Great Ships Initiative

The Great Ships Initiative is a collaboration whose objective is to end the problem of ship-mediated invasive species in the Great Lakes-St.

Lawrence Seaway System.

The near term objective is to significantly accelerate research, development and implementation of ballast water treatment
system for ships that operate in the Great Lakes.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Land-based testing of at least 1technology, 8 bench scale tests, at least 2 shipboard certification tests of technologies, Refinement of sampling/analyses methods, and Major facility upgrade.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Continuation of efforts from 2015 plus shipboard certification tests of 2 ballast water management system. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funding for this project will be used to further the current efforts that address the curtailment of aquatic invasive species within the Great Lakes as associated with ballast water operations and other aquatic invasive species issues associated with commercial shipping.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must have the following capabilities and resources: A current EPA-approved Quality Management Plan (QMP).

The facilities and equipment for conducting biological analyses to determine concentrations of living organisms in three size-classes (less than 10 microns, between 10 and 50 microns, greater than 50 microns) at the levels of the proposed USCG discharge standard.

A mix of personnel available for engineering support and for conducting biological analyses according to standard protocols.

The ability to write and follow a rigorous quality assurance plan that maximizes the production of credible results.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible beneficiaries include those entities defined in OMB A-102 and OMB Circular A-122.


Applications must be submitted with a Statement of Work and estimated budget costs. These costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200. 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.

Award Procedures

MARAD will solicit a request for applications in; applicants will submit applications through Evaluation of applications by program office, selected applications awarded by the Grants Specialist in the Office of Acquisition within 30-60 days.


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


Defense Authorizations Act of 2011, 31 U.S.C 1535(a) (3).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funding is available for one year after the date of award of individual tasks. The funds must be spent within one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed on a monthly basis by submission of SF-270 invoices.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program progress report shall be done every six months.

No cash reports are required.

Reports are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Agreement.

Yes, the recipient shall provide Financial Status report, SF-425.

No performance monitoring is 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.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Beyond years estimates are not available. Future funding is subject to availability of funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Judy Bowers 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-1913 Fax: (202) 366-3029

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants must be able to provide scientific and technical expertise and services for biological research activities.

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