Grants.gov
average award is $150,000. Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) Web site at http://www.grants.gov. If
Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 713c– is eligible to apply. online submission is not possible, hard
3(d). These financial assistance awards can copy applications may be submitted (by
Catalog of Federal Domestic be used to support management, postal mail, commercial delivery, or
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.433, monitoring, research, and outreach hand delivery) to NOAA/NMFS/Office
Marine Fisheries Initiative. activities that provide direct of Protected Resources, Attn: Lisa
Application Deadline: Applications conservation benefits to listed species, Manning, 1315 East-West Highway,
must be received by 5:00 p.m., eastern recently de-listed species, or candidate SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
time on August 1, 2007. For species that reside within that state. Information Contacts: Lisa Manning
applications submitted through Projects involving North Atlantic right at the NOAA/NMFS/Office of Protected
Grants.gov, a date and time receipt whales will not be considered for Resources, Endangered Species
indication is included and will be the funding under this grant program; such Division, 1315 East-West Highway,
basis of determining timeliness. Hard projects may be submitted under the Silver Spring, MD 20910, by phone at
copy applications will be date and time North Atlantic Right Whale Research 301–713–1401, or by e-mail at
stamped when they are received. Program of the NMFS Northeast Lisa.Manning@noaa.gov.
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Facsimile transmission and electronic Regional Office. Projects focusing on Eligibility: Eligible applicants are
mail submission of applications will not listed Pacific salmon will also not be states that, through their respective state
be accepted. considered under this grant program; agencies, have entered into an
Address for Submitting Proposals: State conservation efforts for these agreement with the NMFS pursuant to
Applications should be submitted species are funded through the Pacific section 6(c) of the ESA. The terms ‘state’
electronically through www.grants.gov. Salmon Coastal Recovery Fund. The and ‘state agency’ are used as defined in

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section 3 of the ESA. Currently eligible Catalog of Federal Domestic (5) General Coral Reef Conservation
state agencies are from the following Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.454, Summary Description: The NOAA
states: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Unallied Management Projects. Coral Reef Conservation Program/
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Application Deadline: Applications General Coral Reef Conservation Grants
New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, must be received by 5 p.m., eastern time (GCRCGP) provides funding to
South Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin on August 31, 2007. For applications institutions of higher education, non-
Islands. Any state agency that enters submitted through Grants.gov, a date profit organizations, commercial
into a section 6(c) agreement with the and time receipt indication is included organizations, Freely Associated State
NMFS prior to the application deadline and will be the basis of determining government agencies, and local and
(September 15, 2007) is also eligible to timeliness. Hard copy applications will Indian tribal governments to support
apply. Proposals may address federally be date and time stamped when they are coral reef conservation projects in the
listed species that are included in the received. Facsimile transmission and United States and the Freely Associated
state’s ESA section 6 agreement or any electronic mail submission of States in the Pacific, as authorized
species that has become a ‘‘candidate’’ applications will not be accepted. under the Coral Reef Conservation Act
species by the grant application Address for Submitting Proposals: of 2000. Projects funded through the
deadline. Applications should be submitted GCRCGP support on-the-ground efforts
Cost Sharing Requirements: In through www.grants.gov. Only if an that: (1) Help preserve, sustain and
accordance with section 6(d) of the ESA, applicant does not have internet access, restore the condition of coral reef
all proposals submitted must include a hard copies may be sent to: National ecosystems, (2) promote the wise
minimum non-Federal cost share of 25 Marine Fisheries Service, State/Federal management and sustainable use of
percent of the total budget if the Liaison Branch, 263 13th Avenue South, coral reef resources, (3) increase public
proposal involves a single state. If a St. Petersburg, FL 33701. knowledge and awareness of coral reef
proposal involves collaboration of two Information Contacts: For questions ecosystems and issues regarding their
or more states, the minimum non- regarding the application process, you conservation and (4) develop sound
Federal cost share decreases to 10 may contact: Robert Sadler, State/ scientific information on the condition
percent of the total project costs. Federal Liaison Branch, (727) 824–5324, of coral reef ecosystems and the threats
Intergovernmental Review: or Robert.Sadler@noaa.gov. to such ecosystems. Projects should
Applications under this program are complement and fill gaps in state,
Eligibility: Eligible applicants may be
subject to Executive Order 12372, territorial and commonwealth coral reef
Institutions of higher education,
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal programs, emphasize community-based
nonprofits, commercial organizations,
Programs.’’ conservation, or address local action
individuals, and state, local, and Indian
strategy priorities. Proposals selected for
(4) Cooperative Research Program tribal governments. Federal agencies or
funding through this solicitation require
institutions are not eligible. Foreign
Summary Description: The CRP a 1:1 match and will be implemented
governments, organizations under the
program provides financial assistance through a grant. Funding of up to
jurisdiction of foreign governments, and
for projects that seek to increase and $600,000 is expected to be available for
international organizations are excluded
improve the working relationship GRCGP in FY 2008. These funds will be
for purposes of this solicitation since
between researchers from the NMFS, divided approximately equally among
the objective of the CRP is to optimize
state fishery agencies, universities, and the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic to maintain
research and development benefits from
fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and off geographic balance, as outlined in the
U.S. marine fishery resources.
the South Atlantic states of North Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000.
Applicants who are not commercial or
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Awards will range from $15,000–
recreational fishermen must have
Florida involving the U.S. fishing $50,000.
commercial or recreational fishermen
industry (recreational and commercial). Funding Availability: NOAA
participating in their project. There
The program is a means of involving announces the availability of up to
must be a written agreement with a
commercial and recreational fishermen $600,000 of Federal assistance may be
fisherman describing the involvement in
in the collection of fundamental available in FY 2008 for the GCRCGP to
the project activity.
fisheries information. Collection efforts support financial assistance awards for
Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost- coral conservation activities. Actual
support the development and evaluation sharing is not required for this program.
of management and regulatory options. funding availability for this program is
Intergovernmental Review: contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008
Funding Availability: Approximately Applications submitted by state and Congressional appropriations. Proposals
$2.0 million may be available in fiscal local governments are subject to the can be submitted for a minimum of
year (FY) 2008 for projects. Actual provisions of Executive Order 12372, $15,000 to a maximum of $50,000;
funding availability for this program is Intergovernmental Review of Federal NOAA will not accept proposals
contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008 Programs. Any applicant submitting an requesting over $50,000 of Federal
Congressional appropriations. The application for funding is required to funds.
NMFS Southeast Regional Office complete item 16 on SF–424 regarding There is no limit on the number of
estimates awarding eight projects that clearance by the State Single Point of applications that can be submitted by
will range from $25,000 to $400,000. Contact (SPOC) established as a result of the same applicant during the 2008
The average award is $150,000. EO 12372. To find out about and competitive grant cycle. However,
Publication of this notice does not comply with a States process under EO multiple applications submitted by the
obligate NMFS to award any specific
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12372, the names, addresses and phone same applicant must clearly identify
grant or cooperative agreement or any of numbers of participating SPOCs are different projects and must be
the available funds. listed in the Office of Management and successful in the competitive review
Statutory Authority: Authority for the Budget’s home page at: http:// process. The number of awards made as
CRP is provided by the following: 15 www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ a result of this solicitation will depend
U.S.C. 713c–3(d). spoc.html. on the number of eligible applications

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received, the amount of funds requested GCRCGP. U.S. federal, state, territory, request, the applicant must provide a
for each project, the merit and ranking and commonwealth governments and detailed justification at the time the
of the proposals, and the amount of Regional Fishery Management Councils proposal is submitted explaining the
funds made available to the Program by are not eligible under this category. need for the waiver including attempts
Congress. In addition, funding will be NOAA employees are not allowed to to obtain sources of matching funds,
divided between the U.S. Pacific and help in the preparation of applications how the benefit of the project outweighs
U.S. Atlantic to meet requirements for or write letters of support for any the public interest in providing match,
geographic distribution of funds, as application. NOAA staff are available to and any other extenuating
described in the Coral Reef provide information on programmatic circumstances preventing the
Conservation Act. Attempts will also be goals and objectives, ongoing coral reef availability of match. Notwithstanding
made to fund one or more projects in conservation programs, Regional any other provisions herein, and in
each jurisdiction, provided that the funding priorities, and, along with other accordance with 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d), the
project addresses priorities outlined Federal Program Officers, can provide Program shall waive any requirement
above, it is identified as having information on application procedures for local matching funds for any project
sufficient merit, and it meets all other and completion of required forms. For under $200,000 (including in-kind
requirements as stipulated in this activities that involve collaboration with contribution) to the governments of
solicitation. The funds have not yet current NOAA programs or staff, NOAA Insular Areas, defined as the
been appropriated for this program, and employees must provide a letter jurisdictions of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
there is no guarantee that sufficient verifying that they are collaborating Guam, American Samoa, and the
funds will be available to make awards with the project. Federal employee Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
for all qualified projects. Publication of travel and salaries are not allowable Islands. Eligible applicants choosing to
this notice does not oblige NOAA to costs under this program. apply 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d) must include
award any specific project or to obligate Cost Sharing Requirements: As per a letter requesting a waiver that
any available funds. section 6403(b)(1) of the Coral Reef demonstrates that their project meets
Statutory Authority: Authority for the the requirements of 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d).
Conservation Act of 2000, Federal funds
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Intergovernmental Review:
for any coral conservation project
Program is provided by Section 6403 Applications under this Program are
funded under this Program may not
(Coral Reef Conservation Program) of subject to Executive Order 12372,
exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the Intergovernmental Review of Federal
the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000
(16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.). project. All GCRCGP projects submitted Programs. Any applicant submitting an
Catalog of Federal Domestic to this program require a 1:1 match application for funding is required to
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463, obtained from non-Federal sources. complete item 16 on SF–424 regarding
Habitat Conservation. Applicants must specify in their clearance by the State Single Point of
Application Deadline: Applications proposal the source of the match and Contact (SPOC) established as a result of
must be received no later than 11:59 PM provide letters of commitment to EO 12372. http://www.whitehouse.gov/
EST on November 1, 2007. confirm stated match contributions. The omb/grants/spoc.html
Address for Submitting Proposals: match can include in-kind contributions
Applications should be submitted and other non-cash support. Applicants (6) FY2008 Community-based Marine
through www.grants.gov. If applicants are permitted to combine contributions Debris Prevention and Removal Project
are unable to submit through from additional non-Federal partners in Grants
www.grants.gov, an original paper copy order to meet the 1:1 match expected, as Summary Description: The NOAA
of signed Federal financial assistance long as such contributions are not being Marine Debris Program (MDP),
forms and the complete project narrative used to match any other funds. Federal authorized in the Marine Debris
and budget narrative must be submitted funds may not be used as matching Reduction, Prevention, and Reduction
by mail to: Andrew Bruckner, NOAA funds. The nature of the contribution Act (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.), provides
Coral Reef Conservation Program, (cash versus in-kind) and the amount of funding to catalyze the implementation
NOAA Fisheries, Office of Habitat matching funds will be taken into of locally driven, community-based
Conservation (F/HC), 1315 East West consideration in the review process, marine debris prevention and removal
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. with cash being the preferred method of projects that will benefit coastal habitat,
ATTN: CRCGP Project Applications. contribution. However, applicants waterways, and NOAA trust resources
Electronic copies of the project narrative should note that cost sharing is an including diadromous fish. Projects
and budget narrative are requested element considered in Evaluation funded through the MDP have strong
when submitting by mail Criterion d. Project Costs. Applicants on-the-ground habitat components
(liz.fairey@noaa.gov), however e-mail may request a waiver from the 1:1 match involving the removal of marine debris
applications submitted without a mailed pursuant to Section 6403(b)(2) of the and derelict gear that will provide
hard copy with appropriate postal date Coral Reef Conservation Act. As per educational and social benefits for
stamp will not be accepted. section 6403(b)(2) of the Coral Reef people and their communities in
Information Contacts: Technical point Conservation Act of 2000, the NOAA addition to long-term ecological habitat
of contact for NOAA Coral Reef Administrator may waive all or part of improvements for NOAA trust
Conservation Grant Program/General the matching requirement if the resources. Through this solicitiation the
Grants is Andy Bruckner, 301–713– Administrator determines that the MDP identifies potential marine debris
3459, extension 190 or e-mail at project meets the following two prevention and removal projects,
andy.bruckner@noaa.gov. requirements: (1) No reasonable means strengthens the development and
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Eligibility: Institutions of higher are available through which an implementation of habitat restoration
education, non-profit organizations, applicant can meet the matching through the removal of marine debris
commercial organizations, local and requirement; and (2) The probable within communities, and fosters
Indian tribal governments and Freely benefit of such project outweighs the awareness of the effects of marine debris
Associated State Government Agencies public interest in such matching through the funding of outreach and
can apply for funding under the requirement. In the case of a waiver education proposals to further the

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conservation of living marine resource Information Contacts: For further sustainable management measures into
habitats across a wide geographic area. information contact David Landsman at existing or new Federal fishery
Funding Availability: This solicitation 301–713–0174 or by e-mail at management plans for coral reef species.
announces that funding of up to David.Landsman@noaa.gov. Proposals selected for funding through
$2,000,000 is expected to be available Eligibility: Eligible applicants are this solicitation will be implemented
for Community-based Marine institutions of higher education, other through a Cooperative Agreement. The
Prevention and Removal Project Grants non-profits, commercial (for profit) role of NOAA in the CRFMPGP is to
in FY 2008. Actual funding availability organizations, organizations under the help identify potential projects that
for this program is contingent upon jurisdiction of foreign governments, reduce impacts of fishing on coral reef
Fiscal Year 2008 Congressional international organizations, and state, ecosystems, strengthen the development
appropriations. The NOAA Restoration local and Indian tribal governments and implementation of the projects, and
Center anticipates that typical project whose projects have the potential to assist in coordination of these efforts
awards will range from $15,000 to benefit NOAA trust resources. with Federal, state, territory or
$150,000; NOAA will not accept Applications from federal agencies or commonwealth management authorities
proposals for under $15,000 or employees of Federal agencies will not and various coral reef user groups.
proposals for over $250,000 under this be considered. Federal agencies are Funding up to $1,050,000 is expected
solicitation. strongly encouraged to work with states, to be available for CRFMPGP
Statutory Authority: The non-governmental organizations, Cooperative Agreements in FY 2008.
Administrator of the National Oceanic national service clubs or youth corps These funds will be divided equally
and Atmospheric Administration is organizations and others that are eligible among the Atlantic and Pacific to
authorized under the Marine Debris to apply. The Department of Commerce/ maintain the geographic split required
Reduction, Prevention, and Reduction National Oceanic and Atmospheric by the Act. The NOAA Coral Reef
Act (33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.) to provide Administration (DOC/NOAA) is Conservation Program anticipates that
grants or cooperative agreements to strongly committed to broadening the awards will range from $175,000–
identify, determine sources of, assess, participation of historically black $525,000.
reduce, and prevent marine debris and colleges and universities, Hispanic
Funding Availability: This solicitation
its adverse impacts on the marine serving institutions, tribal colleges and
announces that approximately
environment and navigation safety. The universities, and institutions that work
$1,050,000 is expected to be available
Secretary of Commerce is also in under-served areas. The MDP
encourages proposals involving any of for cooperative agreements in support
authorized under the Fish and Wildlife coral reef conservation activities for
the above institutions.
Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. 661, as Projects to Improve or Amend Coral
Cost Sharing Requirements: Cost-
amended by the Reorganization Plan Reef Fishery Management Plans
sharing is not required however it does
No. 4 of 1970, to provide grants or affect a proposal’s score (see criterion 4, (CRFMPGP) in FY 2008. Actual funding
cooperative agreements for fisheries Section V.A. of the Federal Funding availability for this program is
habitat restoration. Opportunity). Federal sources cannot be contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008
Catalog of Federal Domestic considered for matching funds, but can Congressional appropriations. The
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463, be described in the budget narrative to NOAA Coral reef Conservation Program
Habitat Conservation. demonstrate additional leverage. anticipates that typical project awards
Application Deadline: Applications Intergovernmental Review: will range from about $175,000 to
should be submitted via Applications submitted by state and $525,000; NOAA will not accept
www.grants.gov, and must be received local governments are subject to the proposals for over $525,000 under this
by grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. provisions of Executive Order 12372, solicitation. Equal funding will be
EDT on October 31, 2007. No facsimile ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal provided to the Atlantic and Pacific, up
or electronic mail applications will be Programs.’’ to a maximum of $525,000 for activities
accepted. Applications postmarked or in the Western Pacific, and a maximum
provided to a delivery service after that (7) Projects To Improve or Amend Coral of $525,000 for activities in the South
time will not be considered for funding. Reef Fishery Management Plans Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the
Applications submitted via the U.S. Summary Description: The NOAA Caribbean. The exact amount of funds
Postal Service must have an official Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program/ that may be awarded will be determined
postmark; private metered postmarks Projects to Improve or Amend Coral in pre-award negotiations between the
are not acceptable. In any event, Reef Fishery Management Plans applicant and NOAA representatives.
applications received later than 15 (CRFMPGP) provides funding to the Activities approved by NOAA will be
business days following the postmark Regional Fishery Management Councils awarded as new cooperative agreements
closing date will not be accepted. for projects to conserve and manage through the NMFS Office of Habitat
Address for Submitting Proposals: coral reef fisheries, as authorized under Conservation (HC). The number of
Applications should be submitted the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. awards made as a result of this
through Grants.gov. If grants.gov cannot Projects funded through the CRFMPGP solicitation will depend on the number
reasonably be used, a hard copy are for activities that (1) provide better of eligible applications received, the
application with the SF424 signed in scientific information on the status of amount of funds requested for each
blue ink must be postmarked, or coral reef fisheries resources, critical project, the merit and ranking of the
provided to a delivery service and habitats of importance to coral reef proposals, and the amount of funds
documented with a receipt, by October fishes, and the impacts of fishing on made available to the Program by
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31, 2007, and sent to: NOAA Restoration these species and habitats; (2) identify Congress. The funds have not yet been
Center (F/HC3), Community-based new management approaches that appropriated for this program, and there
Restoration Program, NOAA Fisheries, protect coral reef biodiversity and is no guarantee that sufficient funds will
1315 East West Highway, Rm. 14727, ecosystem function through regulation be available to make awards for all
Silver Spring, MD 20910. ATTN: MDP of fishing and other extractive uses; and qualified projects. Publication of this
Project Applications. (3) incorporate conservation and notice does not oblige NOAA to award

