Page images
PDF
EPUB

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not Applicable.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Not Applicable.

Formula and Matching Requirements:
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. none.
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:

none.

10.255 RESEARCH INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS IN ECONOMIC (RIDGE) FEDERAL AGENCY: Economic Research Service, Department of Agriculture AUTHORIZATION: FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 109-97, 7 U.S.C. 292, 411, 427, 1441a, 1621-1627, 1704, 1761-68, 2201, 2202, 3103, 3291, 3311, 3504; 22 U.S.C. 3101; 42 U.S.C. 1891-93; 44 U.S.C. 3501-11; 50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq, 2251 et seq. 7CFR 3019, 7CFR Part 3015, 7CFR Part 3016, 7USC 3318b. OBJECTIVES: To provide economic and other social science information and analysis for public and private decisions on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America. ERS produces such information for use by the general public and to help the executive and legislative branches develop, administer, and evaluate agricultural and rural policies and programs. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Reports: Progress reports, final technical reports, financial statements, and inventions and subaward reports. The frequency of reports is outlined in the terms of the agreement. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required. 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 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: Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of three years from 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:

DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION

12-1701-6-1-352.

Obligations: (Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 11 $500,000; FY 12 est $500,000; and FY 13 est $500,000 Range and Average of Financial Assistance: No Data Available.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: 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. Credentials/Documentation: 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: 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, Mail Stop 1800, Washington, DC 20520-1800. Award Procedure:

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

Website Address:

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

Not Applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Not Applicable.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Not Applicable.

None.

Deadlines:

Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

none.

10.256 CONSUMER DATA AND INFORMATION PROGRAM FEDERAL AGENCY: Economic Research Service, Department of Agriculture AUTHORIZATION: FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 109-97, 7 U.S.C. 292, 411, 427, 1441a, 1621-1627, 1704, 1761-68, 2201, 2202, 3103, 3291, 3311, 3504; 22 U.S.C. 3101; 42 U.S.C. 1891-93; 44 U.S.C. 3501-11; 50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq,

Appeals:

none.

Renewals:

none.

2251 et seq.

applicable. 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 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: 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 expentditure report or for awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, as authorized by the Federal awarding agency. Account Identification:

12-1701-6-1-352.

7CFR 3019, 7CFR Part 3015, 7CFR Part 3016, ZUSC 3318b. OBJECTIVES: To provide economic and other social science information and analysis for public and private decisions on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America. ERS produces such information for use by the general public and to help the executive and legislative branches develop, administer, and evaluate agricultural and rural policies and programs. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: 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. Credentials/Documentation: 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: OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Requests for technical and additional information, contact: Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 1800, Washington, DC 20520-1800. Award Procedure:

Obligations: (Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 11 $3,500,000; FY 12 est $3,500,000; and FY 13 est $3,500,000 Range and Average of Financial Assistance: No Data Available.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
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

Website Address:
http://www.ers.usda.gov.
RELATED PROGRAMS:
Not Applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Not Applicable.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Not Applicable.

None.

Deadlines:

Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Not Applicable.
Appeals:
Not Applicable.
Renewals:
Not Applicable.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
none. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released:

10.290 AGRICULTURAL MARKET AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH FEDERAL AGENCY: The Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture AUTHORIZATION: 7 U.S.C. Section 3318, 7 CFR Section 2.29. OBJECTIVES: To conduct cooperative economic research and analyses in support of the Office of the Chief Economist's responsibility to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the economic implications of Department policies, programs, and proposed legislation. These research projects and analyses cover the nation's agricultural commodity markets; risk analyses and cost-benefit analyses related to international food and agriculture; sustainable development; energy issues related to the agricultural economy; agricultural labor; global climate change; and any other topics that support the Department's consideration or review of policies and programs. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: Cooperative Agreements USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: Research is conducted that is in cooperation with the Office of the Chief

none.

Reports: No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports, final technical reports, financial statements, and inventions and subawards reports. The frequency of reports is outlined in the terms and conditions of the agreement. Progress reports to ERS technical person or ADODR Authorized Departmental Organization Designated Representative. SF-269 report or SF-425 financial and expenditure report. Performance monitoring is not

[blocks in formation]

AUTHORIZATION:

Extensions may be authorized. Formula and Matching Requirements: Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Agreements are normally for a one year period but can be extended upon mutual agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: assistance is awarded based on agreement with cooperator. Reports: Reports are set at time of award between recipient and OCE. Cash reports are not applicable. A progress report is negotiated with the recipient at the time of award. An expenditure report is required if included in the initial agreement. Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626), as reauthorized by Section 7306 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Public Law 110-246), authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a competitive grants program that provides funding for integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this program, the Secretary may award grants to colleges and universities (as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)], as amended, on a competitive basis for projects that address priorities in United States agriculture and involve integrated research, education, and extension activities, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB). Section 7129 of the FCEA amended section 406(b) of AREERA (7 U.S.C. 7626(b)), adding Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACUs) as eligible entities for competitive funds awarded under this authority (see Part III.B. of RFA for more information). 7 U.S.C 7626; Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89106, as amended.

Audits:

[ocr errors]

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. Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," and implemented in 7 CFR Part 3052, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations."

Public Law 89-106; Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act, Public Law 89-106, 7 U.S.C 450i; Title V of the Rural Development Act of 1972, Public Law 92-419,7 U.S.C 2204a.

