Independent Education and Science Projects and Programs

(1) To increase the number of minority students enrolling in college and majoring in math, science and engineering and to recruit scientists and engineers to serve as science/math tutors primarily for girls and minority students; (2) to expose high-school and college students to hands-on research in
the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) during the summer months and vacation periods.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) MESA Advisor's training workshops, field trips, student science competitions, recruitment of volunteer scientists and engineers to tutor youth needing help in math and science; (2) transportation, housing, and stipends for students during summer months and vacation periods where students learn about the laboratory's mission and perform hands-on assignments.

Agency - Department of Commerce

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 - NOAA/OAR, Bldg.

22, 325 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303.

Contact: Tony Tafoya, Program Officer for this award.

Telephone: (303) 497-6731.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

If funding is available, it is anticipated that similar grants will be made each year. Program funding will be suspended for at least two years or until budgets stabilize.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grant or contract is to be used only as proposed in the proposal.

The Cooperative Agreement is to be used only as proposed in the Application for Federal Assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

(1) Nonprofit organization with experience in administering a Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program; (2) Nonprofit organization with knowledge of OAR programs and science education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) High school, middle school and elementary teachers who are MESA program advisors and students with a GPA of 3.0 who are participating in a course of study related to the MESA program and interested in pursuing careers related to mathematics, science or engineering; (2) Students pursuing a course of study related to oceanic and atmospheric sciences, with a GPA of 3.0 and an interest in a summer hands-on experience in a laboratory setting.


Proposals must contain statements of work and estimated budgets.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the agency.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

(1) Proposals are received from Spangler Elementary School; and (2) application for Federal Assistance is received from CAS/CU. They then are sent to the OAR EEO Office for evaluation and processing, if applicable. Proposals are subject to the requirements of the appropriate OMB Circular No.'s. A-110 and A-122, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical, and administrative reviews. (1) These awards are non-competitive (sole source) because Spangler Elementary is the only Longmont elementary school that administers a Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program; (2) this Cooperative Agreement is non-competitive (sole source) because of the existing relationship between the Colorado Alliance for Science/University of Colorado and OAR. There is substantial involvement and knowledge of existing programs, and close collaboration in providing a benefit to the general public by both parties.


There is no deadline for receiving grant proposals. Awards are contingent upon need and the availability of resources.


5 U.S.C. 7201; Executive Order 11478; 15 U.S.C. 1540.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.




Subject to availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and performance reports are required upon completion of funded event (Spangler Elementary School) or semi-annually (PHASE).


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 the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Recipients are expected to maintain complete records and ensure that funds are used for the purposes specified in the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $10,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(1) grants: $5,000 to $10,000 (when awarded); (2) cooperative agreement: $45,000 to $172,000 (when awarded).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

NOAA/OAR, Bldg. 22, 325 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303. Contact: Tony Tafoya, Program Officer for this award. Telephone: (303) 497-6731.

Headquarters Office

Information is available only at the Boulder office.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The grant proposals are evaluated internally by OAR EEO staff, Acquisition and Management Division of NOAA Mountain Administrative Support Center (MASC), MASC Finance Division, NOAA Grants Office staff, and NOAA General Counsel.

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