Cooperative Forestry Research

The purpose of this funding is to increase forestry research in the production, utilization, and protection of forestland; to train future forestry scientists; and to involve other disciplines in forestry research.

Funding should also address the high priority issues described in the current
M/S Strategic Plan: ?Sustaining Healthy and Productive Forests: An Investment in America?s Competitive Position in the Global Marketplace?: (1) science of integration; (2) forest ecosystem services; (3) human attitudes and behaviors; (4) conflict, uncertainty, and decision-making; (5) technological advancements, productivity, and forest applications; and (6) urban ecosystems.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: Examples of funded projects were: (1) Green building and climate variability; (2) Non-traditional forestry (agroforestry and urban forestry); (3) Nutrient and Carbon Cycling; (4) Liquid biofuels from woody biomass conversion; (5) Quantification of ecosystem goods and services; (6) Life cycle analysis and value chain; and (7) Ecosystem and watershed restoration.

Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: Funding was distributed to states to address projects such as: (1) Nanotechnology in the forest products industry; (2) Bioenergy and biomass feedstock; (3) Forest fire; (4) Forest pest and diseases; (5) Watershed management; (6) Carbon sequestration; (7) Ecotourism and recreation; and (8) Climate change, mitigation and adaptation.

Fiscal Year 2018: Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: Projects anticipated to be funded in FY 2018 are predominantly extensions of projects funded in FYs 2016 and 2017 and some new ones representing emerging issues in the forest products industry such as: (1) Engineered wood products; (2) Development and production of nanomaterials; (3) Drought impacts on forests; (4) Quantification and modeling of ecosystem services; (5) Improvement in energy feedstock conversion; and (6) Climate Smart Forestry.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Puerto Rico $ 12,560   2015-10-022017-10-01
University Of Puerto Rico-$ 19,763   2015-10-022017-10-01
Mississippi State University $ 678,525   2015-10-012017-09-30
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University $ 688,774   2015-10-012017-09-30
North Carolina State University $ 881,297   2015-10-012017-09-30
University Of Maine System $ 719,568   2015-10-012017-09-30
University Of Georgia $ 822,995   2015-10-012017-09-30
Oregon State University $ 897,869   2015-10-012017-09-30
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 702,997   2015-10-012017-09-30
University Of Arkansas System $ 798,445   2015-10-012017-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: Congress appropriated $33,961,000 for this Program for FY 2016. After legislatively authorized set-asides, the amount available to support approved projects was $31,920,685. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year (FY) 2017: Congress appropriated $33,961,000 for the McIntire-Stennis program. About $31,849,841 is available for distribution to states. Fiscal Year 2018: Fiscal Year (FY) 2018: The projected amount, which is based upon the President?s request for the Program is $27,066,778. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act (M/S) grant is used to assist all states in carrying out a program of state forestry research at state forestry schools and colleges and developing a trained pool of forest scientists capable of conducting needed forestry research, which should include: (1) ecological restoration; (2) catastrophe management; (3) valuing and trading ecological services; (4) energy conservation, biomass energy and bio-based materials development; (5) forest fragmentation: (6) carbon sequestration and climate change; and (7) ways of fostering healthy forests and a globally competitive forest resources sector.

Additionally, M/S funds should be allocated to the following high priority issues: (1) science of integration (ecosystem or landscape approaches including interdisciplinary multi-state projects); (2) forest ecosystem services; (3) human attitudes and behaviors; (4) conflict, uncertainty, and decision-making; (5) technological advancements (biotechnology, nanotechnology and geospatial technology), productivity, and forest applications; and (6) urban ecosystems.

Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors.

First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula.

The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors: (1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land; (2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and (3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources.

Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor?s designee.

Applications may be submitted by State-certified Schools of Forestry as stipulated in accordance with Section 2 of Public Law 87-788, McIntire-Stennis Act.

Section 7412 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended Section 2 of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act (16 U.S.C.

582a-1) to include the 1890 Land-grant Institutions and made this change effective October 1, 2008.

(1) Approved NIFA M/S Projects, NIFA will fund the M/S Program for authorized activities.

Funds must be expended on approved M/S projects.

(2) Cost-Sharing and Matching funds are mandated in Section 4 of the McIntire-Stennis Act (16 U.S.C.

582a-3).

7 CFR 3015.50-56 prescribes the standards applicable to determining the allowability of cash and in-kind contributions for matching funds.

Matching funds also must be expended on approved M/S projects.

Capacity grant recipients are to provide matching (as detailed in Part VIII.A.6 of the Capacity Request for Applications (RFA) , either cash or in-kind, on a dollar-for-dollar basis (100 percent) on all Federal funds allotted.

Eligible institutions located in insular areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) are not required to match amounts at or below $100,000, if the allocation is below $200,000.

(3) Waiver of Indirect Costs.

Only applicable to Insular Areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) for amounts at or below $200,000.

(4) Indirect Costs and Tuition Remission.

In accordance with Section 1473 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C.

3319), indirect costs and tuition remission are unallowable as an M/S formula grant or matching expenditure.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are appropriated by Congress for distribution to State institutions certified as eligible by a State representative designated by the Governor of each State.

