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Educational Partnership Program

Educational Partnership Program EPP with Minority Serving institutions MSI
Number: 11.481
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
11.481 Educational Partnership Program
Federal Agency (030):
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Authorization (040):
Executive Order 13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 33 U.S.C 893 a(a); Executive Order 13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 15 U.S.C 1540.
Objectives (050):
To continue development of education and research programs aimed at increasing education, training and graduation rates in NOAA mission STEM disciplines at Minority Serving Institutions. The EPP is administered through a national competitive process. Partnerships and capacity building are achieved through collaboration with NOAA scientists and managers and with the use of NOAA facilities and resources in atmospheric, oceanic, environmental sciences, and remote sensing technologies.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used to support student tuition assistance, stipends, course development, research, faculty and program enhancement and students undertaking course work and/or research in NOAA related sciences at minority serving institutions. Funds may only be used on activities that educate and train students in NOAA mission disciplines. Students who receive support under EPP awards must be US citizens and no international travel is allowed under awards made through this program.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Applicants are defined as qualified minority serving institutions based on the most recent United States Department of Education list of minority serving institutions. Non-minority institutions may also participate in this program when partnered with a minority serving institution. Lead institutions applying to become Cooperative Science Center must have a Ph.D. degree program in the science or technology disciplines (ocean, marine and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology) that directly supports NOAA mission.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The benefits to the Nation are an increased number of academic institutions capable of providing services and products in support of the agency's mission to describe and predict changes in the environment, and to conserve and manage the nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. Collaboration among NOAA and academic institutions will not only increase the number of trained professionals in the NOAA related sciences, it will also lead to a larger number of institutions participating in collaborative research and co-management of the nation's natural resources with State, local and tribal governments.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants are required to satisfy all DoC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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. Submission of an application package which includes the Standard Form SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance, SF-424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs, SF-424B Assurances Non-Construction Programs, statement of work, budget and supporting details, and CD-511 Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug Free Workplace Requirements, and Lobbying must be used when applying for Federal funds. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14.
Award Procedure (093):
Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluation, technical review and administrative review.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approval time is anticipated to range from 90 to 150 days, which includes processing of the award through NOAA Education, NOAA and DoC financial assistance functions.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Cooperative activities are generally approved on an annual fiscal year basis, but may be continued for up to five years, subject to approved time frame, program development plan, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Subject to availability funding may be awarded from one to five years with funding approved annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No reports are required.
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. Recipients will be subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of l996 and revised OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations".
Records (113):
Financial records and support documents and all other records, i.e., property, performance, work products, patents etc. pertinent to the agreement shall be maintained for a period of three years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 13 $10,452,477; FY 14 est $14,298,000; and FY 15 est $14,400,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$35K - Undergraduate Scholarship awards
$2.4 - $2.6 annually Cooperative Science Centers.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Eleven Undergraduate Scholarship Program recipients were selected. Two Graduate Sciences Program recipients completed degree requirements and converted to career conditional appointments. Fiscal Year 2014: One Graduate Sciences Program recipient will complete degree requirements and be converted to a career conditional appointment. Fiscal Year 2015: One Graduate Sciences Program recipient will complete degree requirements and be converted to a career conditional appointment.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
For cost principles, see OMB Circular No. A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions". For grants administration requirements, see 15 CFR Part 14, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations".
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Jacqueline Rousseau National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association, Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program
1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 10600., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-9437
Website Address (153):
http://www.epp.noaa.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: The Cooperative Science Centers were funded to:
- Educate, train and graduate students, particularly from underrepresented communities, in NOAA sciences and add new graduates to the national workforce;
- Increase the number of graduates from underrepresented minority communities who graduate from NOAA established and funded Science Centers at MSIs in NOAA mission sciences;
- Impact NOAA and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce statistics by increasing the number of graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA sciences;
- Contribute to NOAA’s mission by strengthening and building capacity in NOAA scientific and management areas at MSIs as well as building research capacity and experience in NOAA scientific areas; and,
- Continue to leverage NOAA funds to build the education, training and research capacity at the MSI. Fiscal Year 2014: A comprehensive evaluation was conducted of the NOAA EPP 4 Cooperative Science Center awards by an independent external panel to assess performance against award documents. Feedback was developed using an established set of evaluation criteria to recommend mid-course corrections to enhance performance during the remainder of the award. Fiscal Year 2015: - Educate, train and graduate students, particularly from underrepresented communities, in NOAA sciences and add new graduates to the national workforce;
- Increase the number of graduates from underrepresented minority communities who graduate from NOAA established and funded Cooperative Science Centers at MSIs in NOAA mission sciences;
- Impact NOAA and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce statistics by increasing the number of graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA sciences;
- Contribute to NOAA’s mission by strengthening and building capacity in NOAA scientific and management areas at MSIs as well as building research capacity and experience in NOAA scientific areas;
- Continue to leverage NOAA funds to build the education, training and research capacity at the MSI; and
- Award up to 8 scholarships to CSC students to conduct research at NOAA facilities for up to one year.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals are subject to an internal administrative review and an external panel review process taking into consideration the applicant(s) performance plan, research plans, scientific merit, investigator's qualifications, cost and available funds. Proposals undergo a rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DoC and NOAA grant policies and procedures. Specific information about the selection process will be included in the solicitation.