Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants

1.

Promote economic growth and entrepreneurial activity through use of the space environment for peaceful purposes.
2.

Encourage the United States private sector to provide launch vehicles, reentry vehicles, and associated services by simplifying and expediting the issuance and transfer
of commercial licenses; and facilitating and encouraging the use of Government-developed space technology.
3.

Facilitate the strengthening and expansion of the United States space transportation infrastructure, including the enhancement of United States launch sites and launch-site support facilities, and development of reentry sites, with Government, State, and private sector involvement, to support the full range of United States space-related activities.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

68.

Transportation -- Grantees may use funds to acquire, enhance or upgrade equipment and facilities at licensed launch and reentry sites.

42.

Higher Education/Research -- Grantees may use funds to conduct studies related to launch and reentry site infrastructure.

36.

Environment -- Grantees may use funds to conduct environmental reviews of proposed launch or reentry sites.

Grantees must demonstrate that at least 10% of the total project cost is covered by private industry contributions.

Grants may not be for more than 50% of the total project cost.

All grants in this program are awarded solely at the discretion of the Secretary.

Discretionary funds remain for one FY11 grant award and one FY12 grant award.

Discretionary funds were not made available in FY 2013 or 2014.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

1.

Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Sponsored organizations, Public nonprofit institution/organizations, other public institution/organizations, U.S.

territory or possession.
2.

68.

Transportation -- Grantees may use funds to acquire, enhance or upgrade equipment and facilities at licensed launch and reentry sites.

42.

Higher Education/Research -- Grantees may use funds to conduct studies related to launch and reentry site infrastructure.

36.

Environment -- Grantees may use funds to conduct environmental reviews of proposed launch or reentry sites.
3.

State or local governments, or government organizations (e.g.

an airport authority) and state colleges or universities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

1. Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Sponsored organizations, Public nonprofit institution/organizations, other public institution/organizations, U.S. territory or possessions.
2. State or local governments, or government organizations (e.g. an airport authority) and state colleges or universities may be awarded a grant.

Credentials/Documentation

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

Aplication and Award Process

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. Any additional application procedures will be found in the Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of STIM grants for any given fiscal year.

Award Procedures

1. Applicant submits proposed project.
2. FAA/AST evaluates proposed projects. AST may or may not request
additional information from applicants.
3. FAA/AST recommends project(s) and award amounts.
4. FAA Administrator and/or OST approves or revises recommendations.
5. FAA/AST issues grant offer(s) to successful applicant(s).
6. Applicant accepts offer and returns signed package to FAA/AST.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

TITLE 51 - NATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL SPACE PROGRAMS, SUBTITLE V - PROGRAMS TARGETING COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES, CHAPTER 511 - SPACE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE MATCHING GRANTS, Title 51, Part Chapter 511.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Evaluation and approval/disapproval takes approximately 90 days.

Appeals

There are no appeals. Unsuccessful applicants may request and receive a de-briefing.

Renewals

Renewals are not available. No cost extensions may be granted provided grantee provides sufficient justification.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Title 51, Subtitle V, Chapter 511, Section 51102 (b) requires that private industry contribute at least 10% of the total project cost, and limits the maximum grant amount to not more than 50% of the total project cost.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

All grant funds must be obligated within three fiscal years. Grant funds must be expended within five fiscal years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant funds are paid on a reimbursable basis. Grantees must submit a request for reimbursement, showing that all allowable expenses have been paid, prior to receiving reimbursement under the grant.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly progress reports showing both financial status and project accomplishments are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly reports, showing expenditures, requests for reimbursement, and project progress, are required.

An SF -425 must accompany each quarterly report or request for reimbursement.

Supporting documents such as invoices, paid invoices, or cancelled checks, are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

Project proposal, signed grant agreement, contract(s), contractor progress reports, invoices, proof of payment, quarterly reports, reimbursement requests, associated correspondence, and grant closeout report. Documentation must be maintained for three years following the closeout of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1301-0-1-402.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY2010: $43,000.00 - $227,195.00, average $125,000.00
FY2011: $125,000.00 - $249,378.00, average $166,459.00
FY2012: $23,750.00 - $250,000.00, average $159,917.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

More details on the STIM Grant program may be found at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/programs/stim_grants/

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Douglas Graham 800 Independence Ave SW, Room 325, Washington, District of Columbia 20591 Email: doug.graham@faa.gov Phone: (202) 267-8568

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Extent to which a project benefits the U.S. commercial space launch industry/capability, or increases U.S. space launch market share.



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