Federal Grants & Rules: Week Ending October 9, 2015

Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program

Deadline: Dec 16, 2015

Award Size: Program Funding: $16,800,000

with cost sharing

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies.


Department of Education

OSERS-OSEP: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities: Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel CFDA Number 84.325D

Deadline: Dec 8, 2015

Award Size: 14 Awards Program Funding: $3,500,000

Award Ceiling: $250,000

Publication Date: 10/9

Summary: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.


Department of Energy – Office of Science

Office of Science

Environmental System Science

Deadline: Jan 22, 2016

Award Size: 10 Awards

 Program Funding: $5,000,000

Award Ceiling: $600,000

Publication Date: 10/9

Summary: The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental Systems Science (ESS), including Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) and Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR).


Department of Energy

Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) 2015

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016  Applicants may submit Concept Papers at any time during the open period of this FOA.

Award Size: 20 Awards

Program Funding: $10,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: This announcement is purposely broad in scope to encourage the submission of the most innovative, out-of-the-box ideas in energy technology. ARPA-E seeks transformative ideas that enable the most efficient, economical, sustainable, and environmentally benign conversion of energy while minimizing exergy destruction.


Department of Energy

Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Single-windowpane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) – SBIR/STTR

Deadline: Nov 18, 2015  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Award Size: 4 awards with cost sharing Program Funding: $10,000,000

Award Ceiling: $3,225,000

Award Floor: $225,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: Open to small business. The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. This program seeks to reduce this consumption by funding the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective retrofits for the substantial remaining stock of single-pane windows in the U.S.


Department of Energy

Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD)

Deadline: Nov 18, 2015  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Award Size: 8 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award Ceiling: $10,000,000

Award Floor: $250,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. This program seeks to reduce this consumption by funding the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective retrofits for the substantial remaining stock of single-pane windows in the U.S.


Environmental Protection Agency

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Deadline: Dec 8, 2015

Award Size: 41 Awards

Program Funding: $975,000

Award Ceiling: $15,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: Seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. (EPA-G2016-P3-Q1 – Energy)


Environmental Protection Agency

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Deadline: Dec 8, 2015

Award Size: 41 Awards

Program Funding: $975,000

Award Ceiling: $15,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: Seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. (EPA-G2016-P3-Q2 – Built Environment)


Environmental Protection Agency

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Deadline: Dec 8, 2015

Award Size: 41 Awards

Program Funding: $975,000

Award Ceiling: $15,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: Seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. (EPA-G2016-P3-Q3 – Materials and Chemicals)


Environmental Protection Agency

13th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

Deadline: Dec 8, 2015

Award Size: 41 Awards

Program Funding: $975,000

Award Ceiling: $15,000

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: Seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. (EPA-G2016-P3-Q4 – Water)


National Endowment for the Humanities

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Deadline: Dec 9, 2015

Award Size: Award Ceiling: $300,000

Publication Date: 10/7

Summary: Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar.


National Endowment for the Humanities

Collaborative Research Grants

Deadline: Dec 9, 2015

Award Size: Award Ceiling: $300,000

Publication Date: 10/7

Summary: Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Eligible projects include • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and • archaeological projects that include the interpretation and dissemination of results.


National Science Foundation

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (EFRI)<BR>

Deadline: Apr 8, 2016

Award Size: Program Funding: $26,000,000

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

Award Floor: $1,000,000

Publication Date: 10/9

Summary: We will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two research areas: Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE) and New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry

Notices

Department of Agriculture

Rural Business-cooperative Service

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Rural Energy for America Program for Fiscal Year 2016

Type of Notice: Notice of Solicitation

Deadline: Varies, earliest being November 2, 2015

Publication Date: 10/6

Summary: The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (the Agency) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs.


Department of Education

Announcement of Requirements and Registration for the Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Type of Notice: Notice: Public Challenge

Deadline: Submission on or before December 7, 2015

Publication Date: 10/7

Summary: RHCAC calls upon potential entrants, who may include eligible educators, mobile application (app) developers, and other interested individuals to submit information concerning concepts for mobile apps, which may include a prototype, to improve access to information about career and technical education (CTE), help students, including students with disabilities and English Learners, navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students. From the $225,000 Challenge prize pool funds, up to five finalist teams will be awarded $25,000 each following the judging of the open submissions.


Department of the Interior

Bureau of Reclamation

Announcement of Requirements and Registration for a Prize Competition Seeking Methods or Devices That can Quantify Drift Invertebrates in River and Estuary Systems

Type of Notice: Notice

Deadline: Submission by Nov 16, 2015

Publication Date: 10/7

Summary: The Bureau of Reclamation is announcing a prize competition for seeking a way to economically detect, count, and identify zooplankton and drift invertebrates in river and estuary systems.


Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Findings on Petitions To List 19 Species as Endangered or Threatened Species

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: The findings announced in this document were made on October 8, 2015.

Publication Date: 10/8

Summary: After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing is not warranted at this time. However, we ask the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the threats to any of the 19 species listed or their habitat at any time.


Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status for the Headwater Chub and a Distinct Population Segment of the Roundtail Chub

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: Comments by Dec 7, 2015

Publication Date: 10/7

Summary: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the headwater chub (Gila nigra) and a distinct population segment (DPS) of the roundtail chub (Gila robusta) from the lower Colorado River basin as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act).