Maritime Studies and Innovations

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance for projects involving studies and innovations related to shipping, vessel operations, shipyards, maritime financing and insurance, and all other maritime activities in support of the policy of the United States Government to encourage and aid the
development and maintenance of a merchant marine.
Related Programs20.817 Air Emissons and Energy InitiativeExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Contribute to the production of a Study/Analysis of vessel related energy efficiency and conservation technologies.

Fiscal Year 2017: Items included Sexual Harassment Awareness Training and materials for the maritime industry; research, evaluate, and exploration of concepts and strategies that promote the implementation of environmentally responsible maritime technologies.

Fiscal Year 2018: Focus on assessing the effectiveness of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies, Clean Air technologies and Energy Efficient Technologies.


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: Delivery of study on Analysis of Vessel related to Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies. Fiscal Year 2017: Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment (SA/SH) DVD Training Product, SA/SH Best Practices Document and SA/SH Tool Kit that provides materials, tools and strategies to promote safety and respect in the maritime workplace. Fiscal Year 2018: Delivery of study on Analysis of Vessel related to Ballast Water Technology, Clean Air Emissions and Conservation Technologies.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding shall be used in accordance with the terms and conditions in the cooperative agreement.

Only projects that meet the policy objectives of the United States Government to encourage and aid the development and maintenance of a merchant marine will be authorized.

Allowable costs will be determined by applicable laws and regulations, and the terms of the cooperative agreement.

Funds may be available for projects at MARAD?s discretion.

Funding is not guaranteed and will depend on MARAD?s budget priorities during the fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The assistance must be used for projects involving studies and innovations related to shipping, vessel operations, shipyards, maritime financing and insurance, and all other maritime activities in support of the policy of the United States Government to encourage and aid the development and maintenance of a merchant marine.

Limitations on applicant eligibility for a specific project, if any, will be explained and included in any Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on grants.gov.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate beneficiaries of the projects will be the United States Government and the general public.

Credentials/Documentation

Required credentials or documentation are to be determined on a case by case basis, and if required, will be included in any Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on grants.gov. 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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedures for competitively awarded cooperative agreements will be included in any Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on grants.gov. Applicants may submit unsolicited proposals at any time for a project with a unique or innovative idea, method, or approach. Applicants may also submit proposals at any time for a project which relies on the unique capability or expertise of the applicant. MARAD cannot guarantee funding will be available for any project.

Award Procedures

For competitively awarded cooperative agreements, the award procedure will be included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on grants.gov. For all other awarded cooperative agreements, final award determinations will be made by appropriate MARAD program officials at HQ after review of proposals.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Jones Act (Merchant Marine), 46 U.S.C §§ 50101 -50111.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Additional information for each competitively awarded cooperative agreement will be included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted to grants.gov. For all other awards, approval/disapproval times vary depending on the type and complexity of the project.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Time limits and restrictions for any award will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded in the form of a cooperative agreement. The mechanism for the release of funds will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

The number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

The number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

SF-425.

The number, type, and frequency of required reports will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

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.

Records

Recordkeeping requirements will be set forth in the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1750-0-1-403.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $5,000; FY 17 est $200,000; and FY 18 est $5,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of funding depends on funds available during the fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Todd Ripley USDOT Maritime Administration, Office of Safety (MAR-430) 1200 New Jersey Ave SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: 202-366-2526

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In general, proposals are selected based on, among other things, the scope of the project and how it meets the requirements of the United States Government, the qualifications of the applicant, and cost. Specific evaluation factors, and the order of importance, will be included in a Notice of Funding Opportunity posted in grants.gov.



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