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any specific project or to obligate any not have the ability to generate received, the amount of funds requested
available funds. matching funds. for initiating restoration projects by the
Statutory Authority: Authority for the Intergovernmental Review: applicants, the merit and ranking of the
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Applications under this CRFMPGP are proposals, and the amount of funds
Program is provided by Section 6403 subject to Executive Order 12372, made available to the CRP by Congress.
(Coral Reef Conservation Program) of Intergovernmental Review of Federal The CRP anticipates that between 10
the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 Programs. Specific information and 20 awards will be made as a result
(16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq). regarding Intergovernmental Review can of this solicitation. The exact amount of
Catalog of Federal Domestic be found above in Section IV. funds that may be awarded will be
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.441, Application and Submission determined in pre-award negotiations
Regional Fishery Management Councils. Information, D. Intergovernmental between the applicant and NOAA
Application Deadline: Applications Review. representatives. Publication of this
should be submitted via www.grants.gov (8) FY2008 Community-based Habitat document does not obligate NOAA to
and must be received by grants.gov no Restoration Project Grants award any specific project or obligate all
later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November Summary Description: The NOAA or any parts of any available funds. In
1, 2007. Community-based Restoration Program FY 2006, 12 applications were
Address For Submitting Proposals: (CRP) provides funding and technical recommended for funding ranging from
Applications should be submitted expertise to catalyze the implementation $32,766 to $175,000 for a total of
through www.grants.gov. If applicants of locally-driven, grass-roots habitat $1,009,466. In FY 2005, 18 applications
are unable to submit through restoration projects that will benefit were recommended for funding ranging
www.grants.gov, an original paper copy living marine and coastal resources, from $20,000 to $211,507 for a total of
of signed Federal financial assistance including diadromous fish. Projects $1.72 million. In FY 2004, 14
forms and the complete project narrative funded through the CRP have strong on- applications were recommended for
and budget narrative must be submitted the-ground habitat restoration funding ranging from $30,000 to
by mail to: Andrew Bruckner, NOAA components that provide educational $206,277 for a total of $1.37 million.
Coral Reef Conservation Program, and social benefits for people and their Statutory Authority: The Secretary of
NOAA Fisheries, Office of Habitat communities in addition to long-term Commerce is authorized under the
Conservation (F/HC), 1315 East West ecological habitat improvements for Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. NOAA trust resources. Through this Conservation and Management
ATTN: CRCGP Project Applications. solicitation, the CRP identifies potential Reauthorization Act of 2006 (H.R. 5946)
Electronic copies of the project narrative restoration projects, strengthens the to provide funding and technical
and budget narrative are requested development and implementation of expertise for fisheries and coastal
when submitting by e-mail sound restoration projects and science- habitat restoration and to promote
(liz.fairey@noaa.gov), however e-mail based monitoring of such projects significant community support and
applications submitted without a mailed within communities, and develops long- volunteer participation in such
hard copy with appropriate postal date term, ongoing national and regional activities. The Secretary of Commerce is
stamp will not be accepted. partnerships to support community- also authorized under the Fish and
Information Contacts: Information on based restoration of living marine and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C.
submission requirements and Federal coastal resource habitats across a wide 661, as amended by the Reorganization
forms can be obtained from Liz Fairey geographic area. Proposals selected for Plan No. 4 of 1970, to provide grants or
at 301–713–3459 or by e-mail at funding through this solicitation will be cooperative agreements for fisheries
liz.fairey@noaa.gov. Technical point of implemented through a cooperative habitat restoration.
contact for NOAA Coral Reef agreement. Catalog of Federal Domestic
Conservation Grant Program/Projects to Funding of up to $3,000,000 is Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463,
Improve or Amend Coral Reef Fishery expected to be available for Community- Habitat Conservation.
Management Plans Grants Program is based Habitat Restoration Project Grants Application Deadline: Applications
Andy Bruckner, 301–713–3459, in FY 2008. The NOAA Restoration must be received by Grants.gov no later
extension 190 or e-mail at Center (RC) anticipates that typical than 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 27,
andy.bruckner@noaa.gov. awards will range from $50,000 to 2007. If Grants.gov cannot reasonably be
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are $200,000. used, a hard copy application must be
limited to the Western Pacific Regional Funding Availability: This solicitation postmarked, or provided to a delivery
Fishery Management Council, the South announces that funding of up to service and documented with a receipt,
Atlantic Fishery Management Council, $3,000,000 is expected to be available by September 27, 2007. No facsimile or
the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management for Community-based Habitat electronic mail applications will be
Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Restoration Project Grants in FY 2008. accepted.
Management Council. Actual funding availability for this Address for Submitting Proposals:
Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost program is contingent upon Fiscal Year Applicants are strongly encouraged to
sharing or matching is required under 2008 Congressional appropriations. The apply through www.grants.gov. It takes
this program. The Administrator has NOAA Restoration Center anticipates approximately 3 weeks to register with
waived the matching requirement for that typical project awards will range Grants.gov, and registration is required
the Fishery Management Councils as from $50,000 to $200,000; NOAA will only once. Applicants should consider
discussed in Section VII of the Coral not accept proposals for under $30,000 the time needed to register with
Reef Conservation Grant Program or proposals for over $250,000 under Grants.gov, and should begin the
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Implementation Guidelines (Federal this solicitation. There is no guarantee registration process well in advance of
Register Vol. 67, No. 76, page 19396, that sufficient funds will be available to the application due date if they have
Friday, April 19, 2002). This waiver is make awards for all proposals. The never registered with Grants.gov.
based on the fact that the Councils are number of awards to be made as a result Applications must be received by
funded solely by awards from the U.S. of this solicitation will depend on the Grants.gov no later than 11:59 PM EDT
Federal Government, and therefore, do number of eligible applications on September 27, 2007 to be considered

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for funding. Applicants should allow Federal agencies are strongly FY 2008. The NOAA Restoration Center
themselves time to submit the proposal encouraged to work with states, non- (RC) within the Office of Habitat
to Grants.gov, as the deadline for governmental organizations, national Conservation will administer this grant
submission cannot be extended and service clubs or youth corps initiative, and anticipates that typical
there is the potential for human or organizations and others that are eligible awards will range from $50,000 to
computer error during the Grants.gov to apply. The Department of Commerce/ $250,000. Although a select few may fall
submission process. If Grants.gov National Oceanic and Atmospheric outside of this range, project proposals
cannot reasonably be used, a hard copy Administration (DOC/NOAA) is requesting less than $30,000 or greater
application with the SF424 signed in strongly committed to broadening the than $1,000,000 will not be accepted or
ink (blue ink is preferred) must be participation of historically black reviewed.
postmarked, or provided to a delivery colleges and universities, Hispanic Funding Availability: This solicitation
service and documented with a receipt, serving institutions, tribal colleges and announces that funding of up to
by September 27, 2007, and sent to: universities, and institutions that work $6,000,000 is expected to be available
NOAA Restoration Center (F/HC3), in under-served areas. The CRP for Open Rivers Initiative Project Grants
Community-based Restoration Program, encourages proposals involving any of in FY 2008. Actual funding availability
NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East West the above institutions. for this program is contingent upon
Highway, Rm. 14727, Silver Spring, MD Cost Sharing Requirements: A major Fiscal Year 2008 Congressional
20910. ATTN: CRP Project Applications. goal of the CRP is to provide seed appropriations. NOAA anticipates that
Applications postmarked or provided to money to projects that leverage funds typical project awards will range from
a delivery service after that time will not and other contributions from a broad $50,000 to $250,000; proposals
be considered for funding. Applications public and private sector to implement requesting less than $30,000 or more
submitted via the U.S. Postal Service locally important habitat restoration to than $1,000,000 will not be accepted
must have an official postmark; private benefit living marine and coastal under this solicitation.
metered postmarks are not acceptable. resources. Cost-sharing is not required NOAA does not guarantee that
In any event, applications received later however it does affect a proposal’s score sufficient funds will be available to
than 15 business days following the (see criterion 4, Section V.A. of the make awards for all proposals. The
postmark closing date will not be Federal Funding Opportunity). number of awards to be made as a result
accepted. No facsimile or electronic Intergovernmental Review: of this solicitation will depend on the
mail applications will be accepted. Applications submitted by state and number of eligible applications
Applicants desiring acknowledgment of local governments are subject to the received, the amount of funds requested
receipt of their applications should provisions of Executive Order 12372, by the applicants, the merit and ranking
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal of the proposals, and the amount of
include a self-addressed postcard. Paper
Programs.’’ Any applicant submitting an funds made available to the ORI by
applications should be printed on one
application for funding is required to Congress. NOAA anticipates that
side only, on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, and
complete item 16 on SF–424 regarding between 20 and 40 awards will be made
should not be bound in any manner.
clearance by the State Single Point of as a result of this solicitation. The exact
Applicants submitting paper
Contact (SPOC) established as a result of amount of funds that may be awarded
applications should also include a full
EO 12372. To find out about and will be determined in pre-award
copy of the application on a compact
comply with a State’s process under EO negotiations between the applicant and
disc (CD).
12372, the names, addresses and phone NOAA representatives.
Information Contacts: For further numbers of participating SPOC’s are Publication of this document does not
information contact Cathy Bozek or listed in the Office of Management and obligate NOAA to award any specific
Melanie Gange at (301) 713–0174, or by Budget’s home page at http:// project or obligate all or any parts of any
fax at (301) 713–0184, or by e-mail at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ available funds.
Cathy.Bozek@noaa.gov or spoc.html. Statutory Authority: The Secretary of
Melanie.Gange@noaa.gov. Potential Commerce is authorized under the Fish
applicants are invited to contact CRP (9) FY2008 Open Rivers Initiative
and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16
staff before submitting an application to Summary Description: The NOAA U.S.C. 661, as amended by the
discuss the applicability of project ideas Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) provides Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970, to
to the CRP’s goals and objectives. funding to catalyze the implementation provide grants or cooperative
Additional information on the CRP, of locally-driven projects to remove agreements for fisheries habitat
including examples of community- dams and other barriers, in order to restoration. The Secretary of Commerce
based habitat restoration projects that benefit living marine and coastal is also authorized under the Magnuson-
have been funded to date, can be found resources, particularly diadromous fish. Stevens Fishery Conservation and
on the World Wide Web at http:// Projects funded through the Open Management Reauthorization Act of
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration. Rivers Initiative have strong on-the- 2006 (H.R. 5946) to provide funding and
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are ground habitat restoration components technical expertise for fisheries and
institutions of higher education, that foster economic, educational, and coastal habitat restoration and to
hospitals, other non-profits, commercial social benefits for citizens and their promote significant community support
(for profit) organizations, organizations communities in addition to long-term and volunteer participation in such
under the jurisdiction of foreign ecological habitat improvements for activities.
governments, international NOAA trust resources. Through the ORI, Catalog of Federal Domestic
organizations, and state, local and NOAA provides funding and technical Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463,
Indian tribal governments whose
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assistance for barrier removal projects. Habitat Conservation.


projects have the potential to benefit Proposals selected for funding through Application Deadline: Applications
NOAA trust resources. this solicitation will be implemented should be submitted via grants.gov, and
Applications from federal agencies or through a cooperative agreement. must be received by grants.gov no later
employees of Federal agencies will not Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected than 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 31,
be considered. to be available for ORI Project Grants in 2007. If http://www.grants.gov cannot

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reasonably be used, a hard copy governments, international support organizations that provide
application, with the SF–424 Form organizations, and state, local and meaningful watershed educational
bearing an original, ink signature must Indian tribal governments whose experiences for students or related
be postmarked, or provided to a delivery projects have the potential to benefit professional development for teachers.
service and documented with a receipt, NOAA trust resources. NCBO is encouraging applications that
by October 31st, 2007. No facsimile or Applications from federal agencies or include innovative technologies in the
electronic mail applications will be employees of federal agencies will not delivery of these experiences.
accepted. be considered. Funding Availability: This solicitation
Address for Submitting Proposals: Federal agencies are strongly announces that approximately $3.5M
Applicants are strongly encouraged to encouraged to work with states, non- may be available in FY 2008 in award
apply through www.grants.gov and governmental organizations, national amounts to be determined by the
should note that it takes approximately service clubs or youth corps proposals and available funds. Actual
3 weeks to register with grants.gov, and organizations and others that are eligible funding availability for this program is
registration is required only once. to apply. The Department of Commerce/ contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008
Applicants should consider the time National Oceanic and Atmospheric Congressional appropriations. Annual
needed to register with grants.gov, and Administration (DOC/NOAA) is funding is anticipated to maintain
should begin the registration process strongly committed to broadening the partnerships for up to 3 years duration,
well in advance of the application due participation of historically black but is dependent on funding made
date if they have never registered with colleges and universities, Hispanic- available by Congress.
grants.gov. If www.grants.gov cannot serving institutions, tribal colleges and 1. About $2.75M will be for exemplar
reasonably be used, a hard copy universities, and institutions that work programs that successfully integrate
application with the SF–424 bearing an in under-served areas. The ORI teacher professional development on the
original, ink signature must be encourages proposals from or involving Chesapeake Bay watershed with in-
postmarked, or provided to a delivery any of the above institutions. depth classroom study and outdoor
service and documented with a receipt, Cost Sharing Requirements: A major experiences for their students.
by October 31st, 2007, and sent to: goal of the ORI will be to provide seed 2. About $500K will be for proposals
NOAA Restoration Center (F/HC3), money for projects that leverage funds that provide opportunities either for
Office of Habitat Conservation, NOAA and other contributions from a broad students (K through 12) to participate in
Fisheries, 1315 East West Highway, Rm. public and private sector to implement Meaningful Watershed Educational
14718, Silver Spring, MD 20910. ATTN: locally important barrier removals to Experiences related to Chesapeake Bay
Open Rivers Initiative Project benefit living marine and coastal or Professional Development in the area
Applications. Applications postmarked resources. Cost-sharing is not required of Chesapeake Bay watershed education
or provided to a delivery service after however it does affect a proposal’s score for teachers.
that time will not be considered for (see criterion 4, Section V.A. of the 3. About $250K will be for proposals
funding. Federal Funding Opportunity). that incorporate innovative technologies
Applications submitted via the U.S. Intergovernmental Review: into meaningful watershed educational
Postal Service must have an official Applications under this initiative are experiences. The NCBO anticipates that
postmark; private metered postmarks subject to the provisions of Executive typical awards for B–WET Exemplar
are not acceptable. In any event, Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Programs that successfully integrate
applications received later than 15 Review of Federal Programs.’’ Any teacher professional development with
business days following the postmark applicant submitting an application for in-depth classroom student and outdoor
closing date will not be accepted. No funding is required to complete item 16 experiences for their students will range
facsimile or electronic mail applications on SF–424 regarding clearance by the from $50,000 to $200,000. Projects that
will be accepted. Paper applications State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) represent either meaningful watershed
should be printed on one side only, on established as a result of EO 12372. To educational experiences for students or
8.5″ x 11″ paper, and should not be find out about and comply with a State’s teacher professional development in
bound in any manner. Applicants process under EO 12372, the names, watershed education will range from
submitting paper applications should addresses and phone numbers of $10,000 to $75,000. Technology-Based
also include a full copy of the participating SPOC’s are listed in the Projects will generally range from
application on a compact disc (CD). Office of Management and Budget’s $20,000 to $150,000.
Information Contacts: For further home page at: http:// There is no guarantee that sufficient
information contact Tisa Shostik www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ funds will be available to make awards
(Tisa.Shostik@noaa.gov) or Melanie spoc.html. for all qualified projects. The exact
Gange (Melanie.Gange@noaa.gov) at amount of funds that may be awarded
(10) Bay Watershed Education and will be determined in pre-award
(301) 713–0174.
Potential applicants are invited to Training Program negotiations between the applicant and
contact NOAA Restoration Center staff Summary Description: B–WET NOAA representatives. Publication of
before submitting an application to Chesapeake is a competitively based this notice does not oblige NOAA to
discuss the applicability of project ideas program that supports existing award any specific project or to obligate
to the goals and objectives of ORI. environmental education programs, any available funds. If applicants incur
Additional information on the ORI can fosters the growth of new programs, and any costs prior to an award being made,
be found on the world wide web at encourages the development of they do so at their own risk of not being
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/ partnerships among environmental reimbursed by the government.
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restoration. education programs throughout the Notwithstanding verbal or written


Eligibility: Eligible applicants are entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. assurance that may have been received,
institutions of higher education, other Funded projects assist in meeting the there is no obligation on the part of
non-profits, industry and commercial Stewardship and Community NOAA to cover pre-award costs unless
(for profit) organizations, organizations Engagement goals of the Chesapeake approved by the Grants Officer as part
under the jurisdiction of foreign 2000 Agreement. Specifically, projects of the terms when the award is made.

