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National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

National Nuclear Security Administration
Number: 81.123
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.123 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189; 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Nuclear Security Administration Act, Public Law 106-65, as amended; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-103; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5, as amended; Executive Order 13230, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, October 12, 2001, as amended; Executive Order 13256, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002, as amended; Executive Order 13270, Tribal Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2002, as amended.
Objectives (050):
The program's primary focus is to engage minority serving institutions (MSIs) in NNSA mission activities, collaborative research projects throughout the NNSA complex, and future workforce development.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication and training, and services required for conducting research, training, and related activities. Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit. Restrictions on the use of funds depend on grant provisions.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Middle and high school will also benefit due to the institutions of higher learning's programs supported by NNSA.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Documentation for indirect cost rates and any other documentation required by 10CFR Part 600 and CFR Title 2. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application forms and instructions are available upon request from the Associate Administrator for Management Administration and Budget Office (NA-MB-1-60); National Nuclear Administration (NNSA) U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585; phone: (202) 586-6019.
Award Procedure (093):
NNSA's technical staff conduct technical evaluations in accordance with the 10CFR Part 600 and 2CFR. If the proposal meets the pre-established CFR criteria, then a grant and/or cooperative agreement is awarded.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. The range is from 60 to 90 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
From 120 to 180 days. Grants will be modified or extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the NNSA's Headquarters and/or Operations' program offices.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. According to 10CFR Part 30(2)(b), 20% matching funds for applied research are required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The grant period ranges from 1 to 5 years depending upon available appropriations. Expenditure of funds is allowed during the budget period specified in the grant document. The payment type and schedule are arranged at the time of award. Funding is provided to the grantee on a reimbursable basis unless the grant provisions specify otherwise. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: reimbursement.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
The DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2) is incorporated into the grant document at the time of award. This checklist specifies the programmatic and financial reports that are required as well as the timeframe for report submission. Standard Form 425 is completed and submitted on a quarterly basis. The grantee completes the SF-425 to specify the cumulative cash receipts, disbursements and on-hand balance. Quarterly Progress reports indicative of the progress made, planned activity and estimated expenditures for the subsequent quarters are required. A quarterly expenditure report specifying expenses for the quarter, cumulative expenditures and on-hand balance. Progress reports are monitored to measure grantee's progress and expenditures are monitored to ensure that there is a correlation between work performed and expenditures.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and/or before final payment in accordance with grant provisions and 10CFR Part 600 and CFR Title 2.
Records (113):
The grantee is required to maintain auditable records in accordance with CFR Part 2 Subpart 215.53.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 11 $4,600,000; FY 12 est $8,000,000; and FY 13 est $14,700,000 - A competitive solicitation is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2013.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Grant awards range from $750K to $4.7M over a five year period.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
10CFR Part 600 and CFR Part 2.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Malika S. Hobbs, 1000 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (202) 586-6174 Fax: (202) 287-5737.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work; 2) technical merit; 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators; 4) quality of the proposed research plan; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources.