[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 77 (Tuesday, April 22, 1997)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-10306]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[Docket No. 970324067-7067-01]
NOAA Climate and Global Change Program, Program Announcement
AGENCY: Office of Global Programs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
SUMMARY: The Climate and Global Change Program represents a National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) contribution to evolving
national and international programs designed to improve our ability to
observe, understand, predict, and respond to changes in the global
environment. This program builds on NOAA's mission requirements and
longstanding capabilities in global change research and prediction. The
NOAA Program is a key contributing element of the U.S. Global Change
Research Program (USGCRP), which is coordinated by the interagency
Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources. NOAA's program is
designed to complement other agency contributions to that national
DATES: Strict deadlines for submission to the FY 1998 process are:
Letters of intent must be received at OGP no later than May 23, 1997.
Full proposals must be received at OGP no later than August 15, 1997.
Applicants who have not received a response to their letter of intent
by July 7, 1997, should contact the program office. The time from
target date to grant award varies with program area. We anticipate that
review of full proposals will occur during late 1997 and funding should
begin during the spring of 1998 for most approved projects. April 1,
1998, should be used as the proposed start date on proposals, unless
otherwise directed by the appropriate Program Officer. Applicants
should be notified of their status within 6 months. All proposals must
be submitted in accordance with the guidelines below. Failure to heed
these guidelines may result in proposals being returned without review.
ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted to: Office of Global Programs,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1100 Wayne Avenue,
Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910-5603.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irma duPree at the above address, or
at phone: (301) 427-2089 ext. 17, fax: (301) 427-2073, Internet:
NOAA believes that the Climate and Global Change Program will
benefit significantly from a strong partnership with outside
investigators. Current Program plans assume that over 50% of the total
resources provided through this announcement will support extramural
efforts, particularly those involving the broad academic community.
Because of ongoing debates on the Federal budget, it is uncertain how
much money will be available through this announcement. Actual funding
levels will depend upon the final FY 1998 budget appropriations. This
Program Announcement is for projects to be conducted by investigators
both inside and outside of NOAA, primarily over a one, two or three
year period. The funding instrument for extramural awards will be a
grant unless it is anticipated that NOAA will be substantially involved
in the implementation of the project, in which case the funding
instrument should be a cooperative agreement. Examples of substantial
involvement may include but are not limited to proposals for
collaborative between NOAA or NOAA scientists and a recipient scientist
or technician and/or contemplation by NOAA of detailing Federal
personnel to work on proposal projects. NOAA will make decisions
regarding the use of a cooperative agreement on a case-by-case basis.
Funding for non-U.S. institutions and contractual arrangements for
services and products for delivery to NOAA are not available under this
announcement. Matching share is not required by this program.
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44720 (b); 33 U.S.C. 883d, 883e; 15 U.S.C.
2904; 15 U.S.C. 2931 et seq.
(CFDA No. 11.431)--Climate and Atmospheric Research
The long term objective of the Climate and Global Change Program is
to provide reliable predictions of climate change and associated
regional implications on time scales ranging from seasons to a century
or more. NOAA believes that climate variability across these time
scales can be modelled with an acceptable probability of success and
are the most relevant for fundamental social concerns. Predicting the
behavior of the coupled ocean-atmosphere-land surface system will be
NOAA's primary contribution to a successful national effort to deal
with observed or anticipated changes in the global environment. NOAA
has a range of unique facilities and capabilities that can be applied
to Climate and Global Change investigations. Proposals that seek to
exploit these resources in collaborative efforts between NOAA and
extramural investigations are encouraged.
In FY 1998, NOAA will give priority attention to individual
proposals in the areas listed below. Investigators are asked to specify
clearly which of these areas is being pursued. The names, affiliations
and phone numbers of relevant Climate and Global Change Program
Officers are provided. Funding for some programs may be limited to
ongoing projects or may be used to fund projects proposed in FY 1997
that were unable to be funded due to unusual budgetary circumstances.
Prospective applicants should communicate with Program Officers for
information on priorities within program elements and prospects for
funding. Applicants should send letters of intent and proposals to the
NOAA Office of Global Programs rather than to individual Program
The Aerosols Project focuses on research to improve the predictive
understanding of the role of anthropogenic aerosols in climate forcing.
