U.S. Department of the Interior’s Grants Notices (Opened to Colleges and Universities)

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Funding Opportunity Number: P14AS00125

Funding Opportunity Title: Long Term Monitoring of Southern Colorado Plateau Network

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Category of Funding Activity:  Education Employment, Labor and Training Environment Natural Resources Regional Development Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Posted Date: June 9, 2014

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 23, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding: $195,000

Description:

NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service¿s intention to fund the following project activities without full and open competition. ABSTRACT Funding Announcement P14AS00125 Project Title Long Term Monitoring of Southern Colorado Plateau Network Recipient Northern Arizona University CP-CESU Principle Investigator / Program Manager Dr. James Allen Total Anticipated Award Amount $195,000.00 Cost Share none New Award or Continuation? Continuation of Cooperative Agreement H2370094001 Anticipated Length of Agreement From Date of award until 12/31/2016 Anticipated Period of Performance From Date of award until 12/31/2016 Award Instrument Cooperative Agreement Statutory Authority 16 USC 1(g) CFDA # and Title Single Source Justification Criteria Cited (2) Continuation NPS Point of Contact June Zastrow 303-987-6718 june_zastrow@nps.gov OVERVIEW Cooperative Agreement Number H2370094001 was entered into by and between the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for the purpose of providing field ecology and technical support for long-term monitoring in Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN) parks. The purpose of the monitoring program is to improve our scientific understanding of the status and trends in the condition of a targeted subset of park resources, thus contributing to describing regional resource conditions. Unless otherwise specified herein, the terms and conditions as stated in the Cooperative Agreement will apply to this Task Agreement. Field Ecology and Technical Support for Long-Term Monitoring in National Parks of the SCPN As part of the SCPN Vital Signs monitoring program, this project contributes to understanding the current status and tracking trends in condition through time for a selected suite of indicators of ecosystem condition. The purpose of the project described herein is for SCPN and NAU to collaborate to conduct long-term monitoring of upland, riparian/aquatic and landscape-level indicators in targeted park ecosystems and to communicate monitoring results to a broad audience of park managers, partners and the general public. Through this collaboration, NPS and NAU will contribute to describing regional ecological integrity and furthering scientific understanding of the current conditions of park resources, which often serve as reference conditions when evaluating the condition of public lands that are more impacted by human use. Results from this project will be publicly available through the SCPN website (http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/scpn/index.cfm) and the Learning Center of the American Southwest website (http://www.southwestlearning.org/). RECIPIENT INVOLVEMENT 1. To implement long-term water resources monitoring of selected SCPN streams and springs and to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward the completion of water resources monitoring protocols and reports. Monitoring topics include 1) riparian ecosystems, 2) aquatic macroinvertebrates, 3) water quality, and 4) spring ecosystems. 2. To implement long-term upland vegetation and soils monitoring within selected upland ecological sites and to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward the completion of upland monitoring reports. 3. To implement the SCPN Data Management Plan and to to collaborate with the SCPN staff toward developing and maintaining the program¿s data management and GIS capabilities. 4. To collaborate with SCPN staff to provide technical writing, editing, and report preparation. The writer/editor will work in collaboration with SCPN staff to produce Natural Resource Technical Report Series publications and other web-based or printed materials for the program, thus promoting the communication of I&M results to NPS managers, partners and the broader public. NAU will also provide printing services support to prepare final reports for distribution to SCPN parks, cooperators and the public. 5. To collaborate with SCPN staff to develop science communication materials about the natural resources of SCPN parks and related NPS management and science issues/activities. These projects will contribute to public understanding of park resources and resource topics and may be written for the SCPN and/or LCAS websites. A NAU School of Communication Intern will be involved in some of these projects. 6. To provide support for the Learning Center of the American Southwest (LCAS) website in coordination with SCPN and the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Southern Plains Networks. 7. Through Deaver Herbarium, to resolve NPS herbarium collection record issues in order to improve tracking of NPS collections. This will also contribute to a more accurate regional understanding of the distribution of plant species across the Colorado Plateau. 8. To provide project oversight and administration. The NAU Principal Investigator will supervise the NAU staff involved with tasks above and will serve as a senior scientist providing scientific review and guidance, as well as coordination with SCPN staff. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INVOLVEMENT Substantial involvement on the part the National Park Service is anticipated for the successful completion of the objectives to be funded by this award. In particular, the National Park Service will be responsible for the following: SCPN staff will work collaboratively with NAU to complete monitoring protocols. NPS Staff will select systems & sites for monitoring & will provide training/oversight for monitoring work. SCPN GIS specialist will provide sampling design & GPS Support. SCPN data managers will develop database formats & metadata standards for documenting results of NAU monitoring. SCPN staff will work with NAU to communicate research results to NPS resource managers & the public. Substantial involvement is also necessary to ensure NPS I&IM data standards are met & to provide substantive review of data products and the reports. SINGLE-SOURCE JUSTIFICATION DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SINGLE SOURCE POLICY REQUIREMENTS Department of the Interior Policy (505 DM 2) requires a written justification which explains why competition is not practicable for each single-source award. The justification must address one or more of the following criteria as well as discussion of the program legislative history, unique capabilities of the proposed recipient, and cost-sharing contribution offered by the proposed recipient, as applicable. In order for an assistance award to be made without competition, the award must satisfy one or more of the following criteria: (1) Unsolicited Proposal ¿ The proposed award is the result of an unsolicited assistance application which represents a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach which is not the subject of a current or planned contract or assistance award, but which is deemed advantageous to the program objectives; (2) Continuation ¿ The activity to be funded is necessary to the satisfactory completion of, or is a continuation of an activity presently being funded, and for which competition would have a significant adverse effect on the continuity or completion of the activity; (3) Legislative intent ¿ The language in the applicable authorizing legislation or legislative history clearly indicates Congress¿ intent to restrict the award to a particular recipient of purpose; (4) Unique Qualifications ¿ The applicant is uniquely qualified to perform the activity based upon a variety of demonstrable factors such as location, property ownership, voluntary support capacity, cost-sharing ability if applicable, technical expertise, or other such unique qualifications; (5) Emergencies ¿ Program/award where there is insufficient time available (due to a compelling and unusual urgency, or substantial danger to health or safety) for adequate competitive procedures to be followed. The National Park Service did not solicit full and open competition for this award based the following criteria: (2) CONTINUATION SINGLE SOURCE JUSTIFICATION DESCRIPTION: THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD This is a Task Agreement (P14AC00859) under Cooperative Agreement (H2370094001) in the amount of $195,000.00 with a period of performance from date of award until 12/31/2014. “This proposed project between Northern Arizona University and the National Park Service is authorized to go through the Colorado Plateau CESU at the negotiated overhead rate of 17.5% because it passes the test of substantial involvement by the NPS, public purpose and consistency with the mission of the CESU Network” Also, on the SF 424 forms that the partner sponsored programs office fills out for each project, requires a CFDA number – 15.945, which is the number associated with the CFDA Title: COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND TRAINING PROGRAMS – RESOURCES OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (CESU). STATUTORY AUTHORITY A. 16 U.S.C. §1g authorizes the NPS to enter into cooperative agreements that involve the transfer of NPS appropriated funds to state, local and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations for the public purpose of carrying out National Park Service programs. B. 16 U.S.C. §1a-2(j) Cooperative research and training programs. Authorizes the NPS to enter into cooperative agreements with public or private educational institutions, states, and their political subdivisions, for the purpose of developing adequate, coordinated, cooperative research and training programs concerning the resources of the national park system. Pursuant to such agreements, the cooperator may accept from or make available to the NPS technical and support staff, financial assistance for mutually agreed upon research projects, supplies and equipment, facilities, and administrative services relating to cooperative research units as the Secretary deems appropriate (research projects subject to Federal Acquisition Regulation excluded). Modified 5/31/05 ¿ Agreement Handbook Memorandum Number 2 C. 16 U.S.C. §5933 Cooperative agreements. The Secretary is authorized and directed to enter into cooperative agreements with colleges and universities, including but not limited to land grant schools, in partnership with other Federal and State agencies, to establish cooperative study units to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop integrated information products on the resources of the National Park System, or the larger region of which parks are a part.

Link to additional information:   http://www.grants.gov

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:  June Zastrow, 303-987-6718 June_Zastrow@nps.gov

DOJ Offers $4.75 Million for National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice

 

DOJ Offers Funding of $4.75 Million for

National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice

                    

The Justice Department is seeking applications to create a National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice.  The deadline to apply is June 18, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice (The Center) will be a concrete response to President Obama’s initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is a call to action to build public/private collaborative approaches to unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color.  The Center will explore, assess, and disseminate information about strategies intended to enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias, and support racial reconciliation in communities of color, so that young men in these communities may enter adulthood confident in the promise that justice is distributed equally to all.

What do the terms procedural justice, implicit bias, and racial reconciliation mean in practice?

 Procedural justice (sometimes called procedural fairness) describes the idea that how individuals regard the justice system is tied more to the perceived fairness of the process and how they were treated rather than to the perceived fairness of the outcome. In other words, even someone who receives a traffic ticket or “loses” his case in court is likely to rate the system favorably if he feels that the outcome is arrived at fairly.

Implicit bias refers to a collection of unconscious attitudes or beliefs that manifest in behavior towards persons or groups. These implicit biases are automatic, difficult to control, can affect behavior in profound ways and are also illegal if they result in disparate impact. Implicit bias also compromises the effective disbursement of justice and promotion of public safety.

