Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program

CPPM was created to consolidate five previous NIFA programs with related purposes.

CPPM will provide funding to address critical state, regional and national integrated pest management (IPM) needs to ensure food security and effectively respond to other major societal challenges.



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/> The CPPM program supports projects that address high priority IPM challenges with coordinated state, regional, and national research and extension efforts.

The impact of these research and extension efforts will be increased by the establishment of communication networks and stakeholder participation in setting priorities.



Effective FY 2014, the CPPM program provided support for projects to conduct applied research and development, extension implementation, and regional coordination.
Related Programs10.200 Grants for Agricultural Research, Special Research GrantsExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 included projects for three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: the Regional Coordination Program Area, the Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. The following are examples of funded projects: (1): Regional Coordination Program Area Award.

A $1 million award, A Western IPM Center Led by California, Oregon, and Arizona, will brings together the expertise needed to successfully address high-priority pest-management issues confronting farmers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West.

The Center obtains ongoing stakeholder input on IPM needs and provides extensive regional coordination for addressing IPM priorities and integrating IPM research, extension, and education in the West.

The Center will continue to facilitate partnerships among researchers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. (2): Extension Implementation Program Area Award.

A $186,000 continuation award, Crop Protection and Pest Management Extension Implementation for South Carolina to Advance Stakeholder Adoption in Key Commodities, will focus on economically important commodity and IPM priority areas for South Carolina including IPM in Agronomic Crops (corn, cotton, soybean and sorghum) and IPM in Specialty Crops (peaches, strawberries and vegetables including those produced on limited resource and minority-owned farms, and nursery crops).

The main program focus will be on Extension activities to transfer scientific research and new knowledge to state stakeholders through a combination of formal and informal training methods, including field demonstrations and experiential learning.

(3): Applied Research and Development Program Area Award.

A $323,491 award, Developing and Delivering IPM Strategies to the Rapidly Expanding U.S.

Hop Industry, will develop and implement IPM strategies against pests and diseases for hop growers across the United States. (4): An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award.

A $324,880 award, Remote Scouting for Soybean Pests Using Spectral Reflectance and Unmanned Aerial Systems, will develop 'remote scouting' for soybean pests by utilizing spectral sensors deployed on UAS to assess and distinguish pest infestations in soybean fields. (5): An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award.

A $324,940 award, Development of Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Commercial Dairies: Formulating Dairy Total Mixed Rations that are Resistant to Bird Depredation, develop a new integrated pest management tool to mitigate invasive European starling damage in commercial dairies.

Fiscal Year 2017: Awards for projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 are anticipated to include projects on integrated pest management topics for the three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: Regional Coordination Program Area, Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area.

NIFA anticipates awarding the four (4) continuation awards for the Regional Coordination Program Area as described above to fund Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers at approximately $1,000,000 each.

NIFA will provide pertinent data of these awards at a future date. NIFA anticipates competitively awarding approximately 53 continuation awards for the Extension Implementation Program Area at approximately $300,000 each.

NIFA anticipates awarding 15 new competitive proposals for the Applied Research and Development Program Area for an approximate total of $4.1 million.

These awards will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects.

Applied Research (single-function) projects will develop innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems that address regional and/or national IPM priorities.

Research-led projects enhance the adoption of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems.

Extension-led projects extend implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems by IPM practitioners and growers.

NIFA will provide pertinent data of these awards at a future date.

Fiscal Year 2018: Awards for projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 are anticipated to include projects on integrated pest management topics for three (3) program areas included in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: Regional Coordination Program Area, Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area.

NIFA anticipates awarding the four (4) competitive awards for the Regional Coordination Program Area as described above to fund four (4) Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers at approximately $1,000,000 each. NIFA anticipates awarding approximately 53 continuation awards for the Extension Implementation Program Area at approximately $300,000 each. NIFA anticipates soliciting new competitive proposals for the Applied Research and Development Program Area for an approximate total of $4.1 million.

These awards, projected at approximately 13-20, will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects.

Applied Research (single-function) projects will develop innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems that address regional and/or national IPM priorities.

Research-led projects enhance the adoption of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems.

Extension-led projects extend implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems by IPM practitioners and growers. Pertinent details 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.


