Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program, 26188-26191 [2010-11146]

Download as PDF 26188 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Notices reimbursement if the claim is not supported by adequate documentation. 3. Reporting: A written evaluation report must be submitted within 90 days of the expiration of each participant’s QSP agreement. Evaluation reports should address all performance measures that were presented in the proposal. VII. Agency Contact(s) For additional information and assistance, contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Signed at Washington, DC, on May 4, 2010. John D. Brewer, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2010–11144 Filed 5–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.603. SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2011 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for FY 2011. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). DATES: All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010. Applications received after this time will be considered only if funds are still available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign Agricultural Service Web site at http:// VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/emmarkets.asp. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: The EMP is authorized by section 1542(d)(1) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (The Act), as amended. The EMP regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1486. 1. Purpose. The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that improve emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing potential trade barriers in such markets. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations. All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. Agricultural product(s) should be comprised of at least 50 percent U.S. origin content by weight, exclusive of added water, to be eligible for funding. Proposals that seek support for multiple commodities are also eligible. EMP funding may only be used to develop, maintain, or expand emerging markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products through generic activities. EMP funding may not be used to support the export of another country’s products to the United States, or to promote the development of a foreign economy as a primary objective. Funding provided for government participation may only be used to support the activities of government officials expert in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries. 2. Appropriate Activities. All EMP projects must fall into at least one of the following four categories: (a) Assistance to U.S. individuals expert in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries. This type of EMP project must include all three of the following: • Conduct an assessment of the food and rural business system needs of an emerging market; • Make recommendations on measures necessary to enhance the effectiveness of these systems; and • Identify opportunities and projects to enhance the effectiveness of the emerging market’s food and rural business systems. (b) To be eligible, such proposals must clearly demonstrate that experts are primarily agricultural consultants, farmers, government officials, and other PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 persons from the private sector, and that they have expertise in assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries. (c) Assistance to enable individuals from emerging markets to travel to the United States so that these individuals can, for the purpose of enhancing the food and rural business systems in their countries, become familiar with U.S. technology and agribusiness and rural enterprise operations by consulting with food and rural business system experts in the United States. (d) Assistance to enable U.S. agricultural producers and other individuals knowledgeable in agricultural and agribusiness matters to travel to emerging markets to assist in transferring their knowledge and expertise to entities in emerging markets. Such travel must be to emerging markets. Travel to developed markets is not eligible under the program even if the traveler’s targeted market is an emerging market. (e) Technical assistance to implement the recommendations, projects, and/or opportunities identified by assistance under (1) above. Technical assistance that does not implement the recommendations, projects, and/or opportunities identified by assistance under (1) above is not eligible under the EMP. Proposals that do not fall into one or more of the four categories above, regardless of previous guidance provided regarding the EMP, are not eligible for consideration under the program. EMP funds may not be used to support normal operating costs of individual organizations, nor as a source to recover pre-award costs or prior expenses from previous or ongoing projects. Proposals that counter national strategies or duplicate activities planned or already underway by U.S. non-profit agricultural commodity or trade associations (‘‘cooperators’’) will not be considered. Other ineligible expenditures include: branded product promotions (in-store, restaurant advertising, labeling, etc.); advertising, administrative, and operational expenses for trade shows; Web site development; equipment purchases; and the preparation and printing of brochures, flyers, and posters (except in connection with specific technical assistance activities such as training seminars.). For a more complete description of ineligible expenditures, please refer to the EMP regulations. 3. Eligible Markets. The Act defines an emerging market as any country that the Secretary of Agriculture determines: E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Notices emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES (a) Is taking steps toward developing a market-oriented economy through the food, agriculture, or rural business sectors of the economy of the country; and (b) Has the potential to provide a viable and significant market for U.S. agricultural commodities or products of U.S. agricultural commodities. Because EMP funds are limited and the range of potential emerging market countries is worldwide, consideration will be given only to proposals that target countries or regional groups with per capita income of less than $11,905 (the current ceiling on upper middle income economies as determined by the World Bank [World Development Indicators; July 2009, http:// siteresources.worldbank.org/ DATASTATISTICS/Resources/ CLASS.XLS] and populations of greater than 1 million. Income limits and their calculation can change from year to year with the result that a given country may qualify under the legislative and administrative criteria 1 year but not the next. Therefore, CCC has not established a fixed list of emerging market countries. A few countries technically qualify as emerging markets but may require a separate determination before funding can be considered because of political sensitivities. II. Award Information In general, all qualified proposals received before the application deadline will compete for EMP funding. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that directly support or address at least one of the goals and objectives in the USDA and FAS Strategic Plans. The applicants’ willingness to contribute resources, including cash, goods and services will be a critical factor in determining which proposals are funded under the EMP. Proposals will also be judged on the potential benefits to the industry represented by the applicant and the degree to which the proposal demonstrates industry support. The limited funds and the range of eligible emerging markets worldwide generally preclude CCC from approving large budgets for individual projects. While there is no minimum or maximum amount set for EMP-funded projects, most projects are funded at a level of less than $500,000 and for a duration of approximately 1 year. Private entities may submit multi-year proposals requesting higher levels of funding that may be considered in the context of a detailed strategic implementation plan. Funding in such cases is generally limited to 3 years and provided 1 year at a time with VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 commitments beyond the first year subject to interim evaluations and funding availability. Government entities are not eligible for multi-year funding. Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific agreements. The CCC, through FAS, will be kept informed of the implementation of approved projects through the requirement to provide interim progress reports and final performance reports. Changes in the original project timelines and adjustments within project budgets must be approved in advance by FAS. Note: EMP funds awarded to government agencies must be expended or otherwise obligated by close of business, September 30, 2011. III. Eligibility and Qualification Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Any United States private or government entity, e.g., universities, non-profit trade associations, agricultural cooperatives, state regional trade groups (SRTG), profit-making entities, and consulting businesses, with a demonstrated role or interest in exports of U.S. agricultural commodities or products may apply to the program. Proposals from research and consulting organizations will be considered if they provide evidence of substantial participation by and financial support from the U.S. industry. For-profit entities are also eligible but may not use program funds to conduct private business, promote private self-interests, supplement the costs of normal sales activities or promote their own products or services beyond specific uses approved by CCC in a given project. U.S. market development cooperators and SRTGs may seek funding to address priority, market specific issues and to undertake activities not suitable for funding under other CCC marketing programs, e.g., the Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP). Foreign organizations, whether government or private, may participate as third parties in activities carried out by U.S. organizations, but are not eligible for funding assistance from the program. 2. Cost Sharing: No private sector proposal will be considered without the element of cost-share from the applicant and/or U.S. partners. The EMP is intended to complement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. There is no minimum or maximum amount of cost-share, though the range in recent successful proposals has been between 35 and 75 percent. The degree of commitment to a proposed project, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26189 represented by the amount and type of private funding, is one factor used in determining which proposals will be approved for funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or professional time of staff assigned to the project. Proposals for which private industry is willing to commit cash, rather than inkind contributions such as staff resources, will be given priority consideration. Cost-sharing is not required for proposals from government agencies, but is mandatory for all other eligible entities, even when they may be party to a joint proposal with a government agency. Contributions from USDA or other government agencies or programs may not be counted toward the stated cost-share requirement of other applicants. Similarly, contributions from foreign (non-U.S.) organizations may not be counted toward the costshare requirement, but may be counted in the total cost of the project. 3. Other: Proposals should include a justification for funding assistance from the program—an explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without Federal funding assistance and why the participating organization(s) would be unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance. Applicants may submit more than one proposal. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: EMP applicants have the opportunity to utilize the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application process, an online system that provides a means for interested applicants to submit a consolidated and strategically coordinated single proposal that incorporates funding requests for any or all of the market development programs administered by FAS. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application to FAS through the UES application Internet Web site. The Internet-based format reduces paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle. Applicants planning to use the on-line UES system must contact the Program Operations Division to obtain site access information. The Internet-based application is located at the following URL address: https://www.fas.usda.gov/ ues/webapp/. Although FAS highly recommends applying via the Internet-based application as this format virtually eliminates paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle, applicants also have the option of E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 26190 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Notices submitting an electronic version to FAS at podadmin@fas.usda.gov. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: To be considered for the EMP, an applicant must submit to the FAS information required by the EMP regulations at 7 CFR part 1486. EMP regulations and additional information are available at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/ em-markets/em-markets.asp. In addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the need to identify entities that are receiving government awards, all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1–866–705– 5711. Applications should be no longer than ten (10) pages and include the following information: (a) Date of proposal; (b) Name of organization submitting proposal; (c) Organization address, telephone and fax numbers; (d) Tax ID number; (e) DUNS number; (f) Primary contact person; (g) Full title of proposal; (h) Target market(s); (i) Current conditions in the target market(s) affecting the intended commodity or product; (j) Description of problem(s), i.e., constraint(s), to be addressed by the project, such as the need to assess and enhance food and rural business systems of the emerging market, lack of awareness by foreign officials of U.S. technology and business practices, impediments (infrastructure, financing, regulatory or other non-tariff barriers) to the effectiveness of emerging market’s food and rural business systems previously identified by an EMP project that are to be addressed by the applicant, etc.; (k) Project objectives; (l) Performance measures: Benchmarks for quantifying progress in meeting the objectives; (m) Rationale: Explanation of the underlying reasons for the project proposal and its approach, the anticipated benefits, and any additional pertinent analysis; (n) Clear demonstration that successful implementation will benefit an emerging market’s food and rural business system and/or reduce potential trade barriers, and will benefit a particular industry as a whole, not just the applicant(s); VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 (o) Explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without Federal funding assistance and why the participating organization(s) would be unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance; (p) Specific description of activity/ activities to be undertaken; (q) Timeline(s) for implementation of activity, including start and end dates; (r) Information on whether similar activities are or have previously been funded with USDA resources in target country or countries (e.g., under MAP and/or Cooperator programs); and (s) Detailed line item activity budget: —Cost items should be allocated separately to each participating organization; and —Expense items constituting a proposed activity’s overall budget (e.g., salaries, travel expenses, consultant fees, administrative costs, etc.), with a line item cost for each, should be listed, clearly indicating: (1) Which items are to be covered by EMP funding; (2) Which by the participating U.S. organization(s); and (3) Which by foreign third parties (if applicable). Cost items for individual consultant fees should show calculation of daily rate and number of days. Cost items for travel expenses should show number of trips, destinations, cost, and objective for each trip. Qualifications of applicant(s) should be included as an attachment. 3. Funding Restrictions: Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other categories of expenses such as indirect overhead charges, travel expenses, and consulting fees. CCC will also not reimburse unreasonable expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval of a proposal. Full details of the funding restrictions are available in the EMP regulations. 4. Submission Dates and Times: All Internet-based applications must be properly submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010. All applications submitted by e-mail must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010, at podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Applications received after this time will be considered only if funds are still available. V. Application Review Information 1. Criteria: Key criteria used in judging proposals include, among others: —The objective of the activities is to develop, maintain, or expand markets PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for United States agricultural exports by improving the effectiveness of the food and rural business systems in emerging markets. Appropriateness of the activities for the targeted market(s) and the extent to which the project identifies market barriers, e.g., a fundamental deficiency in the market’s food and rural business systems, and/or a recent change in those systems; —Potential of the project to expand U.S. market share and increase U.S. exports or sales; —Quality of the project’s performance measures, and the degree to which they relate to the objectives, deliverables, and proposed approach and activities; —Justification for Federal funding; —Overall cost of the project and the amount of funding provided by the applicant and any partners; and —Evidence that the organization has the knowledge, expertise, ability, and resources to successfully implement the project, including timeliness and quality of reporting on past EMP activities. Please see 7 CFR part 1486 for additional evaluation criteria. 2. Review and Selection Process: All applications undergo a multi-phase review within FAS, by appropriate FAS field offices, and, as needed, by the private sector Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets to determine the qualifications, quality, appropriateness of projects, and reasonableness of project budgets. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. FAS will send an approval letter and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including the levels of EMP funding and cost-share contribution requirements. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: Interested parties should review the EMP regulations, which are available at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/emmarkets/em-markets.asp. 3. Reporting. Quarterly progress reports for all programs 1 year or longer in duration are required. Projects of less than 1 year generally require a mid-term progress report. Final performance reports are due 90 days after completion of each project. Content requirements for both types of reports are contained in the Project Agreement. Final financial reports are also due 90 days after E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 11, 2010 / Notices completion of each project as attachments to the final reports. Please see 7 CFR part 1486 for additional reporting requirements. VII. Agency Contact(s) For additional information and assistance, contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Signed at Washington, DC, on May 4, 2010. John D. Brewer, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2010–11146 Filed 5–10–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.600. SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2011 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants and award funds in October 2010. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES DATES: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010. Applications received after this date will not be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by phone: (202) 720–4327, or by fax: (202) 720–9361, or by e-mail: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the FAS Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/ fmdprogram.asp. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:22 May 10, 2010 Jkt 220001 I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: The Cooperator program is authorized by title VII of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended. Cooperator program regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1484. Purpose: The Cooperator program is designed to create, expand, and maintain foreign markets for U.S. agricultural commodities and products through cost-share assistance. Financial assistance under the Cooperator program will be made available on a competitive basis and applications will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria contained herein. All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for consideration. The FAS allocates funds in a manner that effectively supports the strategic decision-making initiatives of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 and the USDA’s Food and Agricultural Policy (FAP). In deciding whether a proposed project will contribute to the effective creation, expansion, or maintenance of foreign markets, the FAS considers whether the applicant provides a clear, long-term agricultural trade strategy, and a program effectiveness time line against which results can be measured at specific intervals using quantifiable product or country goals. The FAS also considers the extent to which a proposed project targets markets with the greatest growth potential. These factors are part of the FAS resource allocation strategy to fund applicants who can demonstrate performance and address the objectives of the GPRA and FAP. II. Award Information Under the Cooperator program, the FAS enters into agreements with eligible nonprofit U.S. trade organizations to share the cost of certain overseas marketing and promotion activities. Funding priority is given to organizations that have the broadest possible producer representation of the commodity being promoted and that are nationwide in membership and scope. Cooperators may receive assistance only for generic activities that do not involve promotions targeted directly to consumers. The program generally operates on a reimbursement basis. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: To participate in the Cooperator program, an applicant must be a nonprofit U.S. agricultural trade organization. 2. Cost Sharing: To participate in the Cooperator program, an applicant must agree to contribute resources to its PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26191 proposed promotional activities. The Cooperator program is intended to supplement, not supplant, the efforts of the U.S. private sector. The contribution must be at least 50 percent of the value of resources provided by CCC for activities conducted under the project agreement. The degree of commitment of an applicant to the promotional strategies contained in its application, as represented by the agreed cost share contributions specified therein, is considered by the FAS when determining which applications will be approved for funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or in-kind contributions, such as professional staff time spent on design and execution of activities. The Cooperator program regulations, in sections 1484.50 and 1484.51, provide detailed discussion of eligible and ineligible cost-share contributions. 3. Other: Applications should include a justification for funding assistance from the program—an explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished without federal funding assistance and why participating organization(s) are unlikely to carry out the project without such assistance. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Organizations are encouraged to submit their FMD applications to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application Internet Web site. The UES allows applicants to submit a single consolidated and strategically coordinated proposal that incorporates requests for funding and recommendations for virtually all of the FAS marketing programs, financial assistance programs, and market access programs. The suggested UES format encourages applicants to examine the constraints or barriers to trade that they face, identify activities that would help overcome such impediments, consider the entire pool of complementary marketing tools and program resources, and establish realistic export goals. Applicants planning to use the Internet-based system must contact the FAS/Program Operations Division to obtain site access information. The Internet-based application may be found at the following URL address: https:// www.fas.usda.gov/ues/webapp/. The FAS highly recommends applying via the Internet-based application as this format virtually eliminates paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle. However, applicants also have the option of submitting an electronic E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the 
Emerging Markets Program

