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Download as PDF 77726 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Request for Information (RFI) for assistance by interested government agencies, organizations, and industry businesses. The information requested may include: • An assessment of, or comment on, the white paper presented by the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which can be found at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/ TTAB/docs/2006_ FINALTTAB_National_ Tourism_Strategy.pdf. • Respondents are highly encouraged to provide specific comments on the recommendations that are covered in the white paper, organized by the sections: Æ making it easier for people to visit by balancing hospitality with security, Æ asking people to visit the United States through a nationally coordinated marketing program, and Æ demonstrating the value of travel and tourism to the nation’s economy. • In addition, respondents are encouraged to provide comments/ observations related to other areas of concern or issues that are not addressed in the white paper, such as: Æ sustainable tourism development, Æ medical tourism, Æ cultural heritage tourism development, Æ technical training/tours for business-to-business development, Æ education exchanges or attendance, Æ public-private partnerships, or Æ infrastructure challenges, to name a few. Comments will serve in the development of policies and programs to be implemented by the federal government concerning the tourism sector. The Government encourages both rigorous and creative solutions in response to this RFI. How to Respond The Department of Commerce is asking respondents to provide written input concerning any and all recommendations contained within the white paper submitted by the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and other aspects of travel and tourism that may not be addressed in the white paper. All responses should be e-mailed to either of the following members of the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries: julie.heizer@mail.doc.gov or Cynthia.warshaw@mail.doc.gov. Please use reference: 2006 RFI Restoring America’s Travel Brand, A National Strategy to Compete for International Visitors in the subject line of all correspondence. Please submit responses by January 19, 2007. Input provided through this RFI may be representative of the collective VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 opinion from a membership-wide survey of a travel and tourism industry trade association, or it can be submitted as the opinion of a single person. Any opinions or information received that are not specific to travel and tourism related issues will not be considered. This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. All information received in response to this RFI that is marked ‘‘Proprietary’’ will be handled accordingly. Responses to the RFI will not be returned. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice will not be considered an offer and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Interested parties are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. Additional information on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and the white paper submission may also be found at the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries Web site at: http:// www.tinet.ita.doc.gov. Points of Contact Julie Heizer, Deputy Director, Industry Relations, Phone 202.482.4904, Fax 202.482.2887, E-mail julie.heizer@mail.doc.gov Cynthia Warshaw, International Trade Specialist, Phone 202.482.4601, Fax 202.482.2887, E-mail Cynthia.warshaw@mail.doc.gov. Place of Performance Address: Washington, DC. Postal Code: 20230. Country: United States. You will find the RFI on the OTTI Web site at: http:// www.tinet.ita.doc.gov/. Dated: December 20, 2006. Helen N. Marano, Director, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. [FR Doc. E6–22098 Filed 12–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 030602141–6326–45; I.D. 051906D] RIN 0648–ZB55 Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2007 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The NOAA publishes this notice to provide the general public with a consolidated source of program and application information related to its competitive grant and cooperative agreement (CA) award offerings for fiscal year (FY) 2007. This Omnibus notice is designed to replace the multiple Federal Register notices that traditionally advertised the availability of NOAA’’s discretionary funds for its various programs. It should be noted that additional program initiatives unanticipated at the time of the publication of this notice may be announced through subsequent Federal Register notices. All announcements will also be available through the Grants.gov website. DATES: Proposals must be received by the date and time indicated under each program listing in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to the addresses listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for each program. The Federal Register and Full Funding Opportunity (FFO) notices may be found on the Grants.gov website. The URL for Grants.gov is http:// www.grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the person listed within this notice as the information contact under each program. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the FFO announcements for each of the programs listed in this omnibus notice. These FFOs are available at http:// www.grants.gov. The list of entries below describe the basic information and requirements for competitive grant/cooperative agreement programs offered by NOAA. These programs are open to any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria provided in each entry. To be considered for an award in a competitive grant/cooperative agreement program, an eligible applicant must submit a complete and responsive application to the appropriate program office. An award is made upon conclusion of the evaluation and selection process for the respective program. NOAA Project Competitions This omnibus notice describes funding opportunities for the following NOAA discretionary grant programs: National Marine Fisheries Service 1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices 2. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program 3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program 4. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program 5. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside 6. Proactive Species Conservation Program National Ocean Service 1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System 2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay National Weather Service 1. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic Applications. Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 1. NOAA’s Great Lakes Ecosystem Research Under Secretary’s Associated Office 1. National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students 2. Administrative Services for NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program NOAA Mission Goals The mission of the agency is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs. Below is a listing of the program solicitations that generally fall under one or more areas of NOAA’s strategic plan, i.e., mission goals. It is imperative that potential applicants tie their proposals to one of the mission goals. Program solicitations are provided from each of the five operating units within NOAA. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES NOAA Project Competitions Listed by NOAA Mission Goals 1. Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Coastal areas are among the most developed in the Nation. More than half the population lives on less than one-fifth of the land in the contiguous United States. Furthermore, employment in near shore areas is growing three times faster than population. Coastal and marine waters support over 28 million jobs and provide a tourism destination for nearly 90 million Americans a year. The value of the ocean economy to the United States is over $115 billion. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 value added annually to the national economy by the commercial and recreational fishing industry alone is over $48 billion. U.S. aquaculture sales total almost $1 billion annually. With its Exclusive Economic Zone of 3.4 million square miles, the United States manages the largest marine territory of any nation in the world. Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes: A. Healthy and productive coastal and marine ecosystems that benefit society; and B. A well-informed public that acts as a steward of coastal and marine ecosystems. Program Names: 1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program 2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay 3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program 4. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program 5. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program 6. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside 7. NOAA’s Great Lakes Ecosystem Research 8. Proactive Species Conservation Program 2. Understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Climate shapes the environment, natural resources, economies, and social systems that people depend upon worldwide. While humanity has learned to contend with some aspects of climate’s natural variability, major climatic events, combined with the stresses of population growth, economic growth, public health concerns, and land-use practices, can impose serious consequences on society. The 1997–98 El Nino, for example, had a $25 billion impact on the U.S. economy — property losses were $2.6 billion and crop losses approached $2 billion. Long-term drought leads to increased and competing demands for fresh water with related effects on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, agricultural productivity, and even the spread of infectious diseases. Decisions about mitigating climate change also can alter economic and social structures on a global scale. We can deliver reliable climate information in useful ways to help minimize risks and maximize opportunities for decisions in agriculture, public policy, natural resources, water and energy use, and public health. We continue to move toward developing a seamless suite of PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77727 weather and climate products. The Climate Goal addresses predictions on time scales of up to decades or longer. Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes: A. A predictive understanding of the global climate system on time scales of weeks to decades with quantified uncertainties sufficient for making informed and reasoned decisions; and B. Climate-sensitive sectors and the climate-literate public effectively incorporating NOAA’s climate products into their plans and decisions. Program Names: None 3. Serve society’s needs for weather and water information. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wildfires, and other severe weather events cause $11 billion in damages each year in the United States. Weather is directly linked to public health and safety, and nearly one-third of the U.S. economy (about $3 trillion) is sensitive to weather and climate. With so much at stake, NOAA’s role in understanding, observing, forecasting, and warning of environmental events is expanding. With our partners, we seek to provide decision makers with key observations, analyses, predictions, and warnings for a range of weather and water conditions, including those related to water supply, air quality, space weather, and wildfires. Businesses, governments, and nongovernmental organizations are getting more sophisticated about how to use this weather and water information to improve operational efficiencies, to manage environmental resources, and to create a better quality of life. On average, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and other severe weather events cause $11 billion in damages per year. Weather, including space weather, is directly linked to public safety and about one-third of the U.S. economy (about $3 trillion) is weather sensitive. With so much at stake, NOAA’s role in observing, forecasting, and warning of environmental events is expanding, while economic sectors and its public are becoming increasingly sophisticated at using NOAA’s weather, air quality, and water information to improve their operational efficiencies and their management of environmental resources, and quality of life. Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes: A. Reduced loss of life, injury, and damage to the economy; B. Better, quicker, and more valuable weather and water information to support improved decisions; and E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 77728 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices C. Increased customer satisfaction with weather and water information and services. Program Names: 1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System 2. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic Applications. 4. Support the Nation’s commerce with information for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Safe and efficient transportation systems are crucial to the U.S. economy. The U.S. marine transportation system ships over 95 percent of the tonnage and more than 20 percent by value of foreign trade through U.S. ports, including 48 percent of the oil needed to meet America’s energy demands. At least $4 billion is lost annually due to economic inefficiencies resulting from weatherrelated air-traffic delays. Improved surface weather forecasts and specific user warnings would reduce the 7,000 weather related fatalities and 800,000 injuries that occur annually from crashes on roads and highways. The injuries, loss of life, and property damage from weather-related crashes cost an average of $42 billion annually. We provide information, services, and products for transportation safety and for increased commerce on roads, rails, and waterways. We will improve the accuracy of our information for marine, aviation, and surface weather forecasts, the availability of accurate and advanced electronic navigational charts, and the delivery of real-time oceanographic information. We seek to provide consistent, accurate, and timely positioning information that is critical for air, sea, and surface transportation. We will respond to hazardous material spills and provide search and rescue routinely to save lives and money and to protect the coastal environment. We will work with port and coastal communities and with Federal and state partners to ensure that port operations and development proceed efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner. We will work with the Federal Aviation Administration and the private sector to reduce the negative impacts of weather on aviation without compromising safety. Because of increased interest by the public and private sectors, we also will expand weather information for marine and surface transportation to enhance safety and efficiency. Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes: A. Safe, secure, efficient, and seamless movement of goods and people in the U.S. transportation system; and VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 B. Environmentally sound development and use of the U.S. transportation system. Program Names: None 5. Provide critical support for NOAA’s mission. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Strong, effective, and efficient support activities are necessary for us to achieve our Mission Goals. Our facilities, ships, aircraft, environmental satellites, dataprocessing systems, computing and communication systems, and our approach to management provide the foundation of support for all of our programs. This critical foundation must adapt to evolving mission needs and, therefore, is an integral part of our strategic planning. It also must support U.S. homeland security by maintaining continuity of operations and by providing NOAA services, such as civil alert relays through NOAA Weather Radio and air dispersion forecasts, in response to national emergencies. NOAA ships, aircraft, and environmental satellites are the backbone of the global Earth observing system and provide many critical mission support services. To keep this capability strong and current with our Mission Goals, we will ensure that NOAA has adequate access to safe and efficient ships and aircraft through the use of both NOAA platforms and those of other agency, academic, and commercial partners. We will work with academia and partners in the public and private sectors to ensure that future satellite systems are designed, developed, and operated with the latest technology. Leadership development and program support are essential for achieving our Mission Goals. We must also commit to organizational excellence through management and leadership across a ‘‘corporate’’ NOAA. We must continue our commitment to valuing NOAA’s diverse workforce, including effective workforce planning strategies designed to attract, retain and develop competencies at all levels of our workforce. Through the use of business process reengineering, we will strive for state-of-the-art, value-added financial and administrative processes. NOAA will ensure state-of-the-art and secure information technology and systems. By developing long-range, comprehensive facility planning processes NOAA will be able to ensure right-sized, costeffective, and safe facilities. Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes: A. A dynamic workforce with competencies that support NOAA’s mission today and in the future. Program Names: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1. Administrative Services for NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program Non-Competitive Projects Announcement 1. Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. See SUMMARY DESCRIPTION above. 1. NOAA Northeast Pacific Expedition Grant Program Electronic Access The full funding announcement for each program is available via the Grants.gov web site: http:// www.grants.gov. These announcements will also be available by contacting the program official identified below. You will be able to access, download and submit electronic grant applications for NOAA Programs in this announcement at http://www.grants.gov. The closing dates will be the same as for the paper submissions noted in this announcement. NOAA strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. Getting started with Grants.gov is easy! Go to http:// www.grants.gov. There are two key features on the site: Find Grant Opportunities and Apply for Grants. Everything else on the site is designed to support these two features and your use of them. While you can begin searching for grant opportunities for which you would like to apply immediately, it is recommended that you complete the remaining Get Started steps sooner rather than later, so that when you find an opportunity for which you would like to apply, you are ready to go. Get Started Step 1 Find Grant Opportunity for Which You Would Like to Apply Start your search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities and register to receive automatic email notifications of new grant opportunities or any modifications to grant opportunities as they are posted to the site by clicking the Find Grant Opportunities tab at the top of the page. Get Started Step 2 Register with Central Contractor Registry (CCR) Your organization will also need to be registered with Central Contractor Registry. You can register with them online. This will take about 30 minutes. You should receive your CCR registration within 3 business days. Important: You must have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet before E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices you register with CCR. Many organizations already have a DUNS number. To determine if your organization already has a DUNS number or to obtain a DUNS number, contact Dun & Bradstreet at 1–866–705– 5711. This will take about 10 minutes and is free of charge. Be sure to complete the Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) and Electronic Business Primary Point of Contact fields during the CCR registration process. These are mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant applications through Grants.gov. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Get Started Step 3 Register with the Credential Provider You must register with a Credential Provider to receive a username and password. This will be required to securely submit your grant application. Evaluation Criteria and Selection Procedures NOAA standardized the evaluation and selection process for its competitive assistance programs. All proposals submitted in response to this notice shall be evaluated and selected in accordance with the following procedures. There are two sets of evaluation criteria and selection procedures, one for project proposals, and the other for fellowship, scholarship, and internship programs. These evaluation criteria and selection procedures apply to all of the programs included below. Proposal Review and Selection Process for Projects Some programs may include a preapplication process which provides an initial review and feedback to the applicants that have responded to a call Get Started Step 4 Register with for letters of intent or pre-proposals; Grants.gov however, not all programs will include The final step in the Get Started such a process. If a pre-application process is to register with Grants.gov. process is used by a program, it shall be This will be required to submit grant described in the Summary Description applications on behalf of your and the deadline shall be provided in organization. After you have completed the Application Deadline section. Upon the registration process, you will receive receipt of a full application by NOAA, email notification confirming that you an initial administrative review is are able to submit applications through conducted to determine compliance Grants.gov. with requirements and completeness of Get Started Step 5 Log on to Grants.gov the application. A merit review is conducted to individually evaluate, After you have registered with Grants.gov, you can log on to Grants.gov score, and rank applications using the evaluation criteria. A second merit to verify if you have registered review may be conducted on the successfully, to check application applicants that meet the program’s status, and to update information in threshold (based on scores from the first your applicant profile, such as your name, telephone number, email address, merit review) to make selections using and title. In the future, you will have the the selection factors provided below. Merit review is conducted by mail ability to determine if you are reviewers and/or peer panel reviewers. authorized to submit applications Each reviewer will individually through Grants.gov on behalf of your evaluate and rank proposals using the organization. evaluation criteria provided below. No Electronic Application File Format and consensus advice shall be provided by Naming Conventions either merit review group if there are any non-Federal members. A minimum After the initial grant application of three merit reviewers per proposal at package has been submitted to NOAA each stage is required. The merit (e.g., via Grants.gov), requests for reviewer’s ratings are used to produce a additional or modified forms may be requested by NOAA. Applicants should rank order of the proposals. The NOAA Program Officer may review the ranking resubmit forms in Portable Document of the proposals and make File Format (PDF) and follow the recommendations to the Selecting following file naming convention to Official based on the mail and/or panel name resubmitted forms. For example: review(s) and selection factors listed 98042lSF–424lmmddyylv2.pdf. below. The Selecting Official selects (1) 98042 = Proposal # (provided to proposals after considering the mail applicant by Grants.gov and NOAA) and/or peer panel review(s) and (2) SF–424 = Form Number recommendations of the Program (3) mmddyy = Date Officer. In making the final selections, (4) v2 = Version Number To learn how to convert documents to the Selecting Official will award in rank PDF go to: http://www.grants.gov/assets/ order unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon PDFConversion.pdf. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77729 one or more of the selection factors below. The Program Officer and/or Selecting Official may negotiate the funding level of the proposal. The Selecting Official makes final recommendations for award to the Grants Officer who is authorized to obligate the funds. Evaluation Criteria for Projects 1. Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposed project to the program goals: This ascertains whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance to NOAA, federal, regional, state, or local activities. 2. Technical/scientific merit: This assesses whether the approach is technically sound and/or innovative, if the methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project goals and objectives. 3. Overall qualifications of applicants: This ascertains whether the applicant possesses the necessary education, experience, training, facilities, and administrative resources to accomplish the project. 4. Project costs: The Budget is evaluated to determine if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time-frame. 5. Outreach and education: NOAA assesses whether this project provides a focused and effective education and outreach strategy regarding NOAA’s mission to protect the Nation’s natural resources. Selection Factors for Projects The merit review ratings shall provide a rank order to the Selecting Official for final funding recommendations. A program officer may first make recommendations to the Selecting Official applying the selection factors below. The Selecting Official shall award in the rank order unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of the following factors: 1. Availability of funding. 2. Balance/distribution of funds: a. Geographically b. By type of institutions c. By type of partners d. By research areas e. By project types 3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or considered for funding by NOAA or other federal agencies. 4. Program priorities and policy factors. 5. Applicant’s prior award performance. 6. Partnerships and/or Participation of targeted groups. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 77730 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices 2. Availability of funds 3. Program-specific objectives 4. Degree in scientific area and type of degree sought Proposal Review and Selection Process for NOAA Fellowship, Scholarship and Internship Programs Some programs may include a preapplication process which provides an initial review and feedback to the applicants that have responded to a call for letters of intent or pre-proposals; however, not all programs will include such a process. If a pre-application process is used by a program, it shall be described in the Summary Description and the deadline shall be provided in the Application Deadline section. An initial administrative review of full applications is conducted to determine compliance with requirements and completeness of applications. A merit review is conducted to individually evaluate, score, and rank applications using the evaluation criteria. A second merit review may be conducted on the applicants that meet the program’s threshold (based on scores from the first merit review) to make selections using the selection factors provided below. The Program Officer may conduct a review of the rank order and make recommendations to the Selecting Official based on the panel ratings and the selection factors listed below. The Selecting Official considers merit reviews and recommendations. The Selecting Official will award in rank order unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of the selection factors below. The Selecting Official makes final recommendations for awards to the Grants Officer who is authorized to obligate the funds. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 7. Adequacy of information necessary for NOAA staff to make a NEPA determination and draft necessary documentation before recommendations for funding are made to the Grants Officer. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Evaluation Criteria for Fellowship/ Scholarships/Internships 1. Academic record and statement of career goals and objectives of student 2. Quality of project and applicability to program priorities 3. Recommendations and/or endorsements of student 4. Additional relevant experience related to diversity of education; extracurricular activities; honors and awards; interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills 5. Financial need of student Selection Factors for Fellowship/ Scholarships/Internships 1. Balance/Distribution of funds: a. Across academic disciplines b. By types of institutions c. Geographically VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 NOAA Project Competitions 1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NMFS is soliciting applications for financial assistance for the 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program. The Hawaii Seafood Program is proposed for an effort to help strengthen and sustain the economic viability of Hawaii’s fishing and seafood industry through activities that promote Hawaii fisheries products as high quality and safe domestic seafood produced by a responsible and wellmanaged fishery. Projects may request support for cooperative seafood safety research, technical assistance, and/or seafood education. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystembased management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Approximately $1,000,000 may be available. Actual funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 713c–3(d). CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.452, Unallied Industry Projects. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Hawaii standard time on February 28, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: Applications are available through the Grants.Gov website at http://www.grants.gov. For those organizations without internet access, application materials and instructions may be obtained from Scott W.S. Bloom, NOAA Federal Program Officer, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96814. INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott W.S. Bloom (NOAA Fisheries) at 808– 944–2218, or by e-mail at Scott.Bloom@noaa.gov. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are individuals, institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies, or employees of Federal agencies are not eligible to apply. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 2. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) is soliciting applications for financial assistance to support Cooperative Science in Chesapeake Bay. The NCBO is developing a Cooperative Science Program in Chesapeake Bay to formalize and expand collaborative research among the Chesapeake Bay’s commercial fishing industry, marine scientists, and fishery management communities. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the data upon which fishery management decisions are made as well as to facilitate communication and collaboration among commercial fishermen, scientists, and fishery managers. Through this initiative, the NCBO will develop a collaborative and cooperative program to set research priorities that meet management and fishing industry needs. This funding will provide a significant opportunity for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office to develop collaborative relationships with the fishing industry. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystembased management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately $100,000 - $150,000 in funding may be available for awards in FY 2007; there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award periods may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661 CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, Chesapeake Bay Studies. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 7, 2007 to Derek.orner@noaa.gov. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek Orner, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: Derek.orner@noaa.gov; phone: 410– 267–5676. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements under this solicitation. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO), is soliciting applications for financial assistance to support fisheries research, monitoring, modeling, or assessment that will facilitate effective ecosystem-based management in Chesapeake Bay. This management paradigm requires knowledge of the interactions among exploited species, and their habitats and stressors, to develop viable management plans. Applicants follow the Fisheries Ecosystem Plan (http:// noaa.chesapeakebay.net/docs/ FEPlDRAFT.pdf) in identifying the science necessary to support ecosystembased fisheries management in the Bay. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately $1,000,000 was available in FY 2006 and similar levels may be available for awards in FY2007 (this includes continuation of multi-year awards); there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award periods may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661 CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, Chesapeake Bay Studies. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 7, 2007 to Derek.orner@noaa.gov. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Information Contact: Derek Orner, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: derek.orner@noaa.gov; phone: 410–267–5676. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements under this solicitation. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 4. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) is soliciting applications for financial assistance to support submerged aquatic vegetation(SAV) Restoration projects in Chesapeake Bay. This program is a competitive program that supports vital restoration, research, monitoring, analysis, modeling and assessment of SAV activities that will assist the CBP, NOAA, and other program partners in reaching the goal of effective ecosystem-based management and integrated restoration. Projects follow and the guidance in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s ‘‘Strategy to Accelerate the Protection and Restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay’’ which is available at http:// www.chesapeakebay.net/pubs/ PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77731 subcommittee/lrsc/thwg/ FinallSAVlrestoration.pdf. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately $250,000 in funding may be available for awards in FY 2007; there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award periods may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, Chesapeake Bay Studies. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 7, 2007. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2007. Address for Submitting Proposals: Applicants should submit proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Information Contact: Peter Bergstrom, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: peter.bergstrom@noaa.gov; phone: 410–267–5665. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements under this solicitation. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 5. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program provides a mechanism to fund research and compensate vessels through the sale of fish harvested under a research quota. For fishing year 2008 (January 1– December 31, 2008), NMFS announces that up to 3 percent of the total E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 77732 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices allowable landings (TAL) in certain Mid-Atlantic fisheries may be dedicated to research endeavors under the RSA program. The setting of the actual RSA quotas will be the subject of future rulemaking. NMFS is soliciting proposals for research activities concerning the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Loligo squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, Atlantic bluefish, and tilefish fisheries. The setasides may range between 0 and 3 percent of each species’ TAL. The setaside allocated for a given species is designated primarily for research involving that species. However, to promote research for species where it would otherwise be infeasible, individual research projects may request up to 25 percent of the set-aside allocations for other species listed in this notice that are not directly involved in a particular research project. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification, but rather the opportunity to fish and sell the catch to generate income to offset research costs. Projects funded under an RSA allocation (or award) must enhance understanding of the fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which management decisions are made. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s Mission support goal of: Ecosystems - Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through EcosystemBased Management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification, but rather the opportunity to fish and sell the catch to generate income. The Federal Government may issue an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) or Letter of Acknowledgment (LOA), as applicable, which may provide special fishing privileges in response to research proposals selected under this program. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Issuing grants is consistent with sections 303(b)(11), 402(e), and 404(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C. 1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881c(c), respectively. The award of a set-aside from the TAL of selected species resulted from the approval of Framework Adjustment 1 (Framework 1) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass; and Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs); and the RSA provisions of the Tilefish FMP. Framework 1 established a procedure through which RSA amounts are set annually as part of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 (Council) quota-setting process (66 FR 42156, August 10, 2001), and is codified in regulations at 50 CFR 648.21(g). CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE NUMBER: 11.454, Unallied Management Projects. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by NMFS on or before 5 p.m. EST on February 12, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: Applications should be submitted through http:// www.grants.gov, and use the following funding opportunity # NMFS-NEFSC– 2007–2000887 unless an applicant does not have Internet access. In that case, hard copies should be sent to NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Mark proposals ‘‘Attention: MidAtlantic Research Set-Aside Program.’’ INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Furlong, Executive Director, MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council, by phone at 302–674–2331 ext. 19, or fax at 302–674–5399; Clay Heaton, Fishery Management Specialist, MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council, by phone at 302–674–2331 ext. 13, or via email at cheaton@mafmc.org; or Paul Perra, Fishery Policy Analyst, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, by phone at 978–281–9153, by fax at 978–281–9135, or via e-mail at paul.perra@noaa.gov. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, individuals, state, local, and Native American tribal governments. Federal agencies and institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Additionally, employees of any Federal agency or Regional Fishery Management Council are ineligible to submit an application under this program. However, Council members who are not Federal employees may submit an application. COST SHARING: None. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applicants under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 6. Proactive Species Conservation Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting applications for financial assistance to support the conservation of marine and anadromous species of concern. To raise awareness of potentially at-risk species and to foster their proactive conservation, the PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NMFS created a ‘‘species of concern’’ list in April 2004 (69 FR 19975). Under this solicitation, the NMFS is seeking to support conservation efforts for these species of concern. Any state, tribal, or local entity that has management or regulatory authority over one or more of these species or over activities that affect these species is eligible to apply. A current list of NMFS’ species of concern can be found at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/ concern/#list. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately $500,000 was available in FY 2006 and similar levels may be available for awards in FY2007; there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award periods may be up to a maximum of 5 years, with annual funding contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.472, Unallied Science Programs. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 12, 2007. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by February 12, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA/NMFS/Office of Protected Resources, Attn: Lisa Manning, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910. INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Manning, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; email: lisa.manning@noaa.gov; phone: 301– 713–1401. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are state, tribal, or local governments that have regulatory or management authority over one or more federally identified species of concern or over activities that affect one or more federally identified species of concern. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements under this solicitation. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES National Ocean Service 1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System Development SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Designed to be user-driven and provide sustained data and information in forms and at rates required by decision makers, the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) will efficiently link observations, data management, and modeling to provide required data and information on local to global scales, e.g., from the local scale of beaches and shellfish beds ˜ to the global scale of an El Nino event. Regional coastal ocean observing systems (RCOOSs) are designed to complement the observing systems managed directly by federal agencies that meet national priorities. With the guidance of Regional Associations to understand regional priorities, RCOOSs provide the types of data, information, and products needed to address the estuarine and coastal issues experienced by the different regions, and to leverage the delivery and applicability of data collected by local network nodes. NOAA views this announcement as an opportunity to demonstrate the regional observing system concept. To assist in regional IOOS development, NOAA seeks proposals for one- to three-year grant or cooperative agreement projects that address the following focus areas: 1. Regional coastal ocean observing systems (RCOOS) development - to further the establishment and integration of observing system assets within regions and the operation of those assets for the benefit of the region. Proposals submitted under this focus area will demonstrate the approach and benefits of integration at the scale of the Regional Association. While focus areas 2 and 3 address particular components of IOOS (e.g., data management and product development), this focus area invites proposals that implement an end-to-end RCOOS that addresses regional needs. 2. IOOS application and product development for regional stakeholders — to develop, advance, and document the value of applying existing IOOS assets to the real-world issues of managers, industry, and the general public. Proposals submitted under this focus area will address regional needs for IOOS applications and products and quantify the value of the application or product to the end user. 3. Data management and communication by local data network nodes — to develop guidance and processes for regional non-federal data providers to contribute to the IOOS data stream. Proposals submitted under this focus area will develop local data VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 network nodes that deliver regional data to a range of consumers using common standards and protocols. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s mission support goal of: Weather and Water — Serve Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information. Other goals are supported, but this is the goal the opportunity most closely addresses. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding Availability: Total anticipated funding for all awards is approximately $15,000,000 and is subject to the availability of FY 2007 appropriations. Multiple awards are anticipated from this announcement. The anticipated federal funding per award (min-max) is approximately $100,000 to $6,000,000. The anticipated number of awards ranges from 7 to 14, approximately, and will be adjusted based on available funding. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Statutory authority for this program is provided under the Coastal Zone Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1456c (Technical Assistance); 33 U.S.C. 883d; and 33 U.S.C. 1442 (Research program investigating possible long-range effects of pollution, overfishing, and anthropogenically-induced changes of ocean ecosystems). CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) Number: 11.473, Coastal Services Center. APPLICATION DEADLINE: A LOI is required prior to submitting a full proposal. LOIs must be received by the Coastal Services Center by 5 p.m. EST on January 31, 2007. Full proposal applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, April 17, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: LOIs must be sent via e-mail to James.L.Free@noaa.gov. Applicants submitting a LOI should reference the Funding Opportunity Title (FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System Development) as the subject line of the e-mail containing the LOI. If an applicant does not have Internet access, the applicant must submit through surface mail one original and two copies of the LOI to the Coastal Services Center. No fax copies will be accepted. Any U.S. Postal Service correspondence should be sent to the attention of James Lewis Free, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29405– 2413. Full proposal application packages should be submitted through Grants.gov APPLY. The standard NOAA funding application package is available at www.grants.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77733 If an applicant does not have Internet access, the applicant must submit through surface mail one set of originals (signed) and two copies of the proposals and related forms to the Coastal Services Center. No e-mail or fax copies will be accepted. Any U.S. Postal Service correspondence should be sent to the attention of James Lewis Free, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29405– 2413. INFORMATION CONTACT: For administrative issues, contact James Lewis Free at 843–740–1185 (phone) or e-mail him at James.L.Free@noaa.gov. Technical questions on the IOOS announcement should be directed to the following people according to the focus area in question: RCOOS Development, Geno Olmi by telephone at 843–740– 1230 (phone) or e-mail him at Geno.Olmi@noaa.gov; IOOS Applications and Product Development, Dave Eslinger by telephone (843) 740– 1270, or by e-mail Dave.Eslinger@noaa.gov; and Data Management and Communications, Jim Boyd by telephone (843) 740–1278, or by e-mail James.Boyd@noaa.gov. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible funding applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions and foreign governments may not be the primary recipient of awards under this announcement, but are encouraged to partner with applicants. Federal partners must identify the relevant statutory authorities that will allow for the receipt of funds. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There is no requirement for cost sharing. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ 2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The California B-WET Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education, is a competitively based program that supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among environmental education programs throughout the Monterey Bay watershed. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed education to adults and communities. The term E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 77734 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices meaningful watershed education is defined as outcome-based programs that educate citizens about their role in protecting water quality and demonstrate behavioral changes that improve water quality and promote environmental stewardship. This program will support NOAA’s mission to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: This solicitation announces that approximately $100,000 may be available in FY 2007 in award amounts to be determined by the proposals and available funds. The National Marine Sanctuary Program anticipates that approximately 2–4 grants will be awarded with these funds and that typical project awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 1440, 15 U.S.C. 1540. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.429, Marine Sanctuary Program. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on February 1, 2007. Hard copy and electronic proposals received after that time will not be considered for funding and will be returned to the applicant. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: It is strongly preferred that you submit your application through Grants.gov at the internet site: http://www.grants.gov. You may access, download, and submit an electronic grant application through Grants.gov. The full funding announcement is available via the grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov. The announcement will also be available at the NOAA web site http:// sanctuaries.noaa.gov/bwet or by contacting the program officials identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. NOAA strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. INFORMATION CONTACT: Paper applications, a signed original and 2 copies (submission of five additional hard copies is strongly encouraged to expedite the review process, but it is not required) may be submitted to Attn: Seaberry Nachbar, B-WET Program Manager, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Office, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940. The closing deadline for applying through grants.gov is the same as for the paper VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 submission noted in this announcement. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, and Indian tribal governments. The Department of Commerce/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/ NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that service underserved areas. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: No cost sharing is required under this program; however, the National Marine Sanctuary Program strongly encourages applicants to share as much of the costs of the award as possible. Funds from other Federal awards may not be considered matching funds. The nature of the contribution (cash versus in-kind) and the amount of matching funds will be taken into consideration in the review process with cash being the preferred method of contribution. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ National Weather Service 1. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic Applications. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: This program announcement is for projects to be conducted by research investigators for a 1-year or a 3-year period, depending on which high-priority area the proposal is submitted to. June 1, 2007, should be used as the proposed start date on proposals. This program represents an NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective continuum of basic and applied research through collaborative research between the Hydrology Laboratory of the NWS Office of Hydrologic Development and academic communities or other private or public agencies which have expertise in hydrologic research, and in social science research in hydrologic applications. These activities will engage researchers and students in basic and applied research to improve hydrologic forecasting, including the display of probabilistic information to emergency managers and to the general public. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s mission support goal of: Weather and WaterServe Society’s Needs for Weather and Water Information. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FUNDING AVAILABILITY: It is expected that, depending on availability of funds, one award for each of the three priority areas described in the detailed announcement will be made. However, if no proposals are deemed of suitable quality in any of the two areas, no award in that particular area will be made. The government Maximum funding is described in the detailed announcement. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 313 and 33 U.S.C. 883d. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER : 11.462, Hydrologic Research. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals are due no later than 3 p.m. EST 30 calendar days after the publication of this announcement. Proposals should be submitted through http:// www.grants.gov. For applicants without internet access, they may be sent to NOAA/NWS; 1325 East-West Highway, Room 8176; Silver Spring, MD 20910– 3283. INFORMATION CONTACT(S): Dr. Pedro Restrepo by phone at 301–713– 0640 ext. 210, or fax to 301–713–0963, or via e-mail at Pedro.Restrepo@noaa.gov. Proponents are advised that soliciting advice on any aspect of this funding opportunity from employees and contractors of the Office of Hydrologic Development, other than Dr. Pedro Restrepo, is not permitted. Requesting advice from any other NOAA office, such as NOHRSC, NCEP or any of the RFCs or WFOs is allowed and highly encouraged. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are Federal agencies, institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and international organizations, state, local and Indian tribal governments. PLEASE 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 legal basis. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Oceans and Atmospheric Research 1. NOAA’s Great Lakes Ecosystem Research SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation’s economic, social and environmental needs. Proposals funded under this announcement fulfill NOAA’s ecosystem mission to protect, restore, and manage use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is actively involved in research on ecological prediction, aquatic invasive species, physical environment prediction, and environmental observing systems. Specific research projects include studies on aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, especially prevention of introduction and effects on food webs, the development of coastal environmental forecast systems, Great Lakes water supplies, water level forecasting, food web interactions and regulation and forecasting risks to Human Health (e.g., beach closings, drinking water quality and harmful algal blooms). FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Total anticipated federal funding for FY 2007 is $1.5M in the first year with funding for 20 - 30 of awards. Federal Funding for FY 2008 and beyond may be used in part to fund some awards submitted under this competition. We anticipate that the annual cost of most funded projects will fall between $1,000 and $50,000 per year. Actual funding levels will depend upon the final FY 2007 and subsequent budget appropriations. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 33 U.S.C. 883d. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.460 - Special Oceanic and Atmospheric Projects APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent should be received at GLERL no later than 5 p.m. EST, February 16, 2007. Full proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST, March 30, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: (1) Letters of Intent (LOI). LOIs are encouraged to be submitted by facsimile or e-mail to the identified NOAA program element’s program manager and to GLERLgrants@noaa.gov. If an applicant does not have Internet access, LOI hard copies should be sent to the Program Managers listed with each program in the Program Priorities section and to the GLERL Grants Manager, Sandra Salyers, NOAA/ VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 GLERL, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd; Ann Arbor, MI., 48105, phone 734–741– 2246; (2) Proposals. Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov APPLY (http://www.grants.gov). If an applicant does not have Internet access, please contact the GLERL Grants Manager (see above) for hard copy instructions. INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra Salyers, NOAA/GLERL, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd; Ann Arbor, MI 48105, phone 734–741–2246. ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: No cost sharing is required. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Under Secretary’s Associated Office (USAO) 1. National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NOAA’s Office of Education (OED), on behalf of its partner agencies in the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), is requesting applications in support of an academic competition for high school students focusing on ocean sciences and related fields. The goal of this program is to expose high school students in the United States and its territories to the excitement of ocean sciences and related fields as well as careers in those fields. Projects should be 5 years in duration, employ one or more of the strategies articulated in the NOAA Education Plan (http:// www.oesd.noaa.gov/ NOAAlEdlPlan.pdf), involve partnerships among academic institutions, free-choice learning venues, NGOs and Federal entities, and have an evaluation that both monitors the quality of the experience for the participants (be they students, teachers, or volunteers) and the impact of the program on the participants. Although it is expected that the project’s focal point will be a tiered academic competition with regional and national-level events, it should also provide additional learning experiences for student participants, their peers and their teachers, such as internships and field or research experiences. It is anticipated that final recommendations for funding under this announcement will be made PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77735 on or around February 28, 2007, and that the grant funded through this announcement will have a start date no earlier than April 1, 2007. There are no other program priorities for this announcement. This FFO meets NOAA’s Mission Goal to protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: NOAA announces the availability of approximately $2,000,000 of Federal financial assistance in FY 2007 for an academic competition for high school students on ocean sciences and related fields. One award in the form of a grant will be made. NOAA will only consider projects that have a duration of five years. The total Federal amount for all years that may be requested from NOAA for the direct and indirect costs of the proposed project shall not exceed $10,000,000 for five years. The minimum Federal amount that must be requested from NOAA for all years for the direct and indirect costs is $1,000,000. Applications requesting Federal support from NOAA of less than $1,000,000 total or more than $10,000,000 total will not be considered for funding through this announcement. The amount of funding available through this announcement will be dependent upon the final appropriations for FY 2007 through FY 2011 and commitment of funds from partnering agencies of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Authority for this funding opportunity is provided by the following: 15 U.S.C. 1540. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.469 - Congressionally Identified Awards and Projects APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline for full applications is 5 p.m., EST February 12, 2007. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Full applications should be submitted through Grants.gov (http:// www.grants.gov). If an applicant does not have Internet access, one hard copy should be sent to ATTN: Competition Manager for Funding Opportunity SECOED–2007–2000888, DOC/NOAA Office of Education, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 6863, Washington, DC 20230. If submitting a hard copy, applicants are requested to provide a CD-ROM of the application, including scanned signed forms. INFORMATION CONTACTS: For further information contact Sarah Schoedinger at 704–370–3528 or sarah.schoedinger@noaa.gov. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 77736 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. For profit organizations, foreign institutions, foreign organizations and foreign government agencies are not eligible to apply. Federal agencies are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this announcement, but may be project partners. The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/ NOAA) is strongly committed to increasing the participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), i.e., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian institutions, and institutions that work in underserved communities. Applications are encouraged that involve any of the above types of institutions. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None. OTHER: An individual or institution may apply only once through this funding opportunity. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 2. Administrative Services for NOAA’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this document is to advise the public that NOAA’s Office of Education is announcing the availability of Federal assistance for a not-for-profit organization for administrative services for the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The purposes of the program include: (1) To increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) to increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) to recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the Federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) to recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 The Hollings Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, fulltime internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between first and second years of the award provides ‘‘hands-on’’ multi-disciplinary educational training experience involving scholars in NOAArelated scientific, research, technological, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship and travel expenses for attendance and participation at a Hollings scholarship orientation program, conference travel, and an end of summer internship presentation program. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s mission support goal of Critical Support — Facilities, ships, aircraft, environmental satellites, data-processing systems, computing and communications systems. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Subject to appropriations, this solicitation announces that funding at a maximum of $3,400,000 will be available for program administration of the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program over a two-year period. Only one application will be funded. Up to 18 percent is allowed for administrative overhead and at least 82 percent is for student support. It is anticipated that the funding instrument will be a cooperative agreement since NOAA will be substantially involved in the selection of scholarship recipients, identifying NOAA facilities to place students during the one summer internship, and with collaboration, participation, or intervention in project performance. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 1540, P.L. 108–447. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.481 - Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by the NOAA Office of Education on or before February 12, 2007 no later than 5 p.m. EST. ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: Applications submitted in response to this announcement should be submitted PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 through the Grants.gov web site. Electronic access to the full funding announcement for this program is available via the Grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov. The announcement will also be available at the NOAA Office of Education web site http://www.oesd.noaa.gov or by contacting the program official identified below. Paper applications (a signed original and two copies) may also be submitted to NOAA at the following address: NOAA/Office of Education, 1315 East West Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring, MD 20910. No facsimile applications will be accepted. Organizations are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent to NOAA within 30 days of this announcement to aid in planning the review processes. Letters of Intent may be submitted via e-mail to Chantell.Haskins@noaa.gov. Information should include a general description of the program administration proposal. INFORMATION CONTACT: Chantell Haskins, Program Manager at (301) 713– 9437 ext. 125 or Chantell.Haskins@noaa.gov. ELIGIBILITY: Proposals will only be accepted from non-profit organizations. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Non-Competitive Project The following entry provides the description and requirements of NOAA’s noncompetitive project. NOAA Northeast Pacific Expedition Grant Program SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NOAA’s Undersea Research Program (NURP), Ocean Exploration Program, and National Marine Sanctuary Program announce that they will be sponsoring an expedition in 2009 to examine deep sea habitats in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. The geographic regions of interest include waters off the coasts of the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska (including the Aleutian Islands), and Hawaii (specifically the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), and the Emperor Seamounts. It is anticipated that the expedition will ` use the R/V Kaıimikai-o-Kanaloa and the 2000–meter capable human occupied submersibles, Pisces IV and V, and be approximately four months in length with seven to ten individual segments. Funding will be provided for an external, competitive grant program entitled the NOAA Northeast Pacific Expedition Grant Program to be E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices administered through the NURP Centers for the West Coast and Polar Regions and Hawaii and the Western Pacific Regions, the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, in partnership with NURP headquarters, the Ocean Exploration Program and the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Specific priorities, geographic preferences, application requirements, and the competitive peerreview process will be provided in the request for proposals to be posted at http://www.westnurc.uaf.edu/ expedition. The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA’s mission support goal of: Ecosystems Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem-Based Management. FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Approximately $2,000,000 may be available in FY 2008 and FY 2009 to support awards under this program. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Statutory authority for this program is provided under 33 U.S.C. 883d. CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) Number: 11.430, National Undersea Research Program. INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberly Puglise, 301–713–2427, extension 199 or e-mail at kimberly.puglise@noaa.gov. The request for proposals will be announced at: http:// www.westnurc.uaf.edu/expedition. COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: The awards require a 1:1 federal to nonfederal match. INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Limitation of Liability Funding for programs listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2007 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for the programs listed in this notice. In no event will NOAA or the Department of Commerce be responsible for proposal 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. 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, Notice of Proposed Requirement for Use of a VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 Universal Identifier by Grant Applicants (67 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 NEPA, for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA website: http:// www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216l--6l--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). NOAA has developed an environmental information questionnaire to provide applicants and Federal grant managers with a simple tool to ensure that project and environmental information is obtained. The questionnaire will apply only to those programs where actions are considered major Federal actions or to those where NOAA must determine if the action is a major Federal action. The questionnaire consists of a comprehensive list of questions that encompasses a broad range of subject areas. The applicants will not be required to answer every question in the questionnaire. Each program will draw from the final comprehensive list of questions to create a relevant subset of questions for applicants to answer. These questions will be found in the Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement for individual programs under Section IV.B. (Application and Submission Information; Content and Form of Application Submission). The information provided in answers to the questionnaire will be used by NOAA PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77737 staff to determine compliance requirements for NEPA and conduct subsequent NEPA analysis as needed. The information provided in the questionnaire may also be used for other regulatory review requirements associated with the proposed project. NOAA may require follow-up information after the application process has been completed. 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 the 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 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. Compliance with Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR 734.2(b)(2)(ii)) (a) This clause applies to the extent that this financial assistance award involves access to export-controlled information or technology. (b) In performing this financial assistance award, the recipient may gain access to export-controlled information or technology. The recipient is responsible for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations regarding export-controlled information and technology, including deemed exports. The recipient shall establish and maintain throughout performance of the financial assistance award effective export compliance procedures at non-NOAA facilities. At a minimum, these export compliance procedures must include adequate controls of physical, verbal, visual, and electronic access to export-controlled information and technology. (c) Definitions (1) Deemed export. The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) define a deemed export as any release of technology or source code subject to the EAR to a foreign national, both in the United States and abroad. Such release is ‘‘deemed’’ to be an export to E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 77738 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 248 / Wednesday, December 27, 2006 / Notices the home country of the foreign national. 15 CFR 734.2(b)(2)(ii). (2) Export-controlled information and technology. Export-controlled information and technology is information and technology subject to the EAR (15 CFR parts 730 et seq.), implemented by the DOC Bureau of Industry and Security, or the International Traffic I Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR parts 120–130), implemented by the Department of State. This includes, but is not limited to, dual-use items, defense articles and any related assistance, services, software or technical data as defined in the EAR and ITAR. (d) The recipient shall control access to all export-controlled information and technology that it possesses or that comes into its possession in performance of this financial assistance award, to ensure that access is restricted, or licensed, as required by applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders, and/or regulations. (e) Nothing in the terms of this financial assistance award is intended to change, supersede, or waive any of the requirements of applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders or regulations. (f) The recipient shall include this clause, including this paragraph (f), in all lower tier transactions (subawards, contracts, and subcontracts) under this financial assistance award that may involve access to export-controlled information technology. of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are applicable to this solicitation. 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, CD–346, SF 424 Research and Related Family, SF 424 Short Organizational Family, and the SF 424 Individual Form Family has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 4040–0004, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, 0605–0001, 4040–0001, 4040–0003, and 4040–0005. 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES NOAA implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive — 12. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act If the performance of a financial assistance award, if approved by NOAA, requires recipients to have physical access to Federal premises for more than 180 days or access to a Federal information system, any items or services delivered under a financial assistance award shall comply with the Department of Commerce personal identity verification procedures that implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive -12, FIPS PUB 201, and the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M–05–24. The recipient shall insert this clause in all subawards or contracts when the subaward recipient or contractor is required to have physical access to a Federally controlled facility or access to a Federal information system. The Department of Commerce PreAward 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 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:43 Dec 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 Dated: December 20, 2006. Daniel Clever, Deputy Director, Acquisitions and Grants Office. [FR Doc. E6–22176 Filed 12–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 122106B] Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Executive Directors Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS will host a meeting of the Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs, Vice Chairs, and Executive Directors in January 2007. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils, including implementation of the FY 2007 budget, updates on NMFS initiatives on limited access programs, and issues related to implementation of the bill recently passed by Congress that would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). DATES: The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, recess at 5 p.m. or when business is complete; reconvene at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2007, and adjourn by 5 p.m. or when business is complete; and reconvene at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2007, and adjourn by noon. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at NOAA Headquarters, Room 4527, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William D. Chappell: telephone 301– 713–2337 or e-mail at William.Chappell@noaa.gov; or Linda Moon: telephone 301–713–2337 or email at Linda.Moon@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (HR 5946), when signed by the President, will establish the Council Coordinating Committee by amending Section 302 (16 U.S.C. 1852) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The committee consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors of each of the 8 Regional Fishery Management Councils authorized by the Magnuson-Stevens Act or other Council members or staff. NMFS will host this meeting and provide reports to the Committee for its information and discussion. The main topic of discussion will be implementation of the newly authorized Act. NMFS will also present and accept E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 030602141-6326-45; I.D. 051906D]
RIN 0648-ZB55


Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2007

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The NOAA publishes this notice to provide the general public 
with a consolidated source of program and application information 
related to its competitive grant and cooperative agreement (CA) award 
offerings for fiscal year (FY) 2007. This Omnibus notice is designed to 
replace the multiple Federal Register notices that traditionally 
advertised the availability of NOAA''s discretionary funds for its 
various programs. It should be noted that additional program 
initiatives unanticipated at the time of the publication of this notice 
may be announced through subsequent Federal Register notices. All 
announcements will also be available through the Grants.gov website.

DATES: Proposals must be received by the date and time indicated under 
each program listing in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
notice.

ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to the addresses listed in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for each program. The 
Federal Register and Full Funding Opportunity (FFO) notices may be 
found on the Grants.gov website. The URL for Grants.gov is http://www.grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the person listed 
within this notice as the information contact under each program.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicants must comply with all requirements 
contained in the FFO announcements for each of the programs listed in 
this omnibus notice. These FFOs are available at http://www.grants.gov.
    The list of entries below describe the basic information and 
requirements for competitive grant/cooperative agreement programs 
offered by NOAA. These programs are open to any applicant who meets the 
eligibility criteria provided in each entry. To be considered for an 
award in a competitive grant/cooperative agreement program, an eligible 
applicant must submit a complete and responsive application to the 
appropriate program office. An award is made upon conclusion of the 
evaluation and selection process for the respective program.

NOAA Project Competitions

    This omnibus notice describes funding opportunities for the 
following NOAA discretionary grant programs:

National Marine Fisheries Service

    1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program

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    2. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program
    3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program
    4. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program
    5. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside
    6. Proactive Species Conservation Program

National Ocean Service

    1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System
    2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, 
Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay

National Weather Service

    1. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic 
Applications.

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

    1. NOAA's Great Lakes Ecosystem Research

Under Secretary's Associated Office

    1. National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
    2. Administrative Services for NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings 
Undergraduate Scholarship Program

NOAA Mission Goals

    The mission of the agency is to understand and predict changes in 
the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine 
resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental 
needs. Below is a listing of the program solicitations that generally 
fall under one or more areas of NOAA's strategic plan, i.e., mission 
goals. It is imperative that potential applicants tie their proposals 
to one of the mission goals. Program solicitations are provided from 
each of the five operating units within NOAA.

NOAA Project Competitions Listed by NOAA Mission Goals

    1. Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean 
resources through ecosystem-based management.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Coastal areas are among the most developed in 
the Nation. More than half the population lives on less than one-fifth 
of the land in the contiguous United States. Furthermore, employment in 
near shore areas is growing three times faster than population. Coastal 
and marine waters support over 28 million jobs and provide a tourism 
destination for nearly 90 million Americans a year. The value of the 
ocean economy to the United States is over $115 billion. The value 
added annually to the national economy by the commercial and 
recreational fishing industry alone is over $48 billion. U.S. 
aquaculture sales total almost $1 billion annually. With its Exclusive 
Economic Zone of 3.4 million square miles, the United States manages 
the largest marine territory of any nation in the world. Funded 
proposals should help achieve the following outcomes:
    A. Healthy and productive coastal and marine ecosystems that 
benefit society; and
    B. A well-informed public that acts as a steward of coastal and 
marine ecosystems.
    Program Names:
    1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program
    2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, 
Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay
    3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program
    4. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program
    5. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program
    6. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside
    7. NOAA's Great Lakes Ecosystem Research
    8. Proactive Species Conservation Program
    2. Understand climate variability and change to enhance society's 
ability to plan and respond.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Climate shapes the environment, natural 
resources, economies, and social systems that people depend upon 
worldwide. While humanity has learned to contend with some aspects of 
climate's natural variability, major climatic events, combined with the 
stresses of population growth, economic growth, public health concerns, 
and land-use practices, can impose serious consequences on society. The 
1997-98 El Nino, for example, had a $25 billion impact on the U.S. 
economy -- property losses were $2.6 billion and crop losses approached 
$2 billion. Long-term drought leads to increased and competing demands 
for fresh water with related effects on terrestrial and marine 
ecosystems, agricultural productivity, and even the spread of 
infectious diseases. Decisions about mitigating climate change also can 
alter economic and social structures on a global scale. We can deliver 
reliable climate information in useful ways to help minimize risks and 
maximize opportunities for decisions in agriculture, public policy, 
natural resources, water and energy use, and public health. We continue 
to move toward developing a seamless suite of weather and climate 
products. The Climate Goal addresses predictions on time scales of up 
to decades or longer.
    Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes:
    A. A predictive understanding of the global climate system on time 
scales of weeks to decades with quantified uncertainties sufficient for 
making informed and reasoned decisions; and
    B. Climate-sensitive sectors and the climate-literate public 
effectively incorporating NOAA's climate products into their plans and 
decisions.
    Program Names: None
    3. Serve society's needs for weather and water information.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, 
tsunamis, wildfires, and other severe weather events cause $11 billion 
in damages each year in the United States. Weather is directly linked 
to public health and safety, and nearly one-third of the U.S. economy 
(about $3 trillion) is sensitive to weather and climate. With so much 
at stake, NOAA's role in understanding, observing, forecasting, and 
warning of environmental events is expanding. With our partners, we 
seek to provide decision makers with key observations, analyses, 
predictions, and warnings for a range of weather and water conditions, 
including those related to water supply, air quality, space weather, 
and wildfires. Businesses, governments, and non-governmental 
organizations are getting more sophisticated about how to use this 
weather and water information to improve operational efficiencies, to 
manage environmental resources, and to create a better quality of life. 
On average, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and other severe weather 
events cause $11 billion in damages per year. Weather, including space 
weather, is directly linked to public safety and about one-third of the 
U.S. economy (about $3 trillion) is weather sensitive. With so much at 
stake, NOAA's role in observing, forecasting, and warning of 
environmental events is expanding, while economic sectors and its 
public are becoming increasingly sophisticated at using NOAA's weather, 
air quality, and water information to improve their operational 
efficiencies and their management of environmental resources, and 
quality of life.
    Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes:
    A. Reduced loss of life, injury, and damage to the economy;
    B. Better, quicker, and more valuable weather and water information 
to support improved decisions; and

