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important for generations, but whose use has declined over the years, offer opportunities to adapt food and energy needs in the face of a increasingly warmer and drier climate. Researchers hypothesize that certain Agave, Opuntia, and Yucca species will be suitable food and bio-energy crops for production in the extreme environmental conditions of the high desert.Students will evaluate several species in these genera to determine their survival and productivity under field conditions. Fiscal Year 2013: Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date.

funds provided under each award. Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institutions official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded. Fully discretionary. Applicant Eligibility: Individual public or private, non-profit Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of higher education that meet the definitions of Alaska Native-Serving Institution or Native Hawaiian Serving Institution established in Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1059d.) are eligible institutions unde this program. Beneficiary Eligibility:

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).

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No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination: All RFAs are published on the Agencys website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedures:

This program is administered under the provisions of section 759 of Public Law 106-78 (7 U.S.C. 3242) which was amended and redesignated as section 1419B of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act (NARETPA) of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3155). As legislatively reauthorized in the Public Law 110-246, the purpose of this program continues to promote and strengthen the ability of eligible Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs within a broadly defined area of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines. In FY 2009, the Secretary will make competitive grant awards to individual eligible institutions or consortia of eligible institutions in Alaska and in Hawaii, with funds awarded equally to each of the states of Alaska and Hawaii., 7 U.S.C 3242.

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.

Award Procedure:

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this program is to promote and strengthen the ability of Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving (ANNH) Institutions to carry out education, applied research, and related community development programs. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined area of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines.

Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 1613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds may be used to enhance educational equity for under-represented students in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; to strengthen institutional educational capacities, including libraries, curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention, in order to respond to identified educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences; and to facilitate activities and cooperative initiatives between AN/NH Serving Institutions, or between AN/NH Serving Institutions and units of State government or the private sector, to maximize the development and use of resources, faculty, facilities, and equipment, to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. The use of grant funds to plan, acquire, or construct a building or facility is not allowed under this program.

Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application.

Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

With prior approval, and in accordance with the cost principles set forth in OMB Circular No. A-21, some grant funds may be used for minor alterations, renovations, or repairs deemed necessary to retrofit existing teaching or research spaces in order to carry out a funded project. However, requests to use grant funds for such purposes must demonstrate that the alterations, renovations, or repairs are essential to achieving the major purpose of the project.

Deadlines:

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

Grant funds may not be used for endowment investing.

Section :094 - Deadlines:
Dates for specific deadlines are announced in the RFA each fiscal year.
Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the
Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below:

Section 720 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L. No. 112-55) limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov

Section :095 - Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
From 30 to 180 days.
Appeals:
Not Applicable.
Renewals:
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal
year.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. NIFA does not require matching
or cost sharing support for this program.

In accordance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Non-profit Organizations [2 CFR 215, Subpart C, Section 215.53, (OMB Circular A-110)] grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three-year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. Account Identification:

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obligations: (Project Grants) FY 11 $3,065,856; FY 12 est $3,066,240; and FY 13 est $3,066,240 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. Range and Average of Financial Assistance: If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive project grant or cooperative agreement are established, these will be announced in the annual program announcement or Request for Application (RFA). PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Fiscal Year 2011: For the FY 2011 award cycle, $3,057,488 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

Funds are awarded competitively. No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e]. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: The term of competitive project grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program may not exceed three (3) years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Reports: Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFAs electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash. Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFAs electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. A final Financial Status Report (SF-269) or Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is due within 90 days of the expiration date of the grant and should be submitted to the address listed below, in accordance with instructions contained in 2 CFR 3430.55 (also refer to Section 3015.82 of the Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations).

A total of 6 applications requesting a total of $3,975,102 were received in this years competition. In May 2011, a five-member peer review panel evaluated these applications. The peer panel included faculty and administrators from land grant and non-land grant colleges and universities and practitioners from the food and agricultural sciences community.

Funding provided via this grant shall be used:

(1) To support the activities of consortia of Alaska Native-Serving or Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions to enhance educational equity for under-represented students;

(2) To strengthen institutional education capacities, including libraries, curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention, in order to respond to identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agriculture sciences;

(3) To attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States, beginning with the mentoring of students from K-12, and continuing with the provision of financial support for students through their attainment of a doctoral degree; and

Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) Office of Extramural Programs National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986. Grantees are to submit initial project information and annual summary reports to NIFAs electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects. The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. Audits: 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

a 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. Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, and implemented in 7 CFR 3052. This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Records:

(4) To facilitate cooperative initiatives between at least two or more Alaska Native-Serving or Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, which may work in cooperation with one or more other entities including units of State government and private sector organizations, to maximize the development and use of resources, such as faculty, facilities, and equipment, to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. Fiscal Year 2012: For the FY 2012 award cycle, $$3,057,491 was available for project grant awards after subtracting administrative costs.