Due to limited funds anticipated in FY 1998, all funding is expected to
be used to maintain support for ongoing research activities.
Unfortunately, therefore, we are unable to seek applications to fund
new starts. For further information contact: Joel M.
Levy, NOAA/Office of Global Programs, 301-427-2089 ext. 21, Internet:
L[email protected]; or Fred Fehsenfeld, NOAA/Aeronomy Laboratory,
Boulder, CO, 303-497-5819, Internet: [email protected].
Atlantic Climate Change Program (ACCP)
ACCP investigators have greatly contributed to the fascinating
picture of Atlantic climate variability that has come into focus in the
past few years with the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Atlantic
tropical sea surface temperature ``dipole'' playing a central role. We
invite two-year duration proposals which: (1) Address, using models and
theory, the underlying mechanisms of tropical and middle to high-
latitude climate variability in the Atlantic sector on interannual to
decadal time-scales and beyond and (2) seek to document Atlantic
climate variability and climate change from the instrumental and paleo
record and their link to global climate variability. For further
information contact: James F. Todd, NOAA/Office of Global Programs,
301-427-2089 ext. 32, Internet: [email protected], or Lisa Dilling,
NOAA/Office of Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD: 301-427-2089 ext.
16, Internet: [email protected].
The Atmospheric Chemistry Project focuses on global monitoring,
process-oriented laboratory and field studies, and theoretical modeling
to improve the predictive understanding of the atmospheric trace gases
that influence the earth's chemical and radiative balance. FY 1998
grants in Atmospheric Chemistry will focus on studies associated with
the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project of the
IGBP. Proposals are solicited for the following: (i) (highest priority)
the North Atlantic Regional Study (NARE), with emphasis on process-
oriented field studies, the analysis and interpretation of those
studies, and development of new airborne instrumentation and sampling
methods in support of future studies; (ii) the International Support
Activity: Intercalibration/Intercomparison, with emphasis on the
Nonmethane Hydrocarbon Intercomparison Experiment (NOMHICE). For an
information sheet containing further details, contact: Joel M. Levy,
NOAA/Office of Global Programs, 301-427-2089 ext. 21, Internet:
[email protected]; or Fred C. Fehsenfeld, NOAA/Aeronomy Laboratory,
Boulder, CO, 303-497-5819, Internet: [email protected].
Climate Change Data and Detection
The scientific goals of this element include efforts to: (1)
Provide data and information management support (i.e., data assembly,
processing, inventory, distribution and archiving) for a variety of
national and international programs of primary interest to NOAA's
Climate and Global Change Program, e.g., the CLIVAR (Climate
Variability and Prediction) Program, GEWEX (Global Energy & Water Cycle
Experiment), GOALS (Global Ocean Atmosphere Land System), IGBP
(International Geosphere-Biosphere Program), etc.; (2) provide data and
information management support related to cross cutting science efforts
necessary to assess seasonal, interannual, decadal, and longer climate
variations and changes; (3) document the quantitative character of
observed climate variations and changes; and (4) attribute changes in
the observed climate record to specific climate forcings. Proposals are
sought that are clearly linked to these scientific objectives and that
are under the direction of a scientific principal investigator.
Proposals that are directly linked to major national and international
assessments, such as the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), are encouraged. Proposals to enhance data system infrastructure
without firm science driven objectives will not be considered. NOAA/
NASA Jointly Sponsored Project: Contingent on the availability of
funding, a limited number of new starts are anticipated within the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/NOAA co-sponsored
project that supports research in the area of producing Enhanced Data
Sets for Analysis and Applications. Projects should have a central
theme of producing new and/or improved data sets for the next major
scientific or climate impact assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) planned for the year 2000. We expect that each
project will be able to product data sets that have direct
applicability to unresolved issues in the 1995 IPCC assessments.
Proposals will be favored that clearly make this linkage. NOAA/DOE
Jointly Sponsored Project: Contingent on the availability of funding,
approximately fifteen new starts are anticipated within the Department
of Energy (DOE)/NOAA co-sponsored project that specifically addresses
all aspects of Climate Change Detection and Attribution. Additional
details on the jointly sponsored project are provided on supplementary
fact sheet which can be obtained by calling the Program Managers, or
from Irma duPree at the Office of Global Programs). For further
information contact: Tom Karl, NOAA/NESDIS/National Climatic Data
Center, Asheville, NC, 704-271-4319, Internet: [email protected],
Bill Murray, NOAA/Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD; 301-427-2089 ext.
