[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 40 (Thursday, February 28, 2002)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-4834]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[Docket No 001102309-2028-02; I.D 010802D
Announcement of Funding Opportunity to Submit Proposals for the
Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES-2002)
AGENCY: Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean
Program (CSCOR/COP), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability for financial assistance for
project grants and cooperative agreements.
SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that CSCOR/
COP is soliciting three to five year proposals to support coral reef
ecosystem studies in regions under U.S. jurisdiction where coral reefs
occur. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Federal
appropriations. It is anticipated that projects funded under this
announcement will have an August 1, 2002 start date.
DATES: The deadline for receipt of proposals at the CSCOR/COP office is
3 p.m., e.s.t. April 17, 2002. (Note that late-arriving applications
provided to a delivery service on or before April 16, 2002 with
delivery guaranteed before 3 p.m., e.s.t. on April 17,2002 will be
accepted for review if the applicant candocument that the application
was provided to the delivery service with delivery to the address
listed below guaranteed prior to the specified closing date and time,
and, in any event, the proposals are received in the CSCOR/COP office
by 3 p.m., e.s.t., no later than 2 business days following the closing
ADDRESSES: Submit the original and 19 copies of your proposal to Center
for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean Program (N/SCI2),
SSMC4, 8th Floor, Station 8243, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver
Spring, MD 20910. NOAA and Standard Form Applications with instructions
are accessible on the following CSCOR/COP Internet Site: http://www.cop.noaa.gov under the COP Grants Information section, Part D,
Application Forms for Initial Proposal Submission. Forms may be viewed
and, in most cases, filled in by computer. All forms must be printed,
completed, and mailed to CSCOR/COP with original signatures. If you are
unable to access this information, you may call CSCOR/COP at 301-713-
3338 to leave a mailing request.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Technical Information.Dr. Ruth Kelty,
CRES-2002 Program point of contact, CSCOR/COP, 301-713-3020/ext 133,
Business Management Information.Leslie McDonald, CSCOR/COP Grants
Administrator, 301-713-3338/ext 155, Internet: Leslie.McDonald@noaa.gov
Long-term coral reef ecosystem research addresses one of the
priority research needs identified by the Ecosystem Science and
Conservation Working Group and is outlined at the Internet site: http://coralreef.gov/wg-reports.html.
University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Ship
Time Request Form is available in electronic format at: http://www.gso.uri.edu/unols/ship/shiptime.html. UNOLS' vessel requirements
are identified later in this document under ``Part I, Section (5)
For complete program description and other requirements criteria
for the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean
Program, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
annual notification in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019, December 4,
2001) and at the CSCOR/COP home page.
Coral reefs and associated seagrass and mangrove communities are
among the most complex and diverse ecosystems on earth. They support
important fishing and tourism industries, protect coasts from wave and
storm damage, build tropical islands, contain an array of potential
pharmaceuticals, and provide local communities with a source of food,
materials and traditional activities. As shallow-water, near shore
communities, coral reef ecosystems are ecologically closely linked to
adjacent watersheds and are highly vulnerable to human activity.
Anthropogenic stresses include poor water quality from runoff and
inadequate sewage treatment, over-harvesting of reef resources,
sedimentation, shoreline development, and damage from tourists and
divers. Larger-scale changes in global climate also potentially affect
coral reef ecosystems through changes in sea temperature, sea level,
irradiance, wind and precipitation patterns, and frequency and severity
of tropical storms. Natural and human-induced forces act separately and
in combination, to degrade coral reef ecosystems. Symptoms of stress
include mass bleaching (loss of symbiotic algae) of corals, regional
reductions of certain reef framework corals, and disease outbreaks
leading to mass mortalities of reef-building corals and associated
According to the 2000 report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring
Network, the world has lost an estimated 11 percent of coral reefs and
a further 16 percent are not fully functional. Significant further
reductions in coral reef health, accompanied by major losses in
biological diversity, are expected to continue for the next few decades
unless coordinated action to manage and conserve these ecosystems is
The 1998 Executive Order on Coral Reef Protection (E.O. 13089)
directs Federal agencies to map, research, monitor, manage, and restore
coral reef ecosystems. In response to the Executive Order, a U.S. Coral
Reef Task Force established interagency working groups to address six
areas: (1) Coastal Uses, (2) Ecosystem Science and Conservation, (3)
Mapping and Information Synthesis, (4) Water and Air Quality, (5)
International Dimensions, and (6) Education and Outreach. One of the
key components of the Task Force Action Plan is long-term regional
ecosystem research, which this announcement addresses.
Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies Description
This notice solicits proposals that address causes of regional
declines in coral abundance and degradation of coral ecosystems. CSCOR/
COP's interest is to provide timely and high-quality scientific results
that can be used to develop alternative management strategies to
restore and protect coral reef ecosystems. To meet this goal, highest
consideration will be given to multi-disciplinary team proposals
incorporating hypothesis-driven research involving both the natural and
social sciences, which includes participation by the territory, state,
or Federal resource management community. Because of the complex
relationships among land-based activities, watershed/reef interactions,
and local economies and values, the overall research proposal should
include a component study that addresses social and economic aspects of
the study area, and integrate this
research into the study as a whole.
The development of predictive models is encouraged (e.g., bio-
physical models to investigate larval transport of reef organisms and
their recruitment to reef systems in the context of variable
oceanographic conditions; water quality models to investigate the
relationship between watershed-based pollutant inputs and effects on
reef ecosystems; economic models to investigate the relationship
between coral reef health and local economies). Results from such
research must be applicable to ecosystem sustainability studies and
assessments for alternative management strategies. Scientific
information, syntheses, and models from this multi-disciplinary, long-
term effort will enable resource managers to make more informed
decisions on managing US coral reef ecosystems.
Research should focus on coral reef ecosystems in the Atlantic or
Pacific subject to the jurisdiction or control of the United States.
CSCOR/COP will select the strongest and most balanced proposal(s) that
focuses on one of the following geographic areas of special interest
beginning with the highest priority: The (1) Caribbean (includes U.S.
Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Navassa Island); (2) Western Pacific
(includes Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Marinas Islands, Marshall
Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Freely Associated
States of the Republic of Palau); (3) American Samoa; (4) Hawaiian
Islands; and (5) Florida. The specific area of study within these
regions will be defined by the selected proposal.
Within a study region, more than one specific area may be included
for comparative purposes. Where remote sites are included, ship
requirements (ship type, time, and cost) should be identified.
This solicitation seeks proposals to:
(1) Identify and evaluate factors critical to the decline of coral
reefs in the study region and evaluate management approaches to
reversing their loss;
(2) Develop tools, such as models and/or data syntheses, to assist
resource managers (e.g., assessing impacts of climate change, coastal
land-use impacts, recruitment/retention mechanisms).
(3) Understand the social, cultural, and economic context in
developing tools and evaluating factors critical to the success of reef
Focus of the Research Program
To accomplish the above three objectives, proposals must address
the following four research focus areas:
(1) Relationship(s) between watershed-based activities and changes
in coral reef ecosystems, for example: the mechanisms by which
watershed-based pollutants are transported to and distributed within
coral reef ecosystems.
(2) Primary causes of ecological stresses in reef ecosystems of the
study region (such as, overfishing, reef destruction and pollution,
climate change, disease, invasive species, sedimentation, etc.) and
prioritization of these stresses.
(3) The effect of changes in faunal components on the integrity of
the reef ecosystem (such as, oceanic and ecological processes that
regulate species recruitment, species interactions, population
dynamics, and identification of keystone species).
(4) Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as management tools
for improving coral reef structure and function, and identification of
important linkages among coral reef ecosystems in the study region.
The duration of the study is anticipated to be three to five years.
