Federal Grants & Rules Notification: Week Ending December 26, 2014

Department of Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Grants

Precision Measurement Grant Program (PMGP)
Deadline: 2/3/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: Up to $50,000 per year
Summary: NIST is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to support significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Health & Human Services

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

Rules

Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children
Effective: 12/24/14
Comments: 2/23/15
Compliance Date: 6/24/15
Summary: This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR’s care provider facilities.
Publication Date: 12/24/14

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Grants

Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury (R01) 
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/30/15; Application – 3/16/15
Award Size: Up to $350,000 per budget period
Summary: The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance knowledge in three areas: 1) how best to disseminate, implement, and translate evidence-based primary prevention strategies, programs, and policies designed to reduce youth violence; 2) what works to prevent violence by rigorously evaluating primary prevention strategies, programs, and policies; and 3) research to determine ways to effectively prevent serious and lethal interpersonal or self-directed violence.
Publication Date: 12/22/14
Comparison and Validation of Screening Tools For Substance Use Among Pregnant Women
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/23/15; Application – 2/24/15
Award Size: Up to $600,000 per yr.
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit proposals for a study to compare and validate substance use screening tools for pregnant women in the U.S. Such tools are to be used by providers caring for pregnant women to identify substance use during pregnancy with a focus on illicit and prescription drugs, and to inform the clinical management for substance-using pregnant women.
Publication Date: 12/22/14Evaluation of a Stepped Care Approach for Perinatal Depression Treatment in Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics 
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/26/15; Application – 2/25/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: Up to $2.5M
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to: 1) determine the effectiveness of a stepped care approach to reducing depression symptomology and increasing treatment rates among pregnant and postpartum women; 2) determine the feasibility of implementing a stepped care approach to depression treatment in obstetric clinics; and 3) develop recommendations for implementing best practice strategies for incorporating a stepped-care approach in obstetric clinics. Results of this FOA may inform national guidelines regarding depression care for pregnant and postpartum women.
Publication Date: 12/23/14Effectiveness of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Designed Specifically for Young Males
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 2/3/15; Application – 3/3/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: Up to $1M per budget period
Summary: The purpose of this research opportunity is to rigorously evaluate innovative interventions designed for young men aged 15-24 years old to reduce their risk of fathering a teen pregnancy that can be feasibly implemented in target settings (e.g., clinics, schools, community settings, youth-serving organizations, correctional settings). Up to three 5-year research projects will be funded, with at least one project evaluating an intervention targeted at young men aged 15-19 years. Projects will be funded under either Component A or B, based on the readiness of the intervention to be rigorously evaluated. Component A and Component B projects will rigorously evaluate the interventions with an experimental approach, package efficacious interventions, and provide CDC and OAH with final intervention package materials , to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work for public health purposes, and to authorize others to do so in accordance with applicable grant regulations.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Comparison and Validation of Screening Tools For Substance Use Among Pregnant Women
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/23/15; Application – 2/24/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: Up to $1.2M
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to solicit proposals for a study to compare and validate substance use screening tools for pregnant women in the U.S. Such tools are to be used by providers caring for pregnant women to identify substance use during pregnancy with a focus on illicit and prescription drugs, and to inform the clinical management for substance-using pregnant women.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Improving Surveillance and Prevention of Epilepsy Burden in US Communities
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/26/15; Application – 2/26/15, 5:00 pm ET
Award Size: $200,000 – $300,000 for the 1st year
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to use standardized definitions and methods to assess epilepsy burden to expand the knowledge of: 1) the prevalence and/or incidence of epilepsy among various U.S. populations or subpopulations, and 2) risk factors or other determinants that affect epilepsy incidence, prevalence or other epilepsy outcomes to guide interventions or services aimed at prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation that, if implemented, would minimize health disparities in people with epilepsy.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Population-Based Birth Defects Surveillance and Utilization of Surveillance Data by Public Health Programs
Deadline: 1/23/15
Award Size: $160,000 – $200,000
Summary: This program is to support: (1) the implementation, enhancement, and evaluation of state population-based birth defects surveillance systems; (2) the development and implementation of population-based programs to prevent birth defects; (3) the development and implementation or expansion of activities, including referral to services, to improve the access of children with birth defects to health services and early intervention programs; and (4) the evaluation of the effectiveness of the referral activities and the impact on the affected children and families.
NOTE: This is a competing continuation. Only those applicants who were funded under DD10-1001 are eligible to apply.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Grants

