GRANTS & FEDERAL RULES NOTIFICATION: WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Federal Grants & Rules Notification:
Week Ending November 28, 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

Energy

 

Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) with
US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA)

Grants

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement USDA, DOE
Deadline: Pre-Application (Required) – 12/29/14, 5:00 pm ET; Application – 2/23/15
Award Size: $200,000 – $400,000 per year
Summary: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics- based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Applications are sought for research on candidate bioenergy plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Grants

Environmental Education Model Grants Program — Solicitation Notice for 2014
Deadline: 2/2/15
Award Size: Up to $192,200
Summary: The purpose of the Environmental Education Model Grant Program is to support model, replicable 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: 11/25/14

Notices

Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Type of Notice: Availability
Dates: Review Period Ends – 12/29/14
Summary: EPA received the following Environmental Impact Statements during the week of 11/17-11/21/14.
• EIS No. 20140332, Final EIS, BR, NV, Newlands Project Final Resource Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 12/29/2014, Contact: Bob Edwards 775-884-8342
Publication Date: 11/28/14

Health & Human Services

 

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)

Notices

Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants
Type of Notices: Allotment Percentages
Effective: 2016 and 2017
Summary: As required by section 423(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 623(c)), the Department is publishing the allotment percentage for each State under the Title IV-B Subpart 1, Child Welfare Services State Grants Program. Under section 423(a), the allotment percentages are one of the factors used in the computation of the Federal grants awarded under the Program. The allotment percentage for each State is determined on the basis of paragraphs (b) and (c) of section 423 of the Act. These figures are available on at: http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb/. The allotment percentage for Nevada is 55.86.
Publication Date: 11/28/14

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Grants

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Deadline: 12/30/14
Award Size: Up to $500,000
Summary: The purpose of this FOA is to continue to provide financial and technical assistance to state and territorial health departments to maintain behavioral surveillance through the BRFSS and increase the use of BRFSS data by health departments to inform public health actions to improve health. State and local governments rely on surveillance data to monitor the prevalence of health risk behaviors that are associated with these chronic health problems as well as with preventable injuries. Although health monitoring is being conducted on a national level, in many cases national surveillance data do not adequately describe the health risk behaviors and health status of populations in a state. In addition, there is growing demand for data that corresponds with smaller, sub-state geographic areas such as metropolitan statistical areas and counties. Therefore, state- and sub-state level surveillance data are needed to better understand and address the health status, health risk behaviors, and health disparities within states across the nation.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Rules

Medicare Program; Surety Bond Requirement for Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS); Technical Amendment
Type of Rule: Final Rule – Technical Amendments
Deadline: 1/1/15
Summary: This technical amendment corrects codification, terminology, and technical errors in the requirements for suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) at 42 CFR 424.57.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Grants

Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Program
Deadline: 1/9/15
Award Size: Up to $2.679M per year
Summary: The purpose of this component is to support the efforts of community-based organizations (CBOs) to enhance follow-up services for sickle cell patients and to support sickle cell disease counseling, education, referrals to a medical home, and other support services.
Publication Date: 11/25/14

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Grants

FY14 Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches 
Deadline: 11/28/14, 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: 11/28/14

Interior

 

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Notices

Notice of Availability of the Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement, NV
Type of Notice: Comments
Deadline: 120 days from publication EPA publishes EIS
Summary: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared the Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Carson City District Office, Sierra Front and Stillwater Field Offices, and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.
Publication Date: 11/28/14

Bureau of Reclamation

Grants

Water conservation Field Services Program – LCRO
Deadline: 1/27/15
Award Size: Up to $100,000
Summary: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Lower Colorado Region, is requesting proposals to fund activities in support of its Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP) within the Lower Colorado Regional Office Area (LCROA). The objective is to invite irrigation and water districts, states, local governments, water providers, and other entities that have an association with a Reclamation project or project water to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on activities/projects that make more efficient use of existing water supplies through water conservation and efficiency in the LCROA. The LCROA includes Southern Nevada, Northwestern Arizona, and Southwestern Utah, and any other areas supported by the Regional Office, which is located in Boulder City, Nevada. More information and a map of the area are available at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g2000/wtrconsv.html
Publication Date: 11/28/14

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)