Typically CSCOR/COP programs of a size and design similar to CRES
include five to eight lead researchers along with a management team,
and with a management team chair that serves as a main point of contact
with the CRES program manager. Management teams typically include three
to four individuals from different institutions that, as a group,
provide strong leadership and solid partnerships that enable the
program to be effectively implemented and produce meaningful results.
Management teams can include representatives from Federal laboratories,
universities, local governments, and non-governmental organizations.
Proposers are strongly encouraged to include MPAs, or potential MPAs in
the study design if possible, especially where collaborative research
within MPAs would enhance the understanding of regional coral reef
ecosystems and human use of these ecosystems. Therefore, priority will
be given to funding an omnibus proposal that includes a suite of
projects and a collaborative team of multi-institutional, multi-
disciplinary lead researchers. See Part II: Further Supplementary
Information Section (11) Project Funding Priorities.
Continuation of out year funding will be contingent upon the
determination by the awarding agency that the selected project(s) is/
are on course to provide both interim and final products that will be
useful to improve the condition of coral reefs in the study region.
Expected Products and Outcomes
Long-term multi-disciplinary research will provide a better
understanding of the nature, extent, and consequences of anthropogenic
and natural stress on coral reef ecosystems. Research results may be
used to distinguish anthropogenic factors from natural variability in
determining coral reef ecosystem health and potential impacts that may
result from climate variability. Project proposals should clearly
address a timetable and major program elements that will lead to
specific interim and final management deliverables. In order for the
study results to be useful to resource managers and decision makers,
the study design and implementation should include a clear means to
incorporate the information needs of the targeted region. Examples for
accomplishing this type of input could include annual workshops and
Management and Technical Advisory Committees that include a broad
spectrum of regional interests. Proposers are strongly encouraged to
develop an approach in the proposal to ensure regional stakeholder
input and participation.
A final synthesis report will be required as part of the NOAA
``Decision Analysis Series'' that concisely summarizes the project
results and their potential application to improving the condition of
degraded reefs, protecting healthy reefs in the study region, and other
critical information relevant to reef management. Guidelines for
producing this report will be made available to the project management
team early in the project cycle.
CRES Products Will Include:
(1) Research data, assessments, publications, synoptic accounts,
and any other useful activity or product that will provide resource
managers and the public with timely information that is readily
(2) Syntheses of the research, including specific recommendations
for management action, that lead to improved coral reef ecosystem
health through novel and/or traditional approaches, particularly with
respect to integrated watershed management and MPAs, and;
(3) Predictive tools such as simulation models and data syntheses
(including ecological forecasts) that will help managers make informed
decisions, and assess alternative management strategies (e.g.,
watershed and coastal water quality models to assess changes in land
inputs and impacts on reefs and related habitats; larval transport and
recruitment of reef organisms in the context of variable oceanographic
conditions, and information for optimizing site selection for MPAs).
Part I: Schedule and Proposal Submission
This document requests full proposals only. The provisions for
proposal preparation provided here are mandatory. Proposals received
after the published deadline or proposals that deviate from the
prescribed format will be returned to the sender without further
consideration. Information regarding this announcement, additional
background information, and required Federal forms are available on the
CSCOR/COP home page.
Applications submitted in response to this announcement require an
original proposal and 19 proposal copies at time of submission. This
includes color or high-resolution graphics, unusually sized materials,
or otherwise unusual materials submitted as part of the proposal. For
color graphics, submit either color originals or color copies. The
stated requirements for the number of proposal copies provide for a
review process. Facsimile transmissions and electronic mail submission
of full proposals will not be accepted.
All recipients must follow the instructions in the preparation of
the CSCOR/COP application forms included in this document in Part II:
Further Supplementary Information, (10) Application forms and kit. Each
proposal must also include the following seven elements, or will be
returned to sender without further consideration:
(1) Signed Summary title page. The title page should be signed by
the Principal Investigator (PI). The Summary Title page identifies the
project's title starting with the acronym: CRES 2002 (Coral Reef
Ecosystem Studies), a short title (less than 50 characters); and the
PI's name and affiliation, complete address, phone, FAX and E-mail
information. The requested budget for each fiscal year should be
included on the Summary title page. Multi-institution proposals must
include signed Summary title pages from each institution.
