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(Project Grants) FY 15 $33,100,000; FY 16 est $57,332,000; and FY 17 est $47,000,000-FY 15 $33,100,000; FY 16 est. $57,332,000; FY 17 est. $47,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

New awards range from $329,650 to $10,000,000 total per grant and average $950,000.

TAFS Codes:

68-0107.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: Applications received for the STAR Program - FY 15: 183. New awards for the STAR Program - FY 15: 10. Abstracts of current grant awards, and annual interim and final summary results of the research are available on the homepage: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants. Fiscal Year 2016: Applications received for the STAR Program - FY 16 est.: 84. New and awards for the STAR Program - FY 16 est.: 28. Abstracts of current grant awards, and annual interim and final summary results of the research are available on the homepage: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

2 CFR Part 200 & 2 CFR Part 1500 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) and Research and Demonstration Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR

Part 40). Regional or Local Office:

See Regional Agency Offices. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the contacts listed in the solicitations. Solicitations are located at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer.

Headquarters Office:

Ron Josephson EPA, 2777 Crystal Drive (One Potomac Yards), Arlington, Virginia 22202 Email: josephson.ron@epa.gov Phone: 703-308-0442

Website Address:

https://www.epa.gov/research-grants

RELATED PROGRAMS:

66.511 Office of Research and Development Consolidated

Research/Training/Fellowships

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2015:. In this research the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework will be applied to link molecular initiating events (MIEs), caused by exposure to two contaminants with potential endocrine disrupting properties; the pyrethroid bifenthrin and the synthetic progestogen levonorgestrel, to population-level toxcity effects in an established estuarine fish model, Menidia beryllina.

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2. Investigate the impact of climate change on home air exchange rates and the subsequent changes to fine particle exposures on human health.

3. The research will address a current methodological gap by providing an improved measure of personal exposure to many semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCS) emitted from indoor sources.

4. The goal of the research is to establish and validate effective, accurate and fiscally responsible means for identifying/characterizing cardiac chemical hazards.

5. Investigate indoor smog-induced chemistry and associated human exposure, and the effect of natural ventilation on this chemistry and subsequent exposure estimates. Fiscal Year 2016: 1. Support a research center that utilizes novel measurement and modeling approaches to understand spatial and temporal differences in multiple air pollutants and health outcomes, develops and distributes tools for air quality impact assessment, and examines and tests the efficacy of various technology and policy scenarios in meeting outcome and cost-effectiveness goals.

2. Researchers will use state-of-the-art methods to measure in utero chemical exposures that are potential risk factors for childhood leukemia and characterize the biological mechanisms by which these chemicals may act on the fetus to increase the risk of leukemia in human and animal studies.

3. This project evaluates how a range of future changes will impact particulate matter and ozone levels in the western United States. Chemistry and physics simulations for key locations in the western US will use a range of scenarios for future climate change, anthropogenic emissions of pollutant and precursors in the US, wildfire emissions, biogenic emissions, land cover changes and background from long range transport.

4. This grant supports research to identify major sources and composition of air pollutants in the year 2050 resulting from different energy portfolios that optimize economic outcomes related to different assumptions about available technology and climate change. Analyses will include detail to allow air quality health costs to be calculated for a range of socio-economic classes. The study will use combinations of different climate models, air quality models, and energy portfolios.

5. The goal of this project is to develop a transferable framework for linking the health of small streams to water quality indicators, ecosystem services, and human preferences. This project will focus on small streams and the benefits of protection both upstream and downstream. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. See the web page (http://www.epa.gov/ncer) for additional information on the evaluative criteria for the RFAS.

66.510 SURVEYS, STUDIES, INVESTIGATIONS AND SPECIAL PURPOSE GRANTS WITHIN THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

FEDERAL AGENCY:

Office of Research and Development (ORD), Environmental Protection Agency AUTHORIZATION:

Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, 93 U.S.C 523; Resource Conservation

and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6981; Solid Waste
Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 U.S.C 6981; Marine Protection, Research, and
Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public
Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law
95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, Section 311; National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2(F); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Clean Air Act,
Section 103, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,
and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 94-140, 7 U.S.C 136; Federal Insecticide,
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 95-396, 7 U.S.C 136.
OBJECTIVES:

To (1) support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance 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; and (3) fund innovative regional projects that address a stated problem or opportunity relating to sustainability and use science to inform design, planning and decision-making at the local, state and industrial levels.

