Educational Partnership Program

To continue development of education, research, policy and natural resource management programs aimed at increasing education, training and graduation rates in NOAA mission STEM disciplines at Minority Serving Institutions.

The EPP is administered through a national competitive process.

and capacity building are achieved through collaboration with NOAA scientists and managers and with the use of NOAA facilities and resources in atmospheric, oceanic, environmental sciences, and remote sensing technologies.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: - Implementation of Center-wide Core Competency training for all EPP supported students. - Center-wide evaluation plan developed by an external expert to ensure award goals and objectives are achieved. - Design and initial implementation of 'Big Data' training for EPP supported students - All EPP-supported students required to complete internship at a NOAA facility under mentorship of NOAA employee.

Fiscal Year 2018: - Development of Environmental and Coastal Quality Indicators; - Coastal Ocean Observing Systems; - Heat Stress and Urban Modeling; - Discard mortality of sublegal black sea bass in the commercial trap fishery: Impacts of air exposure and acute temperature changes; - Refining stock structure of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) through photo-identification and genetic analysis; - The Impact of Increasing Sea Surface Temperatures on Piscivore and Planktivore Species Dynamics: An Ecosystem-Based Modeling Approach.

Fiscal Year 2019: - Comparing the diet and microbiome of Atlantic menhaden and Eastern oyster using DNA barcoding; - Assessing the impacts of harmful algal species and Vibrio spp.

on oysters; - Habitat suitability model for Black Sea Bass; - Fieldwork for bio-optical properties to characterize coastal/oceanic waters in Guanica La Parguera area after hurricane Maria.

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
Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Incorporated $ 972,789   2007-05-012011-05-31
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 75,790   2009-08-012010-07-31
Howard University $ 303,970   2004-06-012009-05-31
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 136 number of students trained in NOAA mission research; 86 number of collaborative research projects conducted with NOAA scientists & managers; 1 number of peer reviewed research publications by EPP supported students and faculty; Increased social science integration in EPP-supported research projects. Fiscal Year 2018: 91 number of students trained in NOAA mission research; 75 number of collaborative research projects conducted with NOAA scientists & managers; 7 number of peer reviewed research publications by EPP supported students and faculty; Increased theses developed with social science integrated in the student's projects at EPP supported academic institutions. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to support student tuition assistance, stipends, course development, research, faculty and program enhancement and students undertaking course work and/or research in NOAA related sciences at minority serving institutions.

No less than 50% of a total award may be used for direct student support at all Center institutions.

Funds may only be used on activities that educate and train students in NOAA mission disciplines.

Students who receive support under EPP awards must be US citizens and no international travel is allowed under awards made through this program.

80% of total financial assistance awards must be awarded to MSIs.

Non MSI may only receive a total of 20% of total financial assistance through this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are designated as minority serving institutions by the United States Department of Education list of minority serving institutions.

Non-minority institutions may also participate in this program when partnered with a minority serving institution.

Lead institutions applying to become Cooperative Science Center must have a Ph.D.

degree program in the science or technology disciplines (ocean, marine and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology) that directly supports NOAA mission.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The benefits to the Nation are an increased number of academic institutions capable of providing services and products in support of the agency's mission to describe and predict changes in the environment, and to conserve and manage the nation's coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities. Collaboration among NOAA and academic institutions will increase the number of trained professionals in NOAA-related sciences and will also lead to a larger number of institutions participating in collaborative research and co-management of the nation's natural resources with State, local and tribal governments.


Applicants are required to satisfy all DoC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR, Part 220 for educational institutions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submission of an application package which includes the Standard Form SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance, SF-424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs, SF-424B Assurances Non-Construction Programs, statement of work, budget and supporting details, and CD-511 Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug Free Workplace Requirements, and Lobbying must be used when applying for Federal funds. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR Part 14.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of an initial administrative review followed by an evaluation of proposals by an external panel of STEM, education and management experts. 2 CFR, Part 200 applies to all awards.


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


Executive Order 13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 33 U.S.C 893 a(a); Executive Order 13256, 13230, 13021 and 13339, 15 U.S.C 1540.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time is anticipated to range from 90 to 150 days, which includes processing of the award through NOAA Education, NOAA and DoC financial assistance functions.


Not Applicable.


Cooperative activities are generally approved on an annual fiscal year basis, but may be continued for up to ten years, subject to approved time frame, program development plan, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Subject to availability of funding, financial assistance awards may be made from one to ten years with funding approved annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


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. Recipients will be subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of l996 and revised OMB Circular A-133, 'Audits of States and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations'.


Financial records and supporting documents and all other records, i.e., property, performance, work products, patents etc. pertinent to the agreement shall be maintained for a period of three years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 17 $12,000,000; FY 18 est $13,200,000; and FY 19 est $12,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$45 K - Undergraduate Scholarship award $3.0 - $3.2M annually to Cooperative Science Centers.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For cost principles, see OMB Circular No. A-21, 'Cost Principles for Educational Institutions'. For grants administration requirements, see 15 CFR Part 14, 'Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations'.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jacqueline Rousseau National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association, Office of Education, Educational Partnership Program 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, 10th Floor , Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Email: Phone: (301) 628-2905

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to an internal administrative review and an external panel review process taking into consideration the applicant(s) performance plan, research plans, scientific merit, investigator's qualifications, cost and available funds. Proposals undergo a rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DoC and NOAA grant policies and procedures. Specific information about the selection process will be included in the solicitation.

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