Federal Grants & Rules Notification: Week Ending December 19, 2014

Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration (EDA)


Economic Development Administration Regulatory Revision
Type of Rule: Final Rule
Summary: EDA is amending its regulations implementing the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (“PWEDA”). These comprehensive changes are intended to reflect EDA’s current practices and policies in administering its economic development assistance programs. The NPRM proposed a number of substantive and non-substantive revisions intended to ensure that the regulations reflect the Agency’s focus on innovation and regional collaboration and provide EDA’s stakeholders with the flexibility and local control needed to achieve these ends. From a programmatic standpoint, the most significant proposed changes were to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies requirements outlined in Part 303 and the Revolving Loan Fund program described in Part 307. The revisions proposed in the NPRM are summarized below. Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Final Rule have the meanings ascribed to them in EDA’s current regulations.
Publication Date: 12/19/14

Department of Homeland Security


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations
Type of Notice: General Notice
Deadline: Please see notice.
Summary: This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports. The FIRM, and where applicable, portions of the FIS report, have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR part 65). The LOMR will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown in the table below and must be used for all new policies and renewals. Communities within the Counties of Clark, Douglas, and Elko are affected by this notices.
Publication Date: 12/16/14
Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations
Type of Notice: Final Notice
Deadline: Please see notice.
Summary: New or modified Base (1-percent annual chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for each of the communities listed in the table below are finalized. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. Communities within Clark and Washoe Counties are affected by this notice.
Publication Date: 12/17/14


Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education


Applications for New Awards; Performance Partnership Pilots
Deadline: Notice of Intent – 1/8/15; Application – 4/4/15, 4:30 pm ET
Award Size: $400,000 – $700,000
Summary: The Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) program, authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Division H, Section 526 (the Act), will enable up to ten pilot sites to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth using new flexibility to blend existing Federal funds and to seek waivers of associated program requirements. P3 pilots will receive start-up grants to support ongoing planning, streamlined governance, strengthened data infrastructure, improved coordination, and related activities to help pilots improve outcomes for disconnected youth.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Office of Postsecondary Education


Applications for New Awards; Student Support Services Program
Deadline: 2/2/15, 4:30 pm ET
Award Size: $220,000-$360,000
Summary: The purpose of the SSS Program is to increase the number of disadvantaged, low-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The support services that are provided should increase the retention and graduation rates for these categories of students and facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and universities. The support services should also foster an institutional climate that supports the success of students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are historically underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students. Student support services should also improve the financial and economic literacy of students.
Publication Date: 12/18/14

Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services


Applications for New Awards; State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program
Deadline: 1/29/15, 4:30 pm ET
Award Size: $500,000 – $1.75M
Summary: The purpose of this program, authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities. The absolute priorities are: Priority 1 – Effective and Efficient Delivery of Professional Development; and Priority 2 – Absolute Priority 2—State Personnel Development Grants.
Publication Date: 12/15/14


Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)


Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: SunShot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SunPath Round 2
Type of Grant Notice: Notice of Intent
Release Date: Around 1/5/15
Award Size: $500,000 – $10M depending on the Project Tier
Summary: EERE intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “SunShot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SunPath Round 2″. This FOA will enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development, and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges. Historically, annual funding opportunities have been separated by stage of technology development (Incubator, SolarMat, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, these funding opportunities have been combined into a single FOA, with the goal of bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry in the near term that will take root in the U.S. This FOA has 5 Tiers based on the type of product (hardware or non-hardware) and product maturity.
Publication Date: 12/15/14

Environmental Protection Agency


Environmental Education Local Grants Program — Solicitation Notice for 2014
Deadline: 2/2/15
Award Size: Up to $192,200
Summary: The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
Publication Date: 12/19/14


National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Type of Rule: Proposed Rules & Comments
Deadline: Comments – 3/17/15
Summary: Based on its review of the air quality criteria for ozone (O 3) and related photochemical oxidants and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for O 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to make revisions to the primary and secondary NAAQS for O 3 to provide requisite protection of public health and welfare, respectively.
Publication Date: 12/17/14

Health & Human Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)


