Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Area Activities

In General.

-The Secretary of Agriculture shall make competitive grants to eligible institutions to-
(1) strengthen institutional educational capacities, including libraries, curriculum, faculty, scientific instrumentation, instruction delivery systems, and student recruitment and retention,
in order to respond to identified State, regional, national, or international education needs in the food and agricultural sciences;
(2) attract and support undergraduate and graduate students in order to educate them in identified areas of national need in the food and agriculture sciences;
(3) facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more insular area eligible institutions, or between those institutions and units of State Government or organizations in the private sector, to maximize the development and use of resources such as faculty, facilities, and equipment to improve food and agricultural sciences teaching programs; and
(4) conduct undergraduate scholarship programs to assist in meeting national needs for training food and agricultural scientists.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The final eight (8) RIIA Awards ranged from the lowest of $120,979 to the highest of $175,000. Developing Resident Instruction in Food & Agricultural Related Sciences The purpose of this project is to: (1) increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2- or 4-year postsecondary degree in the food and agricultural related sciences; (2) enhance the quality of postsecondary instruction in order to help meet current and future national food and agricultural sciences workplace needs; (3) to provide off-island scholarships for students pursuing Bachelor?s degrees in food and agricultural related sciences; and (4) to provide financial assistance for faculty and staff professional development.

The goal is to increase the enrollment or the number of students who declare a major.

The number of students who continue to use the student lab is at a steadily increasing rate. The project will increase in the number of graduates, continue the funding source for faculty and staff, and increase in the number of students continuing their education at the Bachelors level.

They will be funding: summer internships and summer institute financial assistance. Working in Agricultural Training: Education by Research (WATER) The main objective of the this project is to enhance the agriculture, natural sciences and engineering curriculum through the involvement of students and faculty in research projects related to reuse of water resources for agriculture, including experiential learning and K-12 outreach and extension activities. Audience: Five (5) undergraduates and one graduate student will participate including seven faculty and one-extension personnel.

An estimated of 100 K-12 students and 30 K-12 students and teachers will be impacted by the outreach and extension activities. Activities/Products WATER products involves outreach materials, workshops for training students in research projects, research projects related to wastewater reuse, summer research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students for participating institutions, students internships at USDA, K-12 teachers workshops, K12 students motivational career workshops.

Envisioned activities will be aimed at student?s development as well as the consolidation of a robust pipeline to attract, retain and graduate talented minority students from PR and USVI while preparing them for placement in Agriculture-related positions. Promoting local research and internship experiences in the US for undergraduate students This project will address the need to provide new learning paradigms and research skills through an undergraduate research program (URP), and a summer internship what will continue increasing the number of applications, enrollments and the retention rates on two campuses of the University.

This institution has the capacity (faculty, laboratory space and equipment) to admit additional students and increase enrollments in the graduate programs, especially in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields.

Students from UPR-Ag majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines will be exposed to the opportunities of applying their basic knowledge to research problems related to FARNRE.

Two mid-career young faculty members will be given the opportunity to renew their theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in the areas of assisted reproductive techniques, one, and food science microbiology, the other.

They will be able to incorporate the obtained knowledge in their courses and research as well as in their activities as mentors of the institution funded by the project as well as enhance professional relations with the hosting institution.

This project is aligned with the institution?s long range goals as they are contained in its mission statement.

The present tight fiscal situation at the campus, which is expected to continue, poses a challenge for the funding needed to accomplish the institutional goals established.

This project will facilitate the development of inter-institutional partnerships and collaborations between at least three institutions. Integrated Sustainable Small Farm Training in the Pacific Islands The project will train students by establishing a field-based experiential learning program with utilization of the existing demonstration farm.

Five (5) objectives of the project are: (1) Increase in student?s knowledge and skills of farm management and sustainable agriculture; (2) Increase in opportunities for students and public to gain knowledge of sustainable agriculture by attending workshops; (3) Develop student?s leadership skills, service learning, and oral communication skills of farm management and sustainable agriculture; (4) Develop student?s written communication skills of farm management and sustainable agriculture; and (5) Increase the number of deliverables for agriculture education and extension program.

