OPA Research Fellowship Program

The purpose of this OPA RFP PA is to solicit offers from interested applicants to establish partnership/relationship which includes a program for university students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members to conduct mutually-benefitting research which supports OPA?s research program, as described
herein, and also provides learning and process-development benefits to the researchers using OPA data.

The applicant shall provide the necessary management and support for the RFP for research described herein.

Such support should address the following requirements:

a) Provide appropriately trained and experienced undergraduate and graduate students, Post-doctoral researchers, and faculty for conducting mutually-benefitting research that is compatible with, and contributes to, OPA research, analysis, and studies;
b) Match faculty expertise to mutually-benefitting research and study needs within OPA;
c) Facilitate a mentoring relationship between OPA researchers and undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers;
d) Provide a structured approach for OPA researchers to collaborate with university* faculty and graduate students on mutually-benefiting research projects; and
e) Provide research space (to include laboratory space when applicable) for conducting research to support the OPA program if proposed by faculty.

*The term ?University? is used throughout this Program Announcement to refer to a post-secondary regionally accredited college or university.

The OPA RFP will further science and technology through basic and applied research, studies, analysis and evaluations with this research having the potential for both civilian and military applications.

It will also enable the university, faculty and student researchers the benefit of learning by using OPA data.

Under the OPA RFP, candidates are sought to conduct collaborative research, applying their knowledge and talent to research areas that are of interest to them and potentially to OPA.

Fellows will perform scholarly research at OPA, which should embody research ideas of the individual and which are of interest to OPA.

To facilitate the Fellow selection, the Applicant should propose a competitive application process that incorporates OPA evaluation of the research and capability provided.

It is important that a research application be consistent and complimentary with OPA facilities and interests, supporting or stimulating OPA basic and applied research programs.

The term ?Fellows? refers to faculty, students, or post-doctoral researchers who will perform scholarly research under the OPA Research Fellowship Program cooperative agreement.

NOTE: No Fellow under this program will be considered an employee of OPA or the Department of Defense under any circumstance.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose of the Cooperative Agreement (CA) to be awarded as a result of this Funding Opportunity is to establish and administer the OPA Research Fellowship Program (OPA RFP) to provide OPA with university students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty for the conduct of collaborative research.

The OPA RFP includes six Fellow designations: Assistant Research Fellow; Associate Research Fellow; Doctoral Research Fellow; Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Senior Research Fellow; and Sabbatical Fellow (as described later).

The OPA RFP is expected to contribute significantly to the overall efforts of OPA and DoD by establishing a mutual-benefiting partnership/relationship which supports development of new research processes and technologies.

This CA will be issued under the authority of 32 C.F.R.

§ 21.420 (b) and (c).

There is no intent to acquire goods or services to benefit OPA or DoD .

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To facilitate the Fellow selection, the Applicant should propose a competitive application process that incorporates OPA evaluation of the research and capability provided.

It is important that a research application be consistent and complimentary with OPA facilities and interests, supporting or stimulating OPA basic and applied research programs.

The term ?Fellows? refers to faculty, students, or post-doctoral researchers who will perform scholarly research under the OPA Research Fellowship Program cooperative agreement.

NOTE: No Fellow under this program will be considered an employee of OPA or the Department of Defense under any circumstance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

a) Provide appropriately trained and experienced undergraduate and graduate students, Post-doctoral researchers, and faculty for conducting mutually-benefitting research that is compatible with, and contributes to, OPA research, analysis, and studies; b) Match faculty expertise to mutually-benefitting research and study needs within OPA; c) Facilitate a mentoring relationship between OPA researchers and undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers; d) Provide a structured approach for OPA researchers to collaborate with university* faculty and graduate students on mutually-benefiting research projects; and e) Provide research space (to include laboratory space when applicable) for conducting research to support the OPA program if proposed by faculty. *The term ?University? is used throughout this Program Announcement to refer to a post-secondary regionally accredited college or university.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

The following represents the evaluation criteria for this PA: The award decision will be based on an overall evaluation of each applicant's proposal in accordance with the factors set forth below. The four factors are: (A) Plan to Identify Fellows to Perform Research with Technical Merit, (B) Past Performance, (C) Management Plan, and (D) Cost.

Deadlines

Jul 19, 2017 to Aug 16, 2017 After a proposal is submitted through Grants.gov, the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) will receive a series of three e-mails. It is extremely important that the AOR watch for and save each of the e-mails. An Applicant will know that the proposal has been properly received when the AOR receives e-mail Number 3. Retain the Submission Receipt Number (e-mail Number 1) to track a submission.