(2) One-page abstract/project summary. The Project Summary
(Abstract) Form, which is to be submitted at time of application, shall
include an introduction of the problem, rationale, scientific
objectives and/or hypotheses to be tested, and a brief summary of work
to be completed. The prescribed CSCOR/COP format for the Project
Summary Form can be found on the CSCOR/COP Internet site under the
Grants Information section, Part D.
The summary should appear on a separate page, headed with the
proposal title, institution(s), investigator(s), total proposed cost
and budget period. It should be written in the third person. The
summary is used to help compare proposals quickly and allows the
respondents to summarize these key points in their own words.
(3) Statement of work/project description. The proposed project
must be completely described, including identification of the problem,
scientific objectives, proposed methodology, relevance to the CRES
program goals and objectives. The project description section
(including relevant results from prior support) should not exceed 15
pages. Page limits are inclusive of figures and other visual materials,
but exclusive of references and milestone chart.
This section should clearly identify project management with a
description of the functions of each PI within a team. It should
provide a full scientific justification for the research, do not simply
reiterate justifications presented in this document. It should also
(a) The objective for the period of proposed work and its expected
(b) The relation to the present state of knowledge in the field and
relation to previous work and work in progress by the proposing
(c) A discussion of how the proposed project lends value to the
(d) Potential coordination with other investigators; and
(e) References cited.
Reference information is required. Each reference must include the
name(s) of all authors in the same sequence in which they appear in the
publications, the article title, volume number, page numbers and year
of publications. While there is no established page limitation, this
section should include bibliographic citations only and should not be
used to provide parenthetical information outside the 15-page project
(4) Milestone chart. Provide time lines of major tasks covering the
duration of the proposed project.
(5) Budget and Application Forms. Both NOAA and CSCOR/COP-specific
application forms may be obtained at the CSCOR/COP Grants website.
Forms may be viewed and, in most cases, filled in by computer. All
forms must be printed, completed, and mailed to CSCOR/COP; original
signatures are required. If applicants are unable to access this
information, they may contact the CSCOR/COP grants administrator
previously listed in the section FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
At time of proposal submission, all applicants must submit the
Standard Form, SF-424 (Rev 7-97) Application for Federal Assistance to
indicate the total amount of funding proposed for the whole project
period. Applicants must also submit a COP Summary Proposal Budget Form
for each fiscal year increment. Multi-institution proposals must
include a Summary Proposal Budget Form for each institution. Use of
this budget form will provide for a detailed annual budget and for the
level of detail required by the CSCOR/COP program staff to evaluate the
effort to be invested by investigators and staff on a specific project.
The COP budget form is compatible with forms in use by other agencies
that participate in joint projects with CSCOR/COP and can be found on
the CSCOR/COP home page under COP Grants Information, Part D. All
applications must include a budget narrative and a justification to
support all proposed budget categories. The SF-424A, Budget Information
(Non-Construction) Form, will be requested only from those applicants
subsequently recommended for award.
Requests for ship time should be identified in the proposal budget.
The investigator is responsible for requesting ship time and for
meeting all requirements to ensure the availability of requested ship
time. Copies of relevant ship time request forms should be included
with the proposal. For example, the UNOLS Ship Time Request Form is
available in electronic format at the website referenced earlier in
this document under the section ``ELECTRONIC ACCESS.'' Paper copies may
also be requested from UNOLS, but the electronic version is strongly
preferred for ease of information exchange and processing.
(6) Biographical sketch. With each proposal, the following must be
included: Abbreviated curriculum vitae, two pages per investigator; a
list of up to five publications most closely related to the proposed
project and up to five other significant publications; and list of all
persons (including their organizational affiliation), in alphabetical
order, who have collaborated on a project, book, article, or paper
within the last 48 months. If there are no collaborators, this should
be so indicated. Students, post-doctoral associates, and graduate and
postgraduate advisors of the PI should also be disclosed. This
information is used to help identify potential conflicts of interest or
bias in the selection of reviewers.
