Virginia Sea Grant Institutional Program, 43448-43450 [E6-12286]

Download as PDF 43448 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 147 / Tuesday, August 1, 2006 / Notices National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration This notice describes funding opportunities for the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Sea Grant College Program. needed. Sea Grant requires that funds be matched with at least one non-Federal dollar for every two Federal dollars. [Docket No. 060724199–6199–01] Background Virginia Sea Grant Institutional Program The National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) was established by Congress to promote responsible use and conservation of the nation’s marine and Great Lakes resources by conducting integrated research and outreach through a stable national infrastructure of state Sea Grant programs. The mission of the NSGCP is to ‘‘Enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.’’ To accomplish this mission, the NSGCP is soliciting applications for a new Sea Grant institutional program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of availability of funds. AGENCY: NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Sea Grant College Program invites applications to establish an Institutional Sea Grant Program for the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in FY 2007. Anticipated start date is February 1, 2007. Applicants should provide a four-year plan for an institutional program that will be part of the larger National Sea Grant network, a partnership between the federal government and universities to conduct integrated research, education and outreach in fields related to ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. DATES: Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, September 15, 2006. ADDRESSES: Proposals should be submitted through Grants.Gov, following the directions in Electronic Access, below. Proposals from those that do not have access to Internet should be sent to: Geraldine Taylor, NOAA R/SG; 1315 East-West Highway, Bldg SSMC 3, Room 11828, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3283, tel. 301–713– 2435. This Federal Register notice may be found at the Grants.gov Web site, http:// www.grants.gov, and at the NOAA Sea Grant Web site (http:// www.seagrant.noaa.gov) by clicking on the ‘‘View Requests for Proposals’’ button. No e-mail or facsimile proposal submissions will be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For a copy of the full funding opportunity announcement and/or application kit, access it at Grants.gov, via NOAA Sea Grant’s Web site, or by contacting Ms. Jamie Krauk, NOAA R/SG, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3283, telephone: 301–713–2431 x129, e-mail: jamie.krauk@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:04 Jul 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 Electronic Access As has been the case since October 1, 2004, applicants can access, download and submit electronic grant applications for NOAA Programs through the Grants.gov Web site at http:// www.Grants.gov. Applicants without Internet access may contact program officials for applications and submission instructions. The closing dates for applications filed through Grants.gov are the same as for the paper submissions noted in this announcement. For applicants filing through Grants.gov, NOAA strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. Registration may take up to 10 business days. Funding Availability NOAA expects that about $1.4M will be available from the NSGCP to establish a new Sea Grant institutional program for the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in FY 2007. NOAA anticipates continuing support at that level from FY 2008–FY 2010 if funds are available. Funding Opportunity Number: OAR– SG–2007–2000807. Statutory Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1121– 1131. CFDA: 11.417, Sea Grant Support. Eligibility Proposals may be submitted by institutions of higher education, or confederations of such institutions in the state of Virginia. Cost Sharing Requirements To be eligible for the NSGCP funds, a match of 50% of the requested Federal funds (direct and indirect costs) is PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Intergovernmental Review Evaluation Criteria and Review and Selection Procedures A. Evaluation Criteria Applicants must be rated highly (7 or greater on a scale of 1–10) in each of the following qualifying areas: (1) Leadership. Is the candidate an intellectual and practical leader in marine science, engineering, education, and advisory service in its state and region? (10 points) (2) Organization. Has the candidate created the necessary management organization to carry on a viable and productive Sea Grant Program, and does the candidate have backing of its administration at a sufficiently high level to fulfill its multidisciplinary and multifaceted mandate? (10 points) (3) Relevance. Is the candidate’s program relevant to local, State, regional, or National opportunities and problems in the marine environment? Important factors in evaluating relevance are the presence of an emphasis on marine resources, and the extent to which capabilities have been developed to be responsive to that need. (10 points) (4) Programmed team approach. Does the candidate have a programmed team approach to solving marine problems, which includes relevant, high quality, multidisciplinary research with associated educational and advisory services capable of producing identifiable results? (10 points) (5) Education and training. Is education and training clearly relevant to National, regional, State and local needs in fields related to ocean, Great Lakes, and coastal resources? (Education may include pre-college, college, postgraduate, public and adult levels.) (10 points) (6) Advisory services. Does the candidate have a strong program through which information, techniques and research results from any reliable source, domestic or international, are communicated to, and utilized by, user communities? In addition to the educational and information dissemination role, does the advisory service program aid in the identification and communication of user communities’ research and educational needs? (10 points) E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 147 / Tuesday, August 1, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES (7) Relationships. Does the candidate have close ties with Federal agencies, State agencies and administrations, local authorities, business and industry, and other educational institutions? Do these ties: (i) Ensure the relevance of its programs, (ii) give assistance to the broadest possible audience, (iii) involve a broad pool of talent in providing assistance and (iv) assist others in developing research and management competence? (The extent and quality of an institution’s relationships are critical factors in evaluating the institutional program) (10 points) (8) Productivity. Does the candidate have substantial strength in the three basic Sea Grant activities: Research, education and training, and advisory services? (10 points) (9) Support. Does the candidate have the ability to obtain matching funds from non-Federal sources, such as state legislatures, university management, state agencies, business, and industry? A diversity of matching fund sources is encouraged as a sign of program vitality and the ability to meet the Sea Grant requirement that funds for the general programs be matched with at least one non-Federal dollar for every two Federal dollars. (10 points) (10) Continuity of high performance. Does the candidate demonstrate the ability to continue the pursuit of excellence and sustain the following? (i) high performance in marine research, education, training, and advisory