Racial reconciliation is a process through which both criminal justice system practitioners and communities can acknowledge past and present harms and together move beyond them.

The Center will pursue five major goals towards creating bridges of understanding between law enforcement and communities of color:

  • selection of pilot sites to test strategies on procedural justice, implicit bias, and racial reconciliation;
  • creation of an information clearinghouse;
  • expansion of knowledge through new research;
  • development of materials to help carry that research into practice; and
  • activities that promote public discussion of issues around race and policing.

The Justice Department recognizes that public safety and effective policing are enhanced when there is a mutual commitment to trust and fairness by both law enforcement and the communities they serve.  The National Center for Building Community Trust & Justice can forge these crucial partnerships in the many American communities that are trapped in a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration.

 To access the solicitation and apply see: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/solicitations/FY2014/NCBCTJ.pdf.

 For more information about My Brother’s Keeper see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

Small Grant Program Available: Social Security Administration

 Disability Determination Process

This program provides $10,000 grants to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of the Social Security Administration’s disability determination process.

Eligibility

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2014) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs.

Stipend Details

Up to 25 students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for a one-year project. The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate student receives from his or her university/research organization.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2014

Apply Today!

Visit http://ddp.policyresearchinc.org  for more detail

E-mail us at DDP@PolicyResearchInc.org

 

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation is hiring!

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation will be issuing a large number of vacancy announcements on February 10, 2014, for air-traffic control specialists on a nation-wide basis.  You may follow the link below for additional information:
http://www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_careers/
Visit the FAA Virtual Career Fair and learn all about select aviation careers FAA is offering.  FAA recruitment experts will be available for live chats on Jan. 29, 12–4 p.m. EST, and Feb. 12, 12–4 p.m. EST. To register for the Career Fair and to learn about these aviation careers, please visit:
http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/network/registration/5492
Applicants are highly encouraged to use the resume builder available on the USAJOBS website usajobs.gov.
Visit the USAJOBS Resource Center at help.usajobs.gov/ to learn how to build your resume, and access tips and tutorials on applying and interviewing for federal jobs.

Cybersecurity Initiative for Small Colleges

Cybersecurity Initiative for Small Colleges
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 3:00am

Internet2 will offer workshops and campus visits to assist small institutions seeking to upgrade their cybersecurity measures, the technology consortium announced on Monday. The effort will be funded by a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Starting next month, Internet2 will host the first of three regional workshops this year on how investments in cybersecurity can benefit campus research, and over the next two years, the consortium will make consulting visits to up to 30 institutions. According to Internet2’s grant application, the two-year effort will also produce a manual of best practices. Those findings will be made publicly available on Internet2’s website to benefit institutions unable to participate.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/quick-takes#ixzz2rhJrSO5s

U.S. Department of Labor: Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for the Youth CareerConnect Program

Youth CareerConnect Program – SGA-DFA-PY-13-01

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds, authorized under Section 414(c) of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA), as amended (codified at 29 U.S.C. 2916a), for the Youth CareerConnect grant program.

The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula focused on specific in-demand occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers as well as the related activities necessary to support such training to increase participants’ employability in H-1B in-demand industries and occupations. Furthermore, given the large number of H-1B visas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries, pending high quality proposals, DOL expects a large share of the grants to support education and training in STEM industries. The ultimate goals for the program are to ensure that participants gain academic and occupational skills by completing the program and graduating from high school; move into a positive placement following high school that includes unsubsidized employment, post-secondary education, long-term occupational skills training, or Registered Apprenticeship; obtain an industry-recognized credential in an H-1B industry or occupation for those industries where credential attainment is feasible by program completion, in addition to a high school diploma; and earn post-secondary credit towards a degree or credit-bearing certificate issued by an institution of higher education.

Issue Date: November 19, 2013 
Closing Date: January 27, 2014 
Full Announcement (pdf format)   

To learn more about this grant opportunity please visit:

http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/youthCareerConnect13.pdf

 

National Sience Foundation (NSF)-Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The Noyce program addresses the goal established by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, “of ensuring over the next decade the recruitment, prepara­tion, and induction support of at least 100,000 new STEM middle and high school teachers who have strong majors in STEM fields and strong content-specific pedagogical preparation, by providing vigor­ous support for programs designed to produce such teachers.”(PCAST, 2010). The Noyce program supports the role of NSF as central to discovering, studying, and promoting pathways for STEM teacher education through research and development. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

The Noyce Scholarship Track provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.