Funds are apportioned among States by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with a National Advisory Council representing the State- certified forestry schools and other groups concerned with forestry research.

This program is also available to Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Micronesia.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funds are appropriated by Congress for distribution to State institutions certified as eligible by a State representative designated by the Governor of each State. Funds are apportioned among States by the Secretary of Agriculture after consultation with a National Advisory Council representing the State- certified forestry schools and other groups concerned with forestry research. This program is also available in Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana, and Micronesia.

Credentials/Documentation

The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

All Request for Applications (RFAs) are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.

Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.

Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/.

NIFA Applications (R&R Other Project Information - Section 4.4) requires a response to the question regarding 'Actual or Potential Impact on the Environment.' For this program the response is 'No.'.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Award Procedures

Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors. First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula. The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors: (1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land; (2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and (3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources. Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor?s designee. Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Executive Order Public Law 87-778 (76 Stat. 806, 16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.) signed into law on October 10, 1962 is also known as the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Act. , 16 U.S.C 582a thru a-7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Appeals

Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.

Renewals

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 87-778. 76 Stat. 806, 16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. Funding is provided to the States through a formula-based allocation process which depends on several factors. First, a base amount (approximately $25,000) is allocated to each State; however, this base amount is excluded from the formula. The balance of funding to each State is determined through a ranking process and dependent upon the following three factors: (1) forty percent of the remaining balance is allocated based on the area of non-Federal commercial forest land; (2) forty percent is allocated based upon the volume of timber cut annually from stock; and (3) twenty percent is allocated based on the total expenditures for forestry research from non-Federal sources. Funds are then distributed to the eligible State-certified Institutions within the State as determined by the Governor?s designee. Formula grant recipients are to provide matching [as detailed in Part VIII.A.6 of the Formula Grant Opportunity (FGO)], either cash or in-kind, on a dollar-for-dollar basis (100 percent) on all Federal funds allotted. Eligible institutions located in insular areas (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) are not required to match amounts at or below $100,000, if the allocation is below $200,000. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

M/S funds are expected to be fully expended in the fiscal year (FY) of appropriation; however funds may be carried forward one (1) additional fiscal year (FY). These carryover funds must be fully expended by September 30 of the following year. No prior approval to carryover these funds is required from NIFA. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are to submit initial project information, annual summary and final reports through NIFA?s electronic, Web-based inventory system that facilitates both grantee submissions of project outcomes and public access to information on Federally-funded projects.

The details of the reporting requirements are included in the award terms and conditions. The following is a description of project data reporting requirements through the REEport system (located at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov) as well as the SF-425 reporting requirements: 1.

Financial Reporting A Financial Report shall be submitted to NIFA through REEport annually for all eligible projects from the preceding fiscal year.

A Financial Report is also required for expenditures on all State projects that are to be included in the non-Federal funds and matching funds computation.

Reports shall be made on the federal fiscal year basis. Financial reporting via the SF-425, Federal Financial Report is due to the Capacity Grants Branch of OGFM on December 31 for the period October 1 through September 30, on an annual basis, until the award is closed out. NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

McIntire-Stennis funds are expected to be fully expended in the fiscal year of appropriation; however, funds may be carried over for up to one year after the end of the year for which they were appropriated.

No prior approval is required to carry over funds for one additional year; however, no additional carryover requests may be considered or approved, as no legislative authority to do so is provided. 2.

REEport Reporting Institutions should submit a project proposal through the REEport systems.

The ?Essentials of a McIntire-Stennis Proposal? guideline document can assist you in developing the format of your proposal.

The guideline can be found at http://nifa.usda.gov/resource/mcintire-stennis-project-proposal-essentials under the Resources section or on Appendix B in the RFA. The following is a description of project data reporting requirements through the REEport system (located at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov) as well as the SF-425 reporting requirements: Institutions must submit a REEport Project Initiation which includes the Project Description; Project Classification; Assurance Form; and Project Proposal through the REEport System prior to the initiation of each capacity-funded project.

The project must undergo a review process and be approved before it is incorporated into the Program of Research. Each institution shall submit a REEport Progress Report annually for each eligible project.

All Progress Reports from institutions are based on the federal fiscal year and shall be submitted by March 1 for the preceding fiscal year (FY). A Final Report shall be submitted to NIFA through REEport for each completed or terminated project.

Such reports shall be submitted at the same time as are progress reports on active projects and should include a summary of accomplishments for the entire life of the project. See http://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant for additional details of annual, final technical and financial reporting requirements.

Instructions for using the REEport system are included on the NIFA web site at: http://nifa.usda.gov/reeport-resources-land-grant-partners. The office listed below provides agency oversight of these reports: Capacity Grants Branch Awards Management Division Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2298 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2298 Telephone: (202) 401-6520 Fax: (202) 690-3002 E-mail: formulagrantquestions@nifa.usda.gov. SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.

RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.

Any specific instructions in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F?Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 16 $31,920,685; FY 17 est $31,849,841; and FY 18 est $27,066,778 - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment ? Division of Environmental Systems, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2210,, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2210 Email: formulagrantquestions@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5229 Fax: (202) 720-3945

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Capacity Request for Applications (RFA) [formerly known as Formula Grant Opportunity (FGO)]. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/mcintire-stennis-capacity-grant.



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