(7) Proposal format and assembly. The original proposal should be
clamped in the upper left-hand corner, but left unbound. The 19
additional copies can be stapled in the upper left-hand corner or bound
on the left edge. The page margin must be 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins at
the top, bottom, left and right, and the typeface standard 12-point
size must be clear and easily legible. Proposals should be single
Part II: FURTHER SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
(1) Program authorities. For a list of all program authorities for
the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean Program,
see the General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions of the
Coastal Ocean Program published in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019,
December 4, 2001) and at the CSCOR/COP home page. Specific Authority
cited for this announcement is the 16 USC 6401 et seq.
(2) Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number. The CFDA
number for the Coastal Ocean Program is 11.478.
(3) Program description. For complete CSCOR/COP program
descriptions, see the General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
of the Coastal Ocean Program published in the Federal Register (66 FR
63019, December 4, 2001).
(4) Funding availability. It is anticipated that one CRES regional
project will be funded at approximately $1,500,000 per year for up to
five years, beginning in fiscal year 2002. Actual funding levels will
depend upon the final budget appropriations for each fiscal year. Each
CSCOR/COP project typically consists of several coordinated
investigations, as part of an overall omnibus proposal as described in
more detail earlier in this announcement, with separate sub-awards. For
this announcement, sub-awards within an omnibus proposal would be
expected to range from approximately $50,000 to $500,000. Announcements
for additional CRES regional projects in fiscal year 2003 and beyond
will depend on availability of funds.
If an application is selected for funding, NOAA has no obligation
to provide any additional prospective funding in connection with that
award in subsequent years. Renewal of an award to increase funding or
to extend the period of performance is based on satisfactory
performance and is at the total discretion of the funding agency.
Publication of this notice does not obligate any agency to any
specific award or to obligate any part of the entire amount of funds
available. Recipients and subrecipients are subject to all Federal laws
and agency policies, regulations and procedures applicable to Federal
financial assistance awards.
(5) Matching requirements. None.
(6) Type of funding instrument. Project Grants for non-Federal
applicants, interagency transfer agreements, or any other appropriate
mechanisms other than project grants or cooperative agreements for
(7) Eligibility criteria: For complete eligibility criteria for the
CSCOR/COP, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and
Conditions annual document in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019,
December 4, 2001) and the CSCOR/COP home page. Eligible applicants are
institutions of higher education, not-for-profit institutions, state,
local and Indian tribal governments and Federal agencies. CSCOR/COP
will accept proposals that include foreign researchers as collaborators
with a researcher who is affiliated with a U.S. academic institution,
Federal agency, or any other non-profit organization.
Applications from non-Federal and Federal applicants will be
competed against each other. Proposals selected for funding from non-
Federal applicants will be funded through a project grant or
cooperative agreement under the terms of this notice. Proposals
selected for funding from NOAA employees shall be effected by an intra-
agency fund transfer. Proposals selected for funding from a non-NOAA
Federal agency will be funded through an inter-agency transfer.
Note: Before non-NOAA Federal applicants may be funded, they must
demonstrate that they have legal authority to receive funds from
another Federal agency in excess of their appropriation. Because this
announcement is not proposing to procure goods or services from
applicants, the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535) is not an appropriate
(8) Award period. Full Proposals can cover a project period from
three to five years. Multi-year project period funding will be funded
incrementally on an annual basis. Each annual award shall require an
Implementation Plan and statement of work that can be easily divided
into annual increments of meaningful work representing solid
accomplishments (if prospective funding is not made available, or is
(9) Indirect costs. If indirect costs are proposed, the total
dollar amount of the indirect costs proposed in an application must not
exceed the indirect cost rate negotiated and approved by a cognizant
Federal agency prior to the proposed effective date of the award.