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Statutory Authority: Under 15 U.S.C. matching funds will be taken into cover the cost of research activities,
1540, the Secretary of Commerce, acting consideration in the review process. including vessel costs. For example, the
through the Under Secretary of Intergovernmental Review: funds may be used to pay for gear
Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Applications under this program are modifications, monitoring equipment,
is authorized to enter into cooperative subject to Executive Order 12372, the salaries of research personnel, or
agreements and other financial Intergovernmental Review of Federal vessel operation costs. The Federal
agreements with any nonprofit Programs. Government shall not be liable for any
organization to aid and promote (11) 2008 Monkfish Research Set-Aside costs incurred in the conduct of the
scientific and educational activities to Program project. Specifically, the Federal
foster public understanding of the Government is not liable for any costs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Summary Description: The National incurred by the researcher or vessel
Administration or its programs. Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) owner should the sale of catch not fully
Catalog of Federal Domestic announces that the New England and reimburse the researcher or vessel
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.457, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management owner for his/her expenses.
Chesapeake Bay Studies. Councils (Councils) have set aside 500 Statutory Authority: Grants issued
Application Deadline: Proposals must monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) to be used through the RSA program are consistent
be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on for research endeavors under a research with 16 U.S.C. 1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C.
Friday, October 19, 2007. set-aside (RSA) program. NMFS is 1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881(c). The
Address for Submitting Proposals: soliciting proposals to utilize the DAS ability to set aside monkfish DAS for
Applicants are strongly encouraged to for research activities concerning the research purposes was established in
submit applications electronically monkfish fishery for fishing year 2008 the final rule implementing Amendment
through http://www.grants.gov. Hard (May 1, 2008–April 30, 2009). Through 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management
copies may be submitted by postal mail, the allocation of research DAS, the Plan (70 FR 21927, April 28, 2005), and
commercial delivery service, or hand- Monkfish RSA Program provides a codified in the regulations at 50 CFR
delivery. Proposals being submitted by mechanism to reduce the cost for vessel 648.92(c).
hard copy must be received by: NOAA owners to participate in cooperative Catalog of Federal Domestic
Chesapeake Bay Office; Education monkfish research. The intent of this Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.454,
Coordinator; 410 Severn Avenue, Suite RSA program is for fishing vessels to Unallied Management Projects.
107A; Annapolis, Maryland 21403. utilize these research DAS to conduct Application Deadline: Applications
Facsimile transmissions and e-mail monkfish related research, rather than must be received on or before 5 p.m.
submission of proposals will not be their allocated monkfish DAS, thereby Eastern Daylight Time, August 31, 2007.
accepted. eliminating any cost to the vessel Address for Submitting Proposals:
Information Contacts: Please visit the associated with using a monkfish DAS. Proposals must be submitted
B–WET Web site for further information Funding Availability: No Federal electronically through http://
at: http://noaa.chesapeakebay.net/ funds are provided for research under www.grants.gov, or as hard copy (by
educationgrants.aspx or contact this notification. Rather, projects funded postal mail, commercial delivery
Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake under the Monkfish RSA Program service, or hand delivery) to NMFS,
Bay Office; 410 Severn Avenue, Suite would be provided with additional Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166
107A, Annapolis, MD 21403, or by opportunity to harvest monkfish, and Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
phone at 410–267–5664, or fax to 410– the catch sold to generate income to Delays may be experienced when
267–5666, or via e-mail at offset research costs. The National Registering with Grants On-line near the
Shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov. Marine Fisheries Service, National end of a solicitation period. Therefore,
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are K- Oceanic and Atmospheric NOAA strongly recommends that
through-12 public and independent Administration, U.S. Department of applicants do not wait until the
schools and school systems, institutions Commerce (NMFS), the Federal deadline date to begin the application
of higher education, community-based Government may issue an Exempted process through http://www.grants.gov.
and nonprofit organizations, state or Fishing Permit (EFP), if needed, to Electronic or hard copies received after
local government agencies, interstate provide special fishing privileges in the deadline will not be considered, and
agencies, and Indian tribal governments response to research proposals selected hard copy applications will be returned
in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The under this program. For example, to the sender.
Department of Commerce/National vessels participating in an approved Information Contacts: Administrative
Oceanic and Atmospheric research project may be authorized by questions: Allison McHale, Fishery
Administration (DOC/NOAA) is the Northeast Regional Administrator, Policy Analyst, NMFS, by phone 978–
strongly committed to broadening the NMFS, to harvest monkfish in excess of 281–9103, fax 978–281–9135, or e-mail
participation of historically black established possession limits. Two at allison.mchale@noaa.gov. Technical
colleges and universities, Hispanic awards were issued under the 2006 questions: Kelly Taranto, NMFS,
serving institutions, tribal colleges and Monkfish RSA Program, with these Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166
universities, and institutions that work projects recently ending in April 2007. Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543 by
in undeserved areas. The NCBO Three awards were issued under the phone 508–495–2312, fax 508–495–
encourages proposals involving any of 2007 Monkfish RSA Program, and these 2004, or e-mail at
the above institutions. projects are expected to commence in kelly.taranto@noaa.gov.
Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost May 2007. A total of 137.5 RSA DAS Eligibility: Eligible applicants include,
sharing is required under this program, were issued to projects during FY 2006, but are not limited to, institutions of
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however, the NCBO strongly encourages and a total of 367 RSA DAS have been higher education, hospitals, other non-
applicants include a 25% or higher issued to projects for FY 2007. For FY profits, commercial organizations,
match. Funds from other Federal awards 2008, it is anticipated that 2–5 awards individuals, state, local, and Native
may not be considered matching funds. will be made. Funds generated from American tribal governments. Federal
The nature of the contribution (cash landings harvested and sold under the agencies and institutions are not eligible
versus in-kind) and the amount of Monkfish RSA Program shall be used to to receive Federal assistance under this

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notice. Additionally, employees of any Funding Opportunity #NMFS–NEFSC– reason prior to completion, any funds
Federal agency or Regional Fishery 2008–2001107. collected from the catch sold to pay for
Management Council (Council) are Funding Availability: No Federal research expenses must be refunded to
ineligible to submit an application funds are provided for research under the U.S. Treasury. The Council, in
under this program. However, Council this notification, but rather the consultation with the Commission, has
members who are not Federal opportunity to fish with the catch sold incorporated the level of RSA (amounts
employees may submit an application. to generate income to offset research or percentages) for each of the
Cost Sharing Requirements: None. costs. Individual research projects may management areas into the final two
Intergovernmental Review: apply for the use of more than one years of the three year quota
Applications under the program are not herring research set-aside allocation specification process. Final
subject to Executive Order 12372, from the 2008 and/or 2009 fishing specifications were published in the
Intergovernmental Review of Federal year(s). Multi-year projects can be Federal Register on April 10, 2007
Programs. funded since the herring RSA program (Volume 72, Number 68). NMFS will
is intended to be consistent with the consider the recommended level of RSA
(12) 2008/2009 Atlantic Herring as part of the associated rulemaking
three-year harvest specification process.
Research Set-Aside (RSA) process. The estimated values of the set-
The research compensation trips must
Program: NMFS announces that for be conducted in the management area aside allocations will vary, depending
2008 and 2009 Atlantic herring (herring) from which the set-aside was derived. In on market considerations prevailing at
fishing years (January 1–December 31), addition, an awarded TAC set-aside the time the research compensation
the New England Fishery Management must be utilized in the same fishing year trips are conducted.
Statutory Authority: Grants issued
Council (Council), in consultation with from which it was distributed. For
through the RSA program are consistent
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries example, a 2008 TAC RSA from
with 16 U.S.C.1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C.
Commission, has set aside 3 percent of Management Area 2 must be harvested
1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881(c).
the total allowable catch (TAC) from before the end of the 2008 fishing year
Amendment 1 of the FMP established a
herring management areas 1A, 1B, 2, (December 31, 2008). However, the
process which allows herring set-aside
and 3, to be used for research endeavors money generated from the RSA may be
for the RSA program to be awarded to
under a research set-aside (RSA) rolled over into, or used to fund
selected RSA applicants to fund
program. The RSA program provides a research in, future years, consistent with approved herring research.
mechanism to fund research and the multi-year proposal. No more than Catalog of Federal Domestic
compensate vessel owners through the 50 percent of an allocated set-aside Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.454,
sale of fish harvested under the research should be taken before the research Unallied Management Projects.
quota. Vessels participating in research begins. Proposals may request that set- Application Deadline: Applications
and/or compensation activities of an aside herring be collected separately must be received on or before 5 p.m.
approved research project may be from the research trip(s) or as part of the EST, August 16, 2007.
authorized by the Northeast Regional research trip(s). To set a value on the Address for Submitting Proposals:
Administrator, NMFS, to harvest and TAC set asides, the value of the herring Application information is available at
land fish from management areas closed must be estimated. This Federal http://www.grants.gov. Electronic copies
due to attainment of a commercial Funding Opportunity (FFO) uses an of the Standard Forms for submission of
quota. Landings from such trips shall be estimated price based on the average research proposals may be found on the
sold to generate funds that help defray 2005 price of $202 per metric ton (mt) Internet in a PDF (Portable Document
the costs associated with the approved established through herring dealer Format) version at http://
research projects. No Federal funds are reports. By requiring researchers to use www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/appkit.shtml.
provided for research under this this price in requesting RSA TAC, all Delays may be experienced when
notification. Priority shall be given to proposals will relate herring catch to registering with Grants.gov near the end
funding research proposals in the research costs similarly. The Federal of a solicitation period. Therefore,
following general subject areas: (1) Government may issue a Letter of NMFS strongly recommends that you do
Efforts to define localized herring Authorization (LOA) or Exempted not wait until the application deadline
depletion on a spatial and temporal Fishing Permit (EFP), as applicable, to begin the registration/application
scale, (2) assessment of bycatch/discards which may provide special fishing process through the Grants.gov Web
in the directed herring fishery, (3) privileges in response to research site. Applicants without Internet access
commercial herring catch sampling proposals selected under this program. can contact Kelly A. Taranto, NMFS,
programs and portside bycatch surveys, Funds generated from the RSA landings Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166
(4) herring predator/prey information shall be used to cover the cost of the Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, or
synthesis and investigations addressing research activities, including vessel by phone at 508–495–2312, or fax at
information gaps, (5) development and costs, and to compensate vessels for 508–495–2004, or via e-mail at
testing of herring gear modifications to expenses incurred during the collection kelly.taranto@noaa.gov. To apply for
minimize interactions with non-target of the set-aside species. For example, this NOAA Federal funding
species in the herring fishery, and (6) the funds may be used to pay for gear opportunity, please go to http://
development of tagging and modifications, monitoring equipment, www.grants.gov and use the following
morphometric studies to explore additional provisions (e.g., fuel, ice, funding opportunity #NMFS–NEFSC–
uncertainties in herring stock structure, food for scientists), or the salaries of 2008–2001107.
stock mixing rates, and the impacts of research personnel. The Federal Information Contacts: Information
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harvest mortality on different Government is not liable for any costs may be obtained from Paul Howard,
components of the stock. For a detailed incurred by the researcher or vessel Executive Director, New England
description of the research priorities, owner should the sale of the excess Fishery Management Council, by phone
see 2008/2009 Atlantic Herring RSA catch not fully reimburse the researcher at 978–465–0492, or fax at 978–465–
Program Research Priorities listed in full or vessel owner for their expenses. If a 3116; or Kelly A. Taranto, NMFS,
text at http://www.grants.gov, Federal research project is terminated for any Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166

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Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, or Network. The John H. Prescott Marine prescott/ or contact Michelle Ordono or
by phone at 508–495–2312, or fax at Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Sarah Wilkin at the NOAA/NMFS/
508–495–2004, or via e-mail at Program is conducted by NOAA to Office of Protected Resources, Marine
kelly.taranto@noaa.gov. provide Federal assistance to eligible Mammal Health and Stranding
Eligibility: 1. Eligible applicants members of the Stranding Network to: Response Program, 1315 East-West
include institutions of higher education, (A) Support basic needs of organizations Highway, Room 13620, Silver Spring,
hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial for response, treatment, and data MD 20910–3283, by phone at (301) 713–
organizations, individuals, and state, collection from living and dead 2322, or by fax at (301) 427–2525, or by
local, and Native American tribal stranded marine mammals, (B) fund e-mail at
governments. Federal agencies and scientific research objectives designed PrescottGrantFR.comments@noaa.gov.
institutions are not eligible to receive to answer questions about marine Eligibility: There are 3 categories of
Federal assistance under this notice. mammal strandings, health, or eligible stranding network participants
Additionally, employees of any Federal rehabilitation techniques utilizing data that may apply for funds under this
agency or Regional Fishery Management from living and dead stranded marine Program: (1) Stranding Agreement (SA)
Council are ineligible to submit an mammals, and (C) support facility holders or their designee organizations;
application under this program. operations directly related to the (2) holders of researcher authorization
However, Council members who are not recovery or treatment of stranded letters issued by a NMFS Regional
Federal employees may submit an marine mammals and collection of data Administrator; and, (3) state, local,
application. 2. DOC/NOAA supports from living or dead stranded marine eligible federal government or tribal
cultural and gender diversity and mammals. employees or personnel.
encourages women and minority Funding Availability: This solicitation Cost Sharing Requirements: All
individuals and groups to submit announces that a maximum of $4M may proposals submitted must provide a
applications to the RSA program. In be available for distribution under the minimum non-Federal cost share of 25
addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly FY 2008 annual competitive Prescott percent of the total budget (i.e., .25 ×
committed to broadening the Program. The maximum Federal award total project costs = total non-Federal
participation of historically black for each grant cannot exceed $100,000, share). Therefore, the total Federal share
colleges and universities, Hispanic as stated in the legislative language (16 will be 75 percent or less of the total
serving institutions, tribal colleges and U.S.C. 1421f–1). Actual funding budget. The applicant can include a
universities, and institutions that work availability for this program is non-Federal cost share for more than 25
in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA contingent upon Fiscal Year 2008 percent of the total budget, but this
encourages proposals involving any of Congressional appropriations. obligation will be binding. In order to
the above institutions. 3. DOC/NOAA Applicants are hereby given notice that reduce calculation error in determining
encourages applications from members these funds have not yet been the correct cost share amounts, we urge
of the fishing community and appropriated for this program, and all applicants to use the cost share
applications that involve fishing therefore exact dollar amounts cannot calculator on the Prescott Program Web
community cooperation and be given. There is no guarantee that page http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/
participation. sufficient funds will be available to health/prescott/proposals/
Cost Sharing Requirements: None make awards for all qualified projects. costshare.htm). If a proposal does not
required. The total amount available may also be comply with these cost share
Intergovernmental Review: Applicants reduced by the use of funds to requirements, it will not be considered
will need to determine if their state supplement the emergency assistance in this annual funding cycle.
participates in the intergovernmental portion of the Prescott program if Intergovernmental Review:
review process. This information can be necessary. Applications submitted under this
found at the following Web site: http:// Statutory Authority: program are subject to the provisions of
www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ 16 U.S.C. 1421f–1. Executive Order 12372,
spoc.html. This information will assist Catalog of Federal Domestic ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal
applicants in providing either a Yes or Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.439 Programs.’’ Any applicant submitting an
No response to Item 16 of the Marine Mammal Data Program. application for funding is required to
Application Form, SF–424, entitled. Application Deadline: Proposals must complete item 16 on SF–424 regarding
‘‘Application for Federal Assistance.’’ be postmarked or submitted online by clearance by the State Single Point of
11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 1, Contact (SPOC) established as a result of
(13) John H. Prescott Marine Mammal
2007. EO 12372. To find out about and
Rescue Assistance Grant Program Address for Submitting Proposals: All comply with a State’s process under EO
Summary Description: The Marine applications should be submitted via 12372, the names, addresses and phone
Mammal Health and Stranding the Grants.Gov Find and Apply Web numbers of participating SPOC’s are
Response Program of the National site. Should you encounter a problem listed in the Office of Management and
Marine Fisheries Service is charged with submitting your application Budget’s home page at: http://
under the Marine Mammal Protection online, you may submit a paper www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/
Act with facilitating the collection and proposal package (one signed original spoc.html.
dissemination of reference data on and two copies) to: NOAA/NMFS/Office
stranded marine mammals and health of Protected Resources, Marine Mammal (14) Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program
trends of marine mammal populations Health and Stranding Response Summary Description: The
in the wild. Through cooperation with Program, Attn: Michelle Ordono, 1315 Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a
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NMFS Regional Coordinators, local East-West Highway, Room 13620, Silver fund (known as the S–K fund) that the
organizations and state and local Spring, MD 20910–3283, phone 301– Secretary of Commerce uses to provide
government officials respond to and 713–2322 ext 177. grants or cooperative agreements for
collect valuable data from stranded Information Contacts: Please visit the fisheries research and development
marine mammals as participants in the Prescott Grant Program Web site at: projects addressed to any aspect of U.S.
national Marine Mammal Stranding http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/ fisheries, including, but not limited to,