Cooperative Agreements to Support Comprehensive Medical Care for Thalassemia 
Deadline: 2/23/15
Award Size: Project 1 – Up to $180,000 per yr.; Project 2 – Up to $75,000 per yr
Summary: The goal of the Thalassemia Program is to support a demonstration project that will improve the identification of individuals with thalassemia and improve access to quality medical services for individuals requiring treatment for thalassemia. Achieving these goals will require that the regional awardees and a national-level partner/awardee work collaboratively to:
1) create a national effort to develop, implement, and maintain a national strategy to identify and assess the needs of individuals with thalassemia in order to assure access to comprehensive care;
2) work with other stakeholders to propose a model protocol for improving the delivery of thalassemia care, including recommendations on the use of transfusions therapy in thalassemia, disease specific screenings, and monitoring and treatment of therapeutic side effects, such as iron overload;
3) implement strategies for increasing access to specialty providers for the thalassemia population, including expansion of specialty provider networks using thalassemia treatment centers, telehealth and other network strategies; and
4) implement strategies for ensuring that thalassemia patients have access to primary care providers who can address non-disease specific issues (general health issues).
The Thalassemia Program will consist of 2 projects: Project 1- Thalassemia Regionalized Collaborative Approach and Project 2 – National-Level Partner.
Publication Date: 12/23/14
National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center
Deadline: 2/23/15
Award Size: Up to $800,000 per yr.
Summary: The purpose of this center is to: 1) Coordinate and support quality improvement (QI) activities that will be selected and carried out by the Regional Hemophilia Networks (RHN) to improve the care and improve outcomes for individuals with hemophilia and related bleeding and clotting disorders; 2) Provide a resource for the RHNs in their work that results in uniformity of practice and standards of care, accessibility of care for all patients and their families, reducing the cost of care, and the broad dissemination of bleeding and clotting disorder services and information; 3) play a key role in identifying, prioritizing, and addressing issues of importance regarding increasing access to, and the improvement of, hemophilia and related bleeding and clotting disorder services through outreach to underserved populations in conjunction with key stakeholders; and 4) provide access to training to the RHNs on activities to improve care and services; recruitment and retention of staff, and incorporation of genetics and public health into the hemophilia program.
Publication Date: 12/23/14Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
Deadline: 2/25/15
Award Size: Formula-based.
Summary: The NFLP provides funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a distinct, interest-bearing NFLP loan fund. Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers loan cancellation of up to 85% for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. Eligible schools must offer educator coursework within (as part of) an advanced education nursing degree program(s) that will prepare the graduate student to teach. The goal of the program is to provide financial support to registered nursing students who desire to become nurse educators. The inclusion of educator-focused coursework and practicum components offered as part of the graduate degree programs are intended to prepare students for teaching opportunities in higher education and to make the role transition successfully. NFLP graduates are eligible to teach as nurse educators at the tertiary, secondary and higher education level nursing degree programs. The program includes a statutory priority to increase the number of doctorally prepared nurse educator to teach at higher levels in academia.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Grants

FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches 
Deadline: 12/26/14, 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: 12/26/14

Interior

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Notices

Notice of Extension of the Public Comment Period for the Notice of Availability of the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, Nevada
Type of Notice: Extension to Comment Deadline
Deadline: 2/6/15
Summary: BLM published a Notice of Availability for the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014 [FR Doc. 2014-24135] and announced the availability of these documents for public comment until January 7, 2015. In response to multiple requests and because the comment period includes the holiday season, the BLM is extending the public comment period for the Draft RMP and Draft EIS until February 6, 2015.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

