Regional Applied Research Efforts (RARE)

To (1) support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution analysis, monitoring, and
control techniques; and (3) fund innovative regional projects that address a stated problem or opportunity relating to sustainability and use science to inform design, planning and environmental decision-making.



FY 2015: Priorities include but are not limited to conducting high priority air pollutants research, ecological risk assessment, water quality, watersheds and drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) risk assessment, pollution prevention and new technologies/Economic and Social Science research.

Support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance actions to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques and community applications will all be funded under this category.

FY 2016: Priorities include but are not limited to conducting high priority air pollutants research, ecological risk assessment, water quality, watersheds and drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) risk assessment, pollution prevention and new technologies/Economic and Social Science research.

Support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance actions to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques and community applications will all be funded under this category.



FY 2017: Priorities include but are not limited to conducting high priority air pollutants research, ecological risk assessment, water quality, watersheds and drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) risk assessment, pollution prevention and new technologies/Economic and Social Science research.

Support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance actions to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques and community applications will all be funded under this category.

FY 2018: EPA did not include funding for this activity in the FY 2018 budget request.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: NA.

Fiscal Year 2017: No content available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ocean County College $ 60,000   2019-08-012021-07-31
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 60,000   2018-11-012020-10-31
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. $ 60,000   2018-02-012020-03-31
Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Philadelphia, The $ 70,000   2017-10-012019-09-30
Partnership For De Estuary $ 68,000   2016-04-012019-03-31
University Of California, Davis $ 50,000   2012-10-012016-02-29
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 47,472   2013-09-012016-02-01
South Coast Air Quality Management District $ 60,000   2013-09-012015-08-31
University System Of New Hampshire $ 58,000   2012-06-012015-05-31
Partnership For De Estuary $ 60,000   2012-05-012014-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: NA. Fiscal Year 2017: No Content Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only Regions are eligible to send applications or proposals.

Federal Agencies may not apply.

Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on an assistance agreement.

Federal employees may not receive salaries or augment their Agency?s appropriations through awards made under this program unless authorized by law to receive such funding.

The applicant institution may enter into an agreement with a Federal Agency to purchase or utilize unique supplies or services unavailable in the private sector to the extent authorized by law.

Examples are purchase of satellite data, chemical reference standards, analyses, or use of instrumentation or other facilities not available elsewhere.

A written justification for federal involvement must be included in the application.

In addition, an appropriate form of assurance that documents the commitment, such as a letter of intent from the Federal Agency involved, should be included.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; Scientists/Researchers, Hospitals, and Individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

No content available. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

When applicable, an environmental impact assessment is made by the Office of Research and Development as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

The standard application forms as furnished by the EPA and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funds may be available to support activities including but not limited to experiments, surveys, studies, investigations, public education programs, and monitoring where authorized by specific statutes, in both science and engineering disciplines. Please check the Federal Register or the EPA/ORD website http://www.epa.gov/ord/htm/grantopportunity.htm for an updated listing of these programs. Completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate laboratory, center or office within ORD specified in the announcement.

Award Procedures

The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division. Customarily, applicants are notified about award decisions within six months of the solicitation deadline. After being recommended for award, applicants will be required to submit additional certifications and may be requested to provide responses to comments or suggestions offered by the peer reviewers, a revised budget, past performance documentation, and/or make appropriate revisions. EPA Project Officers will contact Principal Investigators to obtain these materials. Before or after award, certain applicants will be expected to provide additional quality assurance documentation.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Clean Water Act, Section 104, Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 94-469, 15 U.S.C 2601; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C 6981; Clean Air Act, Section 103&104, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, Public Law 93-523; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311, Public Law 95-510; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20&23, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r&136u; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 94-140, 7 U.S.C 136; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Public Law 95-396, 7 U.S.C 136; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311, Public Law 99-499.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.

Appeals

Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

.

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

Grants are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Total approved project period typically does not exceed 2 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is either fully funded (lump sum) or incrementally funded on an annual basis.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations, 2 CFR 200 and 1500.

Progress reports are required under this program.

A discussion of expenditures is required in progress reports under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

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. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0107-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 est $100,000; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 Actual $0.1M - FY 17 Actual $0.1 M - FY18 Estimated $0.0M.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

New grants/cooperative agreements shall not exceed $60,000 per Year/per Region.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General Grant Regulations and Procedures for new awards for the Environmental Protection Agency are in 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, which supersedes all previous OMB Circulars.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Maggie Lavay For administrative questions on grant applications and procedures, contact Maggie Lavay, at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20460. Commercial telephone number 202-564-5264,. Government e-mail address: lavay.maggie@epa.gov , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: lavay.maggie@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-5264

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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