New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the Use of, and Enhancement of, Weather Radar and (2) A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources, 69917-69920 [2010-28592]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 16, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–351–840] Certain Orange Juice From Brazil; Notice of Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Blaine Wiltse or Hector Rodriguez, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 2, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–6345 or (202) 482– 0629, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On April 27, 2010, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published a notice of initiation of administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain orange juice from Brazil. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 22107 (Apr. 27, 2010). The period of review is March 1, 2009, through February 28, 2010, and the preliminary results are currently due no later than December 1, 2010. The review covers four producers/exporters of the subject merchandise to the United States. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results Pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department shall make a preliminary determination in an administrative review of an antidumping order within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of the date of publication of the order. Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act further provides, however, that the Department may extend the 245-day period up to 365 days if it determines it is not practicable to complete the review within the foregoing time period. We determine that it is not practicable to complete this administrative review within the time limits mandated by section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act because we require more time to issue supplemental questionnaires to certain of the respondents and analyze their responses. Therefore, we have fully Jkt 223001 [Docket No.101101550–0550–01; I.D. GF001] ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2010–28840 Filed 11–15–10; 8:45 am] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 19:33 Nov 15, 2010 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the following address: NOAA/OAR, Attn: Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt. No facsimile or electronic mail proposal submissions will be accepted. Proposals submitted after 5 p.m., E.T., February 11, 2011 will not be considered. (Note that latearriving hard copy proposals provided to a delivery service on or before 5 p.m., E.T., February 11, 2011 will be accepted for review if the applicants can document that the proposals were provided to the guaranteed delivery service by the specified closing date and time and if the proposals are received by OAR no later than 5 p.m., two business days following the closing date.) October 1, 2011 should be used as the proposed start date on proposals. Dated: November 9, 2010. Susan H. Kuhbach, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: November 16, 2010. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 extended the deadline for completing the preliminary results until March 31, 2011. The deadline for the final results of the review continues to be 120 days after the publication of the preliminary results. This extension notice is published in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) and 777(i) of the Act. 69917 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the Use of, and Enhancement of, Weather Radar and (2) A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of funding availability. AGENCY: The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invite applications for: (1) A cooperative institute (CI) to improve mesoscale and stormscale high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources. Applicants should review the CI Interim Handbook prior to preparing a proposal for this announcement (http:// www.nrc.noaa.gov/ci). DATES: Proposals must be received by OAR no later than February 11, 2011, 5 p.m., E.T. For applications submitted through Grants.gov, a date and time receipt indication will form the basis for determining timeliness. Proposals must be validated by Grants.gov in order to be considered timely. For those applicants who do not have access to the Internet, one signed original and two hard copy applications must be received by NOAA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The standard application package is available at http:// www.grants.gov. For applicants without Internet access, an application package may be secured by contacting Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 734–1090. Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 734–1090; E-mail: John.Cortinas@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for Applications The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invites applications for two cooperative institutes: (1) CI to improve mesoscale and stormscale high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources. Generally, a CI is a NOAA-supported, non-Federal organization that has established an outstanding research program in one or more areas that are relevant to the NOAA mission ‘‘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.’’ CIs are established at research institutions with outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences. CIs provide significant coordination of resources among all non-government partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAAfunded research. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 69918 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 16, 2010 / Notices NOAA establishes a new CI competitively when it identifies a need to sponsor a long-term (5–10 years) collaborative partnership with one or more outstanding non-Federal, nonprofit research institutions. For NOAA, the purpose of this long-term collaborative partnership is to promote research, education, training, and outreach aligned with NOAA’s mission; to obtain research capabilities that do not exist internally; and/or to expand research capacity in NOAA-related sciences to: • Conduct collaborative, long-term research that involves NOAA scientists and those at the research institution(s) from one or more scientific disciplines of interest to NOAA; • Utilize the scientific, education, and outreach expertise at the research institution(s) that, depending on NOAA’s research needs, may or may not be located near a NOAA facility; • Support student participation in NOAA-related research studies; and • Strengthen or expand NOAArelated research capabilities and capacity at the research institution(s) that complements and contributes to NOAA’s ability to reach its mission goals. A CI may also partner with one or more research institutions that demonstrate outstanding performance within one or more established research programs in NOAA-related sciences, including Minority Serving Institutions that can contribute to the proposed activities of the CI. CIs conduct research under approved scientific research themes and Tasks (additional tasks can be proposed by the CI): • Task I activities are related to the management of the CI, as well as general education and outreach activities. This task also includes support of postdoctoral and visiting scientists conducting activities within the research themes of the CI that are approved by the CI Director, in consultation with NOAA, and are relevant to NOAA and the CI’s mission goals; • Task II activities usually involve on-going direct collaboration with NOAA scientists. This collaboration typically is fostered by the collocation of Federal and CI employees; and • Task III activities require minimal collaboration with NOAA scientists. Generally, applications must include all relevant Federal Standard Forms, a project description that includes sufficient information to address all the evaluation criteria identified in the FFO announcement, a budget, and a budget justification. The project description must include a thorough explanation of VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:33 Nov 15, 2010 Jkt 223001 all themes and Tasks. The application should also identify the capability and the capacity of the CI to conduct research in the themes described in the FFO announcement, as well as a summary of clearly stated goals to be achieved, reflecting NOAA’s strategic goals and vision. Additional elements may also be requested. Applicants are directed to the FFO for all application information and requirements. A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the use of, and Enhancement of, Weather Radar The CI will focus on the themes of: (1) Weather radar research and development, (2) stormscale and mesoscale modeling research and development, (3) forecast improvements research and development, (4) impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events, and (5) social and socioeconomic impacts of high impact weather systems. The CI will be established at a research institution not only having outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences, but also located within a commuting distance to NOAA’s facilities in Norman, Oklahoma that provides for direct interactions on a regular basis. The CI will provide significant coordination of resources among all non-governmental partners and will promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAAfunded research. If the CI is comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award and where the CI will be established must satisfy the commuting distance requirement. Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to approximately $15M will be available annually for this CI. Of that amount, approximately $300,000– $400,000 will be available per year for Task I. The final amount of funding available for Task I will be determined during the negotiation phase of the award based on availability of funding. The actual amount of annual funding that the CI receives may be more or less than the anticipated amount and will depend on the actual projects that are approved by NOAA, the availability of funding, the quality of the research, the satisfactory progress in achieving the stated goals described in project proposals, and continued relevance to program objectives. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources The CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources will focus on the themes of: (1) Seafloor processes, (2) marine mammal acoustics, (3) marine ecosystems, and (4) protection and restoration of marine resources. The CI will be established at a research institution not only having outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAArelated sciences, but also located within a commuting distance that allows direct interactions with CI and NOAA scientists at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and Alaska Fisheries Science Center offices in Newport, Oregon, on a regular basis. The CI will provide significant coordination of resources among all non-governmental partners and will promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAAfunded research. If the CI is comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award and where the CI will be established must satisfy the commuting distance requirement. This announcement provides requirements for the proposed CI and includes details for the technical program, evaluation criteria, and competitive selection procedures. Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to approximately $7M will be available annually for this CI. Of that amount, approximately $100,000 will be available per year for Task I. The final amount of funding available for Task I will be determined during the negotiation phase of the award and will be based on availability of funding. The actual annual funding that the CI receives may be less than the anticipated amount and will depend on the actual projects that are approved by NOAA, the availability of funding, the quality of the research, the satisfactory progress in achieving the stated goals described in project proposals, and continued relevance to program objectives. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: The full text of the FFO announcement for this program can be accessed via the Grants.gov Web site at http://www.grants.gov. The announcement will also be available by contacting the program officials identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Applicants must comply with all requirements contained E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 16, 2010 / Notices in the full funding opportunity announcement. Proposals must include elements requested in the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement on the Grants.gov portal. If a hard copy application is submitted, NOAA requests that the original and two unbound copies of the proposal be included. Proposals, electronic or paper, should be no more than 75 pages (numbered) in length, excluding budget, investigators, vitae, and all appendices. Federally mandated forms are not included within the page count. Facsimile transmissions and electronic mail submission of full proposals will not be accepted. Statutory Authorities: 15 U.S.C. 1540, 15 U.S.C. 313, 15 U.S.C. 2901 et seq., 118 STAT. 71 (January 23, 2004). Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to public and private non-profit universities, colleges and research institutions that offer accredited graduate level degree-granting programs in NOAA-related sciences and that are within a commuting distance that provides for direct contact on a regular basis with scientists at the NOAA facilities in Norman, OK. If the proposed CI is comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award (and where the CI will be established) must satisfy the commuting distance requirement. Cost Sharing Requirements: To stress the collaborative nature and investment of a CI by both NOAA and the research institution, cost sharing is required. There is no minimum cost sharing requirement; however, the amount of cost sharing will be considered when determining the level of the CI’s commitment under NOAA’s standard evaluation criteria for overall qualifications of applicants. Acceptable cost-sharing proposals include, but are not limited to, offering a reduced indirect cost rate against activities in one or more Tasks, waiver of any indirect costs assessed by the awardee on subawards, waiver of indirect costs assessed against base funds and/or Task I activities, waiver or reduction of any costs associated with the use of facilities at the CI, and full or partial salary funding for the CI director, administrative staff, graduate students, visiting scientists, or postdoctoral scientists. Evaluation and Selection Procedures: The general evaluation criteria and selection factors that apply to full applications to this funding opportunity are summarized below. Further information about the evaluation criteria VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:33 Nov 15, 2010 Jkt 223001 and selection factors can be found in the FFO announcement. Evaluation Criteria for Projects: Proposals will be evaluated using the standard NOAA evaluation criteria. Various questions under each criterion are provided to ensure that the applicant includes information that NOAA will consider important during the evaluation, in addition to any other information provided by the applicant. 1. Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposed project to the program goals (25 percent): This criterion ascertains whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance to NOAA, regional, state, or local activities. • Does the proposal include research goals and projects that address the critical issues identified in NOAA’s 5-year Research Plan, NOAA’s Strategic Plan, and the priorities described in the program priorities (see Section I.B.)? • Is there a demonstrated commitment (in terms of resources and facilities) to enhance existing NOAA and CI resources to foster a long-term collaborative research environment/ culture? • Is there a strong education program with established graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences that also encourages student participation in NOAA-related research studies? 2. Technical/scientific merit (30 percent): This criterion assesses whether the approach is technically sound and/ or innovative, if the methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project goals and objectives. • Does the project description include a summary of clearly stated goals to be achieved during the five year period that reflect NOAA’s strategic plan and goals? • Does the CI involve partnerships with other universities or research institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions and universities that can contribute to the proposed activities of the CI? 3. Overall qualifications of applicants (30 percent): This criterion ascertains whether the applicant possesses the necessary education, experience, training, facilities, and administrative resources to accomplish the project. • If the institution(s) and/or Principal Investigators have received current or recent NOAA funding, is there a demonstrated record of outstanding performance working with NOAA and/ or NOAA scientists on research projects? • Is there nationally and/or internationally recognized expertise within the appropriate disciplines needed to conduct the collaborative/ PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69919 interdisciplinary research described in the proposal? • Is there a well-developed business plan that includes fiscal and human resource management, as well as strategic planning and accountability? • Are there any unique capabilities in a mission-critical area of research for NOAA? • Has the applicant shown a substantial investment to the NOAA partnership, as demonstrated by the amount of the cost sharing contribution? 4. Project costs (5 percent): The budget is evaluated to determine if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time-frame. 5. Outreach and education (10 percent): 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. Review and Selection Process: An initial administrative review/screening is conducted to determine compliance with requirements/completeness. All proposals will be evaluated and individually ranked in accordance with the assigned weights of the above-listed evaluation criteria by an independent peer review panel. At least three experts, who may be Federal or nonFederal, will be used in this process. If non-Federal experts participate in the review process, each expert will submit an individual merit review and there will be no consensus opinion. The merit reviewers’ ratings are used to produce a rank order of the proposals. The Selecting Official selects proposals after considering the peer reviews and selection factors listed below. 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. The Selecting Official makes the final award recommendation to the Grants Officer authorized to obligate funds. Selection Factors for Projects: The merit review ratings shall provide a rank order to the Selecting Official for final funding recommendations. 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. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 69920 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 220 / Tuesday, November 16, 2010 / Notices 3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or considered for funding by NOAA or other agencies. 4. Program priorities and policy factors. 5. Applicant’s prior award performance. 6. Partnerships and/or participation of targeted groups. 7. Adequacy of information necessary for NOAA staff to makea National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) determination and draft necessary documentation before recommendations for funding are made to the Grants Officer. Intergovernmental Review: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Programs.’’ Limitation of Liability: 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. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216_6.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/ nepa/regs/ceq/toc_ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under their description of their program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if NOAA determines an assessment is required. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:33 Nov 15, 2010 Jkt 223001 Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying 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. 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 of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696), 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, and CD–346 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 4040–0004, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, and 0605–0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to, nor shall a 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 implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act: Prior notices 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 for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 9, 2010. Leon M. Cammen, Acting, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–28592 Filed 11–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Wednesday, December 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page http:// www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/ meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda. Place: The meeting will be held both days at Dupont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 483 6000. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue and for directions. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30-minute public comment period on November 30 at 5:15 p.m. (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No.101101550-0550-01; I.D. GF001]


New NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs): (1) A Cooperative 
Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact Weather 
Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the Use of, and Enhancement 
of, Weather Radar and (2) A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA 
Northwest Research Facilities in the Area of Marine Resources

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

ACTION: Notice of funding availability.

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SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and 
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invite applications for: 
(1) A cooperative institute (CI) to improve mesoscale and stormscale 
high impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use 
of, and enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA 
research facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine 
resources. Applicants should review the CI Interim Handbook prior to 
preparing a proposal for this announcement (http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/ci).

DATES: Proposals must be received by OAR no later than February 11, 
2011, 5 p.m., E.T. For applications submitted through Grants.gov, a 
date and time receipt indication will form the basis for determining 
timeliness. Proposals must be validated by Grants.gov in order to be 
considered timely. For those applicants who do not have access to the 
Internet, one signed original and two hard copy applications must be 
received by NOAA at the following address: NOAA/OAR, Attn: Dr. John 
Cortinas, 1315 East West Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 
20910. Use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented 
with a receipt. No facsimile or electronic mail proposal submissions 
will be accepted. Proposals submitted after 5 p.m., E.T., February 11, 
2011 will not be considered. (Note that late-arriving hard copy 
proposals provided to a delivery service on or before 5 p.m., E.T., 
February 11, 2011 will be accepted for review if the applicants can 
document that the proposals were provided to the guaranteed delivery 
service by the specified closing date and time and if the proposals are 
received by OAR no later than 5 p.m., two business days following the 
closing date.) October 1, 2011 should be used as the proposed start 
date on proposals.

ADDRESSES: The standard application package is available at http://www.grants.gov. For applicants without Internet access, an application 
package may be secured by contacting Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East West 
Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 
734-1090.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Cortinas, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Room 11326, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone (301) 
734-1090; E-mail: John.Cortinas@noaa.gov.

Request for Applications

    The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invites applications for two 
cooperative institutes: (1) CI to improve mesoscale and stormscale high 
impact weather forecasts, watches, and warnings through the use of, and 
enhancement of, weather radar and (2) a CI to support NOAA research 
facilities in the northwest U.S. in the area of marine resources.
    Generally, a CI is a NOAA-supported, non-Federal organization that 
has established an outstanding research program in one or more areas 
that are relevant to the NOAA mission ``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.'' CIs are established at research institutions 
with outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences. CIs 
provide significant coordination of resources among all non-government 
partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral 
scientists in NOAA-funded research.

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    NOAA establishes a new CI competitively when it identifies a need 
to sponsor a long-term (5-10 years) collaborative partnership with one 
or more outstanding non-Federal, non-profit research institutions. For 
NOAA, the purpose of this long-term collaborative partnership is to 
promote research, education, training, and outreach aligned with NOAA's 
mission; to obtain research capabilities that do not exist internally; 
and/or to expand research capacity in NOAA-related sciences to:
     Conduct collaborative, long-term research that involves 
NOAA scientists and those at the research institution(s) from one or 
more scientific disciplines of interest to NOAA;
     Utilize the scientific, education, and outreach expertise 
at the research institution(s) that, depending on NOAA's research 
needs, may or may not be located near a NOAA facility;
     Support student participation in NOAA-related research 
studies; and
     Strengthen or expand NOAA-related research capabilities 
and capacity at the research institution(s) that complements and 
contributes to NOAA's ability to reach its mission goals.
    A CI may also partner with one or more research institutions that 
demonstrate outstanding performance within one or more established 
research programs in NOAA-related sciences, including Minority Serving 
Institutions that can contribute to the proposed activities of the CI. 
CIs conduct research under approved scientific research themes and 
Tasks (additional tasks can be proposed by the CI):
     Task I activities are related to the management of the CI, 
as well as general education and outreach activities. This task also 
includes support of postdoctoral and visiting scientists conducting 
activities within the research themes of the CI that are approved by 
the CI Director, in consultation with NOAA, and are relevant to NOAA 
and the CI's mission goals;
     Task II activities usually involve on-going direct 
collaboration with NOAA scientists. This collaboration typically is 
fostered by the collocation of Federal and CI employees; and
     Task III activities require minimal collaboration with 
NOAA scientists.
    Generally, applications must include all relevant Federal Standard 
Forms, a project description that includes sufficient information to 
address all the evaluation criteria identified in the FFO announcement, 
a budget, and a budget justification. The project description must 
include a thorough explanation of all themes and Tasks. The application 
should also identify the capability and the capacity of the CI to 
conduct research in the themes described in the FFO announcement, as 
well as a summary of clearly stated goals to be achieved, reflecting 
NOAA's strategic goals and vision. Additional elements may also be 
requested. Applicants are directed to the FFO for all application 
information and requirements.

A Cooperative Institute To Improve Mesoscale and Stormscale High Impact 
Weather Forecasts, Watches, and Warnings Through the use of, and 
Enhancement of, Weather Radar

    The CI will focus on the themes of: (1) Weather radar research and 
development, (2) stormscale and mesoscale modeling research and 
development, (3) forecast improvements research and development, (4) 
impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events, and (5) 
social and socioeconomic impacts of high impact weather systems. The CI 
will be established at a research institution not only having 
outstanding graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences, but also 
located within a commuting distance to NOAA's facilities in Norman, 
Oklahoma that provides for direct interactions on a regular basis. The 
CI will provide significant coordination of resources among all non-
governmental partners and will promote the involvement of students and 
post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. If the CI is 
comprised of multiple member institutions, only the lead institution 
applying for the award and where the CI will be established must 
satisfy the commuting distance requirement.
    Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the 
availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to 
approximately $15M will be available annually for this CI. Of that 
amount, approximately $300,000-$400,000 will be available per year for 
Task I. The final amount of funding available for Task I will be 
determined during the negotiation phase of the award based on 
availability of funding. The actual amount of annual funding that the 
CI receives may be more or less than the anticipated amount and will 
depend on the actual projects that are approved by NOAA, the 
availability of funding, the quality of the research, the satisfactory 
progress in achieving the stated goals described in project proposals, 
and continued relevance to program objectives.