services; (ii) leadership in marine activities including coordinated planning and cooperative work with local, state, regional, and Federal agencies, other Sea Grant programs, and non-Sea Grant universities; (iii) effective management framework and application of institutional resources to the achievement of Sea Grant objectives; (iv) long-term plans for research, education, training, and advisory services consistent with Sea Grant goals and objectives; (v) furtherance of the Sea Grant concept and the full development of its potential within the institution and the state; (vi) adequate and stable matching financial support for the program from non-Federal sources; and (vii) effective system to control the quality of its Sea Grant programs. (10 points) B. Review and Selection Process An initial administrative review/ screening will be conducted to determine compliance with requirements/completeness. All proposals will be evaluated and individually ranked in accordance with the assigned scale of the above evaluation criteria by an independent VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:04 Jul 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 peer panel review. At least three experts, who may be Federal or nonFederal, will be used in this process. If non-Federal experts participate in the review process, all panelists will submit individual reviews and not a consensus opinion. The reviewers’ ratings will be used to rank the proposals in order. The Director of the NSGCP will make the final selection after considering the panel reviews. If an award is made, the Director will award in rank order. Universal Identifier Applicants should be aware that they are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the application process. See the October 30, 2002 Federal Register, (69 FR 66177) for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1–866–705–5711 or via the Internet http:// www.dunandbradstreet.com. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals that are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA Web site: http:// www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http:// ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/ toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under their description of their program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43449 reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be grounds for the denial of not selecting an application. In some cases if additional information is required after an application is selected, funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award condition requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental compliance information sufficient to enable NOAA to make an assessment on any impacts that a project may have on the environment. Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register Notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this solicitation. Limitation of Liability Funding for programs listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of fiscal year 2007 appropriations. In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for application preparation costs if these programs fail to receive funding or are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Paperwork Reduction Act This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF–LLL, and CD–346 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, and 0605–0001. 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 PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number. Executive Order 12866 This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1 43450 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 147 / Tuesday, August 1, 2006 / Notices Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. 20910–3225, or by telephoning the contact listed here. A copy of the application containing a list of references used in this document may be obtained by writing to this address, by telephoning the contact listed here (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext 166. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 27, 2006. Mark E. Brown, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E6–12286 Filed 7–31–06; 8:45 am] Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses, and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ’’...an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by which citizens of the United States can apply for an authorization to incidentally take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment. Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 050306A] Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey of the Western Canada Basin, Chukchi Borderland and Mendeleev Ridge, Arctic Ocean, July – August, 2006 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B Harassment, incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in the Arctic Ocean from approximately July 15 – August 29, 2006. DATES: Effective from July 15, 2006 through August 29, 2006. ADDRESSES: A copy of the IHA and the application are available by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:04 Jul 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment]. Section 101(a)(5)(D) establishes a 45– day time limit for NMFS review of an PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 application followed by a 30–day public notice and comment period on any proposed authorizations for the incidental harassment of marine mammals. Within 45 days of the close of the comment period, NMFS must either issue or deny issuance of the authorization. Summary of Request On March 8, 2006, NMFS received an application from UTIG for the taking, by harassment, of several species of marine mammals incidental to conducting, with research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a marine seismic survey in the Western Canada Basin, Chukchi Borderland and Mendeleev Ridge of the Arctic Ocean during July through August, 2006. The seismic survey will be operated in conjunction with a sediment coring project, which will obtain data regarding crustal structure. The purpose of this study is to collect seismic reflection and refraction data and sediment cores that reveal the crustal structure and composition of submarine plateaus in the western Amerasia Basin in the Arctic Ocean. Past studies have led many researchers to support the idea that the Amerasia Basin opened about a pivot point near the Mackenzie Delta. However, the crustal character of the Chukchi Borderlands could determine whether that scenario is correct, or whether more complicated tectonic scenarios must be devised to explain the presence of the Amerasia Basin. These data will assist in the determination of the tectonic evolution of the Amerasia Basin and Canada Basin which is fundamental to such basic concerns as sea level fluctuations and paleoclimate in the Mesozoic era. Description of the Activity The Healy, a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter ice-breaker, will rendezvous with the science party off Barrow on or around 15 July. The Healy will then sail north and arrive at the beginning of the seismic survey, which will start >150 km (93 mi) north of Barrow. The cruise will last for approximately 40 days, and it is estimated that the total seismic survey time will be approximately 30 days depending on ice conditions. Seismic survey work is scheduled to terminate west of Barrow about 25 August. The vessel will then sail south to Nome where the science party will disembark. The seismic survey and coring activities will take place in the Arctic Ocean. The overall area within which the seismic survey will occur is located approximately between 71°36′ and 79°25′ N., and between 151°57′ E. and E:\FR\FM\01AUN1.SGM 01AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 060724199-6199-01]