(10) Application forms and kit. For complete information on
application forms for the CSCOR/COP, see the COP General Grant
Administration Terms and Conditions annual Document in the Federal
Register (66 FR 63019, December 4, 2001) at the CSCOR/COP home page;
and the information given under Required Elements, paragraph (5)
(11) Project funding priorities. For description of project funding
priorities, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and
Conditions annual notification in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019,
December 4, 2001) and at the CSCOR/COP home page.
(l2) Evaluation criteria. For complete information on evaluation
criteria, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
annual Document in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019, December 4, 2001)
and at the CSCOR/COP home page.
(13) Selection procedures. For complete information on selection
procedures, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and
Conditions annual Document in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019,
December 4, 2001) and at the CSCOR/COP home page. All proposals
received under this specific Document will be evaluated and ranked
individually in accordance with the assigned weights of the above
evaluation criteria by independent peer mail review and/or panel
review. No consensus advice will be given by the independent peer mail
review or the review panel.
(14) Other requirements. (a) For a complete description of other
requirements, see the COP General Grant Administration Terms and
Conditions annual Document in the Federal Register (66 FR 63019,
December 4, 2001) and at the CSCOR/COP home page. NOAA has specific
requirements that environmental data be submitted to the National
Oceanographic Data Center (see Section 16 below). (b) The Department of
Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative
Agreements contained in the Federal Register (66 FR 49917, October 1,
2001) are applicable to this solicitation. However, please note that
the Department of Commerce will not implement the requirements of
Executive Order 13202 (66 FR 49921), pursuant to guidance issued by the
Office of Management and Budget in light of a court opinion which found
that the Executive Order was not legally authorized. See Building and
Construction Trades Department v. Allbaugh, 172 F. Supp. 2d 138 (D.D.C.
2001). This decision is currently on appeal. When the case has been
finally resolved, the Department will provide further information on
implementation of Executive Order 13202.
(c) Please note that NOAA is developing a policy on internal
overhead charges, NOAA scientists considering submission of proposals
should contact the appropriate CSCOR/COP Program Manager for the latest
(15) Intergovernmental review. Applications under this program are
not subject to Executive Order l2372, ``Intergovernmental Review of
Federal Programs.'' It has been determined that this notice is not
significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Because notice and
comment are not required under 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, for this
notice relating to public property, loans, grants benefits or contracts
(5U.S.C. 553(a)), a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required and
has not been prepared for this notice, 5 U.S.C. 603(a). It has been
determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism
implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132.
(16) Data archiving. Any data collected in projects supported by
CSCOR/COP must be delivered to a National Data Center (NDC), such as
the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), in a format to be
determined by the institution, the NODC, and Program Officer. It is the
responsibility of the institution for the delivery of these data; the
DOC will not provide additional support for delivery beyond the award.
Additionally, all biological cultures established, molecular probes
developed, genetic sequences identified, mathematical models
constructed, or other resulting information products established
through support provided by CSCOR/COP are encouraged to be made
available to the general research community at no or a modest handling
charge (to be determined by the institution, Program Officer, and DOC).
For more details, refer to COP data policy posted at the CSCOR/COP home
(17) This notification involves collection-of-information
requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The use of
Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and SF-LLL has been approved by the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under control numbers 0348-0043,
0348-0044, 0348-0040 and 0348-0046.
The following requirements have been approved by OMB under control
number 0648-0384: a Summary Proposal Budget Form (30 minutes per
response), a Project Summary Form (30 minutes per response), a
standardized format for the Annual Performance Report (5 hours per
response), a standardized format for the Final Report (10 hours per
response) and the submission of up to 20 copies of proposals (10
minutes per response). The response estimates include the time for
reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the
collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate
or any other aspect of this collection of information, including
suggestions for reducing this burden, to Leslie.McDonald@noaa.gov.
Copies of these forms and formats can be found on the CSCOR/COP home
page under Grants Information sections, Parts D and F.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required
to respond to, nor shall any 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 displays a
currently valid OMB control number.
Dated: February 20, 2002.
Jamison S. Hawkins,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone
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