26, Internet: [email protected], Chris Miller, NOAA/NESDIS, Silver
Spring, MD 20910, 301-713-1264, Internet: [email protected]oaa.gov, Martha
Maiden, NASA/Mission to Planet Earth Program Office, Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, 301-286-0012, Internet:
[email protected], or Wanda Ferrell, DOE/Environmental
Sciences Division, Germantown, MD; 301-903-0043, Internet:
Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction
The GFDL-University Consortium is an Applied Research Center that
increases the involvement of the university community in studying
atmospheric variability and predictability by critically analyzing
model output generated at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory (GFDL). Proposals are invited for collaboration with
scientists at the NOAA/GFDL in the state-of-the-art diagnosis of the
relationships between global sea surface temperature anomalies (SSTA)
and the interannual variability of the atmospheric climate over the
past several decades, and between the SSTA in different parts of the
World Ocean. The participants will make extensive use of an evolving
set of atmospheric general circulation model (GCM) experiments to be
conducted at GFDL. Collaborators will participate fully in the design
and implementation of these experiments, as well as in the development
and application of diagnostic tools for analyzing such experiments. In
the past, five consortium participants have shared approximately
$500,000 annually. We anticipate similar levels of support and number
of participants to be funded for a three year period beginning in 1998.
For further information, contact Mark Eakin, NOAA/Global Programs,
Silver Spring, MD; 301-427-2089 ext. 19, Internet: [email protected];
or Isaac Held or Ngar-Cheung Lau, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory, Princeton, NJ; 609-452-6512/609-452-6524, Internet:
[email protected] or [email protected].
This program element addresses ocean, atmosphere, and land surface
climate observations, measurement
systems and techniques. Within the ocean focus, we are currently
working to develop an interagency program addressing integrated ocean
observations; applications will be solicited under a separate call for
proposals. Within the atmospheric focus, in addition to renewal
proposals, there is a potential for one or two new starts dealing with
atmospheric water vapor. The potential also exists for a very limited
number of projects which advance proven measurement concepts to the
point of self-calibrated use on unmanned air vehicles and package
carrying commercial aircraft. Within the land surface focus, no funding
is expected to be available for new starts. For further information
contact: Rex Fleming, NOAA/OAR, Boulder, CO, 303/497-8165, Internet:
[email protected]; Bill Murray (for atmosphere and land surface
observations), NOAA/Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD; 301/427-2089
ext. 26, Internet: [email protected]; or Mike Johnson (for ocean
observations), NOAA/Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD; 301/427-2089
ext. 62, Internet: [email protected].
Economics and Human Dimensions of Climate Fluctuations
This program element is aimed at understanding how social and
economic systems are currently influenced by fluctuations in short-term
climate (seasons to years), and how human behavior can be (or why it
may not be) affected based on information about variability in the
climate system. We are particularly interested in the extent to which
probabilistic, early-warning climate forecast information can be
incorporated into existing decision-making to affect adjustment and
adaptation. Projects should be comprised of analyses of the following:
how decision processes are sensitive to climate variability; how
decisions could incorporate climate information, particularly
forecasts; the social and economic factors that enhance or impede the
use of climate information; and the consequences of people changing
their decisions based on climate information. Decision processes can be
investigated at the individual, industry, sector or institutional
level, and the climate information should be based on regional climate
influences driven by global climate phenomena (e.g. ENSO events). For
more information and a detailed information sheet, researchers are
strongly encouraged to contact: Caitlin Simpson, 1100 Wayne Avenue,
Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910; telephone: (301) 427-2089 ext 47;
or email: [email protected].
Contact: Daphne Gemmill, NOAA/Office of Global Programs, Silver
Spring, MD; 301-427-2089 ext. 20, Internet: [email protected].