Virginia Sea Grant Institutional Program

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of availability of funds.

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SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), 
National Sea Grant College Program invites applications to establish an 
Institutional Sea Grant Program for the Commonwealth of Virginia 
beginning in FY 2007. Anticipated start date is February 1, 2007. 
Applicants should provide a four-year plan for an institutional program 
that will be part of the larger National Sea Grant network, a 
partnership between the federal government and universities to conduct 
integrated research, education and outreach in fields related to ocean, 
coastal and Great Lakes resources. Applicants must comply with all 
requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement.

DATES: Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard 
Time, September 15, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Proposals should be submitted through Grants.Gov, following 
the directions in Electronic Access, below. Proposals from those that 
do not have access to Internet should be sent to: Geraldine Taylor, 
NOAA R/SG; 1315 East-West Highway, Bldg SSMC 3, Room 11828, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910-3283, tel. 301-713-2435.
    This Federal Register notice may be found at the Grants.gov Web 
site, http://www.grants.gov, and at the NOAA Sea Grant Web site (http:/
/www.seagrant.noaa.gov) by clicking on the ``View Requests for 
Proposals'' button.
    No e-mail or facsimile proposal submissions will be accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For a copy of the full funding 
opportunity announcement and/or application kit, access it at 
Grants.gov, via NOAA Sea Grant's Web site, or by contacting Ms. Jamie 
Krauk, NOAA R/SG, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283, 
telephone: 301-713-2431 x129, e-mail: jamie.krauk@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements 
contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. This notice 
describes funding opportunities for the NOAA Office of Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Research, National Sea Grant College Program.