A total of 5 applications requesting a total of $2,534,699 were received in this years competition. In May 3, 2012, a five-member combined panel with the RIIA and ANNH programs evaluated the applications. The peer panel included faculty and administrators from land grant and non-land grant colleges and universities and federal employees. Fiscal Year 2013: Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date. REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE: 7 CFR Part 3430, Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Grant Programs General Grant Administrative Provisions and Program-Specific Administrative Provisions; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal

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USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030

Website Address:

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/

RELATED PROGRAMS:

ERS performs economic research and analyses related to U.S. and world agriculture that addresses a multitude of economic concerns and decision making needs of Federal, State, and local governments, farmers, farm organizations, farm suppliers, marketers, processors, and consumers. There are no restrictions on the use of ERS produced information. Applicant Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee. Beneficiary Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

10.217 Higher Education Challenge Grants; 10.220 Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program; 10.223 Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Credentials/Documentation:

Fiscal Year 2011: Development of the local agricultural and food production workforce through education and training; and expanding local agricultural and food production through more productive agribusinesses. The Agribusiness, Education, Training and Incubator project supports the UH, Hawaii state, and federal goals of developing sustainable and economically viable food and agricultural enterprises.

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. Preapplication Coordination: 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:

Training Alaskans to work successfully in fisheries management and salmon hatchery settings or to continue on to another college degree in fisheries or biology. Many industry and agency sectors in Alaskan fisheries are projecting significant retirement and are concerned about being able to recruit Alaskans trained to enter these careers. This project will help ensure there are trained workers to assist in fisheries management and salmon production. Outcomes include new salmon culture training including 2-3 new classes and workshops and new delivery methods.

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Requests for technical information may be made to the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, Economic Research Service (ERS), 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 1800, Washington, DC 20520-1800.

Award Procedure:

None.

Deadlines:

To increase retention and completion of four year science and technical degree program for students from coastal communities. Three programs are proposed for grades 7 to 14 in three programs. First, undergraduates will experience Alaska-specific foundational coursework as a group of peers in distance-delivered courses and workshops based upon a central unifying theme connecting marine and terrestrial pathways in the North Pacific. Second, advanced Alaska native high school students will learn to use molecular techniques to answer ecological questions on how changing climate impacts terrestrial and marine systems. Third, UAS will develop a partnership with Native Alaskan culture camps and the US Forest Service (USFS) for high and middle school students to visit USFS field sites to experience career pathways. Fiscal Year 2012: Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date. Fiscal Year 2013: Pertinent data will be provided by Program at a future date.

Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Not Applicable.
Appeals:
Not Applicable.

Renewals:

Not Applicable.
Formula and Matching Requirements:

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA).

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements. none.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
none. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released:

10.250 AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL ECONOMIC RESEARCH, COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND COLLABORATIONS

FEDERAL AGENCY:

none.

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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:

making needs of Federal, State, and local governments, farmers, farm organizations, farm suppliers, marketers, processors, and consumers. There are no restrictions on the use of ERS produced information. Applicant Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee. Beneficiary Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, as authorized by the Federal awarding agency.

Account Identification:

Credentials/Documentation:

12-1701-6-1-352.

Obligations: (Cooperative Agreements) FY 11 $3,800,000; FY 12 est $3,293,000; and FY 13 est $3,080,000. (Project Grants) FY 11 $1,382,000; FY 12 est $886,000; and FY 13 est $886,000 Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

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No Data Available.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. Preapplication Coordination: Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not 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: This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Requests for technical information may be made to the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, Economic Research Service (ERS), 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20520-1800.

Not Applicable.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Not Applicable.
Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Nancy A. Thomas 355 E Street SW, Room 7-174, Washington, District of Columbia 20024-3231 Email: NThomas@ers.usda.gov Phone: 2026945008 Fax: 2022455318

Award Procedure:

None.

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No Data Available.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Not Applicable.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

ERS performs economic research and analyses related to U.S. and world agriculture that addresses a multitude of economic concerns and decision making needs of Federal, State, and local governments, farmers, farm organizations, farm suppliers, marketers, processors, and consumers. There are no restrictions on the use of ERS produced information. Applicant Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee. Beneficiary Eligibility: Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

Not Applicable.
Regional or Local Office:

None.

Headquarters Office:

Nancy A. Thomas 355 E Street SW, Room 7-174, Washington, District of Columbia 20024-3231 Email: NThomas@ers.usda.gov Phone: 2026945008 Fax: 2022455318

Website Address:

Credentials/Documentation:

http://www.ers.usda.gov.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. Preapplication Coordination:

Not Applicable.

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