GCIP (GEWEX Continental-Scale International Project)
In research funded through this component, NOAA will direct its
principal contribution for the GEWEX Continental-scale International
Project to: (1) improving the representation of processes such as cold
season hydrometeorological processes, subgrid scale precipitation
variability, evolving soil moisture fields and their subgrid scale
variability and evolving vegetation covers in coupled land/atmosphere
models; (2) improving the measurement and understanding of heavy
precipitation and runoff regimes in the eastern part of the Mississippi
River Basin and their role in water and energy budgets; (3) improving
the analysis of precipitation over a range of time and space scales;
(4) initiating studies of critical physical processes in the eastern
part of the Mississippi River Basin; and (5) undertaking studies and
model development to make the outputs of climate forecasts and
information more relevant for water resource managers. Emphasis will
also be placed on issues related to the scale integration of
hydrometeorological processes in climate models and on the transfer of
representations of these processes into a climate model either through
a nested model approach or improved land surface schemes. As outlined
in its Major Activities Plan for 1997, 1998 with Outlook for 1999, GCIP
anticipates that researchers will use its comprehensive in-situ, remote
sensing and model output data sets for diagnostic studies and for model
development and validation. A number of GCIP initial data sets have
been prepared to provide data services support during the build-up
period before the five-year enhanced observing period which started on
1 October 1995. The initial data sets are compiled for on-line access
by GCIP investigators to the extent that is technically feasible. They
have also been published on a CD-ROM for wide distribution. GCIP is
interested in proposals that utilize these data sets to address the
scientific problems outlined above. Further information about the GCIP
data sets already compiled as well as the plans and projected schedule
for future datasets can be accessed through the GCIP ``home page'' on
the World Wide Web at the URL address: http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/gcip.
The focus for the GEWEX Continental-scale International Project (GCIP)
is the Mississippi River Basin. A more detailed information sheet will
be provided to those who contact Rick Lawford, NOAA/Office of Global
Programs, Silver Spring, MD; (301) 427-2089 ext. 40, Internet:
Global Ocean-Atmosphere-Land System (GOALS)
The objectives of the GOALS Program are to understand global
climate variability on seasonal-to-interannual time scales, to
determine the extent to which this variability is predictable, to
develop the observational theoretical, and computational means to
predict this variability, and to foster the development of experimental
predictions within the limits of proven feasibility. GOALS is intended
to build upon the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) research of the
TOGA program (completed in 1994) to extend predictability of seasonal
to interannual fluctuations beyond the tropical Pacific and include the
effects of the other tropical upper oceans, higher latitude upper
oceans, and land surface processes. Proposals for the Pan-American
Climate Studies (PACS) Program, a subprogram within GOALS focusing on
seasonal-to-interannual climate variability over the Americas, will be
solicited under a separate announcement. For an information sheet
outlining high-priority GOALS activities solicited in FY 1998, please
contact Michael Patterson, NOAA/Office of Global Programs, Silver
Spring, MD; 301-427-2089 ext. 12, Internet: P[email protected].
Ocean-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange Study (OACES)
As part of NOAA's contribution to the completion of the NOAA/DOE/
NSF-sponsored Global Ocean CO2 Survey and as a continuing
effort to improve our understanding of the role of the ocean in
sequestering the increasing burden of anthropogenically-derived carbon
dioxide in the atmosphere, proposals are sought for supplemental
measurements on two planned NOAA research cruises in FY 98. The first
cruise along 24 deg. N is the final leg of the Global Ocean
CO2 Survey in the North Atlantic. It is aimed at determining
carbon transport and inventories in the North Atlantic basin and is
scheduled for late winter 1997/1998. The second cruise, scheduled for
early summer of 1998, seeks to improve the parametrization of the
kinetics of CO2
gas exchange. Limited funds are available for proposals addressing the
measurement of specific chemical variables and physical parameters
including: inorganic carbon system parameters (such as pH and
alkalinity), total organic carbon, stable carbon isotopes, primary
production and physical characterization of the sea surface. For an
information sheet containing further details, please contact: James F.