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harvesting, processing, marketing, and Address for Submitting Proposals: that involve fishing community
associated infrastructures. U.S. fisheries Applications submitted in response to cooperation and participation. We will
include any fishery, commercial or this announcement should be submitted consider the extent of fishing
recreational, that is, or may be, engaged electronically through the Federal grants community involvement when
in by citizens or nationals of the United portal—http://www.grants.gov. evaluating the potential benefit of
States, or citizens of the Northern Electronic access to the full funding funding a proposal. You are not eligible
Mariana Islands (NMI), the Republic of announcement for this program is also to submit an application under this
the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, available through this Web Site. Hard program if you are an employee of any
and the Federated States of Micronesia. copies may only be sent if an applicant Federal agency; a Council; or an
Funding Availability: Funding is does not have Internet access. They employee of a Council. However,
contingent upon availability of Federal must be received by the deadline. These Council members who are not Federal
allocations. The program has sought should be addressed to SK Competitive employees can submit an application to
funding for $5.3 million in grant Program, Attn: Steve Aguzin, National the S–K Program. Our employees
awards. There are four individual Marine Fisheries Service, F/MB5– (whether full-time, part-time, or
program areas in which a single grant of SSMC3, Room 13134, 1315 East West intermittent) are not allowed to help
approximately $1 million in each area Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3282. you prepare your application, except
will be issued. These programs involve: Information Contacts: The point of that S–K Program staff may provide you
(1) Cooperative research on right whale contact is: Steve Aguzin, S–K Program with information on program goals,
gear entanglement mitigation strategies; Manager, NOAA/NMFS (F/MB5); 1315 funding priorities, application
(2) Strategies to minimize catch of East-West Highway, Room 13134; Silver procedures, and completion of
Klamath River Chinook Salmon in Spring, MD 20910–3282; or by Phone at application forms. Since this is a
mixed salmon fisheries on the West (301) 713–2358 ext. 215, or fax at (301) competitive program, NMFS and NOAA
Coast; (3) Efforts to understand impacts 713–1306, or via e-mail at employees will not help with
of reduced fishing effort in shrimp and Stephen.Aguzin@noaa.gov. conceptualizing, developing, or
reef fish (e.g. red snapper) fisheries on Eligibility: You are eligible to apply structuring proposals, or write letters of
the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem; and (4) for a grant or a cooperative agreement support for a proposal.
under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Cost Sharing Requirements: We are
Support for the New England fishing
Program if: 1. You are a citizen or requiring cost sharing in order to
industry in cooperative groundfish
national of the United States; 2. You are leverage the limited funds available for
survey projects related to the change in
a citizen of the Northern Mariana this program and to encourage
trawl survey procedures. For the
Islands (NMI), being an individual who partnerships among government,
remaining $1.3 million, we anticipate
qualifies as such under section 8 of the industry, and academia to address the
awarding 8–10 grants of approximately
Schedule on Transitional Matters needs of fishing communities. You must
$100,000 to $250,000 each. Applicants
attached to the constitution of the NMI; provide a minimum cost share of 10
are hereby given notice that funds have
3. You are a citizen of the Republic of percent of total project costs, but your
not yet been allocated for this program.
the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, cost share must not exceed 50 percent
In no event will NOAA or the or the Federated States of Micronesia; or of total costs. You may find this formula
Department of Commerce be responsible 4. You represent an entity that is a useful: 1. Total Project Cost (Federal and
for proposal preparation costs if this corporation, partnership, association, or non-Federal cost share combined) × .9 =
program fails to receive funding or is other non-Federal entity, non-profit or Maximum Federal Share. 2. Total Cost
cancelled because of other agency otherwise (including Indian tribes), if ¥ Federal share = Applicant Share. For
priorities. Publication of this notice such entity is a citizen of the United example, if the proposed total budget for
does not oblige NOAA to award any States or NMI, within the meaning of your project is $100,000, the maximum
specific project or to obligate any section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as Federal funding you can apply for is
available funds. amended (46 U.S.C. app. 802). We $90,000 ($100,000 × .9). Your cost share
Statutory Authority: Authority for the support cultural and gender diversity in in this case would be $10,000
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program is our programs and encourage women ($100,000¥$90,000). For a total project
provided under the Saltonstall-Kennedy and minority individuals and groups to cost of $100,000, you must contribute at
Act (S–K Act), as amended (15 U.S.C. submit applications. Furthermore, we least $10,000, but no more than $50,000
713c–3). recognize the interest of the Secretaries (10–50 percent of total project cost).
Catalog of Federal Domestic of Commerce and Interior in defining Accordingly, the Federal share you
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.427, appropriate fisheries policies and apply for would range from $50,000 to
Fisheries Dev and Utilization Research programs that meet the needs of the U.S. $90,000. If your application does not
and Dev Grants and Coop Agreements insular areas, so we also encourage comply with these cost share
Program. applications from individuals, requirements, we will return it to you
Application Deadline: Applications government entities, and businesses in and will not consider it for funding.
should be submitted electronically U.S. insular areas. We are strongly Intergovernmental Review:
through the Federal grants portal— committed to broadening the Applications submitted by state and
http://www.grants.gov and must be participation of Minority Serving local governments are subject to the
received by 5 p.m. EST on October 1, Institutions (MSIs), which include provisions of Executive Order 12372,
2007. Grants.gov provides a date and Historically Black Colleges and ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal
time indicator for timeliness. Facsimile Universities, Hispanic Serving Programs.’’ Any applicant submitting an
transmission and electronic mail Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and application for funding is required to
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submission of applications will not be Universities, in our programs, including complete item 16 on SF–424 regarding
accepted. Hard copies may only be sent S–K. Therefore, we encourage all clearance by the State Single Point of
if an applicant does not have Internet applicants to include meaningful Contact (SPOC) established as a result of
access. Hard copy applications will be participation of MSIs. We encourage EO 12372. To find out about and
date and time stamped when they are applications from members of the comply with a State’s process under EO
received. fishing community, and applications 12372, the names, addresses and phone

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numbers of participating SPOC’s are degree of success in meeting local, state, and services such as private boat use
listed in the Office of Management and territorial and national coral reef and volunteer labor. Federal sources
Budget’s home page at: http:// management needs. cannot be considered for matching
www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ Statutory Authority: Authority for the funds, but can be described in the
spoc.html. NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant budget narrative to demonstrate
Program is provided by Section 6403 additional leverage. Applicants are
National Ocean Service (NOS) (Coral Reef Conservation Program) of permitted to combine contributions
(1) CRCP-State and Territory Coral Reef the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 from multiple non-federal partners in
Management Grants (16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq). order to meet the 1:1 match
Catalog Of Federal Domestic recommendation, as long as such
Summary Description: The NOAA
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.419, contributions are not being used to
Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program,
Coastal Zone Management match any other funds. Applicants must
as authorized under the Coral Reef
Administration Awards. specify in their proposal the source(s) of
Conservation Act of 2000, provides Application Deadline: Pre-
matching grants to Governor-appointed match and may be asked to provide
applications must be received no later letters of commitment to confirm stated
point of contact agencies for the than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
jurisdictions of Puerto Rico, the U.S. match contributions. Applicants whose
on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Final proposals are selected for funding will
Virgin Islands (USVI), Florida, Hawaii, applications must be received no later
Guam, the Commonwealth of the be bound by the percentage of cost
than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time sharing reflected in the award document
Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and on Friday, February 22, 2008.
American Samoa for coral reef signed by the NOAA Grants Officer.
Address For Submitting Proposals:
management activities. The objective of Applicants should be prepared to
Pre-applications should be submitted
the State and Territory Coral Reef carefully document matching
electronically by e-mail to:
Management Grant program is to contributions for each project selected
coral.grants@noaa.gov. If internet access
support comprehensive management to be funded. As per section 6403(b)(2)
is not available, submissions by surface
programs for the conservation of coral of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of
mail should be sent to: David Kennedy,
reef ecosystems in these jurisdictions. 2000, the NOAA Administrator may
NOAA National Ocean Service, NOAA
Funding Availability: Funding up to waive all or part of the matching
Coral Reef Conservation Program, Office
$3,000,000 is expected to be available of Response and Restoration, N/ORR, requirement if the Administrator
from OCRM and DOI/OIA for Room 10102, 1305 East-West Highway, determines that the project meets the
cooperative agreements to support Silver Spring, MD 20910. Final following two requirements: 1. No
priority coral reef management activities applications should be submitted reasonable means are available through
that address areas a–j above. There is no electronically to: www.grants.gov, the which an applicant can meet the
appropriation of funds at this time and Federal grants portal. If internet access matching requirement, and, 2. The
the final funding amount will be subject is unavailable, hard copies can be probable benefit of such project
to the availability of federal submitted to: David Kennedy, NOAA outweighs the public interest in such
appropriations. Support in out-years National Ocean Service, NOAA Coral matching requirement. In the case of a
following FY2008 is likewise contingent Reef Conservation Program, Office of waiver request, the applicant must
upon the availability of future funding Response and Restoration, N/ORR, provide a detailed justification
and the requirements of the Federal Room 10102, 1305 East West Highway, explaining the need for the waiver
agency supporting the project (DOC or Silver Spring, MD 20910. including attempts to obtain sources of
DOI). Each eligible jurisdiction can Information Contacts: Technical point matching funds, how the benefit of the
apply for a maximum $600,000. A of contact for State and Territory Coral project outweighs the public interest in
minimum of 40% of the final award Reef Management is Dana Wusinich- providing match, and any other
amount must be dedicated to the Mendez at 301–713–3155, extension 159 extenuating circumstances preventing
implementation and support of the or e-mail at dana.wusinich- the availability of match. Match waiver
Local Action Strategy initiative in each mendez@noaa.gov. FAX; 301–713–4367. requests including the appropriate
jurisdiction. In certain instances, when Address: OCRM/NOAA, N/–ORM3, justification should be submitted as part
requested by the applicant and agreed 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, of the final application package.
upon by NOAA and DOI, NOAA may MD, 20910. Notwithstanding any other provisions
hold back a portion of any awarded Eligibility: Eligible applicants are the herein, and in accordance with 48
funds in order to provide specific coral governor-appointed point of contact U.S.C. 1469a(d), the Program shall
reef conservation technical assistance in agencies for coral reef activities in each waive any requirement for local
the form of contractual or other services. of the jurisdictions of American Samoa, matching funds for any project under
This will only be allowed where such Florida, the Commonwealth of the $200,000 (including in-kind
priority technical assistance and/or the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, contribution) to the governments of
lack of sufficient means to deliver it are Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.Virgin Insular Areas, defined as the
unavailable at the local level. Such Islands. jurisdictions of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
requests proposed herein will be Cost Sharing Requirements: As per Guam, American Samoa, and the
reviewed on a case by case basis with section 6403(b)(1) of the Coral Reef Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
respect to the specific management Conservation Act of 2000, Federal funds Islands. Please Note: eligible applicants
objectives of this and the local coral reef for any coral conservation project choosing to apply 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d)
program. If all funds that become funded under this Program may not should note the use of the waiver and
the total amount of funds requested to
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available after Congressional exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the


appropriation are not awarded, NOAA projects. Therefore, any coral be waived in the matching funds section
and DOI will consult with the eligible conservation project under this program of the respective application.
applicants on the use of any residual requires a 1:1 match. Match can come Intergovernmental Review:
funds. NOAA and DOI will work with from a variety of public and private Applications under the this program are
each jurisdiction to ensure the greatest sources and can include in-kind goods not subject to Executive Order 12372,

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Intergovernmental Review of Federal coordinator, at NOAA/Estuarine Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana


Programs. Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Islands (CNMI), the Republic of Palau,
Highway, N/ORM5, SSMC4, Station the Federated States of Micronesia
(2) National Estuarine Research Reserve
10509, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or via (including Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, and
Land Acquisition and Construction
phone: 301–713–3155 ext. 107, e-mail: Pohnpei), and the Republic of the
Program FY08
doris.grimm@noaa.gov, or fax: 301–713– Marshall Islands to support State and
Summary Description: The National 4363. The program Web site can be Territory Coral Reef Monitoring
Estuarine Research Reserve System accessed at www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/ activities.
consists of estuarine areas of the United nerr.html. Other questions should be Funding Availability: NCCOS may
States and its territories which are directed to Doris Grimm at 301–713– provide approximately $1,100,000 in
designated and managed for research 3155, extension 107, funding for FY 2008 to support coral
and educational purposes. Each reserve doris.grimm@noaa.gov or Laurie reef ecosystem monitoring activities
within the system is chosen to represent McGilvray at (301) 713–3155 ext. 158, under this program. FY 2008 awards to
different bio-geographic regions and to laurie.mcgilvray@noaa.gov. Puerto Rico, Florida, U.S. Virgin
include a variety of ecosystem types in Eligibility: Eligible applicants are Islands, Hawaii, American Samoa,
accordance with the classification National Estuarine Research Reserves Guam, and the Commonwealth of the
scheme of the national program as (NERR) lead state agencies or Northern Mariana Islands are expected
presented in 15 CFR part 921. universities in coastal states. Eligible to range from $50,000 to $130,000. FY
Through the funding of designated applicants should have completed all 2008 awards to the Federated States of
reserve agencies and universities to requirements as stated in the NERRS Micronesia (FSM—including Chuuk,
undertake land acquisition and regulations [CITE 15 CFR 921] Title Yap, Kosrae, and Pohnpei), Republic of
construction projects that support the 15—Commerce and Foreign Trade, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall
NERRS purpose, NOAA will strengthen Chapter IX—National Oceanic and Islands (RMI) are expected to be
protection of key land and water areas; Atmospheric Administration, approximately $10,000 to $30,000 per
enhance long-term protection of the area Department of Commerce, Part 921— year. Funding will be subject to the
for research and education; and provide National Estuarine Research Reserve availability of federal appropriations.
for facility and exhibit construction. System. regulations, http:// FY 2008 grant seekers may submit
Funding Availability: This funding nerrs.noaa.gov/ proposals up to three years in duration,
opportunity announces that Background_Regulations.html. at funding levels specified above (i.e.,
approximately $7.178 million may be Cost Sharing Requirements: The up to $90,000 for three year proposals
available to designated reserve agencies amount of federal funds requested must for Palau, FSM, and RMI, and up to
or universities only through this be matched by the applicant: 30 percent $390,000 for three year proposals for all
announcement for fiscal year 2008. total project match for construction other eligible applicants). In certain
Awards will be issued as competitive awards and 50 percent total project instances, when requested by the
grants. It is anticipated that the awards match for land acquisition awards. Cash applicant and agreed upon by NOAA,
will run for up to two years. In the past, or in-kind contributions directly NOAA may hold back a portion of any
funding for land acquisition/ benefiting the project may be used to awarded funds in order to provide
construction awards has ranged in satisfy the matching requirements. If specific technical assistance in the form
amount from approximately $50,000 to using Reserve land acquisition banked of contractual or other services. This
$3 million. match, a list of the banked match must will only be allowed where such
Statutory Authority: Authority for the be included with the application. priority technical assistance and/or the
NERR program is provided by 16 U.S.C. Applicants must identify all match lack of sufficient means to deliver it are
1461 (e)(1)(A)(i),(ii), and (iii). sources and amounts equal to that unavailable at the local level. Such
Catalog of Federal Domestic requested above. requests proposed herein will be
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.420, Intergovernmental Review: reviewed on a case by case basis with
Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Applications under this program are respect to the specific management
Research Reserves. subject to Executive Order 12372, objectives of this and the local coral reef
Application Deadline: Complete grant ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal program. If all available funds are not
application proposals must be Programs.’’ Applicants should contact awarded, NOAA will consult with the
submitted to Grants.gov by Friday, 6 their State Single Point of Contact eligible applicants on the use of any
p.m., Eastern standard time, November (SPOC) to find out about and comply residual funds. NOAA will work with
30, 2007. Notification regarding the with the States process under EO12372. each jurisdiction to ensure the greatest
selection of proposals will be issued on The names and addresses of the SPOCs degree of success in meeting local, state,
or about January 18, 2008. The grant are listed in the Office of Management territorial, and national coral reef
awards will start the first day of the and Budgets Web site at http:// monitoring needs.
month beginning June 1 through www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ Statutory Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6403.
November 1, 2008. spoc.html. Catalog of Federal Domestic
Address for Submitting Proposals: Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.426,
Applications should be submitted (3) 2008 CRCP Coral Reef Ecosystem
Financial Assistance for National
through www.grants.gov. For applicants Monitoring
Centers for Central Coastal Ocean
without internet access, contact Doris Summary Description: The NOAA Science.
Grimm, NOAA/OCRM/ERD, 1305 East- Coral Reef Monitoring Grant Program, as Application Deadline: Pre-
West Highway, Room 10501; Silver authorized under the Coral Reef Applications Due: 11/6/2007 Final
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Spring, Maryland 20910, or by phone at Conservation Act of 2000, provides Applications Due: 02/22/2008.
301–713–3155, ext. 107. matching grants to Governor appointed Address for Submitting Proposals:
Information Contacts: Administrative point of contact agencies for the Pre-applications may be submitted by
and Technical questions regarding the jurisdictions of Puerto Rico, the U.S. surface mail or e-mail. Submissions by
program and application process, please Virgin Islands (USVI), Florida, Hawaii, encrypted e-mail are preferred. If
contact Doris Grimm, program American Samoa, Guam, the submitting by surface mail, applicants