    Announcement Type: New.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.603.

SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is 
inviting proposals for the 2011 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The 
intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the 
private sector and from government agencies for FY 2011. The EMP is 
administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

DATES: All proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 
June 11, 2010. Applications received after this time will be considered 
only if funds are still available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding 
assistance should contact the Program Operations Division, Office of 
Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Portals Office Building, 
Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by 
phone: (202) 720-4327, or by fax: (202) 720-9361, or by e-mail: 
podadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign 
Agricultural Service Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/em-markets.asp.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Authority: The EMP is authorized by section 1542(d)(1) of the 
Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (The Act), as 
amended. The EMP regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1486.

    1. Purpose. The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, 
maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and 
products by funding activities that improve emerging markets' food and 
rural business systems, including reducing potential trade barriers in 
such markets. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market 
development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also 
be used to assist public organizations.
    All U.S. agricultural commodities, except tobacco, are eligible for 
consideration. Agricultural product(s) should be comprised of at least 
50 percent U.S. origin content by weight, exclusive of added water, to 
be eligible for funding. Proposals that seek support for multiple 
commodities are also eligible. EMP funding may only be used to develop, 
maintain, or expand emerging markets for U.S. agricultural commodities 
and products through generic activities. EMP funding may not be used to 
support the export of another country's products to the United States, 
or to promote the development of a foreign economy as a primary 
objective. Funding provided for government participation may only be 
used to support the activities of government officials expert in 
assessing the food and rural business systems of other countries.
    2. Appropriate Activities. All EMP projects must fall into at least 
one of the following four categories:
    (a) Assistance to U.S. individuals expert in assessing the food and 
rural business systems of other countries. This type of EMP project 
must include all three of the following:
     Conduct an assessment of the food and rural business 
system needs of an emerging market;
     Make recommendations on measures necessary to enhance the 
effectiveness of these systems; and
     Identify opportunities and projects to enhance the 
effectiveness of the emerging market's food and rural business systems.
    (b) To be eligible, such proposals must clearly demonstrate that 
experts are primarily agricultural consultants, farmers, government 
officials, and other persons from the private sector, and that they 
have expertise in assessing the food and rural business systems of 
other countries.
    (c) Assistance to enable individuals from emerging markets to 
travel to the United States so that these individuals can, for the 
purpose of enhancing the food and rural business systems in their 
countries, become familiar with U.S. technology and agribusiness and 
rural enterprise operations by consulting with food and rural business 
system experts in the United States.
    (d) Assistance to enable U.S. agricultural producers and other 
individuals knowledgeable in agricultural and agribusiness matters to 
travel to emerging markets to assist in transferring their knowledge 
and expertise to entities in emerging markets. Such travel must be to 
emerging markets. Travel to developed markets is not eligible under the 
program even if the traveler's targeted market is an emerging market.
    (e) Technical assistance to implement the recommendations, 
projects, and/or opportunities identified by assistance under (1) 
above. Technical assistance that does not implement the 
recommendations, projects, and/or opportunities identified by 
assistance under (1) above is not eligible under the EMP.
    Proposals that do not fall into one or more of the four categories 
above, regardless of previous guidance provided regarding the EMP, are 
not eligible for consideration under the program.
    EMP funds may not be used to support normal operating costs of 
individual organizations, nor as a source to recover pre-award costs or 
prior expenses from previous or ongoing projects. Proposals that 
counter national strategies or duplicate activities planned or already 
underway by U.S. non-profit agricultural commodity or trade 
associations (``cooperators'') will not be considered. Other ineligible 
expenditures include: branded product promotions (in-store, restaurant 
advertising, labeling, etc.); advertising, administrative, and 
operational expenses for trade shows; Web site development; equipment 
purchases; and the preparation and printing of brochures, flyers, and 
posters (except in connection with specific technical assistance 
activities such as training seminars.). For a more complete description 
of ineligible expenditures, please refer to the EMP regulations.
    3. Eligible Markets. The Act defines an emerging market as any 
country that the Secretary of Agriculture determines:

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    (a) Is taking steps toward developing a market-oriented economy 
through the food, agriculture, or rural business sectors of the economy 
of the country; and
    (b) Has the potential to provide a viable and significant market 
for U.S. agricultural commodities or products of U.S. agricultural 
commodities.
    Because EMP funds are limited and the range of potential emerging 
market countries is worldwide, consideration will be given only to 
proposals that target countries or regional groups with per capita 
income of less than $11,905 (the current ceiling on upper middle income 
economies as determined by the World Bank [World Development 
Indicators; July 2009, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DATASTATISTICS/Resources/CLASS.XLS] and populations of greater than 1 
million.
    Income limits and their calculation can change from year to year 
with the result that a given country may qualify under the legislative 
and administrative criteria 1 year but not the next. Therefore, CCC has 
not established a fixed list of emerging market countries.
    A few countries technically qualify as emerging markets but may 
require a separate determination before funding can be considered 
because of political sensitivities.

II. Award Information

    In general, all qualified proposals received before the application 
deadline will compete for EMP funding. Priority consideration will be 
given to proposals that directly support or address at least one of the 
goals and objectives in the USDA and FAS Strategic Plans. The 
applicants' willingness to contribute resources, including cash, goods 
and services will be a critical factor in determining which proposals 
are funded under the EMP. Proposals will also be judged on the 
potential benefits to the industry represented by the applicant and the 
degree to which the proposal demonstrates industry support.
    The limited funds and the range of eligible emerging markets 
worldwide generally preclude CCC from approving large budgets for 
individual projects. While there is no minimum or maximum amount set 
for EMP-funded projects, most projects are funded at a level of less 
than $500,000 and for a duration of approximately 1 year. Private 
entities may submit multi-year proposals requesting higher levels of 
funding that may be considered in the context of a detailed strategic 
implementation plan. Funding in such cases is generally limited to 3 
years and provided 1 year at a time with commitments beyond the first 
year subject to interim evaluations and funding availability. 
Government entities are not eligible for multi-year funding.
    Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific 
agreements. The CCC, through FAS, will be kept informed of the 
implementation of approved projects through the requirement to provide 
interim progress reports and final performance reports. Changes in the 
original project timelines and adjustments within project budgets must 
be approved in advance by FAS.
    Note: EMP funds awarded to government agencies must be expended or 
otherwise obligated by close of business, September 30, 2011.