Background

    The National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) was established by 
Congress to promote responsible use and conservation of the nation's 
marine and Great Lakes resources by conducting integrated research and 
outreach through a stable national infrastructure of state Sea Grant 
programs. The mission of the NSGCP is to ``Enhance the practical use 
and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources to create 
a sustainable economy and environment.'' To accomplish this mission, 
the NSGCP is soliciting applications for a new Sea Grant institutional 
program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Electronic Access

    As has been the case since October 1, 2004, applicants can access, 
download and submit electronic grant applications for NOAA Programs 
through the Grants.gov Web site at http://www.Grants.gov. Applicants 
without Internet access may contact program officials for applications 
and submission instructions. The closing dates for applications filed 
through Grants.gov are the same as for the paper submissions noted in 
this announcement. For applicants filing through Grants.gov, NOAA 
strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the application process. Registration may take up to 10 
business days.

Funding Availability

    NOAA expects that about $1.4M will be available from the NSGCP to 
establish a new Sea Grant institutional program for the Commonwealth of 
Virginia beginning in FY 2007. NOAA anticipates continuing support at 
that level from FY 2008-FY 2010 if funds are available.
    Funding Opportunity Number: OAR-SG-2007-2000807.
    Statutory Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1121-1131.
    CFDA: 11.417, Sea Grant Support.

Eligibility

    Proposals may be submitted by institutions of higher education, or 
confederations of such institutions in the state of Virginia.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    To be eligible for the NSGCP funds, a match of 50% of the requested 
Federal funds (direct and indirect costs) is needed. Sea Grant requires 
that funds be matched with at least one non-Federal dollar for every 
two Federal dollars.

Intergovernmental Review

    Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.''

Evaluation Criteria and Review and Selection Procedures

A. Evaluation Criteria

    Applicants must be rated highly (7 or greater on a scale of 1-10) 
in each of the following qualifying areas:
    (1) Leadership. Is the candidate an intellectual and practical 
leader in marine science, engineering, education, and advisory service 
in its state and region? (10 points)
    (2) Organization. Has the candidate created the necessary 
management organization to carry on a viable and productive Sea Grant 
Program, and does the candidate have backing of its administration at a 
sufficiently high level to fulfill its multidisciplinary and 
multifaceted mandate? (10 points)
    (3) Relevance. Is the candidate's program relevant to local, State, 
regional, or National opportunities and problems in the marine 
environment? Important factors in evaluating relevance are the presence 
of an emphasis on marine resources, and the extent to which 
capabilities have been developed to be responsive to that need. (10 
points)
    (4) Programmed team approach. Does the candidate have a programmed 
team approach to solving marine problems, which includes relevant, high 
quality, multidisciplinary research with associated educational and 
advisory services capable of producing identifiable results? (10 
points)
    (5) Education and training. Is education and training clearly 
relevant to National, regional, State and local needs in fields related 
to ocean, Great Lakes, and coastal resources? (Education may include 
pre-college, college, post-graduate, public and adult levels.) (10 
points)
    (6) Advisory services. Does the candidate have a strong program 
through which information, techniques and research results from any 
reliable source, domestic or international, are communicated to, and 
utilized by, user communities? In addition to the educational and 
information dissemination role, does the advisory service program aid 
in the identification and communication of user communities' research 
and educational needs? (10 points)