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    C. Increased customer satisfaction with weather and water 
information and services.
    Program Names:
    1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System
    2. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic 
Applications.
    4. Support the Nation's commerce with information for safe, 
efficient, and environmentally sound transportation.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Safe and efficient transportation systems are 
crucial to the U.S. economy. The U.S. marine transportation system 
ships over 95 percent of the tonnage and more than 20 percent by value 
of foreign trade through U.S. ports, including 48 percent of the oil 
needed to meet America's energy demands. At least $4 billion is lost 
annually due to economic inefficiencies resulting from weather-related 
air-traffic delays. Improved surface weather forecasts and specific 
user warnings would reduce the 7,000 weather related fatalities and 
800,000 injuries that occur annually from crashes on roads and 
highways. The injuries, loss of life, and property damage from weather-
related crashes cost an average of $42 billion annually.
    We provide information, services, and products for transportation 
safety and for increased commerce on roads, rails, and waterways. We 
will improve the accuracy of our information for marine, aviation, and 
surface weather forecasts, the availability of accurate and advanced 
electronic navigational charts, and the delivery of real-time 
oceanographic information. We seek to provide consistent, accurate, and 
timely positioning information that is critical for air, sea, and 
surface transportation. We will respond to hazardous material spills 
and provide search and rescue routinely to save lives and money and to 
protect the coastal environment. We will work with port and coastal 
communities and with Federal and state partners to ensure that port 
operations and development proceed efficiently and in an 
environmentally sound manner. We will work with the Federal Aviation 
Administration and the private sector to reduce the negative impacts of 
weather on aviation without compromising safety. Because of increased 
interest by the public and private sectors, we also will expand weather 
information for marine and surface transportation to enhance safety and 
efficiency.
    Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes:
    A. Safe, secure, efficient, and seamless movement of goods and 
people in the U.S. transportation system; and
    B. Environmentally sound development and use of the U.S. 
transportation system.
    Program Names: None
    5. Provide critical support for NOAA's mission.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Strong, effective, and efficient support 
activities are necessary for us to achieve our Mission Goals. Our 
facilities, ships, aircraft, environmental satellites, data-processing 
systems, computing and communication systems, and our approach to 
management provide the foundation of support for all of our programs. 
This critical foundation must adapt to evolving mission needs and, 
therefore, is an integral part of our strategic planning. It also must 
support U.S. homeland security by maintaining continuity of operations 
and by providing NOAA services, such as civil alert relays through NOAA 
Weather Radio and air dispersion forecasts, in response to national 
emergencies.
    NOAA ships, aircraft, and environmental satellites are the backbone 
of the global Earth observing system and provide many critical mission 
support services. To keep this capability strong and current with our 
Mission Goals, we will ensure that NOAA has adequate access to safe and 
efficient ships and aircraft through the use of both NOAA platforms and 
those of other agency, academic, and commercial partners. We will work 
with academia and partners in the public and private sectors to ensure 
that future satellite systems are designed, developed, and operated 
with the latest technology.
    Leadership development and program support are essential for 
achieving our Mission Goals. We must also commit to organizational 
excellence through management and leadership across a ``corporate'' 
NOAA. We must continue our commitment to valuing NOAA's diverse 
workforce, including effective workforce planning strategies designed 
to attract, retain and develop competencies at all levels of our 
workforce. Through the use of business process reengineering, we will 
strive for state-of-the-art, value-added financial and administrative 
processes. NOAA will ensure state-of-the-art and secure information 
technology and systems. By developing long-range, comprehensive 
facility planning processes NOAA will be able to ensure right-sized, 
cost-effective, and safe facilities.
    Funded proposals should help achieve the following outcomes:
    A. A dynamic workforce with competencies that support NOAA's 
mission today and in the future.
    Program Names:
    1. Administrative Services for NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings 
Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Non-Competitive Projects Announcement

1. Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources 
through ecosystem-based management. See SUMMARY DESCRIPTION above.
    1. NOAA Northeast Pacific Expedition Grant Program

Electronic Access

    The full funding announcement for each program is available via the 
Grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov. These announcements will 
also be available by contacting the program official identified below. 
You will be able to access, download and submit electronic grant 
applications for NOAA Programs in this announcement at http://www.grants.gov. The closing dates will be the same as for the paper 
submissions noted in this announcement. NOAA strongly recommends that 
you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the 
application process through Grants.gov. Getting started with Grants.gov 
is easy! Go to http://www.grants.gov. There are two key features on the 
site: Find Grant Opportunities and Apply for Grants. Everything else on 
the site is designed to support these two features and your use of 
them. While you can begin searching for grant opportunities for which 
you would like to apply immediately, it is recommended that you 
complete the remaining Get Started steps sooner rather than later, so 
that when you find an opportunity for which you would like to apply, 
you are ready to go.

Get Started Step 1 Find Grant Opportunity for Which You Would Like to 
Apply

    Start your search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities 
and register to receive automatic email notifications of new grant 
opportunities or any modifications to grant opportunities as they are 
posted to the site by clicking the Find Grant Opportunities tab at the 
top of the page.

Get Started Step 2 Register with Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

    Your organization will also need to be registered with Central 
Contractor Registry. You can register with them online. This will take 
about 30 minutes. You should receive your CCR registration within 3 
business days. Important: You must have a DUNS number from Dun & 
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you register with CCR. Many organizations already have a DUNS number. 
To determine if your organization already has a DUNS number or to 
obtain a DUNS number, contact Dun & Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711. This 
will take about 10 minutes and is free of charge. Be sure to complete 
the Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) and Electronic Business Primary Point 
of Contact fields during the CCR registration process. These are 
mandatory fields that are required when submitting grant applications 
through Grants.gov.

Get Started Step 3 Register with the Credential Provider

    You must register with a Credential Provider to receive a username 
and password. This will be required to securely submit your grant 
application.

Get Started Step 4 Register with Grants.gov

    The final step in the Get Started process is to register with 
Grants.gov. This will be required to submit grant applications on 
behalf of your organization. After you have completed the registration 
process, you will receive email notification confirming that you are 
able to submit applications through Grants.gov.

Get Started Step 5 Log on to Grants.gov

    After you have registered with Grants.gov, you can log on to 
Grants.gov to verify if you have registered successfully, to check 
application status, and to update information in your applicant 
profile, such as your name, telephone number, email address, and title. 
In the future, you will have the ability to determine if you are 
authorized to submit applications through Grants.gov on behalf of your 
organization.

Electronic Application File Format and Naming Conventions

    After the initial grant application package has been submitted to 
NOAA (e.g., via Grants.gov), requests for additional or modified forms 
may be requested by NOAA. Applicants should resubmit forms in Portable 
Document File Format (PDF) and follow the following file naming 
convention to name resubmitted forms. For example: 98042--SF-424--
mmddyy--v2.pdf.
    (1) 98042 = Proposal  (provided to applicant by Grants.gov 
and NOAA)
    (2) SF-424 = Form Number
    (3) mmddyy = Date
    (4) v2 = Version Number
    To learn how to convert documents to PDF go to: http://www.grants.gov/assets/PDFConversion.pdf.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection Procedures

    NOAA standardized the evaluation and selection process for its 
competitive assistance programs. All proposals submitted in response to 
this notice shall be evaluated and selected in accordance with the 
following procedures. There are two sets of evaluation criteria and 
selection procedures, one for project proposals, and the other for 
fellowship, scholarship, and internship programs. These evaluation 
criteria and selection procedures apply to all of the programs included 
below.

Proposal Review and Selection Process for Projects

    Some programs may include a pre-application process which provides 
an initial review and feedback to the applicants that have responded to 
a call for letters of intent or pre-proposals; however, not all 
programs will include such a process. If a pre-application process is 
used by a program, it shall be described in the Summary Description and 
the deadline shall be provided in the Application Deadline section. 
Upon receipt of a full application by NOAA, an initial administrative 
review is conducted to determine compliance with requirements and 
completeness of the application. A merit review is conducted to 
individually evaluate, score, and rank applications using the 
evaluation criteria. A second merit review may be conducted on the 
applicants that meet the program's threshold (based on scores from the 
first merit review) to make selections using the selection factors 
provided below. Merit review is conducted by mail reviewers and/or peer 
panel reviewers. Each reviewer will individually evaluate and rank 
proposals using the evaluation criteria provided below. No consensus 
advice shall be provided by either merit review group if there are any 
non-Federal members. A minimum of three merit reviewers per proposal at 
each stage is required. The merit reviewer's ratings are used to 
produce a rank order of the proposals. The NOAA Program Officer may 
review the ranking of the proposals and make recommendations to the 
Selecting Official based on the mail and/or panel review(s) and 
selection factors listed below. The Selecting Official selects 
proposals after considering the mail and/or peer panel review(s) and 
recommendations of the Program Officer. In making the final selections, 
the Selecting Official will award in rank order unless the proposal is 
justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of 
the selection factors below. The Program Officer and/or Selecting 
Official may negotiate the funding level of the proposal. The Selecting 
Official makes final recommendations for award to the Grants Officer 
who is authorized to obligate the funds.

Evaluation Criteria for Projects

    1. Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposed 
project to the program goals: This ascertains whether there is 
intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance to NOAA, federal, 
regional, state, or local activities.
    2. Technical/scientific merit: This assesses whether the approach 
is technically sound and/or innovative, if the methods are appropriate, 
and whether there are clear project goals and objectives.
    3. Overall qualifications of applicants: This ascertains whether 
the applicant possesses the necessary education, experience, training, 
facilities, and administrative resources to accomplish the project.
    4. Project costs: The Budget is evaluated to determine if it is 
realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time-frame.
    5. Outreach and education: NOAA assesses whether this project 
provides a focused and effective education and outreach strategy 
regarding NOAA's mission to protect the Nation's natural resources.

Selection Factors for Projects

    The merit review ratings shall provide a rank order to the 
Selecting Official for final funding recommendations. A program officer 
may first make recommendations to the Selecting Official applying the 
selection factors below. The Selecting Official shall award in the rank 
order unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order 
based upon one or more of the following factors:
    1. Availability of funding.
    2. Balance/distribution of funds:
    a. Geographically
    b. By type of institutions
    c. By type of partners
    d. By research areas
    e. By project types
    3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or 
considered for funding by NOAA or other federal agencies.
    4. Program priorities and policy factors.
    5. Applicant's prior award performance.
    6. Partnerships and/or Participation of targeted groups.

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    7. Adequacy of information necessary for NOAA staff to make a NEPA 
determination and draft necessary documentation before recommendations 
for funding are made to the Grants Officer.

Proposal Review and Selection Process for NOAA Fellowship, Scholarship 
and Internship Programs

    Some programs may include a pre-application process which provides 
an initial review and feedback to the applicants that have responded to 
a call for letters of intent or pre-proposals; however, not all 
programs will include such a process. If a pre-application process is 
used by a program, it shall be described in the Summary Description and 
the deadline shall be provided in the Application Deadline section. An 
initial administrative review of full applications is conducted to 
determine compliance with requirements and completeness of 
applications. A merit review is conducted to individually evaluate, 
score, and rank applications using the evaluation criteria. A second 
merit review may be conducted on the applicants that meet the program's 
threshold (based on scores from the first merit review) to make 
selections using the selection factors provided below. The Program 
Officer may conduct a review of the rank order and make recommendations 
to the Selecting Official based on the panel ratings and the selection 
factors listed below. The Selecting Official considers merit reviews 
and recommendations. The Selecting Official will award in rank order 
unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based 
upon one or more of the selection factors below. The Selecting Official 
makes final recommendations for awards to the Grants Officer who is 
authorized to obligate the funds.