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are encouraged to include an electronic the United States and its territories Address for Submitting Proposals:
copy of the pre-application on disk or which are designated and managed for Applications submitted in response to
CD-ROM. Pre-applications must be sent research and educational purposes. this announcement are strongly
to coral.grants@noaa.gov or to Jenny Each reserve within the system is encouraged to be submitted through the
Waddell, NOAA National Ocean chosen to reflect regional differences www.grants.gov web site no later than
Service, N/SCI–1, 1305 East-West and to include a variety of ecosystem November 1, 2007 at 11 pm (EST).
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. types in accordance with the Electronic access to the full funding
Final applications should be submitted classification scheme of the national announcement for this program is
via www.grants.gov, the Federal grants program as presented in 15 CFR part available via the www.grants.gov Web
portal. 921. Each reserve supports a wide range site. The announcement will also be
Information Contacts: The technical of beneficial uses of ecological, available by contacting Susan White
point of contact for State and Territory economic, recreational, and aesthetic with the Estuarine Reserves Division at
Coral Reef Monitoring is Jenny Waddell. values which are dependent upon the Susan.White@noaa.gov or 301–713–
She can be reached at 301–713–3028 maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. 3155 x 124. If internet access is not
extension 174 or by e-mail at The sites provide habitats for a wide available, paper applications (a signed
jenny.waddell@noaa.gov. range of ecologically and commercially original and two copies) should be
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are important species of fish, shellfish, submitted to the Estuarine Reserves
limited to a natural resource birds, and other aquatic and terrestrial Division at the following address
management agency in each U.S. State wildlife. Each reserve has been designed postmarked by November 1, 2007: Attn:
or Territory, or Freely Associated State, to ensure its effectiveness as a Dr. Susan White, NOAA/Estuarine
with jurisdiction over coral reefs, as conservation unit and as a site for long- Reserves Division, 1305 East-West
designated by the respective governors term research and monitoring. As part of Highway, Room 10626, Silver Spring,
or other applicable senior jurisdictional a national system, the reserves Maryland 20910.
official. NOAA is requesting proposals collectively provide an excellent Information Contacts: For questions
from Puerto Rico, Florida, U.S. Virgin opportunity to address research regarding the program and application
Islands, Hawaii, American Samoa, questions and estuarine management process, please contact Susan White
Guam, and Commonwealth of the issues of national significance. For (301–713–3155 ext. 124) at NOAA/
Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated detailed descriptions of the sites, refer Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-
States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, to the NERR Web site at http:// West Highway, N/ORM5, SSMC4,
and the Republic of the Marshall www.nerrs.noaa.gov/fellowship or Station 10626, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Islands. Federal agencies are not eligible contact the site staff. or via e-mail: susan.white@noaa.gov, or
for funding under this Program. Funding Availability: The National fax: 301–713–4012. The program Web
Furthermore, to be eligible for FY Estuarine Research Reserve System of site can be accessed at http://
2008 funding, applicants previously NOAA announces the availability of www.nerrs.noaa.gov/fellowship. If the
receiving funds under this program graduate research fellowships. The Web page does not provide sufficient
must have made significant progress Estuarine Reserves Division anticipates information and Dr. White is
implementing those tasks and met data that 25 Graduate Research Fellowships unavailable, please contact Erica Seiden
submission deadlines, including all will be competitively awarded to at (301) 713–3155 ext. 172 or
performance and fiscal reporting provide funding to qualified graduate erica.seiden@noaa.gov. For further
requirements and data transfers. students whose research occurs within information on specific research
Cost Sharing Requirements: As per the boundaries of at least one reserve. opportunities at National Estuarine
section 6403(b)(1) of the Coral Reef Minority students are encouraged to Research Reserves, contact the site staff
Conservation Act of 2000, Federal funds apply. The amount of the fellowship is listed in Appendix I.
for any coral conservation project $20,000; at least 30% of total project Eligibility: Awards are normally made
funded under this Program may not cost match is required by the applicant to the fellow’s graduate institution
exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the (i.e. $8,572 match for $20,000 in federal through the use of a grant. However,
projects. funds for a total project cost of $28,572). institutions eligible to receive awards
Therefore, any coral conservation Statutory Authority: Section 315 of include institutions of higher education,
project under this program requires a the Coastal Zone Management Act of other non-profits, commercial
1:1 match. Matching funds must be from 1972, as amended (CZMA), 16 U.S.C. organizations, and state and local
non-Federal sources and can include in- 1461, establishes the National Estuarine governments. All reserve staff are
kind contributions and other non-cash Research Reserve System (NERRS). 16 ineligible to submit an application for a
support. NOAA strongly encourages U.S.C. 1461(e)(1)(B) authorizes the fellowship under this announcement.
applicants to leverage as much Secretary of Commerce to make grants Funds are expected to be available on a
investment as possible. Federal funds to any coastal state or public or private competitive basis to qualified graduate
may not be considered as matching person for purposes of supporting students for research within a reserve(s)
funds. research and monitoring within a leading to a graduate degree. Applicants
Intergovernmental Review: National Estuarine Research Reserve must be admitted to or enrolled in a
Applications under this program are not that are consistent with the research full-time master’s or doctoral program at
subject to Executive Order 12372, guidelines developed under a U.S. accredited university in order to
Intergovernmental Review of Federal subsection (c). be eligible to apply. Applicants should
Programs. Catalog of Federal Domestic have completed a majority of their
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.420, graduate course work at the beginning of
(4) National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Coastal Zone Management Estuarine their fellowship and have an approved


Graduate Research Fellowship Program Research Reserves. thesis research program. Minority
FY08 Application Deadline: Applications students are encouraged to apply.
Summary Description: The National must be no later than 11 pm (EST) Cost Sharing Requirements:
Estuarine Research Reserve System November 1, 2007 or postmarked no Requested federal funds must be
(NERRS) consists of estuarine areas of later than November 1, 2007. matched by at least 30 percent of the

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TOTAL cost, not the federal share, of available to make awards for all The National Marine Sanctuary
the project (i.e. $8,572 match for qualified projects. The exact amount of Program encourages proposals involving
$20,000 in federal funds for a total funds that may be awarded will be any of the above institutions.
project cost of $28,572). Requested determined in pre-award negotiations Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost
overhead costs under fellowship awards between the applicant and NOAA sharing is required under this program;
are limited to 10% of the federal representatives. Publication of this however, the National Marine Sanctuary
amount. Waived overhead costs may be notice does not oblige NOAA to award Program strongly encourages applicants
used as match. any specific project or to obligate any applying for either area of interest to
Intergovernmental Review: available funds. If applicants incur any share as much of the costs of the award
Applications under this program are costs prior to an award being made, they as possible. Funds from other Federal
subject to Executive Order 12372, do so at their own risk of not being awards may not be considered matching
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal reimbursed by the government. funds. The nature of the contribution
Programs.’’ Applicants should contact Notwithstanding verbal or written (cash versus in-kind) and the amount of
their State Single Point of Contact assurance that may have been received, matching funds will be taken into
(SPOC) to find out about and comply there is no obligation on the part of consideration in the review process
with the States process under EO12372. NOAA to cover pre-award costs unless with cash being the preferred method of
The names and addresses of the SPOCs approved by the Grants Officer as part contribution.
are listed in the Office of Management of the terms when the award is made. Intergovernmental Review:
and Budgets Web site at http:// Statutory Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1440. Applications under this program are not
www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ Catalog of Federal Domestic subject to Executive Order 12372,
spoc.html. Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.429, Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Marine Sanctuary Program. Programs.
(5) FY08 California Bay Watershed
Education and Training Program Application Deadline: Proposals must (6) Bay Watershed Education and
Summary Description: The California be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Training (B–WET) Program, Hawaii
B–WET grant program, is a time October 9, 2007. Summary Description: The B–WET
competitively based program that Address for Submitting Proposals: Hawaii Programs Grant Opportunity is
supports existing environmental Applicants are strongly encouraged to an annually awarded, competitively-
education programs, fosters the growth submit applications electronically based grant that provides initial funding
of new programs, and encourages the through http://www.grants.gov. If to: (1) Assist in the development of new
development of partnerships among internet access is not available, paper programs; (2) encourage innovative
environmental education programs applications, a signed original and 2 partnerships among environmental
throughout the San Francisco Bay, copies (submission of ten additional education programs throughout Hawaii;
Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara hard copies is strongly encouraged to (3) support geographically targeted
Channel watersheds. Funded projects expedite the review process, but it is not programs to advance environmental
provide Meaningful Watershed required) may be submitted to Attn: education efforts that complement
Experiences to students and teachers. Seaberry Nachbar, B–WET Program appropriate school requirements.
Funding Availability: This solicitation Manager, Monterey Bay National Marine The program supports NOAAs goal of
announces that approximately Sanctuary Office, 299 Foam Street, developing a well-informed citizenry
$1,650,000 may be available in FY2008 Monterey, CA 93940. The closing involved in decision-making that
in award amounts to be determined by deadline for applying through positively impact our coastal, marine
the proposals and available funds. grants.gov is the same as for the paper and watershed ecosystems.
About $700,000 will be made available submission noted in this Funded projects provide meaningful
to the San Francisco Bay watershed announcement. science-based outdoor experiences for
area, $600,000 will be made available to Information Contacts: Please visit the K–12 students and professional
the Monterey Bay watershed area, and National Marine Sanctuaries B–WET development opportunities for teachers
about $350,000 will be made available Web site for further information at: in the area of environmental education
to the Santa Barbara Channel watershed http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/BWET or as defined in this announcement.
area. The National Marine Sanctuary contact Seaberry Nachbar, Monterey Bay Funding Availability: This solicitation
Program anticipates that approximately National Marine Sanctuary office; 299 announces that approximately
35 grants will be awarded with these Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940, or by $1,000,000 may be available in FY 2008
funds. The California B–WET Program phone at 831–647–4201, or fax to 831– in award amounts to be determined by
should not be considered a long-term 647–4250, or via Internet at the proposals and available funds. The
source of funds; applicants must seaberry.nachbar@noaa.gov. NOAA Pacific Services Center
demonstrate how ongoing programs, Eligibility: Eligible applicants are K- anticipates that approximately 5 to 15
once initiated, will be sustained. The through-12 public and independent grants will be awarded with these funds,
National Marine Sanctuary Program schools and school systems, institutions pending availability of funds.
anticipates that typical project awards of higher education, nonprofit Applicants are hereby given notice that
for Meaningful Watershed Experiences organizations, state or local government funds have not yet been appropriated
and Professional Development in the agencies, and Indian tribal governments. for this program. It is anticipated that
Area of Environmental Education for The Department of Commerce/National typical project awards for Priority 1 and
Teachers will range from $10,000 to Oceanic and Atmospheric 2 will range from approximately
$60,000. Proposals will be considered Administration (DOC/NOAA) is $10,000 to $100,000. Applications
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for funds greater than the specified strongly committed to broadening the requesting Federal support from NOAA
ranges if there is sufficient participation of historically black of more than $100,000 total will not be
demonstration that the project requires colleges and universities, Hispanic considered for review or funding. There
additional funds and/or if the proposal serving institutions, tribal colleges and is no guarantee that sufficient funds will
includes multiple partners. There is no universities, and institutions that be available to make awards for all
guarantee that sufficient funds will be service undeserved areas. qualified projects. The exact amount of

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funds that may be awarded will be submission of the application, the serving institutions, Tribal colleges and
determined in pre-award negotiations person submitting the application will universities, Alaskan Native and Native
between the applicant and NOAA receive within the next 24 to 48 hours Hawaiian institutions, and institutions
representatives. Publication of this two e-mail messages from Grants.gov that service undeserved areas.
notice does not oblige NOAA to award updating them on the progress of their Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost
any specific project or to obligate any application. The first e-mail will sharing is required under this program,
available funds. If applicants incur any confirm receipt of the application by the however, the NOAA Pacific Services
costs prior to an award being made, they Grants.gov system, and the second will Center strongly encourages applicants to
do so at their own risk of not being indicate that the application has either share as much of the costs of the award
reimbursed by the government. been successfully validated by the as possible. Funds from other Federal
Notwithstanding verbal or written system prior to transmission to the awards may not be considered matching
assurance that may have been received, grantor agency or has been rejected due funds. The nature of the contribution
there is no obligation on the part of to errors. After the application has been (cash versus in-kind) and the amount of
NOAA to cover pre-award costs unless validated, this same person will receive matching funds will be taken into
approved by the Grants Officer as part another e-mail when the application has consideration in the review process
of the terms when the award is made. been downloaded by the federal agency. with cash being the preferred method of
Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1540; To use Grants.gov, applicants must have contribution.
33 U.S.C. 883d. a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Intergovernmental Review:
Catalog of Federal Domestic Numbering System (DUNS) number and Applications under this program are not
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473, be registered in the Central Contractor subject to Executive Order 12372,
Coastal Services Center. Registry (CCR). Allow a minimum of Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Application Deadline: Full proposals five days to complete the CCR Programs.
must be received through Grants.gov no registration. (Note: Your organization’s
later than 11 p.m. ET/5 p.m. Hawaii (7) CSCOR FY08 Regional Ecosystem
Employer Identification Number (EIN) Prediction Program
time, August 15, 2007. If applicants do will be needed on the application form.)
not have Internet access and submit With regard to rural areas for an Summary Description: The purpose of
through surface mail, full proposals applicant who does not have Internet this document is to advise the public
must be received no later than 11 p.m. access, application kits may be that NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is
ET/5 p.m. Hawaii time, August 15, requested from Sam Thomas, Federal soliciting proposals for three separate
2007. Program Officer for grants at 808–532– regional ecosystem prediction projects
Address for Submitting Proposals: 3960. These applicants are asked to mail on Invasive Species in the Great Lakes—
Full proposal application packages one (1) hard copy of the entire A Regional Scale Approach, Cumulative
should be submitted through application package, a CD copy of the Impacts of Stressors at the Land-Water
Grants.gov/APPLY. The standard NOAA package, including all forms with Interface in the Mid-Atlantic and
funding application package is available original signatures to the following Ecosystem Goal-Setting in Coastal
at www.grants.gov. Please be advised address: NOAA Pacific Services Center, Waters and Reefs of South Florida; for
that potential funding applicants must 737 Bishop Street, Suite 1550, the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic
register with Grants.gov before any Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, ATTN: Sam programs, projects will be of up to 5
application materials can be submitted. Thomas. The postmark will be used to years in duration. In the Great Lakes,
An organization’s one time registration determine the timeliness of the proposals are requested for a regional-
process may take up to three weeks to proposal. scale ecosystem research study
complete so please allow sufficient time Hand-delivered, facsimile investigating recent and future changes
to ensure applications are submitted transmissions and electronic mail in water quality, habitats and
before the closing date. The Grants.gov submissions and proposals received populations of living resources in the
site contains directions for submitting after the deadline will not be accepted. context of invasive species. For the Mid-
an application, the application package Information Contacts: For Atlantic region, proposals are requested
(forms), and is also where the completed administrative issues and technical for a regional-scale ecosystem research
application is submitted. If the questions, please contact Sam Thomas, study investigating the cumulative
applicant has difficulty downloading Federal Program Officer for Grants, impacts of multiple stressors at the
the required forms, the applicant should NOAA Pacific Services Center office; land-water interface of estuaries and
contact the Grants.gov Customer 737 Bishop Street, Mauka Tower, Suite bays on recreationally, economically or
Support at 1–800–518–4726 or 1550, Honolulu, HI 96813–3212, or by ecologically important living resource
support@grants.gov. Additional phone at (808) 532–3960, or via e-mail populations and communities.
information about registering and at Sam.Thomas@noaa.gov. Proposals for these two programs should
submitting an application through Eligibility: Eligible applicants for be regional in scale, interdisciplinary,
Grants.gov may be found at Priority 1 and 2 are K–12 public and comprehensive, integrated, and multiple
www.Grants.gov and at the B–WET independent schools and school investigator to develop capabilities for
Hawaii Web page at http:// systems, institutions of higher innovative forecasts and predictions for
www.csc.noaa.gov/psc/bwet.html. education, commercial and nonprofit improved management and control
Applicants using Grants.gov must organizations, state or local government capabilities. For the South Florida
locate the downloadable application agencies, and Indian tribal governments. program, proposals will be 2–3 years in
package for this solicitation by the Applicants that are not eligible are duration. In the South Florida program,
Funding Opportunity Number or the individuals and Federal agencies. The proposals are solicited to develop,
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CFDA number (11.473). Department of Commerce/National undertake and conclude a consensus-


Applicants will be able to download Oceanic and Atmospheric building process that results in
a copy of the application package, Administration (DOC/NOAA) is scientifically-based quantifiable goals
complete it off line, and then upload strongly committed to broadening the for aquatic resources and habitats of the
and submit the application via the participation of historically Black Florida Bay and Keys. Proposals should
Grants.gov site. After electronic colleges and universities, Hispanic- include a diverse and comprehensive

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team of managers, scientists and NGOs available to make awards for all Setting in Coastal Waters and Reefs of
and be regional in scope. Proposals qualified projects. South Florida, Larry Pugh
submitted to this solicitation should not Publication of this notice does not (larry.pugh@noaa.gov, 301–713–3338 x
have overlap with other active NCCOS/ obligate NOAA to award any specific 160). Business Management
CSCOR programs including the Coastal project or to obligate any available Information: Laurie Golden, NCCOS/
Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP), funds. If one incurs any costs prior to CSCOR Grants Administrator, 301–713–
Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful receiving an award agreement signed by 3338/ext 151, Internet:
Algal Blooms (ECOHAB), Monitoring an authorized NOAA official, one would Laurie.Golden@noaa.gov.
and Event Response for Harmful Algal do so solely at one’s own risk of these Eligibility: Eligible applicants are
Blooms (MERHAB), and the Ecological costs not being included under the institutions of higher education, other
Effects of Sea Level Rise or previously award. Publication of this notice does non-profits, states, local governments,
awarded grants (see http:// not obligate any agency to any specific commercial organizations and Federal
www.cop.noaa.gov for program award or to obligate any part of the agencies that possess the statutory
descriptions). Funding is contingent entire amount of funds available. authority to receive financial assistance.
upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2008 Recipients and subrecipients are Please note that: (1) NCCOS/CSCOR will
Federal appropriations. It is anticipated subject to all Federal laws and agency not fund any Federal Full Time
that final recommendations for funding policies, regulations and procedures Employee (FTE) salaries, but will fund
under this announcement will be made applicable to Federal financial travel, equipment, supplies, and
by April 2008 and that projects funded assistance awards. contractual personnel costs associated
under this announcement will have a Statutory Authority: For Invasive with the proposed work. (2) Researchers
June through August start date. Species in the Great Lakes—A Regional must be employees of an eligible entity
Scale Approach and the Cumulative listed above; and proposals must be
Electronic Access: Background
Impacts of Stressors at the Land-Water submitted through that entity. Non-
information about the NCCOS/CSCOR
Interface in the Mid-Atlantic, the Federal researchers should comply with
efforts can be found at http://
program authority is 16 U.S.C. 1456c. their institutional requirements for
www.cop.noaa.gov. Proposals should be
For Ecosystem Goal-Setting in Coastal proposal submission. (3) Non-NOAA
submitted through Grants.gov (http://
Waters and Reefs of South Florida, the Federal applicants will be required to
www.grants.gov.) program authority is 33 U.S.C. 1442. submit certifications or documentation
Funding Availability: Funding is Catalog of Federal Domestic showing that they have specific legal
contingent upon availability of Federal Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.478, authority to receive funds from the
appropriations. NOAA is committed to Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Department of Commerce (DOC) for this
continual improvement of the grants Research—Coastal Ocean Program. research. (4) NCCOS/CSCOR will accept
process and accelerating the award of Application Deadline: The deadline proposals that include foreign
financial assistance to qualified for receipt of proposals at the NCCOS/ researchers as collaborators with a
recipients in accordance with the CSCOR office is 3 p.m., Eastern Time for researcher who has met the above stated
recommendations of the Business each of the three program elements for eligibility requirements. (5) Non-Federal
Process Reengineering Team. In order to the Regional Ecosystem Prediction researchers affiliated with NOAA-
fulfill these responsibilities, this Program. Invasive Species in the Great University Cooperative/Joint Institutes
solicitation announces that award Lakes—A Regional Scale Approach should comply with joint institutional
amounts will be determined by the October 1, 2007, Cumulative Impacts of requirements; they will be funded
proposals and available funds. Funds Stressors at the Land-Water Interface in through grants either to their
for the Invasive Species in the Great the Mid-Atlantic October 15, 2007, institutions or to joint institutes.
Lakes—A Regional Scale Approach and Ecosystem Goal-Setting in Coastal Cost Sharing Requirements: None.
for the Cumulative Impacts of Stressors Waters and Reefs of South Florida Intergovernmental Review:
at the Land-Water Interface in the Mid- October 29, 2007. Applications under this program are not
Atlantic programs typically will not Address for Submitting Proposals: subject to Executive Order 12372,
exceed $500,000–$1,000,000 per project Proposals must include evidence of Intergovernmental Review of Federal
per year, exclusive of ship costs. It is linkages between the scientific Programs. It has been determined that
anticipated that 1–3 projects will be questions and management needs, such this notice is not significant for
awarded for each of these two programs as the participation of co-investigators purposes of Executive Order 12866.
with project duration of 3 to 5 years. from both scientific and management Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2), an
The Ecosystem Goal-Setting in Coastal entities. Proposals previously submitted opportunity for public notice and
Waters and Reefs of South Florida to NCCOS/CSCOR FFOs and not comment is not required for this notice
program is expected to have a project recommended for funding must be relating to grants, benefits and contracts.
duration of 2 to 3 years with funds not revised and reviewer or panel concerns Because this notice is exempt from the
to exceed $500,000 per project per year. addressed before resubmission. notice and comment provisions of the
It is anticipated that 1 project will be Resubmitted proposals that have not Administrative Procedure Act, a
awarded for this program. Support in been revised will be returned without Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not
out years after FY 2008 is contingent review. required, and none has been prepared.
upon the availability of funds. Information Contacts: Technical It has been determined that this notice
Applicants are hereby given notice Information. Program Managers contact does not contain policies with
that funds have not yet been information is: Invasive Species in the Federalism implications as that term is
appropriated for this program. In no Great Lakes A Regional Approach, Felix defined in Executive Order 13132.
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event will NOAA or the Department of Martinez (felix.martinez@noaa.gov,