Evaluating Structural, Economic, Environmental, or Policy Primary Prevention Strategies for Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence 
Deadline: 3/5/15
Award Size: Up to $400,000
Summary: The purpose of this announcement is to support research to rigorously evaluate structural, economic, environmental, or policy strategies for the primary prevention of intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence (IPV and/or SV). The proposed research will add to the limited knowledge base on effective strategies for IPV and/or SV prevention by evaluating the use of community-level approaches that change one or more of the social, economic, behavioral, or environmental characteristics of a community in order to prevent and reduce rates of IPV and/or SV perpetration, victimization or both perpetration and victimization.
Publication Date: 12/15/14
Evaluating Innovative and Promising Strategies to Prevent Suicide among Middle-Aged Men
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/26/15; Application – 3/5/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: $330,000 per budget period
Summary: The purpose of this announcement, RFA-CE-15-004, is to support research to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative and promising programs or policies to prevent suicidal self-directed violence (called suicidal behavior herein) and reduce proximal outcomes among middle-aged males, ages 35-64. The results from this research will expand the evidence base of effective and scalable suicide prevention strategies for middle-aged men.
Publication Date: 12/16/14

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)


Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application from the Joint Commission for Continued CMS-Approval of its Hospice Accreditation Program
Type of Notice: Proposed Rule & Comments
Deadline: 1/19/15, 5:00 pm
Summary: This proposed notice with comment period acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospices that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. A hospice that participates in Medicaid must also meet the Medicare conditions for participation as required under 42 CFR 488.6(b). The statute requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization’s complete application, we publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period.
Publication Date: 12/19/14


Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)


Children’s Safety Network Program
Deadline: 3/2/15
Award Size: $1.2M
Summary: The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children and youth by 100,000 over the next 3 years by increasing the adoption of effective child safety interventions at the national, state and local levels. Increased implementation of evidence-based policies, programs and practices through collaborative improvement and innovation models are expected to lead to a measurable improvement in child safety among the maternal and child health populations.
Publication Date: 12/15/14
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Grants for Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY)Existing Geographic Service Areas
Deadline: 1/30/15
Award Size:
Summary: The purpose of this grant program is to provide family-centered primary medical care in the outpatient or ambulatory care setting to low income, vulnerable, medically underserved WICY living with HIV/AIDS. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D funding is intended to improve access to primary HIV medical care for HIV-infected WICY through the provision of coordinated, comprehensive, culturally and linguistically competent services directly, by contract, or by memoranda of understanding (MOU).
Publication Date: 12/18/14

Primary Care Training and Enhancement Awards
Deadline: 2/18/15
Award Size:Single – Up to $250,000, per yr.; Collab. – Up to $350,000, per yr.
Summary: The overarching purpose of the PCTE program is to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care clinicians, teachers and researchers and promoting primary care practice in rural and underserved areas. The focus of this grant is to produce primary care providers who will be well prepared to practice in and lead transforming health care systems aimed at improving access, quality of care, and cost effectiveness.
Publication Date: 12/18/14

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health


FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches 
Deadline: 12/19/14, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: $300,000 – $400,000
Summary: OMH, in partnership with the COPS Office, is supporting a national initiative to integrate public health and violence prevention approaches. OMH is seeking applications from organizations that can serve as demonstration sites for addressing both the disparities in access to public health and the elevated risk of violence and crime that exists in many of our nation’s most distressed neighborhoods. The MYVP intends to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services and violent crimes and improve the health and wellbeing of communities of color. This demonstration program requires a coordinated strategy and multi-partner approach. Applications to the MYVP must be comprised of collaborative partnerships, which, at a minimum, include one public health agency and one law enforcement agency; one of which may be the lead applicant. Applicants should demonstrate a partnership among disciplines, and include public health, law enforcement, and other criminal justice/public safety stakeholders, and organizations that specifically provide minority youth violence prevention services (e.g. community policing programs, juvenile services and the courts).
Publication Date: 12/19/14

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative (SPF-PFS)
Deadline: 3/16/15
Award Size: $318,543 – $2,472,608 per yr.
Summary: The SPF-PFS program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.
Publication Date: 12/17/14

National Endowment for the Humanities



Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Deadline: 3/10/15
Award Size: $50,000 – $250,000
Summary: These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site
Publication Date: 12/18/14