Justice

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Grants

NIJ FY 15 Developing a Method to Valuate Law Enforcement Data
Deadline: 3/23/15
Award Size: $500,000
Summary: NIJ seeks proposals to conduct research to improve the understanding of the comparative value of data relevant to the law enforcement business process. The proposed research should develop quantifiable measures that reflect the importance of the different kinds of data, offset by the cost to collect, process, analyze, distribute, and retain that data, to include the data security costs. For purposes of this solicitation, the law enforcement business process is defined as the related, structured actions carried out by law enforcement agencies to accomplish their mission.
Publication Date: 12/22/14
NIJ FY 15 Collecting Digital Evidence from Large-Scale Computer Systems and Networks
Deadline: 3/23/15
Award Size:
Summary: NIJ seeks proposals for funding to conduct research and technology development leading to the introduction into practice of new and innovative means to speed the processing of large-scale computer systems and computer networks for digital evidence in a forensically sound manner that preserves the probative value of the evidence that the computer system or network may contain.
Publication Date: 12/22/14NIJ FY 15 Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Deadline: 3/30/15
Award Size: $35,000 – $50,000
Summary: NIJ is seeking proposals for innovative doctoral dissertation research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics that is relevant to providing solutions to better ensure public safety, prevent and control crime, and ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support such graduate research leading to doctoral degrees.
Publication Date: 12/23/14NIJ FY 15 Research on Law Enforcement use of Common Operational Picture (COP) Technologies
Deadline: 3/23/15
Award Size: Up to $500,000
Summary: The purpose of the NIJ Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals to conduct research to identify and characterize the common operational picture (COP) technologies being used by law enforcement agencies for emergency response and law enforcement operations and what is known about their efficacy.
Publication Date: 12/23/14

National Science Foundation

Grants

Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 2/6/15; Application – 3/18/15, 5:00 pm local time both dates
Award Size: Up to $750,000
Summary: The goals of the SL Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrated research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. The Program is designed to support projects that – due to the activities supported and their interdisciplinarity and integrative breadth – do not fit into existing NSF programs. This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks to address important questions in the SL.
Publication Date: 12/22/14
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Deadline: 4/9/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Up to $2M
Summary: This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.
Publication Date: 12/22/14Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation Program
Deadline: 3/24/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Award sizes depend on funding area ranging from up to $400,000 to up to $5M
Summary: The Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation (CC*DNI) program invests in campus-level data and networking infrastructure and integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity. CC*DNI awards will be made in seven areas:

• Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs);
• Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher;
• Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions;
• Network Integration and Applied Innovation;
• Campus CI Engineer; and
• Regional Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking.

Publication Date: 12/22/14

Transportation

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Grants

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

US Department of Agriculture

Forest Service

Notices

21st Century Conservation Service Corps Partnership Opportunity
Type of Notice: Interest to Participate
Deadline: Letters of Interest – Accepted on a rolling basis.
Summary: The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) National Council is requesting letters of interest from all conservation corps, youth, and veteran programs that would like to be identified as a 21CSC member organization. We are initiating this outreach in order to catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans and returning veterans in the conservation and stewardship of America’s public lands and water. This notice seeks to establish the 21CSC by building upon and leveraging the experience and expertise of existing Federal, State, tribal, local and non-profit conservation and youth corps, and veterans programs. These programs facilitate conservation and restoration service work on public lands to include all governmental entities of cities, counties, States, and the Federal Government, and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental stewards. All principals of interested organizations are invited to submit a letter of interest that outlines the organization’s and/or program’s alignment with the criteria in each of the eight 21CSC principles listed below under Supplementary Information. Letters should include the name of your organization; an address and point of contact, including email address; and a description of how your organization or program aligns with all eight principles.
Publication Date: 12/22/14