Tdd, NOAA/Office of Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD: 301-427-2089
ext. 32, Internet: [email protected], or Lisa Dilling, NOAA/Office of
Global Programs, Silver Spring, MD: 301-427-2089 ext. 16, Internet:
The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program will entertain proposals that
support the new joint IGBP PAGES/WCRP CLIVAR Research Initiative that
is being jointly supported by NOAA and the National Science Foundation
(NSF). Proposals should address seasonal- to annually-dated time series
to develop an understanding of the full range of natural environmental
variability over the last 2000 years. Research efforts should focus on
the utilization of seasonally- to annually-dated paleoclimate time
series to develop an understanding of the seasonal to century-scale
variability and predictability of: (1) the ENSO and African/Asian
monsoon systems, (2) the ocean thermohaline system and its relation to
global change, and (3) the hydrologic system at regional to global
scales, as it relates to the above. Investigators from the paleoclimate
and modern climate dynamics communities are encouraged to collaborate
on proposals that focus on understanding the full range of natural
variability and how well this variability can be represented by models.
Proposals should be submitted to the NSF Earth System History
Announcement of Opportunity with an expected due date in January 1998.
Proposals submitted in response to this emphasis will be jointly
reviewed in accordance with established NSF and NOAA procedures for
external merit review and will be supported by the NSF/ESH Program and
the NOAA/Office of Global Programs. For an information sheet or more
information, contact Mark Eakin, NOAA/Global Programs, Silver Spring,
MD; 301-427-2089 ext. 19, Internet: [email protected]; Jonathan
Overpact, NOAA/National Geophysical Data Center, Boulder, CO; 303-497-
6172, Internet: [email protected]; or Herman Zimmerman, NSF ESH/
ATM Program, Arlington, VA; 703-306-1527, Internet: [email protected].
Extramural eligibility is not limited and is encouraged with the
objective of developing a strong partnership with the academic
community. Non-academic proposers are urged to seek collaboration with
academic institutions. Universities, non-profit organizations, for
profit organizations, State and local governments, and Indian Tribes,
are included among entities eligible for funding under this
announcement. While not a prerequisite for funding, applicants are
encouraged to consider conducting their research in one or more of the
National Marine Estuarine Research Reserve System or National Marine
Sanctuary sites. For further information on these field laboratory
sites, contact Dr. Dwight Trueblood, NOAA/NOS, 301-713-3145 ext. 174.
The NOAA Climate and Global Change Program has been approved for
multi-year funding up to a three year duration. Funding for non-U.S.
institutions is not available under this announcement.
Letters of Intent
Letters of Intent (LOI): (1) Letters should be no more than two
pages in length and include the name and institution of principal
investigator(s), a statement of the problem, brief summary of work to
be completed, approximate cost of the project, and program element(s)
to which the proposal should be directed. (2) Evaluation will be by
program management. (3) It is in the best interest of applicants and
their institutions to submit letters of intent; however, it is not a
requirement. (4) Facsimile and electronic mail are acceptable for
letters of intent only. (5) Projects deemed unsuitable during LOI
review will not be encouraged to submit full proposals.
Consideration for financial assistance will be given to those
proposals which address one of the Program Priorities listed below and
meet the following evaluation criteria:
(1) Scientific Merit (20%): Intrinsic scientific value of the
subject and the study proposed.
(2) Relevance (20%): Importance and relevance to the goal of the
Climate and Global Change Program and to the research areas listed
(3) Methodology (20%): Focused scientific objective and strategy,
including measurement strategies and data management considerations;
project milestones; and final products.
(4) Readiness (20%): Nature of the problem; relevant history and
status of existing work; level of planning, including existence of
supporting documents; strength of proposed scientific and management
team; past performance record of proposers.
(5) Linkages (10%): Connections to existing or planned national and
international programs; partnerships with other agency or NOAA
participants, where appropriate.
(6) Costs (10%): Adequacy of proposed resources; appropriate share
of total available resources; prospects for joint funding;
identification of long-term commitments.
All proposals will be evaluated and ranked in accordance with the
assigned weights of the above evaluation criteria by (1) independent
peer mail review, and/or (2) independent peer panel review; both NOAA
and non-NOAA experts in the field may be used in this process. Their
recommendations and evaluations will be considered by the Program
Manager/Officer in final selections. Those ranked by the panel and
program as not recommended for funding will not be given further
consideration and will be notified of non-selection. For the proposals
rated either Excellent, Very Good or Good, the Program Manager will:
(a) ascertain which proposals meet the objectives, fit the criteria
posted, and do not substantially duplicate other projects that are
currently funded by NOAA or are approved for funding by other federal
agencies, hence, awards may not necessarily be made to the highest-
scored proposals, (b) select the proposals to be funded, (c) determine
the total duration of funding for each proposal, and (d) determine the
amount of funds available for each proposal.