A Cooperative Institute To Support NOAA Northwest Research Facilities 
in the Area of Marine Resources

    The CI to support NOAA research facilities in the northwest U.S. in 
the area of marine resources will focus on the themes of: (1) Seafloor 
processes, (2) marine mammal acoustics, (3) marine ecosystems, and (4) 
protection and restoration of marine resources. The CI will be 
established at a research institution not only having outstanding 
graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences, but also located 
within a commuting distance that allows direct interactions with CI and 
NOAA scientists at NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, 
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and Alaska Fisheries Science Center 
offices in Newport, Oregon, on a regular basis. The CI will provide 
significant coordination of resources among all non-governmental 
partners and will promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral 
scientists in NOAA-funded research. If the CI is comprised of multiple 
member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award 
and where the CI will be established must satisfy the commuting 
distance requirement. This announcement provides requirements for the 
proposed CI and includes details for the technical program, evaluation 
criteria, and competitive selection procedures.
    Funding Availibility: All funding is contingent upon the 
availability of appropriations. NOAA anticipates that up to 
approximately $7M will be available annually for this CI. Of that 
amount, approximately $100,000 will be available per year for Task I. 
The final amount of funding available for Task I will be determined 
during the negotiation phase of the award and will be based on 
availability of funding. The actual annual funding that the CI receives 
may be less than the anticipated amount and will depend on the actual 
projects that are approved by NOAA, the availability of funding, the 
quality of the research, the satisfactory progress in achieving the 
stated goals described in project proposals, and continued relevance to 
program objectives.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Electronic Access: The full text of the FFO announcement for this 
program can be accessed via the Grants.gov Web site at http://www.grants.gov. The announcement will also be available by contacting 
the program officials identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 
Applicants must comply with all requirements contained

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in the full funding opportunity announcement.
    Proposals must include elements requested in the full Federal 
Funding Opportunity announcement on the Grants.gov portal. If a hard 
copy application is submitted, NOAA requests that the original and two 
unbound copies of the proposal be included. Proposals, electronic or 
paper, should be no more than 75 pages (numbered) in length, excluding 
budget, investigators, vitae, and all appendices. Federally mandated 
forms are not included within the page count. Facsimile transmissions 
and electronic mail submission of full proposals will not be accepted.
    Statutory Authorities: 15 U.S.C. 1540, 15 U.S.C. 313, 15 U.S.C. 
2901 et seq., 118 STAT. 71 (January 23, 2004).
    Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to public and private non-
profit universities, colleges and research institutions that offer 
accredited graduate level degree-granting programs in NOAA-related 
sciences and that are within a commuting distance that provides for 
direct contact on a regular basis with scientists at the NOAA 
facilities in Norman, OK. If the proposed CI is comprised of multiple 
member institutions, only the lead institution applying for the award 
(and where the CI will be established) must satisfy the commuting 
distance requirement.
    Cost Sharing Requirements: To stress the collaborative nature and 
investment of a CI by both NOAA and the research institution, cost 
sharing is required. There is no minimum cost sharing requirement; 
however, the amount of cost sharing will be considered when determining 
the level of the CI's commitment under NOAA's standard evaluation 
criteria for overall qualifications of applicants. Acceptable cost-
sharing proposals include, but are not limited to, offering a reduced 
indirect cost rate against activities in one or more Tasks, waiver of 
any indirect costs assessed by the awardee on subawards, waiver of 
indirect costs assessed against base funds and/or Task I activities, 
waiver or reduction of any costs associated with the use of facilities 
at the CI, and full or partial salary funding for the CI director, 
administrative staff, graduate students, visiting scientists, or 
postdoctoral scientists.
    Evaluation and Selection Procedures: The general evaluation 
criteria and selection factors that apply to full applications to this 
funding opportunity are summarized below. Further information about the 
evaluation criteria and selection factors can be found in the FFO 
announcement.
    Evaluation Criteria for Projects: Proposals will be evaluated using 
the standard NOAA evaluation criteria. Various questions under each 
criterion are provided to ensure that the applicant includes 
information that NOAA will consider important during the evaluation, in 
addition to any other information provided by the applicant.
    1. Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposed 
project to the program goals (25 percent): This criterion ascertains 
whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance 
to NOAA, regional, state, or local activities.
     Does the proposal include research goals and projects that 
address the critical issues identified in NOAA's 5-year Research Plan, 
NOAA's Strategic Plan, and the priorities described in the program 
priorities (see Section I.B.)?
     Is there a demonstrated commitment (in terms of resources 
and facilities) to enhance existing NOAA and CI resources to foster a 
long-term collaborative research environment/culture?
     Is there a strong education program with established 
graduate degree programs in NOAA-related sciences that also encourages 
student participation in NOAA-related research studies?
    2. Technical/scientific merit (30 percent): This criterion assesses 
whether the approach is technically sound and/or innovative, if the 
methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project goals and 
objectives.
     Does the project description include a summary of clearly 
stated goals to be achieved during the five year period that reflect 
NOAA's strategic plan and goals?
     Does the CI involve partnerships with other universities 
or research institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions and 
universities that can contribute to the proposed activities of the CI?
    3. Overall qualifications of applicants (30 percent): This 
criterion ascertains whether the applicant possesses the necessary 
education, experience, training, facilities, and administrative 
resources to accomplish the project.
     If the institution(s) and/or Principal Investigators have 
received current or recent NOAA funding, is there a demonstrated record 
of outstanding performance working with NOAA and/or NOAA scientists on 
research projects?
     Is there nationally and/or internationally recognized 
expertise within the appropriate disciplines needed to conduct the 
collaborative/interdisciplinary research described in the proposal?
     Is there a well-developed business plan that includes 
fiscal and human resource management, as well as strategic planning and 
accountability?
     Are there any unique capabilities in a mission-critical 
area of research for NOAA?
     Has the applicant shown a substantial investment to the 
NOAA partnership, as demonstrated by the amount of the cost sharing 
contribution?
    4. Project costs (5 percent): The budget is evaluated to determine 
if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time-
frame.
    5. Outreach and education (10 percent): 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.
    Review and Selection Process: An initial administrative review/
screening is conducted to determine compliance with requirements/
completeness. All proposals will be evaluated and individually ranked 
in accordance with the assigned weights of the above-listed evaluation 
criteria by an independent peer review panel. At least three experts, 
who may be Federal or non-Federal, will be used in this process. If 
non-Federal experts participate in the review process, each expert will 
submit an individual merit review and there will be no consensus 
opinion. The merit reviewers' ratings are used to produce a rank order 
of the proposals. The Selecting Official selects proposals after 
considering the peer reviews and selection factors listed below. 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. The Selecting Official 
makes the final award recommendation to the Grants Officer authorized 
to obligate funds.
    Selection Factors for Projects: The merit review ratings shall 
provide a rank order to the Selecting Official for final funding 
recommendations. 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.

