Solicitation of Applications and Notice of Funding Availability for the FRA Railroad System Issues Research and Development Program, 27112-27114 [2010-11510]

Download as PDF 27112 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 92 / Thursday, May 13, 2010 / Notices Appendix B Federal Land Management Agencies Transit in Parks Program Contacts • National Park Service: Mark H. Hartsoe, Mark_H_Hartsoe@nps.gov; telephone: 202– 513–7025, fax: 202–371–6675, mail: 1849 C Street, NW., (MS2420); Washington, DC 20240–0001 • Fish and Wildlife Service: Nathan Caldwell, Nathan_Caldwell@fws.gov, telephone: 703–358–2205, fax: 703–358– 2517, mail: 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 634, Arlington, VA 22203 • Forest Service: Floyd Thompson, Fthompson02@fs.fed.us, telephone: 202– 205–1423, mail: 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–1101 • Bureau of Land Management: Victor F. Montoya, Victor_Montoya@blm.gov, telephone: 202–912–7041, mail: 1620 L Street, WO–854, Washington, DC 20036 [FR Doc. 2010–11474 Filed 5–12–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent to Rule on Request for a Change in Use of Aeronautical Property at the Williamsport Regional Airport, Williamsport, PA sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for a Change in Use of Aeronautical Property. SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment for a change in airport property from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Williamsport Regional Airport, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2010. ADDRESSES: Comments on this application may be mailed or delivered to the following address: Thomas J. Hart, Executive Director, Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority, Williamsport Regional Airport, 700 Airport Road, Montoursville, PA 17754; and at the FAA Harrisburg Airports District Office: Lori K. Pagnanelli, Manager, Harrisburg Airports District Office, 3905 Hartzdale Dr., Suite 508, Camp Hill, PA 17011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Harner, Program Manager Harrisburg Airports District Office location listed above. The request for the change of use may be reviewed in person at this same location. The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment for a change in airport SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:56 May 12, 2010 Jkt 220001 property from aeronautical use to nonaeronautical use at the Williamsport Regional Airport, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. On April 16, 2010, the FAA determined that the request to change airport property from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Williamsport Regional Airport, submitted by the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority (Authority) met the procedural requirements. The following is a brief overview of the request: The Williamsport Regional Airport Authority (Authority) requests the change of real property totaling 24.37 acres, of aeronautical airport property to non-aeronautical property. The property is located on the northwest corner of the airport property. The purpose of this change in use is to allow the Authority to lease the subject land that does not serve any aeronautical purpose at the airport to the Sooner Pipe Company, LLC (Sooner). Sooner will use the subject property for pipe delivery, threading, storage and shipping to sites in the northeastern United States. The proposed use of the subject property is compatible with the airport operations. There are no impacts to the Airport and the land is not needed for aeronautical development as shown on the Airport Layout Plan. The Authority will collect fair market value lease rates for the subject property. Any proceeds from the lease of property are to be used for the capital and operating costs of the airport. Any person may inspect the request by appointment at the FAA office address listed above. Interested persons are invited to comment on the proposed release from obligations. All comments will be considered by the FAA to the extent practicable. Issued in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, April 27, 2010. Lori K. Pagnanelli, Manager, Harrisburg Airports District Office. [FR Doc. 2010–11509 Filed 5–12–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Solicitation of Applications and Notice of Funding Availability for the FRA Railroad System Issues Research and Development Program AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of funding availability; solicitation for applications. PO 00000 Frm 00195 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: Under this Notice, the FRA is soliciting applications from interested and responsible parties for two grants: (1) To conduct a Locomotive Biofuel Study, and (2) to conduct a Study of the Use of Bio-based Technologies (Lubricants) that can be used in locomotives, rolling stock and other rail equipment. DATES: FRA will accept applications for these grant opportunities until June 7, 2010. ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted electronically to https:// www.grants.gov (‘‘Grants.gov’’). Grants.gov allows organizations electronically to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Any entity wishing to submit an application pursuant to this notice should immediately initiate the process of registering with Grants.gov at https:// www.grants.gov. For application materials that an applicant is unable to submit via Grants.gov, applicants may submit an original and two (2) copies to the Federal Railroad Administration at the following address: Federal Railroad Administration, Attention: Melissa Shurland, Office of Research and Development, Mail Stop 20, Room W36–429, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Due to delays caused by enhanced screening of mail delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, applicants are encouraged to use other means to assure timely receipt of materials. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Shurland, Office of Research and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; Phone: (202) 493–1316 or Jennifer Capps, Grants Officer, Office of Acquisition and Grants Services (RAD–50), Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; Phone: (202) 493–0112. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title IV, Section 404 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, 2008 (Division B of Pub. L. 110–432) authorized the FRA, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to conduct a ‘‘Locomotive Biofuel Study.’’ This study will focus on determining the extent to which freight railroads, Amtrak, and other passenger rail operators could use biofuel blends to power locomotives and other vehicles that can operate on diesel fuel, as appropriate. Additionally, Section 405 of the Passenger Rail E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 92 / Thursday, May 13, 2010 / Notices Investment and Improvement Act, 2008 (Division B of Pub. L.110–432) authorized the FRA to conduct a ‘‘Study of the Use of Bio-based Technologies.’’ The study will focus on the feasibility of using readily biodegradable lubricants for freight and passenger railroad locomotives, rolling stock, or other equipment. The two grants, ‘‘Locomotive Biofuel Study’’ and the ‘‘Study of the Use of Bio-based Technologies,’’ together, will be supported with a total of up to $700,000 of Federal funds provided to FRA as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Division A of Pub. L. 111–117 (December 16, 2009)). Eligible projects will include dynamic testing of locomotives, rolling stock and other rail equipment, with various biofuel blends as fuel; or bio-based lubricants being utilized in the appropriate equipment components to verify the effectiveness of the fuel or lubricant, in comparison to their equivalent petroleum-based products. FRA anticipates that no further public notice will be made with respect to selecting grantees under this program. Purpose: The volatility of the price of petroleum-based products in recent years and the negative impact of their use on the environment has caused endusers to consider alternatives to these products. Currently in the railroad industry petroleum-based fuel and lubricants are used in various components of rail equipment and rolling stock, such as locomotive engines, equipment gear cases and housings. Fuel and lubricants that are bio-based come from a renewable source, may be environmentally benign, and can help reduce the railroad industry’s dependence on imported oil. The FRA wishes to conduct the two studies on the feasibility of using various biofuel blends and bio-based lubricants in railroad equipment. One study will test the feasibility of using biofuel blends as locomotive engine fuel. For the biofuel study, FRA wishes to consider (1) the energy intensity of various biofuel blends compared to diesel fuel; (2) environmental and energy effects of using various biofuel blends compared to diesel fuel, including emission effects; (3) the cost of purchasing biofuel blends; (4) whether sufficient biofuel is readily available; (5) any public benefits derived from the use of such fuels; and (6) the effect of biofuel use on locomotive and other vehicle performance and warranty specifications. Locomotive engine performance and emissions shall be VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:56 May 12, 2010 Jkt 220001 determined through locomotive testing, using various biofuel blends and diesel fuel. This research shall be done so that recommendations can be made for premium locomotive biofuel blends. The second study will focus on testing the feasibility of using bio-based lubricants in locomotive, rolling stock and other equipment. This study shall consist of the following: (1) An analysis of the potential use of soy-based grease and soy-based hydraulic fluids to perform according to railroad industry standards; (2) an analysis of the potential use of other readily biodegradable lubricants to perform according to railroad industry standards; (3) a comparison of the health and safety of petroleum-based lubricants with bio-based lubricants, which shall include an analysis of fire safety; (4) a comparison of the environmental impact of petroleumbased lubricants with bio-based lubricants, which shall include the rate and effects of biodegradability; (5) a comparison of the performance of the bio-based lubricant in comparison to petroleum-based lubricants; and (6) a study of the effects of the bio-based lubricants on railroad equipment components in comparison to petroleum-based lubricants. Authority: The authority for the research can be found in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, 2008, (Division B of Pub. L. 110–432, (October 16, 2008)). Funding: Pursuant to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, (Division A of Pub. L. 111–117 (December 16, 2009)) $3,000,000 is available for the railroad system issues research and development program, and the Act authorizes FRA to engage in research, development and demonstration activities relating to railroad system safety, performancebased regulations, railroad systems and infrastructure security, railroad environmental issues, and locomotive research and development. Up to $700,000 of the railroad system issues research and development program funds will be used to support the studies of the feasibility of using biofuel blends and bio-based lubricants in locomotives, rolling stock or other equipment. The funding provided under this grant will be made available to grantees on a reimbursement basis. It is anticipated that the available funding could support the projects proposed by multiple applicants. FRA may choose to award a grant or grants within the available funds in any amount. Funding made available through a grant provided under this program, together with PO 00000 Frm 00196 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27113 funding from other sources that is committed by a grantee as part of a grant agreement, must be sufficient to complete the funded project. Schedule for Locomotive Biofuel Study and the Study of the Use of Biobased Technologies: FRA will begin accepting grant applications immediately. Applicants must specify the specific grant for which they are applying, i.e. ‘‘Locomotive Biofuel Study,’’ or the ‘‘Study of the Use of Biobased Technologies.’’ Applications must be submitted by Monday, June 7, 2010. Due to the limited funding available under this program: (1) Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest date practicable in order to maximize the consideration of their application in the competition; and (2) FRA may request that an applicant submit a revised application reflecting a refined scope of work and budget. FRA anticipates making the first award(s) pursuant to this notice during FY 2010. Eligible Participants: For the locomotive biofuel study, any responsible entity with knowledge of biofuel blends and their applicable use as fuel for locomotives, and the ability to determine and/or analyze the energy content, specification and chemical properties of biofuel, is eligible to apply. Eligible participants must show their ability to conduct dynamic tests of locomotive to acquire fuel consumption, engine wear, and emissions, of various biofuel blends. Section 405 provides that FRA work with an agricultural-based lubricant testing facility or facilities to complete the study of the use of bio-based lubricants. Eligible participants for the bio-based lubricant study must be knowledgeable and experienced in research, development and testing of bio-based lubricants, knowledge of petroleum-based lubricant use in railroad, and the ability to conduct accurate analyses of biodegradability, and the health and safety impact, including fire safety of lubricants. Additionally, the applicant must show ability to a conduct dynamic test of the bio-based lubricants in railroad equipment. Dynamic testing of the biofuel blends and bio-based lubricants can be accomplished in collaboration with a third party, but any such third party must be identified in the grant application proposed statement of work. Eligible Projects: Eligible projects must be for the primary benefit of determining the feasibility of utilizing biofuel blends or bio-based lubricants in locomotive, rolling stock and other rail equipment. Only new projects will be eligible; projects that have either E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 27114 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 92 / Thursday, May 13, 2010 / Notices commenced before the time of award or have been completed will not be considered. Matching funding must be in the form of new financial commitments toward the proposed project by the applicant and/or its partners. Selection Criteria: The following will be considered to be positive selection factors in evaluating applications for grants under this program: (1) The ability of the proposed project to result directly in evaluating the effectiveness of biofuel blends and bio-based lubricant as an alternative to petroleumbased fuels and lubricants, including, but not limited to, testing and analyses of the biofuel blends or bio-based lubricants to perform in accordance with railroad industry standards; (2) comparison of biofuel blends or biobased lubricant with petroleum-based lubricants in relation to their environmental, health and safety impact, and the effects of the biofuel blends or bio-based lubricants on the equipment parts and components; (3) the ability to conduct dynamic testing of the biofuel blends or bio-based lubricant in railroad equipment in controlled environment and/or revenue service conditions; and (4) the ability to provide matching funds or in-kind contributions, which can be provided by a third party; however, the grantee is responsible for ensuring their availability. Requirements for Grant Applications: The following points describe the minimum content which will be required in grant applications. These requirements may be satisfied through a narrative statement submitted by the applicant, supported by spreadsheet documents, tables, drawings, and other materials, as appropriate. Each grant application will: (1) Designate a point of contact for the applicant, including phone number, mailing address and email address. (2) Include a complete Standard Form 424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance,’’ and, as applicable, Standard Form 424B, ‘‘Assurances— Non-Construction Programs.’’ Also include signed copies of FRA’s Additional Assurances and Certifications, available at https:// www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/ assurancesandcertifications.pdf. (3) Identify and provide background information on the bio-based lubricant technology, its application(s), and benefits. (4) Define the scope of work for the proposed project and the anticipated project schedule. Describe the proposed project’s physical location (as applicable). (5) Present a detailed budget for the proposed project. At a minimum, the budget should separate VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:56 May 12, 2010 Jkt 220001 total cost of the project into the following categories: (a) Direct Costs (such as labor, materials, equipment and/or procurement fees, engineering fees, testing facilities fees, actual testing fees, and inspection fees); (b) Other Direct Costs (such as travel); and (c) General and Administrative Costs. Format: Excluding spreadsheets, drawings, and tables, the narrative statement for grant applications may not exceed fifty pages. All application materials should be submitted as attachments through Grants.Gov. Spreadsheets consisting of budget or financial information should be submitted via Grants.Gov as Microsoft Excel (or compatible) documents. Issued in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2010. Paul Nissenbaum, Acting Associate Administrator, Railroad Policy and Development, Federal Railroad Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–11510 Filed 5–12–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability: Solicitation of Grant Proposals for FY 2010 Tribal Transit Program Funds. SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of $15,074,963 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), a program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU), Section 3013(c). This notice is a national solicitation for grant proposals and it includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for FY 2010 projects. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: https:// www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. A synopsis of the funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the governmentwide electronic grants Web site at https://www.grants.gov. Applicants proposing projects for funding under TTP may apply through GRANTS.GOV or via e-mail at fta.tribalprogram@dot.gov. Those who apply via GRANTS.GOV should receive two confirmation e-mails. The first will PO 00000 Frm 00197 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 confirm that the application was received and a subsequent e-mail will be sent within 24–48 hours indicating whether the application was validated or rejected by the system. DATES: Complete proposals for the discretionary program announced in this Notice must be submitted by June 28, 2010. ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site. Anyone intending to apply electronically through GRANTS.GOV should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission. Applicants applying for funding under the Tribal Transit Program may apply through GRANTS.GOV or via e-mail at fta.tribalprogram@dot.gov. To apply for funding through GRANTS.GOV, applicants must be properly registered. Complete instructions on how to register and submit applications can be found at https://www.grants.gov. If interested parties experience difficulties at any point during the registration or application process, please call the GRANTS.GOV Customer Support Hotline at 1–800–518–4726, Monday– Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration


Solicitation of Applications and Notice of Funding Availability 
for the FRA Railroad System Issues Research and Development Program

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of funding availability; solicitation for applications.

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SUMMARY: Under this Notice, the FRA is soliciting applications from 
interested and responsible parties for two grants: (1) To conduct a 
Locomotive Biofuel Study, and (2) to conduct a Study of the Use of Bio-
based Technologies (Lubricants) that can be used in locomotives, 
rolling stock and other rail equipment.

DATES: FRA will accept applications for these grant opportunities until 
June 7, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted electronically to https://www.grants.gov (``Grants.gov''). Grants.gov allows organizations 
electronically to find and apply for competitive grant opportunities 
from all Federal grant-making agencies. Any entity wishing to submit an 
application pursuant to this notice should immediately initiate the 
process of registering with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov. For 
application materials that an applicant is unable to submit via 
Grants.gov, applicants may submit an original and two (2) copies to the 
Federal Railroad Administration at the following address: Federal 
Railroad Administration, Attention: Melissa Shurland, Office of 
Research and Development, Mail Stop 20, Room W36-429, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Due to delays caused by enhanced 
screening of mail delivered via the U.S. Postal Service, applicants are 
encouraged to use other means to assure timely receipt of materials.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Shurland, Office of Research 
and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; Phone: (202) 493-1316 or Jennifer 
Capps, Grants Officer, Office of Acquisition and Grants Services (RAD-
50), Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC 20590; Phone: (202) 493-0112.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title IV, Section 404 of the Passenger Rail 
Investment and Improvement Act, 2008 (Division B of Pub. L. 110-432) 
authorized the FRA, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to conduct a 
``Locomotive Biofuel Study.'' This study will focus on determining the 
extent to which freight railroads, Amtrak, and other passenger rail 
operators could use biofuel blends to power locomotives and other 
vehicles that can operate on diesel fuel, as appropriate. Additionally, 
Section 405 of the Passenger Rail

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Investment and Improvement Act, 2008 (Division B of Pub. L.110-432) 
authorized the FRA to conduct a ``Study of the Use of Bio-based 
Technologies.'' The study will focus on the feasibility of using 
readily biodegradable lubricants for freight and passenger railroad 
locomotives, rolling stock, or other equipment. The two grants, 
``Locomotive Biofuel Study'' and the ``Study of the Use of Bio-based 
Technologies,'' together, will be supported with a total of up to 
$700,000 of Federal funds provided to FRA as part of the 
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2010 (Division A of Pub. L. 111-117 (December 16, 
2009)). Eligible projects will include dynamic testing of locomotives, 
rolling stock and other rail equipment, with various biofuel blends as 
fuel; or bio-based lubricants being utilized in the appropriate 
equipment components to verify the effectiveness of the fuel or 
lubricant, in comparison to their equivalent petroleum-based products. 