The project addresses the following Educational Need Areas (ENA: Curricular Design, Materials Development, Library Resources; Student Experiential Learning; and Student recruitment, retention, and education equity.

For ENA, the manual and handouts created in the proposed project will be used as instructional materials to learn about sustainable agriculture as a farm tour guide or in classroom.

For ENA, the proposed project offers the farm-based work study practicum and experiential learning by interaction of trainees with faculty to produce extension materials.

The proposed project will also addresses ENA, student recruitment and retention by providing students job opportunities as financial supports. Enhancing career opportunities in agricultural sciences for Pacific Islanders The project will enhance agriculture education at secondary schools by offering workshops to secondary school teachers in Guam and delivering agricultural related STEM instruction materials.

The proposed project will increase undergraduate students? opportunities to conduct agricultural research projects and participate in experiential leaning programs.

The proposed project will also provide support for Pacific Island students to pursue advanced degrees in agriculture by offering scholarships to qualified recipients.

The proposed project supports University of Guam?s long-term goals in two Educational Need Areas: (# e) Student Experiential Learning: to develop student scientific and professional competencies through experiential learning programs that provide students with opportunities to solve complex problems in the context of real world situations; and (# f) Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equity: to strengthen student recruitment and retention programs to ensure the future strength of the Nation?s scientific, professional, and technical work force in the food and agricultural sciences.

Fiscal Year 2017: The final eight (8) Awards will range from the lowest of $138,686 to the highest of $145,750. RIIA project: Engineering Teams Optimizing Agricultural Technology Work proposed herein takes advantage of the strong engineering programs available at the institution to foster the optimization of agricultural technology.

Such goal will be achieved by preparing and focusing teams of two (2) to four (4) engineering students to work on specific agricultural science problems impacting the island.

Attainment of such objective requires the establishment of a curricular sequence in Agricultural Science that allows Engineering students to grasp fundamental knowledge of agriculture.

The curricular sequence includes a capstone/design course that requires application of the Engineering tools to a current problem of the island?s agriculture.

Student capstone design project will be identified after interaction with stakeholders (e.g., Extension agents, farmer or professional associations, government officials, industry representatives). The project starts by testing the strategy at Industrial and Mechanical Engineering with the long-term goal of institutionalizing the improved approach to the various engineering departments at the institution.

By intersecting engineering know-how with agricultural opportunity areas, the initiative should impact the island?s economic activity. RIIA Project: Developing Resident Instruction in Food & Agriculture Related Sciences at Community College. RIIA funding will continue to support three (3) full-time instructors, which has resulted in increase in enrollment, number of graduates, students receiving scholarships and stipends, and students participating in experiential learning programs.

Continued support from RIIA will help to ensure further successes in the institution?s long-term measures.

The project goals focuses on three (3) Educational Need Areas (ENA) ? ENA (2) Faculty Preparation & Enhancement for Teaching, ENA (5) Student Experiential Learning, and ENA (6) Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equity.

With the ENAs as a guiding tool, the objectives of the project are: to maintain a funding source for faculty; to participate in a Summer Internship project with insular area colleges/universities; to provide local and regional summer internships; to provide Summer Institute scholarships; to provide off-island scholarships for students pursuing Bachelor?s degrees in food and agricultural related sciences; and to provide financial support for faculty and staff professional development.

These objectives will help the institution meet its outcomes and overall NIFA objectives of increasing the number and diversity of students pursing degrees in food and agricultural sciences, and enhancing the quality of postsecondary instruction to help meet current and future workplace needs RIIA project: Engaging Prebaccalaureate Students in Educational Agricultural Research The project will engage undergraduate students in educational agricultural research opportunities.

Research faculty at the Agricultural Experiment Station will engage students through mentoring them in educational agricultural research within their programs.

One (1) of the challenges faced by institutions operating in insular areas is having sufficient resources for many aspects of everyday life and education.

In addition to much needed financial support, this RIIA grant will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to develop their problem solving and decision making capabilities and their level of technical expertise to enhance their overall college experience in leadership and to broaden the scope of their education.

Students can use their experience in an Agriculture Extension Station (AES) research program to excel in subsequent academic ventures.