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    3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or 
considered for funding by NOAA or other agencies.
    4. Program priorities and policy factors.
    5. Applicant's prior award performance.
    6. Partnerships and/or participation of targeted groups.
    7. Adequacy of information necessary for NOAA staff to makea 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) determination and draft 
necessary documentation before recommendations for funding are made to 
the Grants Officer.
    Intergovernmental Review: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of 
Programs.''
    Limitation of Liability: 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.
    National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): NOAA must analyze the 
potential environmental impacts, as required by the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), for applicant projects or proposals 
which are seeking NOAA federal funding opportunities. Detailed 
information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following 
NOAA NEPA Web site: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our NOAA 
Administrative Order 216-6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/NAO216_6.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation 
regulations, http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/toc_ceq.htm.
    Consequently, as part of an applicant's package, and under their 
description of their program activities, applicants are required to 
provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, 
locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible 
construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist 
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, 
introduction of non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and 
threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef 
systems). In addition to providing specific information that will serve 
as the basis for any required impact analyses, applicants may also be 
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of an environmental assessment, if 
NOAA determines an assessment is required. Applicants will also be 
required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying 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.
    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements: The Department of Commerce Pre-Award 
Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements 
contained in the Federal Register notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 
7696), are applicable to this solicitation.
    Paperwork Reduction Act: This document contains collection-of-
information requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 
The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, and CD-346 has been 
approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the 
respective control numbers 4040-0004, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, 0348-0046, 
and 0605-0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is 
required to, nor shall a 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 implications as that term is 
defined in Executive Order 13132.
    Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act: Prior 
notices 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 
for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are 
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been 
prepared.

    Dated: November 9, 2010.
Leon M. Cammen,
Acting, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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