Unsatisfactory performance by a recipient under prior Federal
awards may result in an application not being considered for funding.
The guidelines for proposal preparation provided below are
mandatory. Failure to heed these guidelines may result in proposals
being returned without review.
(a) Full Proposals
(1) Proposals submitted to the NOAA Climate and Global Change
Program must include the original and two unbound copies of the
(2) Investigators are not required to submit more than 3 copies of
proposal, however, the normal review process requires 20 copies.
Investigators are encouraged to submit sufficient proposal copies for
the full review process if they wish all reviewers to receive color,
unusually sized (not 8.5 x 11''), or otherwise unusual materials
submitted as part of the proposal. Only three copies of the Federally
required forms are needed.
(3) Proposals must be limited to 30 pages (numbered), including
budget, investigators vitae, and all appendices, and should be limited
to funding requests for one to three year duration. Appended
information may not be used to circumvent the page length limit.
Federally mandated forms are not included within the page count.
(4) Proposals should be sent to the NOAA Office of Global Programs
at the above address.
(5) Facsimile transmissions and electronic mail submission of full
proposals will not be accepted.
(b) Required Elements
All proposals should include the following elements:
(1) Signed title page: The title page should be signed by the
Principal Investigator (PI) and the institutional representative and
should clearly indicate which project area is being addressed. The PI
and institutional representative should be identified by full name,
title, organization, telephone number and address. The total amount of
Federal funds being requested should be listed for each budget period.
(2) Abstract: An abstract must be included and should contain an
introduction of the problem, rationale and a brief summary of work to
be completed. The abstract should appear on a separate page, headed
with the proposal title, institution(s) investigator(s), total proposed
cost and budget period.
(3) Results from prior research: The results of related projects
supported by NOAA and other agencies should be described, including
their relation to the currently proposed work. Reference to each prior
research award should include the title, agency, award number, PIs,
period of award and total award. The section should be a brief summary
and should not exceed two pages total.
(4) Statement of work: The proposed project must be completely
described, including identification of the problem, scientific
objectives, proposed methodology, relevance to the goal of the Climate
and Global Change Program, and the program priorities listed above.
Benefits of the proposed project to the general public and the
scientific community should be discussed. A year-by-year summary of
proposed work must be included clearly indicating that each year's
proposed work is severable and can easily be separated into annual
increments of meaningful work. The statement of work, including
references but excluding figures and other visual materials, must not
exceed 15 pages of text. Investigators wishing to submit group
proposals that exceed the 15 page limit should discuss this possibility
with the appropriate Program Officer prior to submission. In general,
proposals from 3 or more investigators may include a statement of work
containing up to 15 pages of overall project description plus up to 5
additional pages for individual project descriptions.
(5) Budget: Applicants must submit an a Standard Form 424 (4-92)
``Application for Federal Assistance'', including a detailed budget
using the Standard Form 424a (4-92), ``Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs''. The form is included in the standard NOAA
application kit. The proposal must include total and annual budgets
corresponding with the descriptions provided in the statement of work.
Additional text to justify expenses should be included as necessary.
(6) Vitae: Abbreviated curriculum vitae are sought with each
proposal. Reference lists should be limited to all publications in the
last three years with up to five other relevant papers.
(7) Current and pending support: For each investigator, submit a
list that includes project title, supporting agency with grant number,
investigator months, dollar value and duration. Requested values should
be listed for pending support.
(8) List of suggested reviewers: The cover letter may include a
list of individuals qualified and suggested to review the proposal. It
also may include a list of individuals that applicants would prefer to
not review the proposal. Such lists may be considered at the discretion
of the Program Officer.