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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. Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis. For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

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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.

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Eligible nonprofit organizations include any organizations: 1) Are operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable or similar purposes in the public interest; 2) Are not organized primarily for profit; and 3) Use its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations. . 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:

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:

The Agency may request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training experience in the field, and the necessary equipment to carry out the research. EPA may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. EPA may ask principal investigators for information documenting past performance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination:

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. 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. 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

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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:

For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, lete 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 noop the solicitation deadline. After being recommended for award, applicants will Fedbe required to submit additional certifications and an electronic version of the revised project abstract, and may be requested to provide responses to

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ate comments or suggestions offered by the peer reviewers, a revised budget, past performance documentation, and/or make appropriate 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.

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Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:

Approximately 180 days.

Appeals:

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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable. Renewals:

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.

Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula.

Matching Requirements: The Office of Research and Development reserves the right to impose a cost share requirement under certain competitions. See individual RFAs for additional information pertaining to matching/cost share requirements.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Total approved project period may not exceed 5 years. 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.

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Reports:

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 2 CFR 200 and 1500. Progress reports are required under this program. A discussion of expenditures is required in progress reports under this program. Perfromance Monitoring is required under this program.

Audits:

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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:

The record retention requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 apply. 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.

Account Identification:

68-0107-0-1-304.

Obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 15 $2,100,000; FY 16 est $1,800,000; and FY 17 est $1,900,000 - FY 2015 actual $2,100,000, FY 2016 estimate $1,800,000 FY 2017 estimate $1,900,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

New grants/cooperative agreement funding ranges will be forthcoming shortly. TAFS Codes:

68-0107.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: Four grant/cooperative agreement type of awards were made for Fiscal Year 2015. The majority of the awards were in support of scientific research conferences with the remainder being competitive awards. The data for the number of applications received as well as the specific information on the awardee is available through the EPA Grants Award. Database. https://www.usaspending.gov/transparency/Pages/AgencySummary.aspx?Agen cyCode=6800. Fiscal Year 2016: An estimated 6 grant/cooperative agreements may be made in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Data on the number of applications received and the exact number of awards made in FY 2016 are not available. Summary information of the funded research is available in the USA Spending.GOV website.

Database.https://www.usaspending.gov/transparency/Pages/AgencySummary.a spx?AgencyCode=6800. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

2 CFR 200 & 2 CFR Part 1500 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) and Research and Demonstration Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 40)

Regional or Local Office:

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:

John Nanartowicz For administrative questions on grant applications and procedures, contact: John Nanartowicz, at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20460 MC: 8201R. Phone number 202-564-4756, email: nanartowicz.john@epa.gov, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Nanartowicz.john@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-4756

Website Address:

http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm

RELATED PROGRAMS:

66.509 Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Program; 66.511 Office of Research and Development Consolidated Research/Training/Fellowships EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2015: Projects supported include conferences for exposure science, teratology (protection of human health during pregnancy), environmental toxicology and chemistry, advancing the science of toxicology, and environmental laboratory measurement and accreditation. Fiscal Year 2016: No content available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.

66.511 OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONSOLIDATED RESEARCH/TRAINING/FELLOWSHIPS FEDERAL AGENCY:

Office of Research and Development (ORD), Environmental Protection Agency AUTHORIZATION:

Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 311, Public Law 95-510; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, Public Law 93-523; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6901; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Clean Air Act, Section 103&104, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, Section 311, Public Law 99-499; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 94-140, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 95-396, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u,

OBJECTIVES:

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

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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.

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Funding Priority 2016

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. 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.

Funding Priority 2017

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. 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;

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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:

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; education professionals; students/trainees; graduate students; scientists/researchers; hospitals; and foreign entities. Credentials/Documentation:

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination:

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. 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. 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:

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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

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