Commerce be responsible for proposal 301–713–3338 x 153); Cumulative (8) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship
preparation costs if this program fails to Impacts of Stressors at the Land-Water Program
receive funding or is cancelled because Interface in the Mid-Atlantic, Elizabeth Summary Description: The Dr. Nancy
of other agency priorities. There is not Turner (elizabeth.turner@noaa.gov, Foster Scholarship Program provides
guarantee that sufficient funds will be 603–862–4680) and; Ecosystem Goal- support for independent graduate-level

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studies in oceanography, marine biology Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 by 5 proposals for one- to two-year grant or
or maritime archaeology (including all p.m. Eastern Standard Time. cooperative agreement projects, with an
science, engineering, and resource Information Contacts: Send requests optional third year, that will result in a
management of ocean and coastal areas), for information to regional system that has been optimized
particularly to women and minorities. fosterscholars@noaa.gov or mail to provide data and products that are
Individuals who have been accepted requests to the attention of Priti Brahma, tailored to regional needs. The regional
into a graduate program and are U.S. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, system will provide data and
citizens may apply. Scholarship Office of Education, 1315 East-West information in forms and at rates
selections are based on academic Highway, Room 10725, Silver Spring, designed to meet the needs of regional
excellence, letters of recommendations, MD 20910. decision makers. To accomplish that
research and career goals, and financial Eligibility: Only individuals who are task, the regional system will integrate
need. Additional information about the United States citizens currently existing observing system components,
scholarship can be obtained from the pursuing a masters or doctoral level prioritize additional observing system
Web site: http:// degree in oceanography, marine biology acquisition, and construct products and
www.fosterscholars.noaa.gov. The or maritime archaeology (including all data management processes to deliver
program priorities for this opportunity science, engineering, and resource data and information to the regional
support NOAA’s mission support goal management of ocean and coastal areas)
stakeholders for the benefit of the
of: Critical support—facilities, ships, are eligible for an award under this
region. Proposals submitted will
aircraft, environmental satellites, data- scholarship program. In addition,
demonstrate the approach and benefits
processing systems, computing and students must have and maintain a
of integration and implementation at the
communications systems. cumulative and term grade point
scale of the Regional Association and
Funding Availability: Subject to average of 3.0 and maintain full-time
student status every term for the should address the following: a)
appropriations, approximately $500,000
duration of their award. Universities or Regional deployment, operation and
will be available for FY 2008.
other organizations may not apply on maintenance of sensors and platforms to
Approximately 5 to 10 new awards may
be made, based on the availability of behalf of an individual. Prospective address needs for data and information
funds. The Dr. Nancy Foster scholars do not need to be enrolled, but that have been clearly articulated by the
Scholarship Program provides yearly must be admitted to a graduate level Regional Associations as representative
support of up to $32,000 per student (a program in order to apply for this of their stakeholders. b) Regional
12-month stipend of $20,000 in addition scholarship. Eligibility must be participation in developing a data
to a tuition allowance of up to $12,000), maintained for each succeeding year of integration framework for data streams,
and up to $20,000 support for a four to support and semi-annual reporting quality assurance procedures, and data
six week research collaboration at a requirements, to be specified at a later delivery. c) Generation of regional or
NOAA facility. A maximum of $84,000 date, will apply. appropriately-scaled products,
may be provided to masters students (up Cost Sharing Requirements: There are including data and model output, that
to 2 years of support and one research no matching requirements for this facilitate the development of value-
collaboration opportunity) and up to award. added, targeted products for identified
$168,000 may be provided to doctoral Intergovernmental Review: users. NOAA anticipates making
students (up to 4 years of support and Applications under this program are not multiple awards in response to this
two research collaboration subject to Executive Order 12372, announcement. The program priorities
opportunities). Dr. Nancy Foster Intergovernmental Review of Federal for this opportunity support NOAA’s
Scholarship Program recipients will also Programs. mission support goal of: Weather and
travel to Silver Spring, MD, for a Water Serve Society’s Needs for
(9) FY 2008 Implementation of Regional
mandatory NOAA orientation and to Weather and Water Information. Other
Integrated Ocean Observing Systems
meet with leadership and staff from the goals are supported, but this is the goal
National Marine Sanctuaries Program Summary Description: The Integrated the opportunity most closely addresses.
from May 26 to May 31, 2008. Awards Ocean Observing System (IOOS) will
efficiently link national and regional Funding Availability: Total
will include travel expenses to attend anticipated funding for all awards is
the Scholarship Program orientation. observations, data management, and
modeling to provide required data and approximately $25,000,000 and is
Statutory Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1445c– subject to the availability of FY 2008
1. information on local to global scales.
Regional coastal ocean observing appropriations. Multiple awards are
Catalog of Federal Domestic anticipated from this announcement.
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.429, systems (RCOOSs) are designed to
complement the observing systems The anticipated federal funding per
Marine Sanctuary Program.
managed directly by federal agencies award (min-max) is approximately
Application Deadline: Completed
applications must be received by the that meet national priorities. With the $500,000 to $3,500,000 per year. The
Program Manager between December 1, guidance of Regional Associations to anticipated number of awards ranges
2007 and February 8, 2008, at 5 p.m. understand regional priorities, RCOOSs from four (4) to ten (10), approximately,
Eastern Standard Time. provide the types of data, information, and will be adjusted based on available
Address for Submitting Proposals: and products needed to address the funding.
Applicants should submit their estuarine and coastal issues experienced Statutory Authority: Statutory
application via Grants.gov. Only those by the different regions, and to leverage authority for this program is provided
applicants who do not have access to the delivery and applicability of data under Coastal Zone Management Act, 16
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the internet should submit a hard copy collected by local data network nodes. U.S.C. 1456c (Technical Assistance); 33
application. If a hard copy application NOAA views this announcement as an U.S.C. 883d; and 33 U.S.C. 1442
is necessary, it should be sent to the Dr. opportunity to demonstrate the regional (Research program investigating
Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, observing system concept. To assist in possible long-range effects of pollution,
Attention: Priti Brahma, NOAA Office of the implementation of the regional overfishing, and anthropogenically-
Education, Room 10725, 1315 East-West component of IOOS, NOAA seeks induced changes of ocean ecosystems).

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Eligibility: Eligible funding applicants observing systems RCOOSs provide the
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473, are institutions of higher education, types of data, information, and products
Coastal Services Center. non-profit and for-profit organizations, needed to address the estuarine and
Application Deadline: Letters of and state, local and Indian tribal coastal issues experienced by the
Intent (LOIs) must be received by the governments. Federal agencies or different regions. IOOS Regional
Coastal Services Center by 5 p.m. ET on institutions and foreign governments Associations provide the network and
September 12, 2007. Full proposals may not be the primary recipient of organization to ensure that local and
must be received by 5 p.m. ET, awards under this announcement, but regional data collection meets national
November 15, 2007. are encouraged to partner with as well as local needs. For the past few
Address for Submitting Proposals: A applicants when appropriate. Federal years, NOAA has been funding entities,
letter of intent (LOI) must be sent via e- partners must identify the relevant through competitively awarded
mail to IOOSfy2008@noaa.gov. statutory authorities that will allow for cooperative agreements, to engage
Applicants submitting a LOI should the receipt of funds. If applicants will stakeholders in the formation of IOOS
reference the Funding Opportunity Title have partners who would receive grant Regional Associations. Proposals
(FY 2008 Implementation of Regional funds, the lead grantee will be expected submitted under this announcement
Integrated Ocean Observing Systems) as to provide funds using subcontracts or will further engage stakeholders in the
the subject line of the e-mail containing other appropriate mechanisms to the formalization of the IOOS Regional
the LOI. If an applicant does not have project partners. If the partners are Association. Projects funded under this
Internet access, the applicant must federal agencies other than NOAA, the announcement are expected to build on
submit through surface mail one grantee and the federal partner must use previous progress of the IOOS Regional
original and two copies of the LOI to the interagency agreements or otherwise Association and engage stakeholders in
Coastal Services Center. No fax copies take steps relevant to their organizations the conduct of the regional association,
will be accepted. LOIs submitted by to ensure that funds can be transferred design a regional system to optimize
mail must be received by NOAA Coastal by the primary grantee and received by deployment to meet regional needs, and
Services Center no later than 5 p.m. ET, any federal partners. If a federal partner coordinate with stakeholders (data
September 12, 2007. Any U.S. Postal is a NOAA office, the funds will be providers, information users, and other
Service correspondence should be sent transferred internally. Before non- interested parties) to achieve a unified
to the attention of James Lewis Free, NOAA Federal applicants may be network of data acquisition,
NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 funded, they must demonstrate that they management, and product development.
South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, have legal authority to accept funds in The program priorities for this
South Carolina 29405–2413. Full excess of their appropriation. Because of opportunity support NOAAs mission
the nature of this competition, the support goal of: Weather and Water
proposal application packages should be
Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) is not an Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and
submitted through Grants.gov. If an
appropriate authority. Water Information. Other goals are
applicant does not have Internet access, Cost Sharing Requirements: There is supported, but this is the goal the
the applicant must submit through no requirement for cost sharing. opportunity most closely addresses.
surface mail one set of originals (signed) Intergovernmental Review: Funding Funding Availability: Total
and two copies of the proposals and applications under the Center are anticipated funding for all awards is
related forms to the Coastal Services subject to Executive Order 12372, approximately $4,500,000 and is subject
Center. Full proposal application Intergovernmental Review of Federal to the availability of FY 2008 and FY
packages submitted by mail must be Programs. It is the state agency’s 2009 appropriations. Multiple awards
received by NOAA Coastal Services responsibility to contact their states are anticipated from this announcement.
Center no later than 5 p.m. ET, Single Point of Contact (SPCO) to find The anticipated federal funding per
November 15, 2007. Any U.S. Postal out about and comply with the states award (min-max) is $300,000 to
Service correspondence should be sent process under EO 12372. To assist the $400,000 per year. The anticipated
to the attention of James Lewis Free, applicant, the names and addresses of number of awards is approximately
NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 the SPOCs are listed on the Office of eleven (11).
South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, Management and Budget’s Web site Statutory Authority: Statutory
South Carolina 29405–2413. http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ authority for this program is provided
Information Contacts: For spoc.html. under Coastal Zone Management Act, 16
administrative questions, contact James U.S.C. 1456c (Technical Assistance); 33
Lewis Free, NOAA CSC; 2234 South (10) FY 2008 Integrated Ocean
Observing System Regional Association U.S.C. 883d; and 33 U.S.C. 1442
Hobson Avenue, Room B–119, (Research program investigating
Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413; Support
possible long-range effects of pollution,
or by phone at 843–740–1185, or by fax Summary Description: The Integrated overfishing, and anthropogenically-
843–740–1290, or via e-mail at Ocean Observing System Development induced changes of ocean ecosystems).
James.L.Free@noaa.gov. For technical Plan (OceanUS, 2006) calls for an Catalog of Federal Domestic
questions regarding this announcement, integrated system of observations that Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473,
contact: Mary Culver, NOAA CSC; 2234 support national and regional priorities. Coastal Services Center.
South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, Regional priorities are to be determined Application Deadline: Proposals must
South Carolina 29405–2413; or by by a comprehensive effort to engage be received by no later than 5 p.m. ET,
phone at 843–740–1250, or by fax 843– stakeholders at the local and regional August 22, 2007.
740–1298, or via e-mail at level. The responsibility for such Address for Submitting Proposals:
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Mary.Culver@noaa.gov; or Geno Olmi, engagement is directed to IOOS Proposal application packages should be
NOAA CSC; 2234 South Hobson Regional Associations. With the submitted through Grants.gov. The
Avenue, Room 1–132, Charleston, South guidance of Regional Associations to standard NOAA funding application
Carolina 29405–2413; or by phone at understand regional priorities and package is available at http://
843–740–1230, or by fax 843–740–1313, coordinate regional observing www.grants.gov. If an applicant does not
or via e-mail at Geno.Olmi@noaa.gov. implementation, regional coastal ocean have Internet access, the applicant must

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submit through surface mail one set of applicant, the names and addresses of surfactants and stain repellants), or
originals (signed) and two copies of the the SPOCs are listed in the Office of pathogens. Research proposed under
proposals and related forms to the Management and Budgets home page at this priority area should engage public
Coastal Services Center. No e-mail or fax http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ health and natural resource managers
copies will be accepted. Any U.S. Postal spoc.html. and decision-makers in order to
Service correspondence should be sent optimize relevance of the proposed
(11) FY 2008 Oceans and Human
to the attention of Lisa Holmes, NOAA research for the development and
Health Initiative, External Grants
Coastal Services Center, 2234 South delivery useful products and services.
Program
Hobson Avenue, Charleston, South Links to ocean observing systems and
Carolina 29405–2413. Summary Description: This funding their enabling regional governance
Information Contacts: For opportunity is offered as part of NOAAs structures or public health surveillance
administrative questions, contact Lisa Oceans and Human Health Initiative systems are strongly encouraged. The
Holmes, NOAA CSC, 2234 South (OHHI) External Grants Program. The program priorities for this opportunity
Hobson Avenue, Room 1–141, OHHI was established by the Secretary support NOAAs mission support goal
Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413, of Commerce pursuant to the Oceans of: Ecosystems To Protect, Restore, and
or by phone at 843–740–1256, or by fax and Human Health Act of 2004 and by Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean
843–740–1313, or via e-mail at the recognition of the Undersecretary of Resources through an Ecosystem
Lisa.Holmes@noaa.gov. For technical Commerce for Oceans (NOAA Approach to Management. Other goals
questions regarding this announcement, Administrator) that a national are supported, but this is the goal the
contact Geno Olmi, NOAA CSC, 2234 investment in research on oceans and opportunity most closely addresses.
South Hobson Avenue, Room 1–132, human health would improve Funding Availability: Total
Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413, understanding of ocean and coastal anticipated funding for all awards is
or by phone at 843–740–1230, or by fax ecosystems, allow prediction and expected to be between $1,000,000 and
843–740–1313, or via e-mail at prevention of ocean and coastal public $5,000,000 and is subject to the
Geno.Olmi@noaa.gov. health problems, and assist in realizing availability of FY 2008 appropriations
Eligibility: Eligible funding applicants the potential of the oceans to contribute for the OHHI. Multiple awards are
are institutions of higher education, to the development of effective new anticipated from this announcement.
non-profit and for-profit organizations, treatments for human diseases and a The anticipated federal funding per
and state, local and Indian tribal greater understanding of human biology. award (min-max) is $100,000 to
governments. Federal agencies or The mission of the OHHI is to improve $1,000,000. The anticipated number of
institutions and foreign governments understanding and management of the awards ranges from 7 to 14,
may not be the primary recipient of ocean, coasts and Great Lakes to approximately, and will be adjusted
awards under this announcement, but enhance benefits to human health and based on available funding.
are encouraged to partner with reduce public health risks. Toward that Statutory Authority: 31 U.S.C.
applicants when appropriate. Federal end, as the nations lead ocean agency, 3102(d).
partners must identify the relevant NOAAs OHHI investigates the Catalog Of Federal Domestic
statutory authorities that will allow for relationship between environmental Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473,
the receipt of funds. If applicants will stressors, coastal condition and human Coastal Services Center.
have partners who would receive grant health to maximize health benefits from Application Deadline: Letters of
funds, the lead grantee will be expected the oceans, improve the safety of Intent (LOIs) must be received by 5 p.m.
to provide funds using subcontracts or seafood and drinking waters, reduce ET on August 15, 2007. Full proposals
other appropriate mechanisms to the beach closures, and detect emerging must be received by 5 p.m. ET,
project partners. If the partners are health threats. This funding opportunity November 15, 2007.
federal agencies other than NOAA, the is intended to engage the non-federal Address for Submitting Proposals:
grantee and the federal partner must use research community in research across LOIs must be sent via e-mail to
interagency agreements or otherwise the physical, chemical, biological, OHHI2008LOI@noaa.gov. Funding
take steps relevant to their organizations medical, public health and social applicants submitting a LOI should
to ensure that funds can be transferred sciences on priority issues for the OHHI. reference the Funding Opportunity Title
by the primary grantee and received by The specific priority areas for this (FY 2007 OHHI External Grant-LOI) as
any federal partners. If a federal partner funding opportunity are: (1) Develop the subject line of the e-mail containing
is a NOAA office, the funds will be methods, tools, and technologies to the LOI. Applicants submitting more
transferred internally. Before non- identify, detect, or predict ocean-related than one LOI must submit separate e-
NOAA Federal applicants may be public health risks from pathogens and mails containing each LOI. The lead PI
funded, they must demonstrate that they chemical pollutants; (2) Assess the identified in the LOI cover page should
have legal authority to accept funds in economic and socio-cultural risk of be from the organization that would
excess of their appropriation. Because of ocean-related health threats from receive the grant award. If an applicant
the nature of this competition, the pathogens or chemical pollutants, and does not have Internet access, the
Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) is not an the benefits and value of health early applicant must submit through surface
appropriate authority. warning systems or related information; mail one original and two copies of the
Cost Sharing Requirements: N.A. (3) Improve the healthful characteristics LOI to the Coastal Services Center. No
Intergovernmental Review: Funding and minimize ocean-related fax copies will be accepted. LOIs
applications under the Center are contamination of seafood through either submitted by mail must be received by
subject to Executive Order 12372, aquaculture techniques or tools to NOAA Coastal Services Center no later
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Intergovernmental Review of Federal rapidly identify presence or virulence of than 5 p.m. ET, September 12, 2007.
Programs. It is the state agency’s toxins (e.g., ciguatera, domoic acid), Any U.S. Postal Service correspondence
responsibility to contact their states chemical contaminants (including but should be sent to the attention of James
Single Point of Contact (SPCO) to find not limited to pharmaceuticals and Lewis Free, NOAA Coastal Services
out about and comply with the states personal care products, flame Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue,
process under EO 12372. To assist the retardants, current-use pesticides, Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413.

