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National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

NCCWSC and DOI Climate Science Centers DOI CSC
Number: 15.820
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.820 National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
Federal Agency (030):
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, Public Law 110-161, 43 U.S.C 36(d).
Objectives (050):
To enable the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (DOI CSC) to be responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies by working with partners to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes and the mechanisms for adaptation to, mitigation of, or prevention of those impacts. Center activities will focus on providing national and regional habitat and population modeling and forecasting tools, integrating physical climate models with ecological models, assessing vulnerabilities and forecasting changes, and developing standardized approaches.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers have been developed according to a consistent national strategy and are managed at the national level by the NCCWSC. National coordination of research, modeling, and other scientific and data management matters at the DOI CSCs will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations. NCCWSC will develop cooperative agreements and/or grants with the DOI CSCs at the primary hosting Universities to conduct specific research, data gathering, data management and similar scientific activities. For further information, please contact the regional office.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
There are eight (8) DOI CSCs; each CSC has a single "Host Institution" that is eligible to apply on behalf of themselves and members of the CSC university consortium: Alaska CSC: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Southeast CSC: North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Northwest CSC: Oregon State University, Corvallis; Southwest CSC: University of Arizona, Tucson; North Central CSC: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins; South Central CSC: Oklahoma University, Norman; Northeast CSC: University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Pacific Islands CSC: University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Research scientists, policy makers, natural resource managers, educators, and the general public will benefit from the program.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed education, outreach, science coordination and research activities. 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):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants will use the standard SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and Assurances. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, or any subsequent revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Four to six months after submittal of proposal or Bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Awards for specific scientific activities and research may be from one to several years depending upon the subject matter. Renewals will be subject to adequate reporting and performance and are also subject to the availability of funds.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Award project periods will normally be for the appropriate term for scientific activities and/or research.. Annual renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the post assistance requirements section below for information on how assistance is awarded/released. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Annual and final financial reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual Federal Financial Reports SF 425 and final reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Records (113):
Records shall be retained and made available for audit for 3 years after submission of final financial report.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $8,700,000; FY 13 est $8,700,000; and FY 14 est $8,700,000 - Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
The range for individual DOI CSCs financial assistance awards (individual projects) is up to $1,000,000 in FY 2013.
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):
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. See Headquarters Office, below.
Headquarters Office (152):
Nadine Hartke, Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), MS-300 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: nhartke@usgs.gov Phone: (703) 648-4607.
Website Address (153):
http://nccwsc.usgs.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Not Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Application proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate geographical DOI CSC Center Director and/or the headquarters NCCWSC Director to ensure projects fall within the authorized program purpose. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Department of the Interior. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.