Fisheries Development and Utilization Research and Development Grants and Cooperative Agreements Pro

To increase greatly the Nation's wealth and quality of life through sustainable fisheries that support fishing industry jobs, safe and wholesome seafood, and recreational opportunities.


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Examples of Funded Projects

Northeast Region: Safety Training for Commercial Fishermen.

The primary goals of this project are to reach as many commercial fishermen as possible on a voluntary basis to provide them with hands-on safety and survival skills that will give them enough knowledge and experience to know what to do in case of emergencies.


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The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - Northeast Region: Harold C.

Mears, Director, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester MA 01930-2298; Telephone: (978)281-9243; Fax: (978) 281-9117; Email: Harry.Mears@noaa.gov.

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Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Proposals must respond to funding priorities in the annual solicitation.

Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of the fisheries resources in the region over which the resource extends as well as the issues/problems involving such fisheries.

Issues/problems addressed in the project should be supported by industry experience.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any U.S.

citizen or national, or any citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia; or group including State and local governments, except that employees of Federal agencies, and Regional Fishery Management Councils and their employees, are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any U.S. citizen or national, or any citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia; or group including State and local governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate. See annual solicitation published in the Federal Register for details. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should contact 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.

A listing of State single points of contact under E.O.

12372 is available at www.hhs.gov/grantsnet/lawsregs/eo.htm.

Application Procedures

Submit Standard Form 424, project proposal and budget following the format specified by the funding office in the annual solicitation. Proposals are submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to NOAA. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Proposals are reviewed after the submission deadline in competition with all other proposals submitted. To the extent that funds are available, those proposals judged to best meet priorities are funded. Either grants or cooperative agreements will be awarded.

Deadlines

Solicitation published once each fiscal year for which there is an allocation by the Congress for the program. Notice is published in the Federal Register; deadline is 60 days after date of publication.

Authorization

Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 713c-3(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 4 months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Projects of up to 24-month durations will be considered. Proposals for continuing work must be competed.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

By statute, the Federal share must be at least 50 percent of the total costs of the project. The requirement for cost-sharing varies from year to year as published in the solicitation. For example, for the FY 2002 solicitation, a 10 percent minimum cost share was required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are not to exceed 24 months. Financial status reports are completed and submitted.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semiannual progress and financial reports shall be due within 30 days after the end of the 6-month period.

Final reports shall be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and NonProfit 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 agreement shall be retained for a period of three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-5139-0-2-376.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For costs principles, see OMB Circular No. A-87 (State and local governments) and OMB Circular No. A-122 for other receipients. For grants management principles, see 15 CFR 24 (States and local governments) and 15 CFR 14 for other recipients.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Northeast Region: Harold C. Mears, Director, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester MA 01930-2298; Telephone: (978)281-9243; Fax: (978) 281-9117; Email: Harry.Mears@noaa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office: Steve Aguzin, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Financial Services Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Rm. 13134, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 713-2358 x 215. Fax: (301) 713-1306. E-mail: Stephen.Aguzin@noaa.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Significance of the issue addressed in the proposal, methodology proposed, responsiveness to published priorities, cost proposed, etc.



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