A student will also be given an opportunity to participate in a summer internship in 2018 at another Insular Area Institution.

The select student will be able to learn and experience tropical agriculture from a different region and share their experience upon return with other undergraduate students.

Four students will also be selected to visit a continental US university?s main campus and off campus research stations focusing on tropical agriculture to expose them to other students and research institutions. AGEFEI Project: Rainwater Harvesting, Storage, and Micro-Irrigation for Water Self-Sufficiency This project will merge existing irrigation infrastructure with rainwater catchment, distribution, and irrigation technologies that provide state-of the-art solutions to water conservation and agricultural sustainability in the hot, humid tropics.

They will the construct a farm equipment building for storage and maintenance that will enhance the rainwater catchment capacity of the green water system.

The green water system will utilize rainwater catchment, storage, and distribution at the AES field research site that incorporates micro-irrigation technologies.

The goal of this proposal is that water use at the AES field research programs (irrigation and livestock consumption) will become self-sufficient from harvested rainwater. AGFEI Project: A Science Hub Facility for Agriculture and Plant Protection The project aims to substantially upgrade and modernize the facilities located in a Center for Excellence in Quarantine and Invasive Species, with a view to strongly enhancing the technological aspects of agricultural education and training in the island.

The Center for Excellence possesses lab space, greenhouses and a quarantine facility for the study of invasive pests and pathogens, constituting a front line initiative for their control, before they affect the mainland US.

The Center is currently host to 12 undergraduate and graduate students, being trained in modern techniques of pest and pathogen detection, monitoring (GIS) and biological and biomolecular characterization, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques.

The project goals are to: Firstly, to develop networking capability, involving the creation of an improved multimedia classroom in the Library, which will act as hub for live teaching and seminars, teleconferencing, and the creation of online content in both Spanish and English.

This will enable groups in diverse parts of the island to easily access and contribute expertise and knowledge.

An important function will be to establish connectivity with groups outside the island, in the mainland US, Caribbean region, and rest of the world.

Secondly, to implement computational infrastructure that will facilitate high throughput analyses, in particular genomics that may be used as a training tool in undergraduate and graduate research and education.

Thirdly, to upgrade existing experimental equipment to the state of the art.

This will include digitization and improvement of microscopic equipment, acquisition of high throughput sample processing equipment such as DNA automated extraction for sampling screening and biological process documentation.

Fiscal Year 2018: For FY 2018, it is projected that approximately 15-20 applications will be received, and approximately seven (7) to eight (8) awards will be made.

Specific data is not yet available.

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


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
Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, Incorporado $ 149,995   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 119,999   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 148,523   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 148,306   2019-09-012021-08-31
Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, Incorporado $ 150,000   2019-09-012021-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 149,412   2019-09-012021-08-31
University Of Guam $ 149,500   2019-09-012021-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 149,518   2018-09-012021-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 122,500   2018-09-012021-08-31
American Samoa Community College $ 122,500   2018-09-012020-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the consolidated appropriation for Insular Area Grants was $2 million. After deductions for legislatively authorized set-asides, the distributed Payment to States amount for the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) Grant Program was $1,150,425 was available for awards. Project type in FY 2016 is Regular Grant only at a ceiling amount of $175,000. An eligible university system may receive up to a maximum of three (3) Regular grant awards. A total of 14 RIIA applications were received. As evaluated by a peer review panel and due to limited funding, only eight (8) RIIA out of 12 were funded. Two (2) projects were rated ?Do Not Fund? (DNF). The funding ratio for this program in FY 2016 is 54 percent (54%). SPECIAL NOTE: See CFDA # 10.322 for other pertinent financial information. Fiscal Year 2017: For Fiscal Year (FY 2017), the consolidated appropriation for Insular Area Grants (CFDA 10.308 and 10.322) was $2 million. After deductions for legislatively authorized set-asides, a distributed Payment to States amount for the RIIA and Agriculture and Food Science Facilities and Equipment (AGFEI) Grant Programs was $1,149,900. AGFEI and RIIA Project type in FY 2017 is Regular Grant only at a ceiling amount of $150,000. An eligible university system may receive up to a maximum of three (3) Regular grant awards. A second program, the Agriculture and Food Sciences Facilities and Equipment (AGFEI) for land-grant colleges and universities in the Insular Areas was attached to this CDFA for the first time. The AGFEI?s legislative authority is 7 U.S.C. 3222b-2. A total of 15 applications, six for AGFEI and nine form RIIA were received. One application was declined for review due to submission guidelines As evaluated by a peer review panel and due to limited funding, only four (4) RIIA and four (4) AGFEI out of the 14 proposals were funded. The funding ratio for this program in FY 2017 is 57 percent (57%). SPECIAL NOTE: See CFDA # 10.322 for other pertinent financial information. Fiscal Year 2018: For FY 2018 it is projected that the budget for the Insular Areas Program will be comparable to Fiscal Year FY 2017 and will be distributed in the same way. Pertinent data to be provided by Program at a future date. SPECIAL NOTE: See CFDA # 10.322 for other pertinent financial information.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose of the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) is to promote and strengthen the ability of Insular Area Institutions to carry out teaching and education programs within the broadly defined food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines.

