Financial Assistance for National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To determine the long-term consequences of human activities which affect the coastal and marine environment; to assess the consequences of these activities in terms of ecological, economic, and social impacts upon human, physical and biotic environments, and to define and evaluate management alternatives which minimize adverse consequences of human use of the coastal and marine environments and resources. Executive Order 13158 directs Federal agencies to work collaboratively with public and private interests to develop a science- based framework for the national system of marine protected areas (MPAs). To insure compliance with this order, NCCOS is intending to conduct an integrated assessment (IA) examining the impacts of various marine resources uses on sustainable fisheries, biodiversity, and submerged cultural artifacts and looking at how a network of MPAs can be used to manage those impacts. The assessment is intended to provide scientific information that can be used to evaluate the existing system, evaluate options for future potential action, and identify gaps in our understanding of this issue. The IA will give stakeholders in the area a process for evaluating alternative methods of implementing E.O. 13158 and a product that 1) identifies objectives and priorities for marine protection and habitat enhancement, 2) outlines agreed-upon actions and implementation plans to achieve marine protection and habitat enhancement benefits, 3) serves as a tool for subsequent IAs, and 4) maintains or improves ecosystem health and the health of high priority, at-risk species. This assessment will be conducted in collaboration with NOAA's MPA Center, National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS), Non-Governmental Offices (NGO) and academic partners. Integrated assessments serve as a formal bridge between science and management to integrate the best existing scientific information for use by coastal managers. Integrated assessments 1) document status and trends of ecosystem and cultural resource conditions, 2) relate those trends to their environmental and economic causes and consequences, 3) predict outcomes of alternative management actions, and 4) review means to implement those alternatives. A successful IA is responsive to policy-relevant questions, based on peer review and public participation, broadly integrated and synthetic, based on high-quality existing information, and predictive.

Possible uses and use restrictions...


Who is eligible to apply...

Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutes, laboratories, State and local government agencies, public or private, profit or nonprofit entities or individuals.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

None. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 31.2, Contracts with Commercial Organizations, codified at 48 CFR 31.2.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

A standard application form (SF-424) should be submitted with a statement of work and estimated budget to the National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (N/SCI,) 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. This program is subject to the requirements of CFR Part 14, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit and Commercial Organizations, which replaces OMB Circular No. A-110 as the administrative rules applicable to these awards. In addition, this program is subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments", which replaces OMB A-102 as the administrative rule applicable to these awards. Applicable administrative requirements and cost principles are identified in each award and are incorporated into the award by reference.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluation. For the IA competitive program element, awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


No specific deadlines for proposal submission. Proposals will be reviewed several times a year. For the IA competitive program element, proposals must be submitted in accordance with instructions published in the Federal Register notice. The deadline date will be at least thirty days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days from the time of proposal receipt.

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding. These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division. Informal preapplication conferences are recommended. Consultation and assistance is available from NOAA in the preparation of an application. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


By application to the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Organizations and individuals with demonstrated professional expertise in determining, assessing and portraying the temporal and spatial distribution of chemical contaminants and their impact upon physical, biotic and human environments, particularly coastal ecosystems. With regard to the IA competitive program element, organizations and individuals with interests in a national system of marine protected areas (MPAs).

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $550,000. Average: $250,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants/Cooperative Agreements) FY 03 actual: $9,000,000; FY 04 est $9,100,000; and FY 05 est $9,100,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Assessments of estuarine and marine contaminants, harmful algal blooms, habitats, and natural resources, as they pertain to coastal ecosystems health and biodiversity. Development of a data set of characteristics of the Nation's coasts and oceans including erosion rates, coastal vulnerability indices and coastal hazards for incorporation into a geographic Information System and other microcomputer desktop information systems for further analysis.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Accomplishments vary from year to year based on the specific mix of cooperative agreements actually funded. Programs under this program conduct ecosystem and targeted research studies on Great Lakes and marine ecosystems to understand, describe, monitor, assess, model and predict the response of these systems to natural and human induced changes

Criteria for selecting proposals...

For competitive grants/cooperative agreements, criteria for selecting proposals is contained in the individual program solicitation. For non-competitive grants, applications received by NCCOS are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with all program requirements. Final funding decisions will be constrained by the actual amount of agency funding available and changes in programmatic priorities.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Support for projects may be provided for periods up to 5 years in annual increments. Funds are released as required.

Formula and Matching Requirements


A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Semi-annual and final performance reports; quarterly and final financial reports, and other special reports as may be required on a case-by-case basis.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement (OMB Circular No. A110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFS Part 24 for State and local governments). The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Title II, Section 201 and 202, Public Law 92-532; National Ocean Pollution Planning Act of 1978, Section 6, Public Law 95-273; and Executive Order 13158.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (N/SCI), 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: