GRANTS & FEDERAL RULES NOTIFICATION: WEEK ENDING December 5, 2014

Federal Grants & Rules Notification:
Week Ending December 5, 2014

Education

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Grants

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

Rules

Teacher Preparation Issues
Type of Notice: Proposed Rule with Comments
Deadline: Comments – 2/2/15
Summary: The Secretary proposes new regulations to implement requirements for the teacher preparation program accountability system under title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), that would result in the development and distribution of more meaningful data on teacher preparation program quality (title II reporting system). The Secretary also proposes to amend the regulations governing the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program under title IV of the HEA so as to condition TEACH Grant program funding on teacher preparation program quality and to update, clarify, and improve the current regulations and align them with title II reporting system data.
Publication Date:

Energy

Golden Field Office

Grants

Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS2)
Deadline: 2/1/15
Award Size: $500,000 – $1.5M
Summary: funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Eligible projects will examine the performance of PV modules and will develop accelerated tests to better understand how solar modules degrade over time and achieve improved lifetime performance of the modules. Key focus areas will include using physics and chemistry and advanced data analysis to gain a better understanding of why solar modules fail, developing improved product tests and new rapid testing techniques or instruments – either outdoors after installation or during the manufacturing process – that evaluate module reliability, and improving data models to predict performance over time.
Publication Date: 12/1/14

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Grants

The Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative
Deadline: 3/4/15
Award Size: Topic Area 1 – $300,000 – $600,000; Topic Area 2 – $600,000 – $1M
Summary: REDI is a DOE initiative that focuses on technology transfer of smart grid advances to support the White House actions to respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
Publication Date: 12/3/14

Office of Science

Grants

Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science
Deadline: Pre-Application (Req.) – 1/15/15, 5:00 pm ET; Application – 3/19/15
Award Size: Up to $100,000 per year
Summary: Extreme-scale science research recognizes that fundamentally different techniques, software tools, and approaches will likely be needed to reap scientific benefits from disruptive, but potentially revolutionary, changes in technology. Major changes are occurring not only in scientific computing technologies (e.g., processors, memory and interconnect systems), but also in sensors and other hardware technologies at DOE experimental and observational scientific user facilities. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite exploratory basic research applications with the potential to deliver significantly advanced or improved science capabilities in light of emerging and disruptive technology changes.
Publication Date: 12/1/14

Environmental Protection Agency

Grants

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2015
Deadline: During FY 2015
Award Size: Up to $1M per State
Summary: EPA will begin to accept requests, from December 8, 2014 through January 31, 2015, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. EPA expects to make non-competitive grant awards to states and tribes which apply during fiscal year 2015.
Publication Date: 12/3/14

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants
Deadline: 2/3/15
Award Size: Up to $200,000
Summary: This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. In Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15), EPA anticipates providing some funding preference to applicants who choose to deliver other types of environmental training, beyond brownfields hazardous waste, as referenced in Section I.B and as referenced in Section V.C.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

Notices

Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Type of Notice: Availability & Comments
Deadline: 3/27/15
Summary: EPA received the following Environmental Impact Statements between 11/24 – 11/28/14 regarding areas within Nevada:

EIS No. 20140339, Draft EIS, BLM, NV, Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan, Comment Period Ends: 03/27/2015, Contact: Colleen Sievers 775-885-6168

Publication Date: 12/5/14

Health & Human Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Grants

Evaluating Structural, Economic, Environmental, or Policy Primary Prevention Strategies for Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/19/15; Application – 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: 12/5/14

Evaluating Innovative and Promising Strategies to Prevent Suicide among Middle-Aged Men
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/26/15; Application – 3/5/15
Award Size: Up to $330,000 per year
Summary: The purpose of this announcement 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: 12/1/14

Research to Evaluate the CDC Heads Up Concussion Initiative in Youth Sports
Deadline: Letter of Intent – 1/12/15 Application – 2/24/15
Award Size: Up to $550,000
Summary: The purpose of this funding announcement is to rigorously evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of CDC’s Heads Up concussion education and awareness materials (e.g., training, toolkits) used by youth sports organizations (leagues, clubs) or high school sports. There is a strong preference for investigations targeted at youth sports organizations because of the limited evidence base developed with this population and the greater potential for a more rigorous research design. Outcomes of interest include training and material use, policy change, knowledge and attitudes about concussion, coach and athlete behavior, and athlete health outcomes. Projects are to enhance understanding about which components of the CDC Heads Up campaign are most effective. A secondary purpose is to understand whether educational requirements (e.g., training required by state laws, which can be provided through Heads Up online courses) are sufficient to improve coaches’ behaviors, or if rule and practice changes in sports can complement the effects of education and awareness efforts.
Publication Date: 12/1/14

Investigating New Approaches for Tobacco Surveillance Systems
Deadline: 2/9/15
Award Size: Up to $700,000 per budget periodf
Summary: This funding opportunity announcement seeks to design and test new format, content and modes of administration for tobacco surveillance systems. The newly developed system(s) will be used by public health professionals and researchers to describe the patterns and correlates of tobacco use behaviors in the U. S. population and inform and evaluate tobacco prevention and control policies and interventions designed to reduce the burden of death, disease and disability associated with the consumption of tobacco products.
Publication Date: 12/4/14