The NSF Teaching Fellowship/Master Teaching Fellowship Track provides funding to support STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master’s degree programs leading to teacher certification by providing academic courses, professional development, and salary supplements while they are fulfilling a four-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district. This track also supports the development of NSF Master Teaching Fellows by providing professional development and salary supplements for exemplary mathematics and science teachers to become Master Teachers while they fulfill a five-year teaching commitment in high-need school districts.

Capacity Building Projects support the development of new programs and activities to increase the capacity for institutions to provide innovative teacher preparation programs that enable increasing numbers of STEM majors and STEM professionals to become effective K-12 mathematics and science teachers and to develop the capacity to prepare Master science and mathematics teachers.

Due Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (optional) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time) : February 05, 2014
  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time): March 05, 2014

 To View Full Solicitation Click Here

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Check out the latest news of grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities!

Johnson C. Smith University, the historically Black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a $399,536 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to equip its new science center with instruments such as an ultra performance liquid chromatograph and an ultraviolet-visible spectrometer.

Howard University in Washington, D.C. received a $200,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science for its Portal to the Black Experience project. The new internet portal will allow scholars to search for published and archival materials by race, gender, and other traits.

Winston-Salem State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, is partnering with Wake Forest University in a $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The grant will be used for programs aimed at increasing the number of Black and other minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $3.4 grant from the National Science Foundation to lead the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM fields. The grant will provide funds for 130 students each year to have research experience in STEM disciplines

The nursing school at historically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to increase the enrollment of veterans at the school and to fund programs to help them succeed once they enroll. The grant program is under the direction of Sherri Saunders-Goldson, an assistant professor of nursing at Hampton University who is an Air Force veteran.

Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for substance abuse and HIV prevention programs targeting African American college students and other young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. The grant program is under the direction of Alma Thornton, director of the Center for Social Research at the university.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore, received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish the Urban Digital Journalism program at the university. The funds will be used to train 40 students in broadcast news-gathering techniques and for technical training in digital journalism.

Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $1,003,014 federal grant to increase the number of Black and other minority students in the field of nursing. The funds will be used for recruitment and retention programs and for scholarships.

RFP – National Science Foundation, CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

The National Science Foundation’s, (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has a tradition of supporting CISE research infrastructure to enable transformative research at the frontiers of core CISE research disciplines and to provide unique opportunities for current and future generations of CISE researchers. The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program draws on the rapidly evolving nature of the CISE disciplines and the unique infrastructure needs of CISE researchers to explore and extend the boundaries of CISE research frontiers.

Support for CI projects is provided in two award categories:

  • CI Planning (CI-P): Will fund grants of up to $100,000 for durations of up to 1 year to prepare for the submission of a CI-NEW or CI-EN proposal; and
  • Community Infrastructure: Will fund two types of grants – New (CI-New) and Enhancement (CI-EN) – of up to $3 million for durations of up to 3 years to either create new CISE research infrastructure or enhance existing CISE research infrastructure, respectively. NSF will provide no more than $250,000 per year for operating the infrastructure.

For more information go to: CISE Research Infrastructure

PHMSA Launches First Pipeline Research Program for Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced an academic research program that will offer a total of $500,000 to non-profit institutions of higher learning as part of the agency’s pipeline research and development program. Through PHMSA’s Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP), it will provide up to $100,000 to five colleges or universities to research innovations and technologies that will improve pipeline safety. The goal of CAAP is to introduce graduate and PhD research students to subject matter common to pipeline safety challenges and to demonstrate how their engineering or technical disciplines would contribute to the pipeline safety field. CAAP is modeled after programs at other federal agencies and non-profit organizations that aimed to increase the pool of applicants in technical disciplines that have experienced low recruitment activity.

 To Apply:

1. Register or logon to www.Grants.gov . New users should go to http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp, or go to the main page at http://www.grants.gov/ and click on “Get Registered.” Please note that new user registration approval may take up to two weeks.

2. To locate the full announcement and application, search by CFDA number, 20.724, or by Funding Opportunity number DTPH56-13-SN-000002.

3. Read the full announcement, then download and complete the application.

 PHMSA will award the agreements during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2013.

 If you have questions about CAAP, contact Jackie Naranjo at jackie.naranjo@dot.gov or (202) 366-4429. Warren Osterberg is the secondary contact for CAAP-related questions, and can be reached at warren.osterberg@dot.gov or (202) 366-6942. If you have technical questions about Grants.gov, please call (800) 518-4726 or send an email tosupport@grants.gov.

PHMSA conducts and supports research to support regulatory and enforcement activities and to provide the technical and analytical foundation necessary for planning, evaluating, and implementing the pipeline safety program. Recent R&D projects include leak detection; detection of mechanical damage; damage prevention; improved pipeline system controls, monitoring, and operations; and improvements in pipeline materials. To learn more, visit the research and development section of the PHMSA website, http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/rd/?nocache=7345.

 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov for more information.