(c) Other Requirements
(1) Applicants may obtain a standard NOAA application kit form the
Primary Applicant Certification--All primary applicants must submit
a completed Form CD-511, ``Certification Regarding Debarment,
Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; Drug-Free Workplace
Requirements and Lobbying''. Applicants are also hereby notified of the
1. Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension--Prospective
participants (as defined at 15 CFR Part 26, section 105) are subject to
15 CFR Part 26, ``Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension,'' and the
related section of the certification form prescribed above applies;
2. Drug Free Workplace--Grantees (as defined at 15 CFR part 26,
section 605) are subject to 15 CFR Part 16, Subpart F, ``Governmentwide
Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants)'' and the related section
of the certification form prescribed above applies;
3. Anti-Lobbying--Persons (as defined at 15 CFR Part 28, section
105) are subject to the Lobbying provisions of 31 U.S.C. 1352,
``Limitation on use of appropriated funds to influence certain Federal
contracting and financial transactions'', and the lobbying section of
the certification form prescribed above applies to applications/bids
for grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts for more than
$100,000, and loans and loan guarantees for more than $150,000, or the
single family maximum mortgage limit for affected programs, whichever
is greater; and
4. Anti-Lobbying Disclosures--Any applicant that has paid or will
pay for lobbying using any funds must submit an SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of
Lobbying Activities,'' as required under 15 CFR part 28, appendix B.
Lower Tier Certifications
(1) Recipients must require applicants/bidders for subgrants,
contracts, subcontracts, or lower tier covered transactions at any tier
under the award to submit, if applicable, a completed Form CD-512,
``Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and
Voluntary Exclusion-Lower Tier Covered Transactions and Lobbying'' and
disclosure form SF-LLL, ``Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.'' Form CD-
512 is intended for the use of recipients and should not be transmitted
to DOC. SF-LLL submitted by any tier recipient or subrecipient should
be submitted to DOC in accordance with the instructions contained in
the award document.
(2) Recipients and subrecipients are subject to all applicable
Federal laws and Federal and Department of Commerce policies,
regulations, and procedures applicable to Federal financial assistance
(3) Preaward Activities--If applicants incur any costs prior to an
award being made, they do so solely at their own risk of not being
reimbursed by the Government. Notwithstanding any verbal assurance that
may have been received, there is no obligation to the applicant on the
part of Department of Commerce to cover preaward costs.
(4) This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular No.
A-110, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other
Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other
Non-Profit Organizations'', and 15 CFR Part 24, ``Uniform
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to
State and Local Governments'', as applicable. Applications under this
program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental
Review of Federal Programs.''
(5) All non-profit and for-profit applicants are subject to a name
check review process. Name checks are intended to reveal if any key
individuals associated with the applicant have been convicted of, or
are presently facing criminal charges such as fraud, theft, perjury, or
other matters which significantly reflect on the applicant's
management, honesty, or financial integrity.
(6) A false statement on an application is grounds for denial or
termination of funds and grounds for possible punishment by a fine or
imprisonment as provided in 18 U.S.C. 1001.
(7) No award of Federal funds shall be made to an applicant who has
an outstanding delinquent Federal debt until either:
(i) The delinquent account is paid in full,
(ii) A negotiated repayment schedule is established and at least
one payment is received, or
(iii) Other arrangements satisfactory to the Department of Commerce
(8) Buy American-Made Equipment or Products--Applicants are
encouraged that any equipment or products authorized to be purchased
with funding provided under this program must be American-made to the
maximum extent feasible.
(9) The total dollar amount of the indirect costs proposed in an
application under this program must not exceed the indirect cost rate
negotiated and approved by a cognizant Federal agency prior to the
proposed effective date of the award or 100 percent of the total
proposed direct cost dollar amount in the application, whichever is
(d) If an application is selected for funding, the Department of
Commerce has no obligation to provide any additional future funding in
connection with the award. Renewal of an award to increase funding or
extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the
Department of Commerce.
(e) In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations, no person
on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin or disability
shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
financial assistance from the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program.
The NOAA Climate and Global Change Program does not have direct TDD
(Telephonic Device for the Deaf) capabilities, but can be reached
through the State of Maryland supplied TDD contact number, 800-735-
2258, between the hours of 8:00 am--4:30 pm.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required
to respond to nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to
comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of
the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information
displays a current valid OMB control number. Classification: This
notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of
Executive Order 12866. The standard forms have been approved by the
Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act
under OMB approval number 0348-0043, 0348-0044, and 0348-0046.
Dated: April 7, 1997.
J. Michael Hall,
Director, Office of Global Programs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
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