Technology Development Grant

To enhance the prominence of underground facility construction design, management, and emerging technologies that will facilitate the prevention of pipeline damage caused by demolition, excavation, tunneling, or construction 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

The grant program is intended to allow non-profit organizations to obtain funding for technical assistance to improve knowledge of safe underground facility construction techniques and emerging technologies available to detect, locate and avoid existing underground facilities.

Funds provided through Technology Development Grants may not be used for lobbying or in direct support of litigation.

Technology Development Grants may not be used for lobbying or in direct support of litigation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Transportation

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments

Credentials/Documentation

A written application addressing the evaluation criteria listed below. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must apply online at www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

PHMSA will conduct an initial administrative review of each completed application to determine if it is complete and meets eligibility requirements. All applications that pass the administrative review will be scored based on the selection criteria. PHMSA may award one or more Technology Development Grant(s) based on the quality of the proposals received and evaluated.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006, Public Law 109-468, 49 U.S.C 60114(g).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

45 to 60 days after the application deadline.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49, Part 60114(g), Public Law 109-468.

This program has no matching requirements.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is a restriction on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. It must be spent by September 30, 2014. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Each grant recipient will be required to provide a report to PHMSA demonstrating completion of the work as outlined in the grant agreement.

Further, each recipient of a grant must ensure that:
1.

The technical findings made possible by the grants are made available to the relevant operators; and
2.

Open communication is maintained between the grant recipients, local operators, local communities and other interested parties.

SF-272.

Progress reports are not applicable.

SF-269.

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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive 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

Grant recipients must maintain: (a) documentation supporting the cost incurred under the grant, and (b) information regarding any sub-awards made using grant funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-5172-0-2-407.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $500,000; FY 10 est not reported. - 2010 est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement, and Safety Act of 2006

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials S 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E
Room E24-462, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 493-0591

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

PHMSA will evaluate applications on based on the three criteria below. All three criteria are weighted equally.
(1) The overall quality of the proposal to enhance the prominence of underground facility construction design, management, and emerging technologies that will facilitate the prevention of pipeline damage caused by demolition, excavation, tunneling or construction activities.
(2) The potential of the proposal to reduce the risk of excavation damage to pipelines.
(3) The potential for the emerging technology to be commercialized and applied to addressing real-world damage prevention concerns.



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