FRA anticipates that no further public notice will be made with respect 
to selecting grantees under this program.
    Purpose: The volatility of the price of petroleum-based products in 
recent years and the negative impact of their use on the environment 
has caused end-users to consider alternatives to these products. 
Currently in the railroad industry petroleum-based fuel and lubricants 
are used in various components of rail equipment and rolling stock, 
such as locomotive engines, equipment gear cases and housings. Fuel and 
lubricants that are bio-based come from a renewable source, may be 
environmentally benign, and can help reduce the railroad industry's 
dependence on imported oil. The FRA wishes to conduct the two studies 
on the feasibility of using various biofuel blends and bio-based 
lubricants in railroad equipment.
    One study will test the feasibility of using biofuel blends as 
locomotive engine fuel. For the biofuel study, FRA wishes to consider 
(1) the energy intensity of various biofuel blends compared to diesel 
fuel; (2) environmental and energy effects of using various biofuel 
blends compared to diesel fuel, including emission effects; (3) the 
cost of purchasing biofuel blends; (4) whether sufficient biofuel is 
readily available; (5) any public benefits derived from the use of such 
fuels; and (6) the effect of biofuel use on locomotive and other 
vehicle performance and warranty specifications. Locomotive engine 
performance and emissions shall be determined through locomotive 
testing, using various biofuel blends and diesel fuel. This research 
shall be done so that recommendations can be made for premium 
locomotive biofuel blends.
    The second study will focus on testing the feasibility of using 
bio-based lubricants in locomotive, rolling stock and other equipment. 
This study shall consist of the following: (1) An analysis of the 
potential use of soy-based grease and soy-based hydraulic fluids to 
perform according to railroad industry standards; (2) an analysis of 
the potential use of other readily biodegradable lubricants to perform 
according to railroad industry standards; (3) a comparison of the 
health and safety of petroleum-based lubricants with bio-based 
lubricants, which shall include an analysis of fire safety; (4) a 
comparison of the environmental impact of petroleum-based lubricants 
with bio-based lubricants, which shall include the rate and effects of 
biodegradability; (5) a comparison of the performance of the bio-based 
lubricant in comparison to petroleum-based lubricants; and (6) a study 
of the effects of the bio-based lubricants on railroad equipment 
components in comparison to petroleum-based lubricants.
    Authority: The authority for the research can be found in the 
Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, 2008, (Division B of 
Pub. L. 110-432, (October 16, 2008)).
    Funding: Pursuant to the Transportation, Housing and Urban 
Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, (Division A 
of Pub. L. 111-117 (December 16, 2009)) $3,000,000 is available for the 
railroad system issues research and development program, and the Act 
authorizes FRA to engage in research, development and demonstration 
activities relating to railroad system safety, performance-based 
regulations, railroad systems and infrastructure security, railroad 
environmental issues, and locomotive research and development. Up to 
$700,000 of the railroad system issues research and development program 
funds will be used to support the studies of the feasibility of using 
biofuel blends and bio-based lubricants in locomotives, rolling stock 
or other equipment. The funding provided under this grant will be made 
available to grantees on a reimbursement basis. It is anticipated that 
the available funding could support the projects proposed by multiple 
applicants. FRA may choose to award a grant or grants within the 
available funds in any amount. Funding made available through a grant 
provided under this program, together with funding from other sources 
that is committed by a grantee as part of a grant agreement, must be 
sufficient to complete the funded project.
    Schedule for Locomotive Biofuel Study and the Study of the Use of 
Bio-based Technologies: FRA will begin accepting grant applications 
immediately. Applicants must specify the specific grant for which they 
are applying, i.e. ``Locomotive Biofuel Study,'' or the ``Study of the 
Use of Bio-based Technologies.'' Applications must be submitted by 
Monday, June 7, 2010. Due to the limited funding available under this 
program: (1) Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at 
the earliest date practicable in order to maximize the consideration of 
their application in the competition; and (2) FRA may request that an 
applicant submit a revised application reflecting a refined scope of 
work and budget. FRA anticipates making the first award(s) pursuant to 
this notice during FY 2010.