OBJECTIVES:

GENERAL:

Records:

NIFA Integrated Programs provide support for integrated research, education, and extension activities. Integrated, multi-functional projects are particularly

effective in addressing important agricultural issues through the conduct of problem-focused research that is combined with education and extension of knowledge to those in need of solutions. These activities address critical national, regional, and multi-state agricultural issues, priorities, or problems. Integrated Programs hold the greatest potential to produce and disseminate knowledge and technology directly to end users while providing for educational opportunities to assure agricultural expertise in future generations. See individual program Requests for Applications for additional information about the topics.

a documented pesticide impact on water, human or environmental health. RAMP applications may address major acreage agricultural production systems, high value crops such as key fruit and vegetable systems, or other agroecosystems. The primary emphasis of the application should be on productivity and profitability while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues. The intent of RAMP is to fund medium-term projects that emphasize systems approaches.

SEVERAL PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED UNDER CFDA 10.303. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(6) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Integrated Pest Management: Methyl Bromide Transitions Program The goal of the Methyl Bromide Transitions (MBT) program is to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide uses or minimize methyl bromide emissions for which the United States is requesting critical use exemptions. The program is focused on integrated commercial or field scale research that targets short- to medium-term solutions.

(1) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Water Quality Program The goal of the National Integrated Water Quality Program is to improve the quality of our Nation's surface water and groundwater resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this program will facilitate achieving this goal by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural and rural communities. Funded projects should lead to science-based decision-making and management practices that improve the quality of the Nation's surface water and groundwater resources in agricultural and rural watersheds. See RFA for priority areas.

(7) Integrated Organic Program The purpose of the Integrated Organic Program is to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) funds the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic producers and producers who are adopting organic practices. Funding opportunities for the ORG Program is included in the same Request for Applications (RFA) as the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT FUND START UP BUSINESSES.

(2) Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: National Integrated Food Safety Initiative The purpose of the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative is to support food safety projects that demonstrate an integrated approach to solving problems in applied food safety research, education, or extension. Various models for integration of applied research, education, and extension will be considered for funding. Applications describing multi-state, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary, and multifunctional activities (and combinations thereof) are encouraged. Applicants are strongly encouraged to address at least two of the three functional areas of research, education, and extension (i.e., research and extension, research and education, or extension and education).

(3) Integrated Research, Education, And Extension Competitive Grants Program: Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers The goal of the Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers (IPM Centers) is to promote the development and implementation of IPM by facilitating collaboration across states, disciplines, and purposes. IPM Centers will establish and maintain information networks, build partnerships to address pest management challenges and opportunities, evaluate the impact of IPM implementation, communicate positive outcomes to key stakeholders, and manage funding resources effectively. Successful applicants to this program will demonstrate the capacity and commitment necessary to advance the goals of the National Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management (www.ipmcenters.org/IPMRoadMap.pdf), and evaluate the progress of this advancement. The IPM Roadmap addresses pest management needs for production agriculture, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.

(8) Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs): The RRDCs play a unique role in USDA's service to rural America. They link the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation's public universities with communities, local decision makers, entrepreneurs, families, and farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues. They collaborate on national issues that span regions-like e-commerce, the changing interface between rural, suburban, and urban places, and workforce quality and jobs creation. Each tailors programs to address particular needs in its region. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: Project Grants USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: This research, education, and extension competitive grants program provides funding for integrated, multi-functional agricultural research, extension, and education activities which addresses priorities in United States agriculture.

Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved integrated research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences, in the broadest sense. NIFA has determined that grant funds awarded under this authority may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities.

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

(4) Integrated Pest Management: Crops at Risk Program The goal of the CAR program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM system(s). Preferably, this should involve a diversity of tactics and approaches for a single or specific food or fiber commodity in commercial production for pre- and/or post-harvest system(s). The program addresses either a major acreage or high value crop commodity such as key fruits and vegetables. The primary emphasis is on crop productivity and profitability, while addressing critical environmental quality and human health issues. The CAR program will fund integrated multifunctional/multidisciplinary research, education, and extension projects for crops with high priority IPM needs as identified by stakeholders.

Tuition remission is not allowable.

(5) Integrated Pest Management: Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program The goal of the Risk Avoidance and Mitigation (RAMP) program is to enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically based sustainable IPM strategies and system(s) for (a) multi-crop food and fiber production systems; (b) an area-wide or a landscape scale agroecosystem; or (c)

The following programs are authorized under (Section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626): (1) Water Quality (2) Food Safety (3) Regional Pest Management Centers (4) Crops at Risk (5) Risk Mitigation Program (6) Methyl Bromide Transition Program and

(7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment

(f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application.

Other Integrated Program(s): (8) Regional Rural Development Centers (7 U.S.C. 450i and 7 U.S.C. 2204a)

Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA.

Deadlines:

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: 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: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov

Section 1473 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3319) prohibits indirect costs. Hence, indirect costs are unallowable for this program. Fully discretionary. Applicant Eligibility: State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States. Beneficiary Eligibility: State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research and extension institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States. Credentials/Documentation: 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: 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: 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.

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. GENERAL RULES: (a) Funds are awarded competitively. (b) 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).

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Regarding Critical Issues and Regional Rural Development Centers (Section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89-106, as amended):

NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for the above-referenced programs.

However, the provisions indicated below are applicable to the following
programs which are authorized under Section 406 of the Agricultural Research,
Extension, and
Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA) (7 U.S.C. 7626):

Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors:

(1) Water Quality (2) Food Safety (3) Regional Pest Management Centers (4) Crops at Risk (5) Risk Mitigation (6) Methyl Bromide Transition and (7) Organic Transition - Risk Assessment

(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;

Funds are awarded competitively.

[blocks in formation]
« PreviousContinue »