Federal Grants & Rules: Week Ending September 18, 2015

Department of Energy

Golden Field Office

PHOTOVOLTAICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (PVRD)

Deadline: SIPS: 10/19/15,

Full Applications: 1/11/16

Award Size: 35 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,125,000

Award Floor: $100,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support continued innovation in photovoltaic cell and module technologies.


Department of Energy

Golden Field Office

SUNSHOT TECHNOLOGY TO MARKET (INCUBATOR ROUND 11, SOLARMAT ROUND 4)

Deadline: Feb 3, 2016

Concept Paper by 3:00 pm ET on 11/18/2015

Award Size: 25 Awards with cost sharing Program Funding: $30,000,000

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000

Award Floor: $500,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: This funding program seeks to fund for-profit entities to develop products and solutions which will further reduce the price of solar energy and de-risk the integration of solar energy to the electricity grid.


Department of Energy

Golden Field Office

Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing

Deadline: Jan 29, 2016  Concept Paper is due 11/04/2015 at 5:00pm ET.

Award Size: 1 Award with cost sharing

Program Funding: $70,000,000

Award Ceiling: $70,000,000

Award Floor: $35,000,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: The opportunity to be addressed in this FOA is the research, development and demonstration of Smart Manufacturing technology to enable cost effective information and communication technologies for the real-time management and control of energy in manufacturing across the unit-process, facility, enterprise, and supply chain.


Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

Deadline: Nov 16, 2015

Award Size: 12 Awards

Program Funding: $4,000,000

Publication Date: 9/16

Summary: The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities


Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

Bridging the Word Gap Competition Challenge

Deadline: December 31, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET

Award Size: Total: Up to $300,000

○ Phase 1: 7-10 winners, up to $10,000 each

○ Phase 2: 3-5 winners; up to $25,000 each

○ Phase 3: 1 winner; up to $100,000

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: The goal of the Challenge is to develop a low-cost, scalable technologically-based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk and engage in more back-and-forth interactions with their young children (ages 0-4).


Department of Housing and Urban Development

Continuum of Care NOFA

Deadline: The due date of final HUD approval for FY 2015 GIW changes is September 28, 20152015 by 5:00 p.m., local time of the applicant.

Award Size: $1.89 billion is available

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: The CoC Program (24 CFR part 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. CoCs were required to designate a Collaborative Applicant

to submit the CoC Consolidated Application on behalf of the CoC as part of the

FY 2015 CoC Program Registration process.


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Award Size: 6 Awards

Program Funding: $120,000

Award Ceiling: $25,000

Award Floor: $10,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide.


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Award Size: 15 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $1,481,000

Award Ceiling: $150,000

Award Floor: $5,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. AAHC grants can fund both new and ongoing museum activities and programs.


Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Leadership Grants for Museums

Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Award Size: 25 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $8,000,000

Award Ceiling: $500,000

Award Floor: $50,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.


Institute of Museum and Library Services

Museums for America

Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Award Size: 195 Awards with cost sharing

Program Funding: $21,457,000

Award Ceiling: $150,000

Award Floor: $5,000

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: Museums for America grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.


National Endowment for the Humanities

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Award Size: Award Ceiling: $350,000

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: This program therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact.


National Science Foundation

Copayments for Medications in 2015

Deadline: Jan 19, 2016

Award Size: 25 Awards

Program Funding: $29,750,000

Award Ceiling: $1,600,000

Award Floor: $750,000

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: DMREF will support universities and colleges in  activities that accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials with specific and desired functions or properties from first principles.


National Science Foundation

IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments

Deadline: Dec 15, 2015

Award Size: 8 Awards

Program Funding: $11,950,000

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000

Award Floor: $1,000,000

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: This funding opportunity enables engineering and computer science departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome longstanding issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering and computer science students prepared to solve 21st-century challenges.


National Science Foundation

Division of Environmental Biology

Deadline: Aug 2, 2016

Award Size: Program Funding: $72,000,000

Award Ceiling: $5,000,000

Award Floor: $5,000

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.


Office of National Drug Control Policy

Drug Early Warning from Re-Testing Biological Samples

Deadline: Sep 22, 2015

Award Size: 1 Award

Program Funding: $100,000

Publication Date: 9/16

Summary: ONDCP seeking applications from public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals) to perform research and analysis of data to inform drug policy.

Notices

Department of Education

Annual Notice of Interest Rates of Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program Prior to July 1, 2010

Type of Notice: Notice

Deadline: Effective 9/15/2015

Publication Date: 9/15

Summary: The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for the period July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, for certain loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program prior to July 1, 2010.


Department of Labor

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines

Type of Notice: Public Meeting

Proposed Rule

Deadline: Meeting held: October 19, 2015

Publication Date: 9/18

Summary: Discussing impediments to the use of built-in-place refuges and enhanced two-way voice communication when using escape breathing devices. This meeting also invites stakeholders to provide input on the current state of refuges in use and recent research and newtechnology that may lead to the development of a new generation of refuges. Will be held at National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Road, Beaver, West Virginia.


Department of the Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings on 25 Petitions

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: Information submitted no later than November 17, 2015

Publication Date: 9/18

Summary: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 90-day findings on various petitions to list, reclassify, or delist fish, wildlife, or plants (Tricolored blackbird and Virgin River spinedace)


Department of Veterans Affairs

Copayments for Medications in 2015

Type of Notice: Rule

Deadline: This final rule extends the current freeze for copayments through December 31, 2016.

Publication Date: 9/16

Summary: Under that interim final rule, copayment amounts were maintained at the same rates as they were in 2014 (which were $8 for veterans in priority groups 2-6 and $9 for veterans in priority groups 7 and 8), and would have increased based on the prescription drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) on January 1, 2016.


Department of Veterans Affairs

Loan Guaranty-Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program

Type of Notice: Rule

Deadline: October 19, 2015.

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: The Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 authorizes VA to provide grants of up to $200,000 per fiscal year to persons or entities to encourage the development of specially adapted housing assistive technologies. This final rule implements changes to VA regulations to clarify the process, the criteria, and the priorities relating to the award of these research and development grants.


Environmental Protection Agency

Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Nevada; Regional Haze Progress Report

Type of Notice: Proposed Rule

Deadline: Comments by October 19, 2015.

Publication Date: 9/17

Summary: EPA is proposing to approve Nevada’s determination that the existing Nevada Regional Haze Implementation Plan is adequate to meet the visibility goals, and requires no substantive revision at this time.


Federal Communications Commission

Updating Competitive Bidding Rules

Type of Notice: Rule

Deadline: Effective November 17, 2015

Publication Date: 9/18

Summary: In this document, the Commission modernizes and reforms its competitive bidding rules to provide greater flexibility to small businesses and rural service providers and bring greater choices to consumers.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Department of Energy; Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada; Correction

Type of Notice: Notice

Deadline: Comments by November 20, 2015

Publication Date: 9/18

Summary: The public comment period was originally scheduled to close on October 20, 2015. The NRC staff has decided to extend the public comment period to allow more time for members of the public to develop and submit their comments. The NRC is also correcting its August 21, 2015, notice to correct a meeting date and Web site link.