Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects

The objectives of the overall program are to facilitate education, research and development in the fields of marine and atmospheric science, and to provide a provision of assistance for the construction of suitable facilities for these activities, as specified by Congress.

Agency - Department of Commerce

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
National Aquarium, Inc. $ 332,000   2022-07-012024-06-30
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 1,589,800   2019-10-012022-09-30
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation $ 250,000   2015-09-012020-08-31
Virginia Institute Of Marine Science $ 316,998   2012-10-012018-09-30
American Meteorological Society, Inc. $ 599,807   2015-06-012018-07-31
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. $ 209,775   2014-06-012018-07-31
National Fish And Wildlife Foundation $ 98,596   2014-07-012018-06-30
Simon Fraser University $ 115,000   2015-10-012018-03-31
Association Of Environmental And Resource Economists $ 30,060   2016-01-012017-12-31
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. $ 74,144   2014-06-012017-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To provide appropriated funds to facilitate education, research and development in the fields of marine and atmospheric science.

Appropriated funds can also be used for construction of facilities and construction-related activities to support education, research and development associated with issues of atmospheric or marine sciences.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants, are evaluated on an individual grant or program basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include State and local governments, including their universities and colleges, quasi-governmental agencies, private universities and colleges, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and/or individuals.

Typically those specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Through the awarding of financial assistance to facilitate education, research and development in the fields of marine and atmospheric science, and for the construction of educational, research and development facilities, this program benefits Federal, State, local governments, public and private universities and colleges, profit and nonprofit organizations, and the general public.


Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of an application on Standard Form 424 as furnished by NOAA, including all required certifications, to the Program Officer, Congressionally Identified Awards, Office of Finance and Administration, Acquisitions and Grants Office. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR 24, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, and 15 CFR 14, Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations. NOAA reserves the right to withhold the awarding of a grant or cooperative agreement to any individual or organization delinquent on a debt to the Federal government until payment is made or satisfactory arrangements are made with the agency to which the debt is owed.

Award Procedures

Applications reviewed by NOAA and are made on the basis of proposal evaluations and technical and administrative reviews.


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


Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time is expected to range from 90 to 180 days from the time of receipt of a complete application. This timeframe includes processing of the award through the NOAA and DOC financial assistance functions.


Not Applicable.


Contingent upon future Congressional funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce/NOAA.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are usually for a 12-month period. In some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12 months. The funding is spent in the award's budget period unless otherwise negotiated between the recipient and NOAA and approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As described in agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that financial and performance reports be submitted semi-annually or as otherwise required under special award conditions.

Progress reports summarize work accomplished, relate the progress to the original approved proposal and timelines, explain situations where expected work has not been completed, and request modifications to the project plan as necessary.


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.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. The recipient must retain records for three years from the date when the final financial status report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $1,796,658; FY 17 est $1,796,658; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Congressional appropriations, Public Law (for FY 1998, Public Law 105-119, Nov. 13, 1997; for FY 1999, Public Law 105-277, October 19, 1998). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No.A-21 for institutions of higher education, OMB Circular No.A-87 for State and local governments, and OMB Circular No.A-122 for nonprofit organizations. Grants management will be in accordance with provisions of 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations or 15 CFR 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

n/a Chief, Grants Management Division, OFA62, SSMC2, 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-0926

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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