Evaluation Criteria for Fellowship/Scholarships/Internships

    1. Academic record and statement of career goals and objectives of 
student
    2. Quality of project and applicability to program priorities
    3. Recommendations and/or endorsements of student
    4. Additional relevant experience related to diversity of 
education; extra-curricular activities; honors and awards; 
interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills
    5. Financial need of student
    Selection Factors for Fellowship/Scholarships/Internships
    1. Balance/Distribution of funds:
    a. Across academic disciplines
    b. By types of institutions
    c. Geographically
    2. Availability of funds
    3. Program-specific objectives
    4. Degree in scientific area and type of degree sought

NOAA Project Competitions

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

1. 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NMFS is soliciting applications for financial 
assistance for the 2007 Hawaii Seafood Program. The Hawaii Seafood 
Program is proposed for an effort to help strengthen and sustain the 
economic viability of Hawaii's fishing and seafood industry through 
activities that promote Hawaii fisheries products as high quality and 
safe domestic seafood produced by a responsible and well-managed 
fishery. Projects may request support for cooperative seafood safety 
research, technical assistance, and/or seafood education. This program 
will support NOAA's mission to protect, restore and manage the use of 
coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Approximately $1,000,000 may be available. 
Actual funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY07 
Congressional appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 713c-3(d).
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.452, 
Unallied Industry Projects.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. 
Hawaii standard time on February 28, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: Applications are available 
through the Grants.Gov website at http://www.grants.gov. For those 
organizations without internet access, application materials and 
instructions may be obtained from Scott W.S. Bloom, NOAA Federal 
Program Officer, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., 
Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96814.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott W.S. Bloom (NOAA Fisheries) at 808-944-
2218, or by e-mail at Scott.Bloom@noaa.gov.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are individuals, institutions of 
higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, 
international organizations, foreign governments, organizations under 
the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. Federal agencies, or employees of Federal agencies 
are not eligible to apply.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
2. Chesapeake Bay Cooperative Science Program
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / 
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) is soliciting applications for 
financial assistance to support Cooperative Science in Chesapeake Bay. 
The NCBO is developing a Cooperative Science Program in Chesapeake Bay 
to formalize and expand collaborative research among the Chesapeake 
Bay's commercial fishing industry, marine scientists, and fishery 
management communities. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the 
data upon which fishery management decisions are made as well as to 
facilitate communication and collaboration among commercial fishermen, 
scientists, and fishery managers. Through this initiative, the NCBO 
will develop a collaborative and cooperative program to set research 
priorities that meet management and fishing industry needs. This 
funding will provide a significant opportunity for the NOAA Chesapeake 
Bay Office to develop collaborative relationships with the fishing 
industry. This program will support NOAA's mission to protect, restore 
and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-
based management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is 
contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately 
$100,000 - $150,000 in funding may be available for awards in FY 2007; 
there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award 
periods may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding 
contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as 
amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, 
Chesapeake Bay Studies.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. 
EST on February 7, 2007 to Derek.orner@noaa.gov. Full proposals must be 
received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit 
proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is

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not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay 
Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Derek Orner, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 
Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: 
Derek.orner@noaa.gov; phone: 410-267-5676.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign 
governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign 
governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible 
to receive Federal assistance under this notice.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching 
requirements under this solicitation.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
3. Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO), is soliciting applications for 
financial assistance to support fisheries research, monitoring, 
modeling, or assessment that will facilitate effective ecosystem-based 
management in Chesapeake Bay. This management paradigm requires 
knowledge of the interactions among exploited species, and their 
habitats and stressors, to develop viable management plans. Applicants 
follow the Fisheries Ecosystem Plan (http://noaa.chesapeakebay.net/docs/FEP_DRAFT.pdf) in identifying the science necessary to support 
ecosystem-based fisheries management in the Bay. This program will 
support NOAA's mission to protect, restore and manage the use of 
coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is 
contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately 
$1,000,000 was available in FY 2006 and similar levels may be available 
for awards in FY2007 (this includes continuation of multi-year awards); 
there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award 
periods may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding 
contingent on the availability of Federal appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as 
amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, 
Chesapeake Bay Studies.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. 
EST on February 7, 2007 to Derek.orner@noaa.gov. Full proposals must be 
received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit 
proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is not 
possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay 
Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Information 
Contact: Derek Orner, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., 
Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: derek.orner@noaa.gov; phone: 
410-267-5676.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign 
governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign 
governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible 
to receive Federal assistance under this notice.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching 
requirements under this solicitation.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
4. Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration Program
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / 
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) is soliciting applications for 
financial assistance to support submerged aquatic vegetation(SAV) 
Restoration projects in Chesapeake Bay. This program is a competitive 
program that supports vital restoration, research, monitoring, 
analysis, modeling and assessment of SAV activities that will assist 
the CBP, NOAA, and other program partners in reaching the goal of 
effective ecosystem-based management and integrated restoration. 
Projects follow and the guidance in the Chesapeake Bay Program's 
``Strategy to Accelerate the Protection and Restoration of Submerged 
Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay'' which is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/pubs/subcommittee/lrsc/thwg/Final_SAV_restoration.pdf. This program will support NOAA's mission to protect, 
restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through 
ecosystem-based management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is 
contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately 
$250,000 in funding may be available for awards in FY 2007; there are 
no restrictions on minimum or maximum funding requests. Award periods 
may be up to a maximum of 3 years, with annual funding contingent on 
the availability of Federal appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as 
amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661.
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.457, 
Chesapeake Bay Studies.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. 
EST on February 7, 2007. Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST 
on March 12, 2007. Address for Submitting Proposals: Applicants should 
submit proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is 
not possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA Chesapeake Bay 
Office, 410 Severn Ave., Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Information 
Contact: Peter Bergstrom, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Ave., 
Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403; email: peter.bergstrom@noaa.gov; 
phone: 410-267-5665.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign 
governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign 
governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible 
to receive Federal assistance under this notice.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching 
requirements under this solicitation.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
5. Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program provides 
a mechanism to fund research and compensate vessels through the sale of 
fish harvested under a research quota. For fishing year 2008 (January 
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allowable landings (TAL) in certain Mid-Atlantic fisheries may be 
dedicated to research endeavors under the RSA program. The setting of 
the actual RSA quotas will be the subject of future rulemaking. NMFS is 
soliciting proposals for research activities concerning the summer 
flounder, scup, black sea bass, Loligo squid, Illex squid, Atlantic 
mackerel, butterfish, Atlantic bluefish, and tilefish fisheries. The 
set-asides may range between 0 and 3 percent of each species' TAL. The 
set-aside allocated for a given species is designated primarily for 
research involving that species. However, to promote research for 
species where it would otherwise be infeasible, individual research 
projects may request up to 25 percent of the set-aside allocations for 
other species listed in this notice that are not directly involved in a 
particular research project. No Federal funds are provided for research 
under this notification, but rather the opportunity to fish and sell 
the catch to generate income to offset research costs. Projects funded 
under an RSA allocation (or award) must enhance understanding of the 
fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which 
management decisions are made. The program priorities for this 
opportunity support NOAA's Mission support goal of: Ecosystems - 
Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through 
Ecosystem-Based Management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: No Federal funds are provided for research 
under this notification, but rather the opportunity to fish and sell 
the catch to generate income. The Federal Government may issue an 
Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) or Letter of Acknowledgment (LOA), as 
applicable, which may provide special fishing privileges in response to 
research proposals selected under this program.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Issuing grants is consistent with sections 
303(b)(11), 402(e), and 404(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C. 
1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881c(c), respectively. The award of a set-
aside from the TAL of selected species resulted from the approval of 
Framework Adjustment 1 (Framework 1) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, 
and Butterfish; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass; and Atlantic 
Bluefish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs); and the RSA provisions of the 
Tilefish FMP. Framework 1 established a procedure through which RSA 
amounts are set annually as part of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management 
Council's (Council) quota-setting process (66 FR 42156, August 10, 
2001), and is codified in regulations at 50 CFR 648.21(g).
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE NUMBER: 11.454, Unallied 
Management Projects.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by NMFS on or 
before 5 p.m. EST on February 12, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: Applications should be 
submitted through http://www.grants.gov, and use the following funding 
opportunity  NMFS-NEFSC-2007-2000887 unless an applicant does 
not have Internet access. In that case, hard copies should be sent to 
NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, 
MA 02543. Mark proposals ``Attention: Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside 
Program.''
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-
Atlantic Fishery Management Council, by phone at 302-674-2331 ext. 19, 
or fax at 302-674-5399; Clay Heaton, Fishery Management Specialist, 
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, by phone at 302-674-2331 ext. 
13, or via email at cheaton@mafmc.org; or Paul Perra, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930, by phone at 978-281-9153, by fax at 978-281-9135, 
or via e-mail at paul.perra@noaa.gov.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include institutions of higher 
education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, 
individuals, state, local, and Native American tribal governments. 
Federal agencies and institutions are not eligible to receive Federal 
assistance under this notice. Additionally, employees of any Federal 
agency or Regional Fishery Management Council are ineligible to submit 
an application under this program. However, Council members who are not 
Federal employees may submit an application.
    COST SHARING: None.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applicants under this program are subject 
to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
6. Proactive Species Conservation Program
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 
is soliciting applications for financial assistance to support the 
conservation of marine and anadromous species of concern. To raise 
awareness of potentially at-risk species and to foster their proactive 
conservation, the NMFS created a ``species of concern'' list in April 
2004 (69 FR 19975). Under this solicitation, the NMFS is seeking to 
support conservation efforts for these species of concern. Any state, 
tribal, or local entity that has management or regulatory authority 
over one or more of these species or over activities that affect these 
species is eligible to apply. A current list of NMFS' species of 
concern can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/concern/#list. This program will support NOAA's mission to protect, restore and 
manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based 
management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding availability for this program is 
contingent upon FY07 Congressional appropriations. Approximately 
$500,000 was available in FY 2006 and similar levels may be available 
for awards in FY2007; there are no restrictions on minimum or maximum 
funding requests. Award periods may be up to a maximum of 5 years, with 
annual funding contingent on the availability of Federal 
appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, as 
amended, at 16 U.S.C. 661.
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.472, 
Unallied Science Programs.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST on 
February 12, 2007. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by 
February 12, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: Applicants should submit 
proposals online through www.grants.gov. If online submission is not 
possible, paper applications may be mailed to NOAA/NMFS/Office of 
Protected Resources, Attn: Lisa Manning, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Manning, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910; email: lisa.manning@noaa.gov; phone: 301-713-1401.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are state, tribal, or local 
governments that have regulatory or management authority over one or 
more federally identified species of concern or over activities that 
affect one or more federally identified species of concern.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There are no cost-sharing or matching 
requirements under this solicitation.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''

