1994 Institutions Research Program

The Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) (aka 1994 Institutions Research Program) is a competitive grants program supporting fundamental and/ or applied agricultural research projects that address high priority concerns of tribal, national or multi-state significance.

The program funds

credit:
investigative and analytical studies and experimentation in the food and agricultural sciences (as defined in section 1404 of the NARETPA (7 U.S.C.

3103) and Part VIII, E.

of this RFA).

TCRGP seeks to advance the body of knowledge in the basic and applied natural and social sciences within the food and agricultural sciences.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Turtle Mountain Community College, Anishinabe Campus Student Research Experience.

Using Biological Indicators as Measures for Water Quality Turtle Mountain Community College students will use biological indicators to measure water quality in Belcourt Lake.

This project builds off of previous student research projects, which also used macroinvertebrates to evaluate water quality in Ox Creek, a waterway fed by the spill way of Belcourt Lake.

The previous project found high levels of lead in sloughs north and west of Belcourt Lake.

The project director expects six (6) students to have an intensive training in research and leadership skills.

An Undergraduate Research Experience to Develop Improved Forest Carbon and Biomass Models for the Salish-Kootenai & Nez Perce Inventory Programs The project supports sustainable silviculture of indigenous forests and bioenergy production.

It will also train students through hands-on experiences in forestry research.

The collaborators are the University of Montana?s College of Forestry and Conservation, a McIntire-Stennis institution.

Tribal partners are the forestry departments of the Nez Perce, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Conservation Bison Herd Health and Well-Being This research will evaluate the effect of diet, parasites and disease on the reproductive fitness of Fort Peck Tribe?s bison herds.

The Fort Peck Tribe?s Yellowstone conservation herd had a calving rate of essentially 100 percent in 2015.

However, in the same year, the tribe?s commercial herd?s calving rate was only 75 percent.

This study whether herd health is the deciding factor in the calving rates.

The project director reports that the Fort Peck Tribes conservation herd offers a rare opportunity to conduct this evidence-based research, as its genetics are devoid of cattle DNA introgression.

The work will be conducted with direct involvement of three (3) Fort Peck Community College students supervised by faculty from that institution. Plant Phenology as an Indicator of Forest Community Resilience and Adaptive Capacity This research will evaluate how climate changes affects how plants emerge, flower, produce seed and go dormant.

Observing changes in plant life cycles and their reproductive fitness could provide strong indicators of changing climate conditions and assist natural resource managers in responding to change.

In particular, this project will identify which plant species can provide ?early warning? indicators of climate change in Northeastern Wisconsin. New Discovery: Atmospheric Mercury Loading In The St.

Louis River Watershed And Potential Correlation With Dragonfly Bioaccumulation The project director will guide students as they measure the mercury deposition in the St.

Louis River watershed.

Students will test for correlation between dry deposition and bioaccumulation of mercury in dragonfly larvae.

The data will help tribal natural resource managers and health officials to protect those who rely on the watershed?s fish and plant life food.

This study, which builds on previous student research, is also timely in that recent studies find that one (1) in ten (10) infants on the North Shore of Lake Superior have unsafe levels of mercury in their blood.

Fiscal Year 2017: Building A Community-Based Research Plan At Tohono O?odham Community College This two-year, Pathways to Research proposal will support a partnership with University of Arizona and meetings to develop an Indigenous Research program at the college.

Project directors will reach out to students and the greater community to learn about what they would support in a new research program that is adapted to the needs of the Tohono O`odham Reservation.

IAIA Student Agricultural Research Project Phase II This two-year Student Research project builds on a previous program to provide arts students with an opportunity to study science.

Working with New Mexico State University, IAIA will train students in agriculture research methods applicable to farms along the Rio Grande and Pecos River corridors.

This will enhance science literacy among all participants and may engage a few students in a new academic career.

Implementing Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning at a Tribal College This two-year Capacity project will focus on building new collaborations with North Dakota State University.

The project will investigate the potential of equine assisted learning as a means to address the community concerns about loss of culture and low academic achievement among reservation youth.

Effectiveness of sub-irrigation in the Milk River floodplain, Montana This two-year, New Discovery project will investigate whether a sub-irrigation system can address the agricultural needs of in semi-arid regions of northcentral Montana.

The Aaniiih Nakoda College community garden will serve as a demonstration plot for this new tool to manage soil moisture and nutrient management.

The project director also hopes to attract more students to the environmental science program with the project.

Montana State University-Bozeman will partner with the college on this research. Strengthening Little Big Horn College Research Capacity through Improving Rural Families` Access to Safe Drinking Water This two-year, New Discovery project, a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeks to apply archeology to develop a more sustainable agriculture on the Menominee reservation.

The project builds on three (3) tribal research capacity grants and will explore Menominee agricultural practices from 750 to 1650 AD to gain insights on systems that could benefit modern agriculture during times of climate change.

Thirty students will benefit from this project, including ten student interns, qualifying it for the enhanced student funding option.

Fiscal Year 2018: Data is not yet available.

Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Navajo Technical College $ 500,000   2019-04-012022-03-31
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College $ 500,000   2019-03-152022-03-14
United Tribes Technical College $ 500,000   2019-03-012022-02-28
College Of Menominee Nations $ 199,268   2018-09-012021-08-31
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 220,000   2018-09-012021-08-31
Salish Kootenai College, Inc. $ 219,999   2018-09-012021-08-31
Lac Courte Oreilles Objibwa Community College Inc $ 220,000   2018-09-012021-08-31
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College $ 220,000   2018-09-012021-08-31
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute $ 500,000   2019-04-012021-03-31
Northwest Indian College Foundation $ 220,000   2018-09-012020-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) made ten (10) awards to seven (7) institutions totaling $1,674,391. The 1994 Research Program is a competitive grant where recipients are selected via peer review. Applicants may apply at four (4) different levels. A Student Research Experience can be funded up to $65,000; a Research Capacity Building Option up to $85,000 and a New Discovery Research option up to $200,000 and New Discovery with significant student research [five (5) or more students] set at $220,000. There is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted by an institution and multiple awards can be made. In FY 2016, there were two (2) student projects, one (1) capacity and seven (7) new discovery; four (4) of those included significant student research. Further, two (2) proposals that were not funded in FY 2015, re-submitted enhanced applications and received awards in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: NIFA made ten (10) awards to seven (7) institutions totaling $1,668,633. One (1) school received two (2) awards. The 1994 Research Program is a competitive grant where recipients are selected via peer review. There were 18 proposals accepted for review. Each proposal was evaluated and scored by three (3) reviewers. Applicants could apply at five (5) different levels. A Student Research Experience can be funded up to $60,000; a Research Capacity Building Option up to $95,000 and a New Discovery Research option up to $200,000 and New Discovery with significant student research [five (5) or more students] set at $220,000. In 2017 it was also possible to receive a ?Pathways to Research? grant. This grant helps a 1994 Land Grant build scientific capacity in order to become a more competitive funding candidate. Pathways awards were funded up to $59,954. For the FY 2017 program, there were no restrictions in the number of applications that an eligible institution may submit through grants.gov. NIFA would only award up to two (2) research awards to any one (1) institution in the New Discovery Research option and up to two (2) awards in the Capacity Building option with a limit of three (3) awards total to any one (1) eligible institution in response to the FY 2017 RFA. An institution applying for a ?Pathways to Research? award could not receive more than one (1) award overall. In FY 2017, there were two (2) pathways projects, two (2) student projects, one (1) capacity and nine (9) new discovery; seven (7) of those included significant student research. Further, one (1) proposal that was not funded in FY 2016, re-submitted enhanced applications and received an award in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: Data is not yet available. NIFA projects that the amount available for awards will be $1,665,845. Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This research grants program is authorized to conduct agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national or multi-State significance.

NIFA has determined that grant funds may not be used for the renovation or refurbishment of research, education, or extension space; the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such space; or the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities. Section 720 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.L.

No.

112-55) limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their requests for recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of their institution?s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Bay Mills Community College, Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, Dine Community College, D-Q University, Dullknife Memorial College, Fond Du Lac Community College, Fort Belknap Community College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, LacCourte Orielles Ojibwa Community College, Little Big Horn Community College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Northwest Indian College, Oglala Lakota College, Salish Kootenai College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Stonechild Community College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, Institute of American Indian Arts, Crownpoint Institute of Technology, Haskell Indian National University, Leech Lake Tribal College, College of the Menominee Nation, and Little Priest Tribal College.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Current Listing of 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (aka Tribal Colleges): Aaniiih Nakoda College; Bay Mills Community College; Blackfeet Community College; Cankdeska Cikana Community College; Chief Dull Knife College; College of Menominee Nation; College of the Muscogee Nation; Dine? College; Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College; Fort Peck Community College; Haskell Indian Nations University; Ilisagvik College; Institute of American Indian Arts; Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College; Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College; Leech Lake Tribal College; Little Big Horn College; Little Priest Tribal College; Navajo Technical University; Nebraska Indian Community College; Nueta, Hidatsa and Sahnish College; Northwest Indian College; Oglala Lakota College; Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College; Salish Kootenai College; Sinte Gleska University; Sisseton Wahpeton College; Sitting Bull College; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Stone Child College; Tohono O?odham Community College; Turtle Mountain Community College; United Tribes Technical College; and White Earth Tribal and Community College.

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 Competitive 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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the 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 RFAs are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.

Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.

An environmental impact statement is 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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Award Procedures

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 Competitive 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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Section 1405 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 3121), designates the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the lead Federal Agency for agricultural research, extension, and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences. Authority for this program is contained in the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), as amended by the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601 note). In accordance with the statutory authority, subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary of Agriculture may award competitive grants, as defined in section 536 of the Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), to assist the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions in conducting agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national or multi-state significance., 7 U.S.C 301 note.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the 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/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for this program. Funds are awarded competitively. No formula grants are awarded under Subtitle K of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 [7 U.S.C. 3319e]. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The term of competitive project grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program may not exceed three (3) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. 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 Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the 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

REEport GRANT REPORTING: All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

Initial reporting (item a.

below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.

Annual progress and final reporting (items b.

and c.

below) also is to be done through the REEport system.

Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.

a.

Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.

The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.

Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.

20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: electronic@nifa.usda.gov b.

Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.

An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c.

Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.

The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.

In addition to supplying the information required under item b.

of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.

The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.

The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to awards@nifa.usda.gov. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the 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 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.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. 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 200 Subpart D applies to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $1,674,391; FY 17 est $1,668,633; and FY 18 est $1,665,845 - 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. This program represents no year funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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

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 Youth, Family, and Community, Division of Community and Education, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2250, Washington , District of Columbia 20250-2250 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-2324 Fax: (202) 720-2030

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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 Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/tribal-colleges-research-grants-program-tcrgp.



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