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Office of Research and Development Consolidated Research/Training/Fellowships

Number: 66.511
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Research and Development (ORD)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.511 Office of Research and Development Consolidated Research/Training/Fellowships
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Research and Development (ORD), Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, Public Law 93-523; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Air Act, Section 103&104, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 311, Public Law 95-510; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6901; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F); Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 94-140, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 311, Public Law 99-499; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 95-396, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u.
Objectives (050):
The Office of Research and Development (ORD) supports research and development to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques; (3) perform risk assessments to characterize the potential adverse health effects of human exposures to environmental hazards; and (4) the facilitation of training and fellowships in these areas. Investigator initiated grants/cooperative agreements may be funded in broad areas such as environmental chemistry and physics, environmental engineering, and health and ecological effects of pollution. The ORD conducts leading-edge research to provide a solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency. Applied research builds our understanding of how to protect and enhance the relationship between humans and the ecosystems of earth. ORD conducts a comprehensive research program to protect air, water, land, and human health and ecosystems, to improve environmental compliance and stewardship, and to conduct and promote coordination and acceleration of training for individuals relating to the protection and enhancement of the relationship between humans and the ecosystems of earth as well as to improve environmental compliance and stewardship.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: ORD's research supports EPA's strategic goals. Brief descriptions of this research are as follows: 1) Air climate and energy research assess human and ecosystem exposures and effects associated with air pollutants and climate change. Working with other Federal and state agencies, major universities and institutions, and the private sector, this research provides the scientific tools, metrics, and information on air pollution exposure necessary for individuals, communities, and governmental agencies to make public health decisions related to air quality and climate change; 2) Safe and sustainable water research provides the resource management tools that allow decision makers to systematically consider complex tradeoffs occurring in a watershed on a regional or national scale. These tools are based on an improved understanding of the impacts of environmental stresses such as waterborne chemicals and microbial contaminants on aquatic systems and the potential impacts of anthropogenic processes such as hydraulic fracturing. This research will also address issues related to the nation's aging water infrastructure; high priority water quality and availability research; and promising approaches such as green infrastructure; 3) Sustainable and healthy communities research program supports the Agency's effort to protect and restore land, and support community health. This research focuses on developing data and tools for forecasting and assessing ecological and community health, designing near-term approaches for sustainable solutions to address environmental contaminants present in communities, and developing sustainable practices to help communities manage waste and materials; infrastructure, energy and water; transportation; and planning and zoning for buildings and land use; and 4) Chemical safety and sustainability research underpins the analysis of risks and potential health impacts across the broad spectrum of EPA programs and provides the scientific foundation for pesticide and toxic substances programs, pollution prevention, human health risk assessment, and homeland security. Specifically, this research allows the Agency to more quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively assess potential chemical toxicity; develop integrated health hazard and dose-response assessments that support Agency decisions related to chemical safety; improve the Agency's preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for homeland security incidents and other hazards.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with the established policies of EPA. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

These programs are available to each State, territory and possession, and Tribal nation of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, for public and private State universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, State and local government departments, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and in some cases, individuals or foreign entities. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.

Eligible nonprofit organizations include any organizations that meet the definition of nonprofit in OMB Circular A-122, located at 2 CFR Part 230. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to apply.

National laboratories funded by Federal Agencies (Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, "FFRDCs") may not apply. FFRDC employees may cooperate or collaborate with eligible applicants within the limits imposed by applicable legislation and regulations. They may participate in planning, conducting, and analyzing the research directed by the applicant, but may not direct projects on behalf of the applicant organization. The institution, organization, or governance receiving the award may provide funds through its assistance agreement from the EPA to an FFRDC for research personnel, supplies, equipment, and other expenses directly related to the research. However, salaries for permanent FFRDC employees may not be provided through this mechanism.

Federal Agencies may not apply. Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on an assistance agreement, and may not receive salaries or augment their Agency's appropriations in other ways through awards made under this program.

The applicant institution may enter into an agreement with a Federal Agency to purchase or utilize unique supplies or services unavailable in the private sector to the extent authorized by law. Examples are purchase of satellite data, chemical reference standards, analyses, or use of instrumentation or other facilities not available elsewhere. A written justification for federal involvement must be included in the application. In addition, an appropriate form of assurance that documents the commitment, such as a letter of intent from the Federal Agency involved, should be included.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; anyone/general public; education professionals; students/trainees; graduate students; scientists/researchers; hospitals; foreign entities; and individuals.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
The EPA may request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out the research. EPA may ask applicants to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. EPA may also ask the lead principal investigator/contact principal investigator for information documenting past performance. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. When applicable, an environmental impact assessment is made by the Office of Research and Development as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The standard application forms as furnished by the EPA and required by OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-110 must be used for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Competitive RFAs (requests for applications) or RFIPs (requests for initial proposals) for grants in these areas are announced widely through the Internet, university and scientific organizations, among other mechanisms. Although the programs identified are the formal assistance programs that ORD funds, there are periodic RFAs disseminated on other topics that are not part of the formal program. These new programs are also part of 66.511 but cannot be presently identified. Funds may be available to support research activities including but not limited to experiments, surveys, studies, investigations, public education programs, and monitoring where authorized by specific statutes, in both science and engineering disciplines. Funds may also be used for training and fellowships. Please check the Federal Register or the EPA/ORD website http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm for an updated listing of these programs. Completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate Grants Management Office at the Environmental Protection Agency or as shown in the specific RFAs, which are accessible through the EPA/ORD website at http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure (093):
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. Customarily, applicants are notified about award decisions within six months of the solicitation deadline. After being recommended for award, applicants will be required to submit additional certifications and may be requested to provide responses to comments or suggestions offered by the peer reviewers, a revised budget, past performance documentation, and/or make appropraite revisions. EPA Project Officers will contact Principal Investigators to obtain these materials. The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division. Before or after award, certain applicants will be expected to provide additional quality assurance documentation.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 180 days.
Appeals (096):
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Renewals (097):
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The Office of Research and Development reserves the right to impose a policy-based cost share requirement under certain competitions. See RFAs for additional information pertaining to matching/cost share requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Grants/cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Total approved project period may not exceed 5 years for research and 3 years for training agreements. . See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is either fully funded (lump sum) or incrementally funded on an annual basis.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations, 40 CFR Parts 30 and 31. A discussion of expenditures is required in progress reports under this program. Performance Monitoring is required under this program.
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. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records (113):
The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (non-profits and universities) or 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $16,200,000; FY 13 est $13,300,000; and FY 14 est $16,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Awards range for new grants/cooperative agreements from $75,000 to $1,000,000, and average $250,000.
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):
General Grant Regulations and Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31); Research and Demonstration Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 40). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 (relocated to 2 CFR Part 225) for State and local governments, OMB Circular No. A-21 (relocated to 2 CFR Part 220) for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 (relocated to 2 CFR Part 230) for nonprofit organizations.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the contact listed on the RFA.
Headquarters Office (152):
Walter Stutts U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive., WG-12, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268 Email: stutts.walter@epa.gov Phone: 513-569-7487 Fax: 513-487-2584
Website Address (153):
http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm
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 evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.