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Full proposal application packages http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ availability of funds. Applicants should


should be submitted through Grants.gov spoc.html. never begin a project in expectation of
APPLY. If an applicant does not have funds under this program. IPO reserves
(12) International Coral
Internet access, the applicant must the right to transfer any given proposal
submit through surface mail one set of Summary Description: The NOAA to another category within the
originals (signed) and two copies of the Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, International program if the proposal
proposals and related forms to the as authorized under the Coral Reef better addresses the criteria of another
Coastal Services Center. No e-mail or fax Conservation Act of 2000, provides category.
copies will be accepted. Full proposal matching grants of financial assistance Statutory Authority: Authority for the
application packages submitted by mail for international coral reef conservation NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant
must be received by NOAA Coastal projects. The Program solicits proposals Program is provided by Section 6403
Services Center no later than 5 p.m. ET, under four funding categories: (1) (Coral Reef Conservation Program) of
November 15, 2007. Any U.S. Postal Promote Watershed Management in the the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000
Service correspondence should be sent Wider Caribbean, Brazil, and Bermuda; (16 U.S.C. 6401 et seq.).
to the attention of James Lewis Free, (2) Regional Enhancement of Marine Catalog of Federal Domestic
NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 Protected Area Management Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463,
South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, Effectiveness; (3) Encourage the Habitat Conservation.
South Carolina 29405–2413. All Development of National Networks of Application Deadline: Pre-
proposal package material must be Marine Protected Areas in the Wider applications must be received by NOAA
submitted through Grants.gov or Caribbean, Bermuda, Brazil, Southeast by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, on
through surface mail by the submission Asia, and the South Pacific; and (4) Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Final
deadline, including any letters of Promote Regional Socio—Economic applications must be received by NOAA
support. Training and Monitoring in Coral Reef by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time, on
Information Contacts: For Management in the Wider Caribbean, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008.
administrative questions, contact James Brazil, Bermuda, the Western Indian Address for Submitting Proposals:
Lewis Free, NOAA CSC; 2234 South Ocean, the Red Sea, the South Pacific, The application process required by this
Hobson Avenue, Room B–119, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Each FFO requires both a pre-application and
Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413; funding category has specific applicant final application, subject to the
or by phone at 843–740–1185, or by fax and project eligibility criteria. submission dates and times listed
843–740–1290, or via e-mail at Funding Availability: NOAA below. 1. Pre-application Submission
James.L.Free@noaa.gov. For technical announces the availability of up to Information Pre-applications may be
questions regarding this announcement, $500,000 in FY 2008 to support grants submitted by surface mail or e-mail.
contact Paul A. Sandifer, NOAA, and cooperative agreements under the Submissions by e-mail to
National Ocean Service, c/o Hollings International Coral Reef Grant Program. coral.grants@noaa.gov are preferred.
Marine Laboratory; 331 Fort Johnson These funds will be used to support Electronic acceptable formats are
Road, Room A112; Charleston, SC financial assistance awards under the limited to Adobe Acrobat (.PDF),
29412, or by phone at 843–762–8814, or program categories listed in section IV. WordPerfect or Microsoft Word files. If
by fax 843–762–8737, or via e-mail at Applicants that are invited to submit a submitting by surface mail, applicants
Paul.Sandifer@noaa.gov. final application may be requested to are encouraged to include an electronic
Eligibility: Eligible funding applicants revise award objectives, work plans, or copy of the pre-application or final
are institutions of higher education, budgets prior to submittal of the final application on disk or CD. Federal
non-profit and for-profit organizations, application. The amount of funds to be financial assistance forms are not
international organizations, and state, awarded and the final scope of activities required to be submitted with the pre-
local and Indian tribal governments. will be determined in pre-award application. Paper pre-applications
Federal agencies or institutions and negotiations among the applicant, must be submitted to: David Kennedy,
foreign governments may not be the NOAA Grants Management Division NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
recipient of awards under this (GMD) and relevant NOAA staff. Up to Coordinator, Office of Response and
announcement or receive any federal approximately $500,000 may be Restoration, N/ORR, Room 10102,
funds, but are encouraged to partner available in FY 2008 to support grants NOAA National Ocean Service, 1305
with applicants. If applicants will have and cooperative agreements under this East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD
partners who would receive grant funds, program. Approximately $75,000– 20910. Fax submittals will also be
the lead grantee will be expected to $100,000 may be allocated to each of the accepted for pre-applications (Fax: 301–
move funds using subcontracts or other four project categories listed below, 713–4389). 2. Final Application
appropriate mechanisms to the project with the following award ranges: 1. Submission Information: Applicants
partners. Watershed Management: $30,000– who are invited to submit a final
Cost Sharing Requirements: There is $50,000 2. Regional Management application may be required to make
no requirement for cost sharing. Effectiveness capacity building projects: modifications or revisions to the project
Intergovernmental Review: Funding up to $80,000 3. MPA National and budget narratives and must submit
applications under the Center are Networks: $40,000–$50,000 4. Regional a Federal financial assistance award
subject to Executive Order 12372, Socio—Economic Monitoring projects: application package (federal forms
Intergovernmental Review of Federal $15,000–$35,000 Pre- and final described below). Only applicants who
Programs. It is the state agencys applications with requests over the limit submitted pre-applications by the
responsibility to contact their states of each category will NOT be accepted. deadline will be eligible to be
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Single Point of Contact (SPCO) to find Pre- and final applications must be considered for invitations to submit a
out about and comply with the states submitted under only one of the above final application. The applicant may
process under EO 12372. To assist the mentioned categories. Funding will be submit the final application (narratives,
applicant, the names and addresses of subject to the availability of federal federal forms, and supporting
the SPOCs are listed in the Office of appropriations. Support in outyears documentation) in one of two ways: a.
Management and Budgets home page at after FY 2008 is contingent upon the The preferred method is

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www.grants.gov: applicants will be Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the outweighs the public interest in such
strongly encouraged to submit the final Republic of the Marshall Islands, but matching requirement. In the case of a
applications through this secure Web excluding U.S. territories and four waiver request, the applicant must
site and guidance will be sent to those developed country members. South Asia provide a detailed justification
who will be chosen to submit a final includes India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, explaining the need for the waiver
application. Applicants are encouraged Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Southeast including attempts to obtain sources of
to log on to this portal Web site and Asia Region includes Brunei, Cambodia, matching funds, how the benefit of the
begin a registration process at any time Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, project outweighs the public interest in
in preparation for this potential funding Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The providing match, and any other
opportunity as well as other federal Western Indian Ocean Region includes extenuating circumstances preventing
grant opportunities. The registration Comoros, France (La Reunion), Kenya, the availability of match. Match waiver
process can take 2–4 weeks. b. By Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, requests including the appropriate
electronic mail to scot.frew@noaa.gov Seychelles, the United Republic of justification should be submitted as part
including signed and scanned copies of Tanzania, and South Africa. The Red of the final application package.
all pages requiring original signatures Sea Region includes five member Notwithstanding any other provisions
and signed and scanned copies of countries of the Regional Organization herein, and in accordance with 48
original support letters. c. If internet for the Conservation of the Environment U.S.C. 1469a(d), the Program shall
access is not available, send one original of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden waive any requirement for local
signed copy by surface mail to Scot (PERSGA): Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, the matching funds for any project under
Frew, NOAA/NOS International Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. $200,000 (including in-kind
Program Office, 1315 East West Cost Sharing Requirements: The contribution) to the governments of
Highway, 5th Floor, N/IP, Room 5735, International Coral Grant Program is Insular Areas, defined as the
Silver Spring, MD 20910. Applicants subject to the matching fund jurisdictions of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
should consider the delivery time when requirements described below. As per Guam, American Samoa, and the
submitting their pre- and final section 6403(b)(1) of the Coral Reef Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
applications from international or Conservation Act of 2000, Federal funds Islands. Please Note: eligible applicants
remote areas. Late applications by any for any coral conservation project choosing to apply 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d)
method cannot be accepted under any funded under this Program may not should note the use of the waiver and
circumstances. The required Federal exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the the total amount of funds requested to
financial assistance forms to accompany projects. Therefore, any coral be waived in the matching funds section
the final application are SF–424, SF– conservation project under this program of the respective pre- and final
424A, SF–424B, CD–511, CD–512, and if requires a 1:1 match. Match can come applications.
applicable, CD–346 and/or SF–LLL. from a variety of public and private Intergovernmental Review:
These forms can be obtained from the sources and can include in-kind goods Applications under the International
NOAA grants Web site at http:// and services such as private boat use Coral Reef Grant program are not subject
www.rdc.noaa.gov/grants/pdf. If and volunteer labor. Federal sources to Executive Order 12372,
internet access is not available, please cannot be considered for matching Intergovernmental Review of Federal
contact: Scot Frew, NOAA/NOS funds, but can be described in the Programs.
International Program Office, 1315 East budget narrative to demonstrate
West Highway, 5th Floor, N/IP, Room additional leverage. Applicants are National Environmental Satellite Data
5735, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or permitted to combine contributions and Information Service
telephone 301–713–3078 extension 220; from multiple non-federal partners in (1) Research in Primary Vicarious
or fax 301–713–4263. order to meet the 1:1 match Calibration of Ocean Color Satellite
Information Contacts: Technical point recommendation, as long as such Sensors
of contact for International Coral Reef contributions are not being used to
Conservation is Scot Frew, NOAA/NOS match any other funds. Summary Description: The Center for
International Program Office, 301–713– Applicants must specify in their Satellite Applications and Research
3078, extension 220 or e-mail at proposal the source(s) of match and may (STAR) announces the availability of
scot.frew@noaa.gov. be asked to provide letters of Federal assistance in the research area
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include commitment to confirm stated match of ocean color satellite sensor
all international, governmental (except contributions. Applicants whose calibration and validation. STAR is
U.S. federal agencies), and non- proposals are selected for funding will committed to improving the vicarious
governmental organizations. For specific be bound by the percentage of cost calibration capabilities of a Marine
country eligibility per category, please sharing reflected in the award document Optical Buoy (MOBY) system located in
refer to individual category descriptions signed by the NOAA Grants Officer. Hawaii, with an ultimate goal of a
in Section V. The proposed work must Applicants should be prepared to continuous, climate-quality time-series
be conducted at a non-U.S. site. Eligible carefully document matching of normalized water-leaving spectral
countries are defined as follows: The contributions for each project selected radiances across multiple agency
Wider Caribbean includes the 37 States to be funded. As per section 6403(b)(2) missions and ocean color satellite
and territories that border the marine of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of sensors. Research efforts are focused on
environment of the Gulf of Mexico, the 2000, the NOAA Administrator may the reduction of the total uncertainty
Caribbean Sea, and the areas of the waive all or part of the matching budget in the determination of the
Atlantic Ocean adjacent thereto, and requirement if the Administrator normalized water-leaving radiances
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Brazil and Bermuda, but excluding areas determines that the project meets the from MOBY measurements,
under U.S. jurisdiction. The South following two requirements: 1. No improvements in the process used with
Pacific Region includes South Pacific reasonable means are available through the MOBY system for validation of
Regional Environment Programs Pacific which an applicant can meet the ocean color satellite sensor retrievals of
island countries and territories, matching requirement, and 2. The water-leaving spectral radiances, and
including the Federated States of probable benefit of such project the development of new MOBY system

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components which would increase Systems. The goal of the JCSDA is to Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov or
measurement integrity. These advances accelerate the use of observations from those applicants without internet
in vicarious calibration capabilities earth-orbiting satellites in operational access, hard copy proposals (1 unbound
would improve the quality and accuracy numerical prediction models for the original and 1 copy) may be sent to the
of ocean color satellite sensor bio- purpose of improving weather, ocean above address. No facsimile
optical product retrievals. The program mesoscale, and other environmental applications will be accepted.
priorities for this opportunity support forecasts, improving seasonal to Information Contacts: Administrative
NOAAs mission support goal of: interannual climate forecasts, and questions: Ms. Ada Armstrong, by
Mission Support—Provide Critical increasing the physical accuracy of phone at 301–763–8172 ext. 188, fax:
Support for NOAA’s Mission. climate reanalysis. The advanced 301–763–8149, or e-mail:
Funding Availability: Funding instruments of current and planned Ada.Armstrong@noaa.gov. Technical
availability is anticipated to range from NOAA, NASA, DOD, and international questions: Fuzhong Weng (NOAA
a minimum of $700,000 to a maximum agency satellite missions will provide Program Officer), by phone at 301–763–
of $1,300,000 per year for no more than large volumes of data on atmospheric, 8172 ext. 123, fax: 301–763–8149, or via
three years. Only one applicant will oceanic, and land surface conditions e-mail: Fuzhong.Weng@noaa.gov.
receive an award. with accuracies and spatial resolutions Eligibility: Eligible applications can be
Statutory Authority: Statutory never before achieved. The JCSDA will from institutions of higher education,
authority for this program is provided strive to ensure that the Nation realizes other non-profits, international
under 33 U.S.C. 883d and 33 U.S.C. the maximum benefit of its investment organizations, state, local and Indian
1442. in space as part of an advanced global tribal governments. U.S. Federal
Catalog of Federal Domestic observing system. Funded proposals agencies or institutions are eligible to
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.440, will help accelerate the use of satellite receive Federal assistance under this
Environmental Sciences, Applications, data from both operational and Notice.
Data, and Education. experimental spacecraft in operational Please Note: Before non-NOAA Federal
Application Deadline: Proposals must weather, ocean mesoscale, climate, and applicants may be funded, they must
be received by 4 p.m., Eastern Daylight environmental prediction environments, demonstrate that they have legal authority to
Savings Time on September 28, 2007. improve community radiative transfer receive funds from another Federal agency in
Address for Submitting Proposals: For models and surface emissivity models, excess of their appropriation. The only
proposals submitted through http:/ improve characterization of the error exception to this is governmental research
www.grants.gov, a date and time receipt facilities for awards issued under the
covariances related to forecast models,
authority of 49 U.S.C. 44720(b). Because this
indication is included and will be the radiative transfer models and satellite announcement is not proposing to procure
basis of determining timeliness. Hard observations. The program priorities for goods or services from applicants, the
copy proposals will be date and time this opportunity support NOAA’s Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) is not an
stamped when they are received in the mission support goal of: Weather and appropriate legal basis.
program office. Hard copy proposals Water—Serve Societys Needs for Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost
should be sent to Marilyn Yuen- Weather and Water Information. sharing nor matching is required under
Murphy; DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR; Funding Availability: Total funding this program.
5200 Auth Rd., Rm. 104; Camp Springs, available for this Notice is anticipated to Intergovernmental Review:
MD 20746. be approximately $600,000. Individual Applications under this program are not
Information Contacts: Marilyn Yuen- annual awards in the form of grants or subject to Executive Order 12372,
Murphy by telephone (301–763–8102 cooperative agreements are expected to ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal
x159), fax (301–763–8020), or e-mail range from $50,000 to $150,000, Programs.’’
(Marilyn.Yuen.Murphy@noaa.gov); or although greater amounts may be
Patty Mayo by telephone (301–763–8127 awarded. It is anticipated that 4–6 National Weather Service (NWS)
x107), fax (301–763–8108), or e-mail awards will be made. (1) Collaborative Science, Technology,
(Patty.Mayo@noaa.gov). Statutory Authority: Statutory and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are U.S. authorities for this program are
institutions of higher education, other provided under 15 U.S.C. 313, 49 U.S.C. Summary Description: The CSTAR
non-profits, commercial organizations, 44720(b); 15 U.S.C. 2901. Program represents an NOAA/NWS
and state, local and Indian tribal Catalog of Federal Domestic effort to create a cost-effective transition
governments. Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.440, from basic and applied research to
Cost Sharing Requirements: None. Environmental Sciences, Applications, operations and services through
Intergovernmental Review: Data, and Education. collaborative research between
Applications under this program are not Application Deadline: Letters of operational forecasters and academic
subject to Executive Order 12372, Intent (LOI) must be received by NOAA/ institutions which have expertise in the
Intergovernmental Review of Federal NESDIS no later than 5 p.m. eastern environmental sciences. These activities
Programs. time, August 10, 2007. Full proposals will engage researchers and students in
must be received no later than 5 p.m. applied research of interest to the
(2) Research in Satellite Data eastern time, October 2, 2007. operational meteorological community
Assimilation for Numerical Weather, Address for Submitting Proposals: and will improve the accuracy of
Climate, and Environmental Forecast Letters of intent must be submitted to forecasts and warnings of environmental
Systems the JCSDA, NOAA/NESDIS, Attn: Dr. hazards by applying scientific
Summary Description: The NOAA/ Fuzhong Weng, 5200 Auth Road, Room knowledge and information to
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NASA/DOD Joint Center for Satellite 808, Camp Springs, MD 20746. Letters operational products and services. The
Data Assimilation (JCSDA) announces of Intent can be faxed to 301–763–8149, NOAA CSTAR Program is a contributing
the availability of Federal assistance for or e-mailed to Fuzhong.Weng@noaa.gov element of the U.S. Weather Research
research in the area of Satellite Data with a copy to Program. NOAA’s program is designed
Assimilation in Numerical Weather, Ada.Armstrong@noaa.gov. Full to complement other agency
Climate, and Environmental Forecast proposals should be submitted through contributions to that national effort. The