Authorization

10 USC 2358. Research, 10 U.S.C 2371.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days.  Number 1 ? The AOR will receive a confirmation page upon completing the submission to Grants.gov. This confirmation page is a record of the time and date stamp for the submission.  Number 2 ? The AOR will receive an e-mail indicating that the proposal has been validated by Grants.gov within a few hours of submission. (This means that all of the required fields have been completed.)  Number 3 ? The third notice is an acknowledgment of receipt in e-mail from Grants.gov. The email is sent to the AOR for the institution. The e-mail notes that the proposal has been received and provides the assigned tracking number. THE PROPOSAL IS NOT CONSIDERED PROPERLY RECEIVED UNTIL THE AOR RECEIVES E-MAIL #3. An Applicant is responsible for submitting proposals so as to be received and accepted at the Government site indicated in this Program Announcement no later than the date and time specified above. When sending electronic files, an Applicant shall account for potential delays in file transfer from the originator?s computer to the Government website/computer server. An Applicant is encouraged to submit their response early to avoid potential file transfer delays due to high demand or problems encountered in the course of submission. An Applicant should receive confirmation of delivery at the Government site, not just successful relay from the Applicant?s system. Acceptable evidence to establish the time of receipt at the Government site includes documentary and electronic evidence of receipt maintained by the Government site. All submissions shall be submitted before the deadline identified above in order to be considered ? no exceptions. Late submissions will not be considered for award.

Appeals

Grant will be awarded within 15 days - no appeals.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The Recipient shall submit Annual Reports and a Final Report for the CA of all activity under the program.

This report will summarize the monthly reports and highlight all activities under the CA. The report will also provide an accounting of all Federal funds expended during the term of the Agreement.

With the approval of the CAM, reprints of published articles may be attached to the Final Report.

The Recipient shall also submit Annual Reports for each Fellow summarizing activities, listing publications and papers resulting from their research, ARI Mentor, title of research project(s), and an accounting of all Federal Funds expended during the term of the Fellow. The Recipient shall make distribution of the Annual Reports and Final Report as follows: - Cooperative Agreement Manager - 1 original plus 1 copy; - Agreement Administration Office - 1 copy, and the - Grants Officer - 1 copy of the letter of transmittal only. - One (1) copy of the Final Report shall be provided to: - OPA Director.

Annual and Final Reports Reporting period end dates fall on the end of the federal fiscal year for annual reports (9/30) and the end date of the CA for the final report.

Annual reports are due 30 days after the reporting period end date, and the final report is due 90 days after the end Office.

The Recipient shall make distribution of the Annual and Final (SF425) Reports as follows: - Cooperative Agreement Manager - 1 original plus 1 copy; - Agreement Administration Office - 1 copy The SF 425 is a single form that consolidates and replaces the Federal Cash Transaction Report (FACTOR or SF 272/SF 272A) and the Financial Status Report (FSR or SF 269/SF 269A).

Periodic joint papers and presentations may be given.

Copies of all such papers and presentations shall be provided to the CAM. c.

Journal Articles Journal articles in general and joint OPA/Recipient/Fellows journal articles are strongly encouraged as a reporting mechanism for the research effort.

Publications resulting from research conducted as part of the OPA RFP shall also be uploaded into the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).

The report will account for all finances, accrued and disbursed, during the reporting period under the CA.

This report will include a summary of hours worked, receipts and disbursements, travel, and other benefits for each of the Fellows.

The report will also include and sum administrative costs, with separate reporting for travel for administration of the ORP RFP and research space outside of federal facilities. Semi-annually, the Recipient will provide a report containing a listing of Fellows added to the program, departing from the program, and continuing in the program as of the report date. Furthermore, the Recipient will include in this listing or in a separate listing the sum of all costs associated with each of these Fellows in order that the expenses associated with each may be known (e.g.

stipends, travel expenses, medical benefits, and all other costs that can be attributable to each Fellow).

This report will also include a listing of candidates considered for but not appointed to Fellowship.

The Recipient shall make electronic distribution of the Monthly Performance and Cost Report as follows: - Cooperative Agreement Manager - 1 copy; - Agreement Administration Office - 1 copy, and the - Grants Officer - 1 copy of the letter of transmittal only.

Semi-annually, the Recipient will provide a report containing a listing of Fellows added to the program, departing from the program, and continuing in the program as of the report date.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Financial Reporting: Federal Financial Report (SF 425): Annual and Final Reports Reporting period end dates fall on the end of the federal fiscal year for annual reports (9/30) and the end date of the CA for the final report. Annual reports are due 30 days after the reporting period end date, and the final report is due 90 days after the end Office.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0100-7-7-730 - HQ0804.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $500,000; and FY 18 est $100,000 - FY2017 O&M, DW.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lindsey R. Schaefer 4800 Mark Center Dr. Suite 06E22, Alexandria, Virginia 22350 Email: lindsey.r.schaefer.civ@mail.mil Phone: 5713722271

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.




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