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.
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.
Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Transportation
State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
A written application addressing the evaluation criteria listed below. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
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.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
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.
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
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:
The technical findings made possible by the grants are made available to the relevant operators; and
Open communication is maintained between the grant recipients, local operators, local communities and other interested parties.
Progress reports are not applicable.
No performance monitoring is required.
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.
Grant recipients must maintain: (a) documentation supporting the cost incurred under the grant, and (b) information regarding any sub-awards made using grant funds.
(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
Regional or Local 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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