III. Eligibility and Qualification Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Any United States private or government 
entity, e.g., universities, non-profit trade associations, agricultural 
cooperatives, state regional trade groups (SRTG), profit-making 
entities, and consulting businesses, with a demonstrated role or 
interest in exports of U.S. agricultural commodities or products may 
apply to the program. Proposals from research and consulting 
organizations will be considered if they provide evidence of 
substantial participation by and financial support from the U.S. 
industry. For-profit entities are also eligible but may not use program 
funds to conduct private business, promote private self-interests, 
supplement the costs of normal sales activities or promote their own 
products or services beyond specific uses approved by CCC in a given 
project.
    U.S. market development cooperators and SRTGs may seek funding to 
address priority, market specific issues and to undertake activities 
not suitable for funding under other CCC marketing programs, e.g., the 
Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) Program and the 
Market Access Program (MAP). Foreign organizations, whether government 
or private, may participate as third parties in activities carried out 
by U.S. organizations, but are not eligible for funding assistance from 
the program.
    2. Cost Sharing: No private sector proposal will be considered 
without the element of cost-share from the applicant and/or U.S. 
partners. The EMP is intended to complement, not supplant, the efforts 
of the U.S. private sector. There is no minimum or maximum amount of 
cost-share, though the range in recent successful proposals has been 
between 35 and 75 percent. The degree of commitment to a proposed 
project, represented by the amount and type of private funding, is one 
factor used in determining which proposals will be approved for 
funding. Cost-share may be actual cash invested or professional time of 
staff assigned to the project. Proposals for which private industry is 
willing to commit cash, rather than in-kind contributions such as staff 
resources, will be given priority consideration.
    Cost-sharing is not required for proposals from government 
agencies, but is mandatory for all other eligible entities, even when 
they may be party to a joint proposal with a government agency. 
Contributions from USDA or other government agencies or programs may 
not be counted toward the stated cost-share requirement of other 
applicants. Similarly, contributions from foreign (non-U.S.) 
organizations may not be counted toward the cost-share requirement, but 
may be counted in the total cost of the project.
    3. Other: Proposals should include a justification for funding 
assistance from the program--an explanation as to what specifically 
could not be accomplished without Federal funding assistance and why 
the participating organization(s) would be unlikely to carry out the 
project without such assistance. Applicants may submit more than one 
proposal.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: EMP applicants have the 
opportunity to utilize the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application 
process, an online system that provides a means for interested 
applicants to submit a consolidated and strategically coordinated 
single proposal that incorporates funding requests for any or all of 
the market development programs administered by FAS.
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application to 
FAS through the UES application Internet Web site. The Internet-based 
format reduces paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review 
cycle. Applicants planning to use the on-line UES system must contact 
the Program Operations Division to obtain site access information. The 
Internet-based application is located at the following URL address: 
https://www.fas.usda.gov/ues/webapp/.
    Although FAS highly recommends applying via the Internet-based 
application as this format virtually eliminates paperwork and expedites 
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submitting an electronic version to FAS at podadmin@fas.usda.gov.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: To be considered for 
the EMP, an applicant must submit to the FAS information required by 
the EMP regulations at 7 CFR part 1486. EMP regulations and additional 
information are available at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/em-markets.asp.
    In addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and 
Budget's issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the need to 
identify entities that are receiving government awards, all applicants 
must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling 
the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1-866-705-5711.
    Applications should be no longer than ten (10) pages and include 
the following information:
    (a) Date of proposal;
    (b) Name of organization submitting proposal;
    (c) Organization address, telephone and fax numbers;
    (d) Tax ID number;
    (e) DUNS number;
    (f) Primary contact person;
    (g) Full title of proposal;
    (h) Target market(s);
    (i) Current conditions in the target market(s) affecting the 
intended commodity or product;
    (j) Description of problem(s), i.e., constraint(s), to be addressed 
by the project, such as the need to assess and enhance food and rural 
business systems of the emerging market, lack of awareness by foreign 
officials of U.S. technology and business practices, impediments 
(infrastructure, financing, regulatory or other non-tariff barriers) to 
the effectiveness of emerging market's food and rural business systems 
previously identified by an EMP project that are to be addressed by the 
applicant, etc.;
    (k) Project objectives;
    (l) Performance measures: Benchmarks for quantifying progress in 
meeting the objectives;
    (m) Rationale: Explanation of the underlying reasons for the 
project proposal and its approach, the anticipated benefits, and any 
additional pertinent analysis;
    (n) Clear demonstration that successful implementation will benefit 
an emerging market's food and rural business system and/or reduce 
potential trade barriers, and will benefit a particular industry as a 
whole, not just the applicant(s);
    (o) Explanation as to what specifically could not be accomplished 
without Federal funding assistance and why the participating 
organization(s) would be unlikely to carry out the project without such 
assistance;
    (p) Specific description of activity/activities to be undertaken;
    (q) Timeline(s) for implementation of activity, including start and 
end dates;
    (r) Information on whether similar activities are or have 
previously been funded with USDA resources in target country or 
countries (e.g., under MAP and/or Cooperator programs); and
    (s) Detailed line item activity budget:

--Cost items should be allocated separately to each participating 
organization; and
--Expense items constituting a proposed activity's overall budget 
(e.g., salaries, travel expenses, consultant fees, administrative 
costs, etc.), with a line item cost for each, should be listed, clearly 
indicating:

    (1) Which items are to be covered by EMP funding;
    (2) Which by the participating U.S. organization(s); and
    (3) Which by foreign third parties (if applicable).
    Cost items for individual consultant fees should show calculation 
of daily rate and number of days. Cost items for travel expenses should 
show number of trips, destinations, cost, and objective for each trip.
    Qualifications of applicant(s) should be included as an attachment.
    3. Funding Restrictions: Certain types of expenses are not eligible 
for reimbursement by the program, and there are limits on other 
categories of expenses such as indirect overhead charges, travel 
expenses, and consulting fees. CCC will also not reimburse unreasonable 
expenditures or expenditures made prior to approval of a proposal. Full 
details of the funding restrictions are available in the EMP 
regulations.
    4. Submission Dates and Times: All Internet-based applications must 
be properly submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010.
    All applications submitted by e-mail must be received by 5 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time, June 11, 2010, at podadmin@fas.usda.gov.
    Applications received after this time will be considered only if 
funds are still available.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Criteria: Key criteria used in judging proposals include, among 
others:

--The objective of the activities is to develop, maintain, or expand 
markets for United States agricultural exports by improving the 
effectiveness of the food and rural business systems in emerging 
markets.

    Appropriateness of the activities for the targeted market(s) and 
the extent to which the project identifies market barriers, e.g., a 
fundamental deficiency in the market's food and rural business systems, 
and/or a recent change in those systems;

--Potential of the project to expand U.S. market share and increase 
U.S. exports or sales;
--Quality of the project's performance measures, and the degree to 
which they relate to the objectives, deliverables, and proposed 
approach and activities;
--Justification for Federal funding;
--Overall cost of the project and the amount of funding provided by the 
applicant and any partners; and
--Evidence that the organization has the knowledge, expertise, ability, 
and resources to successfully implement the project, including 
timeliness and quality of reporting on past EMP activities.

    Please see 7 CFR part 1486 for additional evaluation criteria.
    2. Review and Selection Process: All applications undergo a multi-
phase review within FAS, by appropriate FAS field offices, and, as 
needed, by the private sector Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets to 
determine the qualifications, quality, appropriateness of projects, and 
reasonableness of project budgets.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the 
final disposition of its application. FAS will send an approval letter 
and project agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter 
and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the 
project, including the levels of EMP funding and cost-share 
contribution requirements.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: Interested 
parties should review the EMP regulations, which are available at the 
following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/em-markets.asp.
    3. Reporting. Quarterly progress reports for all programs 1 year or 
longer in duration are required. Projects of less than 1 year generally 
require a mid-term progress report. Final performance reports are due 
90 days after completion of each project. Content requirements for both 
types of reports are contained in the Project Agreement. Final 
financial reports are also due 90 days after

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completion of each project as attachments to the final reports. Please 
see 7 CFR part 1486 for additional reporting requirements.

 VII. Agency Contact(s)

    For additional information and assistance, contact the Program 
Operations Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Portals Office Building, Suite 
400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, or by phone: 
(202) 720-4327, or by fax: (202) 720-9361, or by e-mail: 
podadmin@fas.usda.gov.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on May 4, 2010.
 John D. Brewer,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service and Vice President, 
Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2010-11146 Filed 5-10-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-10-P