National Science Foundation


Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants
Deadline: 4/2/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: $1M
Summary: The goal of the competition is to further innovative, integrative research to elucidate hominin biological and behavioral evolution. The particular focus is on long term processes within hominin evolution and how they relate to major questions of paleoanthropological significance. While the intellectual scope of the competition is thus constrained, the potential methodologies and disciplines are not. It is understood, for example, that fields such as (but not limited to) cognitive science, genetics, and spatial or mathematical modeling may be directly relevant to such an endeavor.
Publication Date: 12/15/14
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
Deadline: 3/17/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: $75,000 – $3M
Summary: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. Four tracks will be funded under this NOFA:
Track 1: Scholarships & Stipends (S&S)
Track 2: NSF Teaching Fellowships (TF)
Track 3: NSF Master Teaching Fellowships (MTF)
Track 4: Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers
Publication Date: 12/17/14

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes
Deadline: 3/20/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Type 1 – Up to $50,000; Type 2 – $1M – $2.5M
Summary: The CRISP solicitation seeks proposals with transformative ideas that will ensure ICI services are effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. To meet the interdisciplinary criterion, proposals must broadly integrate across engineering, computer, information and computational science, and the social, behavioral and economic (SBE) sciences. Proposals that do not meet this criterion may be returned without review. Projects supported under this solicitation may undertake the collection of new data or use existing curated data depending on the category of award, and must recognize that a primary objective is integrative, predictive modeling that can use the data to validate the models and that can be integrated into decision making.
Publication Date: 12/19/14


Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)


Right-of-Way and Real Estate
Type of Rule: Proposed Rule & Comments
Deadline: 1/23/15
Summary: FHWA is proposing to amend its regulations governing the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property for transportation programs and projects receiving funds under title 23, United States Code. The revisions are prompted by enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Section 1302 of MAP-21 includes new early acquisition flexibilities that can be used by State departments of transportation (SDOT) and other grantees of title 23 Federal-aid highway program funds. This proposal is intended to develop regulations on the use of those new early acquisition flexibilities. The FHWA is also proposing to update the real estate regulations to reflect the agency’s experience with the Federal-aid highway program since the last comprehensive rulemaking, which occurred more than a decade ago. The updates include clarifying the Federal-State partnership, streamlining processes to better meet current Federal-aid highway program needs, and eliminating duplicative and outdated regulatory language. This notice of proposed rulemaking provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the regulations.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)


FY 2015 Performance and Registration Information Systems Management Grant Program Notice of Funding Availability
Deadline: 2/2/15
Award Size: $125,000 – $1M
Summary: The Performance Information Systems Management (PRISM) grant program is a cooperative Federal-State safety program developed to reduce commercial vehicle accidents. The PRISM program encompasses two major processes Registration and Enforcement, which are integrated to identify motor carriers and hold them responsible for the safety of their operations. The performance of unsafe carriers is improved through a comprehensive system of identifications, education, data gathering, safety monitoring, and treatment.
Publication Date: 12/19/14

US Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA)


Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4)
Deadline: 2/18/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: Up to $4.8M
Summary: The purpose of the IR-4 program is to enable the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The crop protection industry cannot justify the costs associated with the research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. These efforts require effective collaborations among federal agencies, the crop protection industry, and land-grant colleges and universities. The IR-4 program will provide funding for three types of projects as follows:
1. Regional IR-4 center with analytical chemistry program;
2. Regional IR-4 center without an analytical chemistry program;
3. IR-4 project headquarters (up to $4.8 million/year).
Publication Date: 12/17/14
AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Deadline: Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships: 2/11/15; Undergrad. Research & Ext.: Letter of Intent – 2/18/15; Application – 5/6/15
Available Funds: $16.9M
Summary: The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI ELI) focuses on developing the following:
• opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities, including those from underrepresented ethnicities and economically disadvantaged groups at minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and other universities to obtain hands-on experience at land-grant and non-land-grant universities and USDA laboratories and obtain training to join the agricultural workforce or pursue graduate studies in food, agriculture, natural resources and the human sciences.
• technical and functional competence for predoctoral students; and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral students.
Publication Date: 12/18/14

Rural Utility Service (RUS)


Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Deadline: 2/17/15
Award Size: $100,000 – $3M
Summary: RUS announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for FY 2015. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit proposals and give the Agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year. RUS will publish on its Web site the amount of funding received in any continuing resolution or the final appropriations act, if any. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s risk.
Publication Date: 12/19/14

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