Food and agricultural sciences include programs in agriculture, food and fiber, renewable energy and natural resources, forestry, aquaculture, veterinary medicine, family and consumer sciences, home economics, nutrition and dietetics, rural human ecology, rural economic and community development, and other higher education activities and fields of study related to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, conservation, utilization, consumption, research, and development of food and agriculturally-related products and services.

Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved fundamental and applied research, extension and education objectives to address food and agricultural sciences.

Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

The use of grant funds to plan, acquire, or construct a building or facility is not allowed under this program.

With prior approval, and in accordance with the cost principles set forth in OMB Circular No.

A-21, some grant funds may be used for minor alterations, renovations, or repairs deemed necessary to retrofit existing teaching or research spaces in order to carry out a funded project.

However, requests to use grant funds for such purposes must demonstrate that the alterations, renovations, or repairs are essential to achieving the major purpose of the project.

Grant funds may not be used for endowment investing.

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

The Secretary of Agriculture shall ensure that each eligible institution, prior to receiving grant funds under subsection (a), shall have a significant demonstrable commitment to higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences and to each specific subject area for which grant funds under this section are to be used.

The Secretary of Agriculture may require that any grant awarded under this section contain provisions that require funds to be targeted to meet the needs identified in section 1402.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Secretary of Agriculture shall ensure that each eligible institution, prior to receiving grant funds under subsection (a), shall have a significant demonstrable commitment to higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences and to each specific subject area for which grant funds under this section are to be used. The Secretary of Agriculture may require that any grant awarded under this section contain provisions that require funds to be targeted to meet the needs identified in section 1402.

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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas 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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas 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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas 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

This program is administered under the provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Section 7501 of Public Law 107-171) as reauthorized in Section 7143 of Public Law 110-246, which amended the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) by providing for a program of resident instruction grants for insular areas (7 U.S.C. 3363).Funds are available for a program of competitive grants, with funds to be awarded to one or more individual, eligible institutions of higher education in Insular Areas (Insular Area Institutions) or consortia of such eligible institutions, to carry out teaching and education programs in the food and agricultural sciences., 7 U.S.C 3363.

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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas 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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. 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]. NIFA does not require matching or cost sharing support for this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project period for most of the competitive grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program is for three (3) years. However, the statutory time limit for all projects may not exceed five (5) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. 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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas 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.

No cash reports are required.

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) FY 16 $1,150,425; FY 17 est $1,149,900; and FY 18 est $1,116,160 - 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. SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Effective FY '13, Appropriations for the Resident Instruction Grants (RIIA ? CFDA 10.308) and Distance Education Grants (DEG ? CFDA 10.322) were consolidated under Research & Education Activities, Grants for Insular Areas Program. However, different legislative authorities are applicable and separate Requests for Applications (RFAs) were issued under the respective CFDA numbers. (2) Please see CFDA 10.322 for other financial information and further pertinent details re: Insular Area Grants.

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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas.

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/resident-instruction-grants-program-institutions-higher-education-insular-areas.



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