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    (7) Relationships. Does the candidate have close ties with Federal 
agencies, State agencies and administrations, local authorities, 
business and industry, and other educational institutions? Do these 
ties: (i) Ensure the relevance of its programs, (ii) give assistance to 
the broadest possible audience, (iii) involve a broad pool of talent in 
providing assistance and (iv) assist others in developing research and 
management competence? (The extent and quality of an institution's 
relationships are critical factors in evaluating the institutional 
program) (10 points)
    (8) Productivity. Does the candidate have substantial strength in 
the three basic Sea Grant activities: Research, education and training, 
and advisory services? (10 points)
    (9) Support. Does the candidate have the ability to obtain matching 
funds from non-Federal sources, such as state legislatures, university 
management, state agencies, business, and industry? A diversity of 
matching fund sources is encouraged as a sign of program vitality and 
the ability to meet the Sea Grant requirement that funds for the 
general programs be matched with at least one non-Federal dollar for 
every two Federal dollars. (10 points)
    (10) Continuity of high performance. Does the candidate demonstrate 
the ability to continue the pursuit of excellence and sustain the 
following? (i) high performance in marine research, education, 
training, and advisory services; (ii) leadership in marine activities 
including coordinated planning and cooperative work with local, state, 
regional, and Federal agencies, other Sea Grant programs, and non-Sea 
Grant universities; (iii) effective management framework and 
application of institutional resources to the achievement of Sea Grant 
objectives; (iv) long-term plans for research, education, training, and 
advisory services consistent with Sea Grant goals and objectives; (v) 
furtherance of the Sea Grant concept and the full development of its 
potential within the institution and the state; (vi) adequate and 
stable matching financial support for the program from non-Federal 
sources; and (vii) effective system to control the quality of its Sea 
Grant programs. (10 points)

B. Review and Selection Process

    An initial administrative review/screening will be conducted to 
determine compliance with requirements/completeness. All proposals will 
be evaluated and individually ranked in accordance with the assigned 
scale of the above evaluation criteria by an independent peer panel 
review. At least three experts, who may be Federal or non-Federal, will 
be used in this process. If non-Federal experts participate in the 
review process, all panelists will submit individual reviews and not a 
consensus opinion. The reviewers' ratings will be used to rank the 
proposals in order. The Director of the NSGCP will make the final 
selection after considering the panel reviews. If an award is made, the 
Director will award in rank order.

Universal Identifier

    Applicants should be aware that they are required to provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the 
application process. See the October 30, 2002 Federal Register, (69 FR 
66177) for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS 
number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number 
request line at 1-866-705-5711 or via the Internet http://
www.dunandbradstreet.com.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required 
by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects 
or proposals that are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. 
Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the 
following NOAA NEPA Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our 
NOAA Administrative Order 216-6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality 
implementation regulations, http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/
toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant's package, and under 
their description of their program activities, applicants are required 
to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, 
locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible 
construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist 
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, 
introduction of non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef 
systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve 
as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be 
required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing 
feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse 
environmental impacts of their proposal. The failure to do so shall be 
grounds for the denial of not selecting an application. In some cases 
if additional information is required after an application is selected, 
funds can be withheld by the Grants Officer under a special award 
condition requiring the recipient to submit additional environmental 
compliance information sufficient to enable NOAA to make an assessment 
on any impacts that a project may have on the environment.

Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
Notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this 
solicitation.

Limitation of Liability

    Funding for programs listed in this notice is contingent upon the 
availability of fiscal year 2007 appropriations. In no event will NOAA 
or the Department of Commerce be responsible for application 
preparation costs if these programs fail to receive funding or are 
cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to 
obligate any available funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This document contains collection-of-information requirements 
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 
424, 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, and CD-346 has been approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 0348-
0043, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, 0348-0046, and 0605-0001. 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 PRA unless 
that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control 
number.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

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Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required 
by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 
concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2)).
    Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are 
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been 
prepared.

    Dated: July 27, 2006.
Mark E. Brown,
Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. E6-12286 Filed 7-31-06; 8:45 am]
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