    Eligible Participants: For the locomotive biofuel study, any 
responsible entity with knowledge of biofuel blends and their 
applicable use as fuel for locomotives, and the ability to determine 
and/or analyze the energy content, specification and chemical 
properties of biofuel, is eligible to apply. Eligible participants must 
show their ability to conduct dynamic tests of locomotive to acquire 
fuel consumption, engine wear, and emissions, of various biofuel 
blends.
    Section 405 provides that FRA work with an agricultural-based 
lubricant testing facility or facilities to complete the study of the 
use of bio-based lubricants. Eligible participants for the bio-based 
lubricant study must be knowledgeable and experienced in research, 
development and testing of bio-based lubricants, knowledge of 
petroleum-based lubricant use in railroad, and the ability to conduct 
accurate analyses of biodegradability, and the health and safety 
impact, including fire safety of lubricants. Additionally, the 
applicant must show ability to a conduct dynamic test of the bio-based 
lubricants in railroad equipment.
    Dynamic testing of the biofuel blends and bio-based lubricants can 
be accomplished in collaboration with a third party, but any such third 
party must be identified in the grant application proposed statement of 
work.
    Eligible Projects: Eligible projects must be for the primary 
benefit of determining the feasibility of utilizing biofuel blends or 
bio-based lubricants in locomotive, rolling stock and other rail 
equipment. Only new projects will be eligible; projects that have 
either

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commenced before the time of award or have been completed will not be 
considered. Matching funding must be in the form of new financial 
commitments toward the proposed project by the applicant and/or its 
partners.
    Selection Criteria: The following will be considered to be positive 
selection factors in evaluating applications for grants under this 
program: (1) The ability of the proposed project to result directly in 
evaluating the effectiveness of biofuel blends and bio-based lubricant 
as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels and lubricants, including, 
but not limited to, testing and analyses of the biofuel blends or bio-
based lubricants to perform in accordance with railroad industry 
standards; (2) comparison of biofuel blends or bio-based lubricant with 
petroleum-based lubricants in relation to their environmental, health 
and safety impact, and the effects of the biofuel blends or bio-based 
lubricants on the equipment parts and components; (3) the ability to 
conduct dynamic testing of the biofuel blends or bio-based lubricant in 
railroad equipment in controlled environment and/or revenue service 
conditions; and (4) the ability to provide matching funds or in-kind 
contributions, which can be provided by a third party; however, the 
grantee is responsible for ensuring their availability.
    Requirements for Grant Applications: The following points describe 
the minimum content which will be required in grant applications. These 
requirements may be satisfied through a narrative statement submitted 
by the applicant, supported by spreadsheet documents, tables, drawings, 
and other materials, as appropriate. Each grant application will: (1) 
Designate a point of contact for the applicant, including phone number, 
mailing address and e-mail address. (2) Include a complete Standard 
Form 424, ``Application for Federal Assistance,'' and, as applicable, 
Standard Form 424B, ``Assurances--Non-Construction Programs.'' Also 
include signed copies of FRA's Additional Assurances and 
Certifications, available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/admin/assurancesandcertifications.pdf. (3) Identify and provide background 
information on the bio-based lubricant technology, its application(s), 
and benefits. (4) Define the scope of work for the proposed project and 
the anticipated project schedule. Describe the proposed project's 
physical location (as applicable). (5) Present a detailed budget for 
the proposed project. At a minimum, the budget should separate total 
cost of the project into the following categories: (a) Direct Costs 
(such as labor, materials, equipment and/or procurement fees, 
engineering fees, testing facilities fees, actual testing fees, and 
inspection fees); (b) Other Direct Costs (such as travel); and (c) 
General and Administrative Costs.
    Format: Excluding spreadsheets, drawings, and tables, the narrative 
statement for grant applications may not exceed fifty pages. All 
application materials should be submitted as attachments through 
Grants.Gov. Spreadsheets consisting of budget or financial information 
should be submitted via Grants.Gov as Microsoft Excel (or compatible) 
documents.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2010.
Paul Nissenbaum,
Acting Associate Administrator, Railroad Policy and Development, 
Federal Railroad Administration.
[FR Doc. 2010-11510 Filed 5-12-10; 8:45 am]
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