Grants

Competitive State Wildlife Grants Program
Deadline: 2/27/15
Award Size: $25,000 – $500,000
Summary: This nationally-competitive program provides a resource to implement or enhance the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), with a special focus on promoting and advancing cooperative partnerships that result in large-scale landscape conservation. SWG Competitive Grant Program applications must address: (a) eligible actions identified in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-approved SWAPs; (b) emerging issues (such as climate change effects on species of greatest conservation need) that are adequately documented in the grant application and that propose to improve the status of such species and their habitats; or, (c) improvements to SWAPs that meet one or more of the themes described in Section IV.F. of the full application instructions. Awards are subject to appropriations.
Publication Date: 11/26/14

Notices

Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications
Deadline: Comments – 12/29/14
Summary: FWS invites the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that the public be invited to comment before issuing recovery permits to conduct certain activities with endangered species.

Permit No. TE-35440B
Applicant: Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The applicant requests a permit amendment to take (harass by survey, locate, and monitor nests) the southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) in conjunction with surveys and population monitoring activities throughout the range of the species in California and Nevada for the purpose of enhancing the species’ survival.

Publication Date: 11/28/14

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grants

 

Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: 2/24/15
Award Size: Seminars – $75,000 – $150,000;
Institutes – $90,000 – $200,000
Summary: These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers.
Publication Date: 11/26/14

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
Deadline: 2/24/15
Award Size: $150,000 – $180,000
Summary: The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities. Each workshop is offered twice during the summer. Workshops accommodate thirty-six school teachers (NEH Summer Scholars) at each one-week session. NEH Landmarks Workshops are academically rigorous and focus on key primary sources and scholarly works relevant to major themes of American history and culture. Leading scholars should serve as lecturers or seminar leaders. Workshops should also enable participants to work with primary documents and develop a project
Publication Date: 11/26/14

National Science Foundation

 

Grants

Materials Innovation Platforms
Deadline: 3/2/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: $10M – $25M over the project period
Summary: The Division of Materials Research (DMR) seeks to significantly accelerate advances in materials research and engineering through the rapid discovery of new materials and phenomena by developing a new midscale user facility program – Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program. The Platform, the tools and techniques developed, and the resulting new materials are themselves meant to be transformative. The US, once a global leader in materials synthesis, has fallen behind in the science of crystal growth. To rebuild technical strength in this area, the initial MIPs will focus on developing new bulk and thin film crystalline hard materials. The scientific focus of the MIP program is subject to change from competition to competition.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Deadline: 2/23/15
Funding Information: $4.5M for 4 awards
Summary: As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.
Publication Date: 11/24/14

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering
Deadline: 2/24/15, 5:00 pm local time
Award Size: Type 1 – Up to $400,000;
Type 2 – Up to $1.2M
Summary: The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and in which computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems. CyberSEES supports research on topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Additionally, the widespread, intensive use of computing technologies also introduces sustainability challenges and motivates new approaches across the lifecycle of technology design and use. Awards are subject to the availability of funds.
Publication Date: 11/25/14

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

Notices

Retrospective Regulatory Review-State Safety Plan Development and Reporting
Type of Notice: Comments
Deadline: Comments – 12/29/14
Summary: FHWA and NHTSA are evaluating their State highway safety plan development and reporting requirements. As part of this review, this notice requests comments on actions FHWA and NHTSA could take without statutory changes to better streamline and harmonize State highway safety plan development and reporting requirements.
Publication Date: 11/28/14

Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Grants

State Damage Prevention (SDP) Program Grants
Deadline: 1/1/15
Award Size: Up to $100,000
Summary: Grants awarded in support of PHMSA’s State Damage Prevention (SDP) grant program are intended for States to establish or improve the overall quality and effectiveness of their State Damage Prevention programs, which are designed to protect underground pipeline facilities from excavation damage. Any State authority designated by the Governor (including a municipality with respect to intrastate gas pipeline transportation) that is or will be responsible for protecting underground pipeline facilities from excavation damage is eligible as long as the State participates in the oversight of pipeline transportation pursuant to an annual 49 U.S.C. §60105 certification or 49 U.S.C. §60106 agreement in effect with PHMSA. An eligible State authority must have an effective damage prevention program or demonstrate that it has made substantial progress toward establishing an effective program.
Publication Date: 11/24/14
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