[Federal Register: March 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 54)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Docket No. [000202024-0024-01; I.D. No. 011000C]
Announcement of Funding Opportunity for the South Florida
Ecosystem Restoration Prediction and Modeling Program and the South
Florida Living Marine Resources Program
AGENCIES: Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/Coastal Ocean
Program (CSCOR/COP), the National Ocean Service (NOS); the Southeast
Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), the National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
ACTION: Announcement of Funding Opportunity for financial assistance
for project grants.
SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that CSCOR
and SEFSC are soliciting 1 to 2-year proposals for the South Florida
Ecosystem Restoration Prediction and Modeling Program (SFERPM) and
South Florida Living Marine Resources Program (SFLMR) to begin in FY
2000, contingent on the availability of funds.
These programs are two of a number of Federal and state programs
that together comprise the Interagency Florida Bay (IFB) and Adjacent
Marine Waters Science Program. The overall goal of this interagency
effort is to develop the information and policies necessary for
restoring the Everglades, Florida Bay, and adjacent marine ecosystems.
DATES: The deadline for receipt of proposals at the COP office is 3:00
p.m., EST. April 19, 2000. It is anticipated that projects funded under
this announcement will have a July 1, 2000 start date.
ADDRESSES: Submit the original and 19 copies of your proposal to
Coastal Ocean Program Office (SFERPM 2000), SSMC#3, 9th Floor, Station
9700, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. NOAA Standard
Form Applications with instructions are accessible on the following COP
Internet Site: http://www.cop.noaa.gov under the COP Grants Support
Section, Part D, Application Forms for Initial Proposal Submission.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Technical Information:
Larry Pugh, SFERPM 2000 Program Manager, COP Office, 301-713-3338/
ext 117, Internet: Larry.Pugh@noaa.gov; or Dr. Nancy Thompson, SFLMR
2000 Program Manager, SEFSC, 305-361-4284, Internet:
Nancy.Thompson@noaa.gov; Business Management Information: Leslie
McDonald, COP Grants Administrator, 301-713-3338/ext 137, Internet:
Specific information about the ongoing SFERPM program, including
descriptions of presently funded projects and the data management
policy can be obtained from htttp://www.aoml.noaa.gov/ocd/sferpm.
Reference is made to SFERPM Data Policy requirements later in this
document under Part II: Further supplementary Information, paragraph
(14) Other Requirements, subsection (b).
For complete information about the Interagency Florida Bay web
sites and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Program Management Committee
(PMC) (discussed later in this document under SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION); its Scientific Oversight Panel; copies of the Abstracts
of its Annual Conferences; reports from its numerous topical workshops
and research team meetings as well as the most recent overall Strategic
Science Plan, consult http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/flbay/; or contact the
IFB Program's Executive Officer: William Nuttle, Executive Officer,
Interagency Science Center, 98630 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) resources
trusteeship and management activities discussed later in this document
under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION can be viewed on http://
www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov. The geographic scope and the subregions
encompassed referred to later in this document under SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION can be found at: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/ocd/sferpm/
Detailed information regarding South Florida Ecosystem Restoration
discussed later in this document under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION,
subparagraph, the Research Program, can be viewed at
To view Important Documents including the Florida Bay Interagency
Program Management Committee (PMC) comments on the RESTUDY Draft
Feasibility Report and the Feasibility report referenced later in this
document under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, subparagraph, The Research
Program, see the COP or SFERPM websites listed earlier in this section.
For complete Program Description and Other Requirements criteria
for the Coastal Ocean Program, see COP's General Grant Administration
Terms and Conditions annual notification in the Federal Register (64 FR
49162, September 10, 1999) and at the COP home page.
The SFERPM and SFLMR programs are two of a number of Federal and
state programs that together comprise the IFB Program. The interagency
program supports monitoring, research and modeling activities designed
to understand the effects of South Florida Ecosystem Restoration upon
coastal ecosystems including the FKNMS.
It is intended to provide some of the information required by an
iterative restoration process through which management alternatives are
developed and selected, alternatives implemented and physical and
biological responses assessed. It is further anticipated that this
evaluation process will be repeated as restoration proceeds since
decisions will be driven by the best available scientific information.
The activities conducted to restore the South Florida ecosystem
occur predominately upstream of Florida Bay and the restoration impacts
may not be direct or immediate. Therefore, improving our capability to
predict these impacts is the ultimate goal of the IFB Science Program.
Attaining this predictive capability implies a better understanding of
the physics and ecology of Florida Bay and the larger coastal
The SFLMR program focuses upon research on fishery resources,
protected resources, and higher trophic level organisms and the
interactions with living marine resources. Living marine resources
include: fishery resources, both recreational and commercial, and
protected resources--including endangered species, marine mammals,
corals, and species that are candidates for listing under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and their habitats. Research results will
allow for the projection of the impacts of changes in freshwater
delivery on living marine resources.
The Florida Bay Science Program was initially based upon the 1994
Florida Bay Science Plan developed for the Florida Bay Interagency
Working group, as specifically suggested by a scientific panel convened
at the request of the Secretary of the Interior. That Science Plan
identified research deficiencies and unanswered questions concerning
the condition and ecological history of Florida Bay and established the
Bay PMC and its formal administrative process.