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National Ocean Service

1. FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean Observing System Development
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Designed to be user-driven and provide 
sustained data and information in forms and at rates required by 
decision makers, the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) will 
efficiently link observations, data management, and modeling to provide 
required data and information on local to global scales, e.g., from the 
local scale of beaches and shellfish beds to the global scale of an El 
Ni[ntilde]o event.
    Regional coastal ocean observing systems (RCOOSs) are designed to 
complement the observing systems managed directly by federal agencies 
that meet national priorities. With the guidance of Regional 
Associations to understand regional priorities, RCOOSs provide the 
types of data, information, and products needed to address the 
estuarine and coastal issues experienced by the different regions, and 
to leverage the delivery and applicability of data collected by local 
network nodes. NOAA views this announcement as an opportunity to 
demonstrate the regional observing system concept. To assist in 
regional IOOS development, NOAA seeks proposals for one- to three-year 
grant or cooperative agreement projects that address the following 
focus areas:
    1. Regional coastal ocean observing systems (RCOOS) development - 
to further the establishment and integration of observing system assets 
within regions and the operation of those assets for the benefit of the 
region. Proposals submitted under this focus area will demonstrate the 
approach and benefits of integration at the scale of the Regional 
Association. While focus areas 2 and 3 address particular components of 
IOOS (e.g., data management and product development), this focus area 
invites proposals that implement an end-to-end RCOOS that addresses 
regional needs.
    2. IOOS application and product development for regional 
stakeholders -- to develop, advance, and document the value of applying 
existing IOOS assets to the real-world issues of managers, industry, 
and the general public. Proposals submitted under this focus area will 
address regional needs for IOOS applications and products and quantify 
the value of the application or product to the end user.
    3. Data management and communication by local data network nodes -- 
to develop guidance and processes for regional non-federal data 
providers to contribute to the IOOS data stream. Proposals submitted 
under this focus area will develop local data network nodes that 
deliver regional data to a range of consumers using common standards 
and protocols.
    The program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA's mission 
support goal of: Weather and Water -- Serve Society's Needs for Weather 
and Water Information. Other goals are supported, but this is the goal 
the opportunity most closely addresses.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Funding Availability: Total anticipated 
funding for all awards is approximately $15,000,000 and is subject to 
the availability of FY 2007 appropriations. Multiple awards are 
anticipated from this announcement. The anticipated federal funding per 
award (min-max) is approximately $100,000 to $6,000,000. The 
anticipated number of awards ranges from 7 to 14, approximately, and 
will be adjusted based on available funding.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Statutory authority for this program is 
provided under the Coastal Zone Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1456c 
(Technical Assistance); 33 U.S.C. 883d; and 33 U.S.C. 1442 (Research 
program investigating possible long-range effects of pollution, 
overfishing, and anthropogenically-induced changes of ocean 
ecosystems).
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) Number: 11.473, 
Coastal Services Center.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: A LOI is required prior to submitting a full 
proposal. LOIs must be received by the Coastal Services Center by 5 
p.m. EST on January 31, 2007. Full proposal applications must be 
received by 5 p.m. EST, April 17, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS: LOIs must be sent via e-mail 
to James.L.Free@noaa.gov. Applicants submitting a LOI should reference 
the Funding Opportunity Title (FY 2007 Regional Integrated Ocean 
Observing System Development) as the subject line of the e-mail 
containing the LOI.
    If an applicant does not have Internet access, the applicant must 
submit through surface mail one original and two copies of the LOI to 
the Coastal Services Center. No fax copies will be accepted. Any U.S. 
Postal Service correspondence should be sent to the attention of James 
Lewis Free, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, 
Charleston, SC, 29405-2413.
    Full proposal application packages should be submitted through 
Grants.gov APPLY. The standard NOAA funding application package is 
available at www.grants.gov.
    If an applicant does not have Internet access, the applicant must 
submit through surface mail one set of originals (signed) and two 
copies of the proposals and related forms to the Coastal Services 
Center. No e-mail or fax copies will be accepted. Any U.S. Postal 
Service correspondence should be sent to the attention of James Lewis 
Free, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, 
Charleston, SC, 29405-2413.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: For administrative issues, contact James Lewis 
Free at 843-740-1185 (phone) or e-mail him at James.L.Free@noaa.gov. 
Technical questions on the IOOS announcement should be directed to the 
following people according to the focus area in question: RCOOS 
Development, Geno Olmi by telephone at 843-740-1230 (phone) or e-mail 
him at Geno.Olmi@noaa.gov; IOOS Applications and Product Development, 
Dave Eslinger by telephone (843) 740-1270, or by e-mail 
Dave.Eslinger@noaa.gov; and Data Management and Communications, Jim 
Boyd by telephone (843) 740-1278, or by e-mail James.Boyd@noaa.gov.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible funding applicants are institutions of higher 
education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, international 
organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal 
agencies or institutions and foreign governments may not be the primary 
recipient of awards under this announcement, but are encouraged to 
partner with applicants. Federal partners must identify the relevant 
statutory authorities that will allow for the receipt of funds.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: There is no requirement for cost 
sharing.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
2. California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, 
Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The California B-WET Program, Adult and 
Community Watershed Education, is a competitively based program that 
supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth 
of new programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among 
environmental education programs throughout the Monterey Bay watershed. 
Funded projects provide meaningful watershed education to adults and 
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meaningful watershed education is defined as outcome-based programs 
that educate citizens about their role in protecting water quality and 
demonstrate behavioral changes that improve water quality and promote 
environmental stewardship. This program will support NOAA's mission to 
protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources 
through ecosystem-based management.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: This solicitation announces that 
approximately $100,000 may be available in FY 2007 in award amounts to 
be determined by the proposals and available funds. The National Marine 
Sanctuary Program anticipates that approximately 2-4 grants will be 
awarded with these funds and that typical project awards will range 
from $10,000 to $50,000.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 16 U.S.C. 1440, 15 U.S.C. 1540.
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.429, 
Marine Sanctuary Program.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific 
standard time on February 1, 2007. Hard copy and electronic proposals 
received after that time will not be considered for funding and will be 
returned to the applicant.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: It is strongly preferred that you 
submit your application through Grants.gov at the internet site: http://www.grants.gov. You may access, download, and submit an electronic 
grant application through Grants.gov. The full funding announcement is 
available via the grants.gov web site: http://www.grants.gov. The 
announcement will also be available at the NOAA web site http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/bwet or by contacting the program officials 
identified below. Applicants must comply with all requirements 
contained in the full funding opportunity announcement. NOAA strongly 
recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to 
begin the application process through Grants.gov.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Paper applications, a signed original and 2 
copies (submission of five additional hard copies is strongly 
encouraged to expedite the review process, but it is not required) may 
be submitted to Attn: Seaberry Nachbar, B-WET Program Manager, Monterey 
Bay National Marine Sanctuary Office, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 
93940. The closing deadline for applying through grants.gov is the same 
as for the paper submission noted in this announcement.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, 
and Indian tribal governments. The Department of Commerce/ National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed 
to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and 
universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and 
universities, and institutions that service underserved areas.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: No cost sharing is required under this 
program; however, the National Marine Sanctuary Program strongly 
encourages applicants to share as much of the costs of the award as 
possible. Funds from other Federal awards may not be considered 
matching funds. The nature of the contribution (cash versus in-kind) 
and the amount of matching funds will be taken into consideration in 
the review process with cash being the preferred method of 
contribution.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''

National Weather Service

1. Hydrologic Research and Social Science Research in Hydrologic 
Applications.
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: This program announcement is for projects to 
be conducted by research investigators for a 1-year or a 3-year period, 
depending on which high-priority area the proposal is submitted to. 
June 1, 2007, should be used as the proposed start date on proposals. 
This program represents an NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective 
continuum of basic and applied research through collaborative research 
between the Hydrology Laboratory of the NWS Office of Hydrologic 
Development and academic communities or other private or public 
agencies which have expertise in hydrologic research, and in social 
science research in hydrologic applications. These activities will 
engage researchers and students in basic and applied research to 
improve hydrologic forecasting, including the display of probabilistic 
information to emergency managers and to the general public. The 
program priorities for this opportunity support NOAA's mission support 
goal of: Weather and Water- Serve Society's Needs for Weather and Water 
Information.
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: It is expected that, depending on 
availability of funds, one award for each of the three priority areas 
described in the detailed announcement will be made. However, if no 
proposals are deemed of suitable quality in any of the two areas, no 
award in that particular area will be made. The government Maximum 
funding is described in the detailed announcement.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 313 and 33 U.S.C. 883d.
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER : 11.462, 
Hydrologic Research.
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Proposals are due no later than 3 p.m. EST 30 
calendar days after the publication of this announcement. Proposals 
should be submitted through http://www.grants.gov. For applicants 
without internet access, they may be sent to NOAA/NWS; 1325 East-West 
Highway, Room 8176; Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283.
    INFORMATION CONTACT(S): Dr. Pedro Restrepo by phone at 301-713-0640 
ext. 210, or fax to 301-713-0963, or via e-mail at 
Pedro.Restrepo@noaa.gov. Proponents are advised that soliciting advice 
on any aspect of this funding opportunity from employees and 
contractors of the Office of Hydrologic Development, other than Dr. 
Pedro Restrepo, is not permitted. Requesting advice from any other NOAA 
office, such as NOHRSC, NCEP or any of the RFCs or WFOs is allowed and 
highly encouraged.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are Federal agencies, institutions 
of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, 
foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign 
governments, and international organizations, state, local and Indian 
tribal governments. PLEASE 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 legal basis.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: None.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''

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Oceans and Atmospheric Research

1. NOAA's Great Lakes Ecosystem Research
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NOAA's mission is to understand and predict 
changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and 
marine resources to meet our nation's economic, social and 
environmental needs. Proposals funded under this announcement fulfill 
NOAA's ecosystem mission to protect, restore, and manage use of coastal 
and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. The Great Lakes 
Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) is actively involved in 
research on ecological prediction, aquatic invasive species, physical 
environment prediction, and environmental observing systems. Specific 
research projects include studies on aquatic invasive species in the 
Great Lakes, especially prevention of introduction and effects on food 
webs, the development of coastal environmental forecast systems, Great 
Lakes water supplies, water level forecasting, food web interactions 
and regulation and forecasting risks to Human Health (e.g., beach 
closings, drinking water quality and harmful algal blooms).
    FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Total anticipated federal funding for FY 2007 
is $1.5M in the first year with funding for 20 - 30 of awards. Federal 
Funding for FY 2008 and beyond may be used in part to fund some awards 
submitted under this competition. We anticipate that the annual cost of 
most funded projects will fall between $1,000 and $50,000 per year. 
Actual funding levels will depend upon the final FY 2007 and subsequent 
budget appropriations.
    STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 33 U.S.C. 883d.
    CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NUMBER: 11.460 - 
Special Oceanic and Atmospheric Projects
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent should be received at GLERL 
no later than 5 p.m. EST, February 16, 2007. Full proposals must be 
received no later than 5 p.m. EST, March 30, 2007.
    ADDRESS FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS: (1) Letters of Intent (LOI). LOIs 
are encouraged to be submitted by facsimile or e-mail to the identified 
NOAA program element's program manager and to GLERLgrants@noaa.gov. If 
an applicant does not have Internet access, LOI hard copies should be 
sent to the Program Managers listed with each program in the Program 
Priorities section and to the GLERL Grants Manager, Sandra Salyers, 
NOAA/GLERL, 2205 Commonwealth Blvd; Ann Arbor, MI., 48105, phone 734-
741-2246; (2) Proposals. Proposals should be submitted through 
Grants.gov APPLY (http://www.grants.gov). If an applicant does not have 
Internet access, please contact the GLERL Grants Manager (see above) 
for hard copy instructions.
    INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra Salyers, NOAA/GLERL, 2205 Commonwealth 
Blvd; Ann Arbor, MI 48105, phone 734-741-2246.
    ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are institutions of higher 
education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international 
organizations, State, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal 
agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance 
under this notice.
    COST SHARING REQUIREMENTS: No cost sharing is required.
    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''

Under Secretary's Associated Office (USAO)

1. National Ocean Sciences Competition for High School Students
    SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: NOAA's Office of Education (OED), on behalf of 
its partner agencies in the National Oceanographic Partnership Program 
(NOPP), is requesting applications in support of an academic 
competition for high school students focusing on ocean sciences and 
related fields. The goal of this program is to expose high school 
students in the United States and its territories to the excitement of 
ocean sciences and related fields as well as careers in those fields. 
Projects should be 5 years in duration, employ one or more of the 
strategies articulated in the NOAA Education Plan (http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/NOAA_Ed_Plan.pdf), involve partnerships among 
academic institutions, free-choice learning venues, NGOs and Federal 
entities, and have an evaluation that both monitors the quality of the 
experience for the participants (be they students, teachers, or 
volunteers) and the impact of the program on the participant