Ocean Acidification Program (OAP)

The OAP plays an integral role in maintaining long-term monitoring; conducting research designed to enhance the conservation of marine ecosystems sensitive to ocean acidification; promoting ocean acidification educational opportunities; engaging in national public outreach activities related to ocean
acidification and its impacts; and coordinating ocean acidification activities with other agencies and appropriate international ocean science bodies.

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The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Virginia Institute Of Marine Science $ 292,503   2018-09-012021-08-31
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The OAP provides financial assistance for critical research projects related to ocean acidification research and monitoring including those that explore the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems and the socioeconomic impacts leading to potential adaptive strategies.

Cooperative agreements and grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services.

They may also be used for operational systems as they relate to specific programs.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated on an individual program basis.

OAP provides 100% of funding for discretionary projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

None.

Beneficiary Eligibility

None.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. None

Award Procedures

Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Subtitle D of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009: Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009. Public Law 111-11II.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. The range varies from 120 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission to NOAA.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available one to three years based on availability of funding. The commitment to obligate the amount of available funding for the next funding period with continuation amendments shall be clearly conditioned upon the availability of funds, satisfactory progress by the grantee, and the Program Office's determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the government. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released in advance, as agreed to in the DOC Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and are to be expended in accordance with federal, DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Reporting requirements are outlined in the DOC Terms and Conditions for the Financial Assistance Awards.

Progress reports summarize work accomplished and explain situations where expected work has not been completed.

Reporting requirements are outlined in the DOC Terms and Conditions for the Financial Assistance Awards.

Financial reports indicate use of funds during the financial reporting period designated.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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. Audit requirements are outlined in the DOC Terms and Conditions for the Financial Assistance Awards.

Records

Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $2,000,000; and FY 18 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Policy Manual. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; 2 CFR 220 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Libby Jewett, Ph.D. SSMC3 10356, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 734-1288

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.



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