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Notices

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies; Extension of Comment Period
Type of Notice: Extension to Comment Period
New Deadline: 1/7/15, 5:00 pm ET
Summary: This notice extends the comment period for the October 9, 2014 proposed rule entitled “Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies” (79 FR 61164). The comment period for the proposed rule, which would have ended on December 8, 2014, is extended for 30 days.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Provider Enrollment Application Fee Amount for Calendar Year 2015
Type of Notice: General Notice
Effective: 1/1/15
Summary: This notice announces a $553.00 calendar year (CY) 2015 application fee for institutional providers that are initially enrolling in the Medicare or Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); revalidating their Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP enrollment; or adding a new Medicare practice location. This fee is required with any enrollment application submitted on or after January 1, 2015 and on or before December 31, 2015.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

Rules

Medicaid Program; Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments-Uninsured Definition
Type of Notice: Final Rule
Deadline: 12/31/14
Summary: This final rule addresses the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments under the Social Security Act (the Act). Under this limitation, DSH payments to a hospital cannot exceed the uncompensated costs of furnishing hospital services by the hospital to individuals who are Medicaid-eligible or “have no health insurance (or other source of third party coverage) for the services furnished during the year.” This rule provides that, in auditing DSH payments, the quoted test will be applied on a service-specific basis; so that the calculation of uncompensated care for purposes of the hospital-specific DSH limit will include the cost of each service furnished to an individual by that hospital for which the individual had no health insurance or other source of third party coverage.
Publication Date: 12/3/14

Medicare Program; Requirements for the Medicare Incentive Reward Program and Provider Enrollment
Type of Rule: Final Rule
Effective: 2/3/15
Summary: This final rule implements various provider enrollment requirements. These include: Expanding the instances in which a felony conviction can serve as a basis for denial or revocation of a provider or supplier’s enrollment; if certain criteria are met, enabling us to deny enrollment if the enrolling provider, supplier, or owner thereof had an ownership relationship with a previously enrolled provider or supplier that had a Medicare debt; enabling us to revoke Medicare billing privileges if we determine that the provider or supplier has a pattern or practice of submitting claims that fail to meet Medicare requirements; and limiting the ability of ambulance suppliers to “backbill” for services performed prior to enrollment.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Grants

Advanced Nursing Education Program
Deadline: 2/13/15
Award Size: Up to $700,000 per year
Summary: It is anticipated that projects will develop and test innovative academic-practice partnership models for clinical training within the graduate nursing education programs that prepare graduate nursing students to provide safe, quality care within the complex practice-based environment of the nation’s evolving healthcare system. Awardees will create one or more innovative partnerships between academic institutions and rural or underserved clinical practice sites to improve the quality of clinical sites and preceptors, improve preceptor training and promote students’ readiness to practice upon graduation. Awardees will also use on-going, iterative quality improvement and outcomes evaluation methods to test and improve the effectiveness of the clinical training models.
Publication Date: 12/3/14

Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Expansion Grant Program
Deadline: 2/27/15
Award Size: Up to $250,000 per year
Summary: The goal of this grant program, as with this multi-phase initiative, is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in both pregnant women and infants through improved access to quality oral health care. By targeting pregnant women and infants most at risk for disease, during times of increased health care access, the expected result is improved oral health and oral health care utilization of the mother and her child throughout their lifespan. Oral health is an essential component in promoting and maintaining overall health during pregnancy and throughout one’s lifetime. Ultimately, by linking the delivery of oral health with primary care, the overall well-being of pregnant women and infants will be improved. At the end of this funding period, awardees will have defined and implemented evidenced-based models used to successfully integrate quality oral health care into perinatal and infant primary health care delivery systems with statewide reach.
Publication Date: 12/4/14

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Grants

FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches 
Deadline: 12/5/14, 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: 12/5/14

Institute of Museum & Library Services

Grants

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Deadline: 2/2/15
Award Size: $10,000 – $25,000
Summary: parks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Deadline: 2/2/15
Award Size: Project & Research – $10,000 – $2M; Planning – Up to $50,000; Nat. Forum – Up to $100,000
Summary: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. For the February NLG deadline, IMLS accepts applications under two project categories/funding priorities:
• National digital platform;
• Learning spaces in libraries.
Publication Date: 12/1/14

Interior

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)

Grants

Fiscal Year 2015 Recovery Implementation Fund
Deadline: 7/31/15
Award Size: Contact your Regional Contact for funding information.
Summary: The Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to eligible entities to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. This opportunity is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species’ approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species’ approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species’ response to climate change. This funding opportunity uses FWS Regional and Field Office discretionary funding, if available. The amount of actual funding available will vary from year to year. Funding may not be available every year in each Regional or Field Office.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

Fiscal Year 2015 Candidate Conservation Action Funds
Deadline: 2/1/15
Award Size: Contact your Regional Contact for funding information.
Summary: Financial assistance is available to secure candidate and other at-risk species information or undertake restoration actions that will help avert federal listing of species. The purpose is to provide a means by which the ecosystems upon which candidate and at-risk species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of these species. This funding opportunity uses FWS Regional and Field Office discretionary funding, if available. The amount of actual funding available will vary from year to year. Funding may not be available every year in each Regional or Field Office.
Publication Date: 12/5/14

National Science Foundation

 

Grants

Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
Deadline: 3/2/15; 1/6/16; & 1/4/17,5:00 pm local time Date depends on funding Track,
Award Size: $50,000 – $500,000
Summary: The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. RCN awards are not meant to support existing networks; nor are they meant to support the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards do not support primary research. RCN supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas.
Publication Date: 12/2/14

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
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