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CSTAR Program addresses NOAA’s Program builds on NOAAs mission 23, 2007. Full proposals for all Program
Mission Goal 3—Serve society’s needs requirements and long-standing Elements other than Assessing
for weather and water information. capabilities in climate and global Meridional Overturning Circulation
Funding Availability: The total change research and prediction. The Variability: Implications for Rapid
funding amount available for proposals Program is a key contributing element of Climate Change must be received no
is anticipated to be approximately the U.S. Climate Change Science later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time,
$250,000 per year. However, there is no Program (CCSP) that is coordinated by September 24, 2007. Letters of Intent to
appropriation of funds at this time and the interagency Committee on the Assessing Meridional Overturning
no guarantee that there will be. Environmental and Natural Resources Circulation Variability: Implications for
Individual annual awards in the form of (CENR). NOAAs Climate Program is Rapid Climate Change Program Element
cooperative agreements are limited to a designed to complement other agencies should be received by 5 p.m. Eastern
maximum of $125,000 per year for no contributions to that national effort. Time October 5, 2007. Full proposals to
more than three years. We anticipate Funding Availability: NOAA believes the Assessing Meridional Overturning
making 1–4 awards. that the Climate Program will benefit Circulation Variability: Implications for
Statutory Authority: Authority for the significantly from a strong partnership Rapid Climate Change Program Element
CSTAR program is provided by the with outside investigators. Please be must be received no later than 5 p.m.
following: 15 U.S.C. 313; 49 U.S.C. advised that actual funding levels will Eastern Time December 7, 2007.
44720(b); 33 U.S.C. 883d; 15 U.S.C. depend upon the final FY 2008 budget Anticipated Award Date: May 1, 2008.
2904; 15 U.S.C. 2934. appropriations. In FY 2006, $6M in first Address for Submitting Proposals: To
Catalog of Federal Domestic year funding was available for 54 new apply for this NOAA federal funding
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.468, awards; similar funds and number of opportunity, please go to http://
Applied Meteorological Research. awards are anticipated in FY 2008. Total www.grants.gov, and use the following
Application Deadline: Proposals must Anticipated Federal Funding for FY funding opportunity # OAR–CPO–2008–
be received by the NWS no later than 5 2008 is $6M in first year funding for 40– 2000994 to obtain a complete
p.m., EDT, October 19, 2007. 60 number of awards. Federal Funding application package. If the applicant
Address for Submitting Proposals: for FY 2009 may be used in part to fund does not have Internet access, and
Proposals should be submitted through some awards submitted under this would like to request a hard copy of a
www.grants.gov. For those organizations competition. Current plans assume that full application, please contact the CPO
without internet access, proposals may 100% of the total resources provided Grants Manager, Diane Brown, NOAA
be sent to Sam Contorno, CSTAR through this announcement will support Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSM3,
Program Manager, NOAA/NWS, 1325 extramural efforts, particularly those Room 12112, 1315 East-West Highway,
East-West Highway, Room 15330, Silver involving the broad academic
Silver Spring, MD 20910, by phone at
Spring, Maryland 20910. community. Past or current grantees
301–734–1206, or e-mail:
Information Contacts: Contact Sam funded under this announcement are
cpogrants@noaa.gov.
Contorno, NOAA/NWS; 1325 East-West eligible to apply for a new award, which
Other Submission Requirements: (1)
Highway, Room 15330; Silver Spring, builds on previous activities or areas of
Location for Letter of Intent Submission:
Maryland 20910–3283, or by phone at research not covered in the previous
LOIs are encouraged to be submitted by
301–713–3557 ext. 150, by fax to 301– award. Current grantees should not
request supplementary funding for e-mail to the identified NOAA program
713–1253, or via e-mail at elements Program Manager. If an
samuel.contorno@noaa.gov. ongoing research through this
announcement. We anticipate that the applicant does not have Internet access,
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are LOI hard copies should be sent to the
institutions of higher education and annual cost of most funded projects will
fall between $50,000 and $200,000 per Program Managers listed with each
federally funded educational program in the Program Priorities
institutions such as the Naval year. The exact amount of funds that
may be awarded will be determined in section.
Postgraduate School. This restriction is (2) Location for Application
needed because the results of the pre-award negotiations between the
applicant and NOAA representatives. Submission: Applications should be
collaboration are to be incorporated in submitted through Grants.gov APPLY
academic processes which ensure Neither NOAA nor the Department of
Commerce is responsible for proposal (http://www.grants.gov). If an applicant
academic multidisciplinary peer review does not have Internet access, please
as well as Federal review of scientific preparation costs if this program is not
funded for whatever reason. contact the CPO Grants Manager (see
validity for use in operations. below) for hard copy instructions.
Cost Sharing Requirements: No cost Publication of this announcement
does not oblige NOAA to award any Information Contacts: Please visit the
sharing is required under this program. CPO Web site for further information
Intergovernmental Review: specific project or to obligate any
available funds. Awards are to be up to http://www.climate.noaa.gov/ or contact
Applications under this program are not the CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown,
subject to Executive Order 12372, three years in length except where noted
otherwise by the Program. NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1),
Intergovernmental Review of Federal SSM3, Room 12112, 1315 East-West
Statutory Authority: 49 U.S.C.
Programs. Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
44720(b), 33 U.S.C. 883d, 15 U.S.C.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 2904, 15 U.S.C. 2931–2934. Phone: 301–734–1206 Fax: 301–713–
Catalog of Federal Domestic 0158 E-mail: cpogrants@noaa.gov.
(1) Climate Program Office for FY 2008 Eligibility: Eligible applicants are
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431,
Summary Description: The NOAA Climate and Atmospheric Research. institutions of higher education, other
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Climate Program represents a Application Deadline: Letters of nonprofits, commercial organizations,


contribution to national and Intent for all Program Elements other international organizations, and state,
international programs designed to than Assessing Meridional Overturning local and Indian tribal governments.
improve our ability to observe, Circulation Variability: Implications for Federal agencies or institutions are not
understand, predict, and respond to Rapid Climate Change should be eligible to receive Federal assistance
changes in the global environment. The received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, July under this notice.

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Cost Sharing Requirements: None of requested from NOAA for projects in Cost Sharing Requirements: There are
the Competitions have Cost Sharing priority 1 shall not exceed $100,000 no cost-sharing requirements. Applicant
requirements. including direct and indirect costs. resource commitment will, however, be
Intergovernmental Review: Approximately $1,500,000 for each considered in the competitive selection
Applications under this program are not fiscal year may be dedicated to awards process (see Evaluation Criteria, Project
subject to Executive Order 12372, in priority 2. The total Federal amount Costs in the Federal Funding
Intergovernmental Review of federal that may be requested from NOAA for Opportunity).
programs. priority 2 shall not exceed $300,000 Intergovernmental Review:
including direct and indirect costs. Applications submitted to this funding
Office of the Under Secretary (USEC) Statutory Authority: Authority for this opportunity are not subject to Executive
(1) Environmental Literacy Grants for program is provided by the following: Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review
Spherical Display Systems for Earth 15 U.S.C. 1540. of Federal Programs.
System Science-Installations and Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.469, Limitation of Liability
Content Development
Congressionally Identified Awards and Funding for programs listed in this
Summary Description: The NOAA Projects. notice is contingent upon the
Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a Application Deadline: The deadline availability of Fiscal Year 2008
request for applications from for applications is 5 p.m. EDT on appropriations. Applicants are hereby
institutions with interest in developing October 30, 2007. given notice that funds have not yet
exhibits featuring spherical display Address for Submitting Proposals: been appropriated for the programs
systems showing Earth system science, Applications should be submitted listed in this notice. In no event will
or developing science modules for these through Grants.gov APPLY (http:// NOAA or the Department of Commerce
display systems. Spherical display www.grants.gov). If an applicant does be responsible for proposal preparation
systems are sphere-shaped ‘‘screens’’ not have Internet access, paper costs if these programs fail to receive
onto which global data and other applications will be accepted submitted funding or are cancelled because of
imagery can be shown. Awards will be by express delivery (U.S. mail is not other agency priorities. Publication of
offered in two priorities, with priority 1 recommended as it can take up to 4 this announcement does not oblige
supporting installation of spherical weeks to reach the program office). NOAA to award any specific project or
displays systems into public exhibits Paper applications should be delivered to obligate any available funds.
and priority 2 supporting development to: Carrie McDougall, Dept. of
and evaluation of Earth system science Commerce, NOAA Office of Education, Universal Identifier
modules for the spherical display 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room Applicants should be aware that, they
systems. Awards in priority 1 will be 6863, Washington, DC 20230. See the are required to provide a Dun and
made as one-year cooperative Office of Education’s frequently asked Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering
agreements and grants. Awards in questions site http:// System (DUNS) number during the
priority 2 will be made as one or two- www.oesd.noaa.gov/dataviz_faqs.html application process. See the October 30,
year grants. Successful priority 1 for more details. 2002 Federal Register, (67 FR 66177) for
projects will support installation of Information Contacts: Please visit the additional information. Organizations
spherical displays systems into public OEd Web site for further information at can receive a DUNS number at no cost
exhibits with an Earth system science http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/ by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS
theme. Successful priority 2 projects funding_opps.html or contact Carrie Number request line at 1–866–705–5711
will support partnerships designed to McDougall at (202) 482–0875 or or via the Internet http://
create content focused on Earth system carrie.mcdougall@noaa.gov; or John www.dunandbradstreet.com.
science topics for spherical display McLaughlin at (202) 482–2893 or
systems. The goal of this program is to john.mclaughlin@noaa.gov. For those National Environmental Policy Act
build environmental literacy among the applicants without Internet access, (NEPA)
general public through increased use of please contact Carrie McDougall via NOAA must analyze the potential
NOAA and NOAA-related data and data mail at DOC/NOAA Office of Education, environmental impacts, as required by
products in informal education 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room the National Environmental Policy Act
institutions. It is anticipated that 6863, Washington, DC 20230. (NEPA), for applicant projects or
recommendations for funding under this Eligibility: Eligible applicants are proposals which are seeking NOAA
announcement will be made by January institutions of higher education, other federal funding opportunities. Detailed
30, 2008 and that projects funded under nonprofits, and state, local and Indian information on NOAA compliance with
this announcement will have a start date tribal governments in the United States. NEPA can be found at the following
no earlier than April 30, 2008, and For profit organizations, foreign NOAA NEPA Web site: http://
possibly as late as March 30, 2009. This institutions, foreign organizations and www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our
program meets NOAA’s Mission Goal to foreign government agencies are not NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for
provide Critical Support for NOAA’s eligible to apply. For-profit NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
Mission. organizations can be project partners. NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council
Funding Availability: NOAA Federal agencies are not eligible to on Environmental Quality
anticipates the availability of receive Federal assistance under this implementation regulations, http://
approximately $4,000,000 of funding announcement, but may be project ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/
from FY08 and FY09. Actual funding partners. An individual may apply only toc_ceq.htm.
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availability for this program is contigent once per priority as principal Consequently, as part of an
upon Fiscal Year 2008 and 2009 investigator (PI) through this funding applicant’s package, and under their
appropriations. Approximately opportunity. However institutions may description of their program activities,
$500,000 for each fiscal year may be submit more than one application and applicants are required to provide
dedicated to awards in priority 1. The individuals may serve as co-PIs or key detailed information on the activities to
total Federal amount that may be personnel on more than one application. be conducted, locations, sites, species

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and habitat to be affected, possible release is ‘‘deemed’’ to be an export to Award Notification Requirements for
construction activities, and any the home country of the foreign Grants and Cooperative Agreements
environmental concerns that may exist national. 15 CFR 734.2(b)(2)(ii). contained in the Federal Register notice
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous (2) Export-controlled information and of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are
or toxic chemicals, introduction of non- technology. Export-controlled applicable to this solicitation.
indigenous species, impacts to information and technology is
endangered and threatened species, information and technology subject to Paperwork Reduction Act
aquaculture projects, and impacts to the EAR (15 CFR 730 et seq.), This document contains collection-of-
coral reef systems). In addition to implemented by the DOC Bureau of information requirements subject to the
providing specific information that will Industry and Security, or the
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The
serve as the basis for any required International Traffic I Arms Regulations
use of Standard Forms 424 and 424A,
impact analyses, applicants may also be (ITAR) (22 CFR parts 120–130),
424B, SF LLL, CD–346, SF 424 Research
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of implemented by the Department of
and Related Family, SF 424 Short
an environmental assessment, if NOAA State, respectively. This includes, but is
Organizational Family, SF 424
determines an assessment is required. not limited to, dual-us items, defense
Individual Form family has been
Applicants will also be required to articles and any related assistance,
approved by the Office of Management
cooperate with NOAA in identifying services, software or technical data as
and Budget (OMB) under the respective
and implementing feasible measures to defined in the EAR and ITAR.
(d) The recipient shall control access control numbers 4040–0004, 0348–0044,
reduce or avoid any identified adverse
to all export-controlled information and 0348–0040, 0348–0046, 0605–0001,
environmental impacts of their
technology that it possesses or that 4040–0001, 4040–0003, and 4040–0005.
proposal. The failure to do so shall be
comes into its possession in Notwithstanding any other provision of
grounds for the denial of not selecting
performance of this financial assistance law, no person is required to respond to,
an application. In some cases if
award, to ensure that access is nor shall any person be subject to a
additional information is required after
restricted, or licensed, as required by penalty for failure to comply with, a
an application is selected, funds can be
applicable Federal laws, Executive collection of information subject to the
withheld by the Grants Officer under a
special award condition requiring the Orders, and/or regulations. requirements of the PRA unless that
recipient to submit additional (e) Nothing in the terms of this collection of information displays a
environmental compliance information financial assistance award is intended to currently valid OMB control number.
sufficient to enable NOAA to make an change, supersede, or waive and of the Executive Order 12866
assessment on any impacts that a project requirements of applicable Federal laws,
may have on the environment. Executive Orders or regulations. This notice has been determined to be
(f) The recipient shall include this not significant for purposes of Executive
Compliance With Department of clause, including this paragraph (f), in Order 12866.
Commerce Bureau of Industry and all lower tier transactions (subawards,
Security Export Administration contracts, and subcontracts) under this Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)
Regulations financial assistance award that may
It has been determined that this notice
(a) This clause applies to the extent involve access to export-controlled
information technology. does not contain policies with
that this financial assistance award Federalism implications as that term is
involves access to export-controlled NOAA implementation of Homeland defined in Executive Order 13132.
information or technology. Security Presidential Directive—12
(b) In performing this financial Administrative Procedure Act/
assistance award, the recipient may gain If the performance of a financial Regulatory Flexibility Act
access to export-controlled information assistance award, if approved by NOAA,
or technology. The recipient is requires recipients to have physical Prior notice and an opportunity for
responsible for compliance with all access to Federal premises for more than public comment are not required by the
applicable laws and regulations 180 days or access to a Federal Administrative Procedure Act or any
regarding export-controlled information information system. Any items or other law for rules concerning public
and technology, including deemed services delivered under a financial property, loans, grants, benefits, and
exports. The recipient shall establish assistance award shall comply with the contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because
and maintain throughout performance Department of Commerce personal notice and opportunity for comment are
of the financial assistance award identity verification procedures that not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or
effective export compliance procedures implement Homeland Security any other law, the analytical
at non-NOAA facilities. At a minimum, Presidential Directive—12, FIPS PUB requirements of the Regulatory
these export compliance procedures 201, and the Office of Management and Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are
must include adequate controls of Budget Memorandum M–05–24. The inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory
physical, verbal, visual, and electronic recipient shall insert this clause in all flexibility analysis has not been
access to export-controlled information subawards or contracts when the prepared.
and technology. subaward recipient or contractor is
Dated: June 26, 2007.
(c) Definitions. required to have physical access to a
(1) Deemed export. The Export Federally controlled facility or access to Helen Hurcombe,
Administration Regulations (EAR) a Federal information system. Director, Acquisition and Grants Office,
define a deemed export as any release The Department of Commerce Pre- National Oceanic and Atmospheric
of technology or source code subject to Award Notification Requirements for Administration.
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the EAR to a foreign national, both in Grants and Cooperative Agreements. [FR Doc. E7–12653 Filed 6–29–07; 8:45 am]
the United States and abroad. Such The Department of Commerce Pre- BILLING CODE 3510–12–P

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