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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Oregon State University $ 324,997   2019-09-012023-08-31
Utah State University $ 311,823   2019-09-012023-08-31
University Of Massachusetts $ 324,244   2019-09-012023-08-31
Texas A&m Agrilife Extension Service $ 293,611   2019-09-012022-08-31
Iowa State University Of Science And Technology $ 325,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of Wyoming $ 324,998   2018-09-012022-08-31
University Of Florida $ 324,996   2018-09-012022-08-31
Iowa State University Of Science And Technology $ 325,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
Cornell University, Inc $ 324,775   2019-09-012022-08-31
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 325,000   2019-09-012022-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects; i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards were for $1,000,000 each and one (1) award was $1,150,000. NIFA funded 49 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area projects ranging from $62,500 to $289,000 to fund an extension integrated pest management coordination projects at eligible institutions. NIFA competitively funded 14 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2016. These awards from $200,000 to $325,000 funded integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years. The funding success rate was 20%. Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, NIFA anticipates funding four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects, i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards are projected to be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is projected to be $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 53 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area awards up to $300,000 per year to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions. The funding success rate is anticipated to be 98% and the award total is anticipated to be approximately be $10.5 million. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 15 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2017 for a total of approximately $4.1 million. These awards, from $200,000 to $325,000 in size, will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years. The anticipated funding success rate is approximately 16%. NIFA will provide pertinent data on the individual projects to be provided at a future date. Fiscal Year 2018: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, NIFA anticipates competitively funding four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects, i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards are projected to be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is projected to be $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates funding 53 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area awards up to $300,000 per year to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions across the U.S. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 13-20 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2017 for a total of approximately $4.1 million. These awards from $200,000 to $325,000 will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for 2 ? 4 years. NIFA anticipates that the funding success rate will be approximately 17% to 28%.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The new CPPM program provides support for three linked programs that emphasize research (discovery), extension (translation) of that knowledge, and enhanced coordination, collaboration and communications among related CPPM programs and grantees.

The three program areas are: Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP) ? To enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM tactics and strategies that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) ? To assure the implementation of IPM through extension activities and coordination with other EIP grantees and other CPPM program areas based on defined state, multi-state, regional, national, or international needs.

Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP) ? To increase coordination and improve efficiency of IPM research and extension efforts; facilitate collaboration across states and disciplines; and promote further development and adoption of IPM through regional pest management information networks, collaborative team building and broad-based stakeholder participation.

Section 716 of the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2014, limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

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

When NIFA is not the cognizant Federal agency.

The applicant should use the current negotiated indirect cost rate established by its cognizant Federal agency (the agency that provides the most funds).

If awarded, the applicant will be required to produce a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement from the cognizant agency in order to recover indirect costs.

Applicants may request (i.e., budget) indirect costs using the lesser of: (a) the negotiated rate; or (b) the maximum statutory rate stated in the Request for Application, if any.

If unable to obtain a negotiated rate from its cognizant agency, the applicant is not permitted indirect cost reimbursement.

Rather, the applicant may only be reimbursed for allowable direct costs.

Violation of Cost Accounting Standards is not permitted when re-budgeting or charging costs to awards. When NIFA is the cognizant Federal agency.

If the applicant does not have a negotiated rate, and NIFA is the cognizant agency, the applicant must calculate an indirect cost rate in order to request indirect costs.

NIFA?s indirect cost website provides several sample indirect cost rate calculations.

NIFA?s website is found at: http://nifa.usda.gov/business/indirect_cost_process.html. During the application process, the applicant is not required to complete the entire indirect cost package identified on NIFA?s website.

Rather, the applicant need only calculate an indirect cost rate to serve as a basis for requesting indirect costs.

If awarded, the applicant will be required to submit a complete Indirect Cost Proposal (ICP) package as explained on NIFA?s indirect cost website. Grant funds awarded under this authority may not be used to renovate or refurbish research, education, or extension space; purchase or install fixed equipment in such space; or the plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construction of buildings or facilities.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C.

3103) are eligible to submit applications for the CPPM program.

Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. For the purposes of this program, the terms ?college? and ?university? mean an educational institution in any state which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) is legally authorized within such state to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) provides an educational program for which a bachelor?s degree or any other higher degree is awarded; (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association.

Applications also may be submitted by 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (see Part VIII, E), HSACUs, and research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. Section 7206 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended section 406(b) of AREERA to add the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions as eligible to apply for grants under this authority.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) are eligible to submit applications for the CPPM program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. For the purposes of this program, the terms ?college? and ?university? mean an educational institution in any state which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) is legally authorized within such state to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) provides an educational program for which a bachelor?s degree or any other higher degree is awarded; (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. Applications also may be submitted by 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (see Part VIII, E), HSACUs, and research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. Section 7206 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended section 406(b) of AREERA to add the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions as eligible to apply for grants under this authority.

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/crop-protection-and-pest-management 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.

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. Formal applications are solicited and should be submitted to USDA, NIFA, as outlined in the guidelines and/or request for applications. Application procedures are contained in the guidelines or request for applications. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.

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 RFA. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I apply to this program. 2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) provided NIFA with funding for competitive grants programs authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7626), including the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. These funds are available to support integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this program, the Secretary may award grants to colleges and universities (as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)), as amended, on a competitive basis for projects that address priorities in United States agriculture and involve integrated research, education, and extension activities, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. , 7 U.S.C 7626.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 180 days. Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal year. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/grants http://www.grants.gov.

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).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: When a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the grant recipient must match awarded USDA funds with cash and in-kind contributions on dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources (see RFA for specific details). NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if we determine that: (a) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or (b) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of projects under this program varies. In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are from one (1) to five (5) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

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. 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

12-1502-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $16,290,485; FY 17 est $18,919,797; and FY 18 est $13,783,495 - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) 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 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/crop-protection-and-pest-management.

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 Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS) 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2240, , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 401-1761 Fax: (202) 401-1782

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/crop-protection-and-pest-management.



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