The PMC, explicitly linked to and sanctioned by the South Florida
Restoration Task Force through its Working Group and Science
Coordination Team, consists of designated representatives of the state
and Federal agencies conducting or funding research in this part of the
South Florida coastal marine ecosystem. The PMC is charged with
providing policy makers reliable scientific information and science-
based recommendations, including timely evaluation of the effects that
different upstream management alternatives might have upon the
ecosystem within Florida Bay and the adjacent coastal marine ecosystem.
To accomplish its objectives the PMC:
(1) Developed a Strategic Science Plan in March 1997 for Florida
Bay to guide individual agency implementation plans and to prioritize
allocation of resources;
(2) Evaluates individual agency implementation plans to avoid
redundancy and assures research efforts are complementary; and
together, to make the best use of the technical and financial resources
being made available for South Florida coastal ecosystem restoration
(3) Sponsors an Annual Science Conference to which all funded
investigator teams in all the various agencies are required to
(4) Sponsors topical workshops on critical scientific issues;
(5) Established a Scientific Oversight Panel composed of
distinguished, knowledgeable, but financially disinterested, scientists
from outside this region. This panel is asked to attend the Annual
Science Conference; to chair or participate in topical workshops that
require technical panel input; and to recommend to the PMC any changes
in the science program to assure it is meeting the requirements of the
South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Process;
(6) Established research teams consisting of funded investigators
and interested experts to review and integrate plans and sampling
protocols of related projects including data management; and
(7) Established an administrative infrastructure consisting of an
Executive Officer, a Florida Bay Research Coordinator, and an Outreach/
Additional Program Description
SFERPM's contribution to the Interagency Science Program has been
to focus upon the larger oceanographic, atmospheric, geological and
fisheries context within which Bay restoration will proceed. This has
implied studying the Bay's interaction and exchange with the adjacent
Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal marine ecosystems and its
regulation by large scale atmospheric and meteorological processes that
so intimately link the coastal marine to the coastal terrestrial
systems in South Florida.
The SFLMR Program began in 1996 with funding through the NMFS.
Funding of research projects beginning in FY 2000 will result from this
competitive process. The focus of this program is on living marine
resources, especially those that are commercially and recreationally
important, or are protected, and their habitats.
SFERPM directly addresses the linkage between Florida Bay and the
Florida Keys, thus complementing other NOAA South Florida Ecosystem
Restoration Initiative related activities such as the NMFS-lead
Protection of Living Marine Resources/Threatened and Endangered Species
studies, NOS-led Integrated Florida Bay and Florida Keys Ecosystem
Monitoring programs, FKNMS resources trusteeship and management
activities. Detailed information including the most recent SFERPM
Implementation Plan for the program and other program documents can be
obtained from the address/homepage address listed earlier in this
document under FURTHER INFORMATION.
The overall goals of the Interagency Program were outlined as five
management related central questions in the Strategic Science Plan for
Florida Bay. These are:
(1) How, and at what rates, do storms, changing freshwater flows,
sea level rise, and local evaporation/precipitation influence
circulation and salinity patterns within Florida bay and outflows from
the Bay to adjacent waters?
(2) What is the relative importance of the influx of external
nutrients and of internal nutrient cycling in determining the nutrient
budget of Florida Bay? What mechanisms control the sources and sinks of
the Bay's nutrients?
(3) What regulates the onset, persistence and fate of planktonic
algal blooms in Florida Bay?
(4) What are the causes and mechanisms for the observed changes in
the sea grass community of Florida Bay? What is the effect of changing
salinity, light, and nutrient regimes on these communities?
(5) What is the relationship between environmental and habitat
change and the recruitment, growth, and survivorship of animals in
The NOAA role has been to focus on the larger oceanographic,
atmospheric, geological, and biological aspects of these questions. As
noted earlier, detailed descriptions of past projects supported and
their findings to date can be found on the SFERPM website under Funded
Projects. The geographic scope and the subregions encompassed can be
found at the address/homepage listed earlier in this document under
FURTHER INFORMATION. Where essential to describe the linkages between
Florida Bay and the adjacent waters, some projects have had a still
wider geographic scope.
The Research Program
The Interagency Science Program has been underway for several years
and is now entering an Implementation Phase at which it is being asked
to deliver information directly to the Restoration Management Community
concerning minimum flow levels to Florida Bay; restoration performance
measures; and ecological success criteria. See the South Florida
Ecosystem Restoration Website for additional details at the address/
homepage listed earlier in this document under FURTHER INFORMATION.
Moreover, water quality and physical modeling efforts are
relatively mature but require validation and verification. Using these
models to evaluate restoration scenarios will require continued data
assimilation. Ecological models of upper and lower trophic levels are
also in development and will have similar data requirements.
To date, restoration targets relative to Florida Bay have been
posed purely in terms of flow delivery to points well upstream of
Florida Bay. These are deemed by the PMC to be good first steps but
ultimately inadequate. See the CSCOR or SFERPM websites listed earlier
in this document under FURTHER INFORMATION to view Important Documents
including PMC Comments on the RESTUDY Draft Feasibility Report and the
Feasibility report itself.
In its review of the Restudy, the PMC committed itself to providing
ecologically based restoration targets and performance measures for use
in evaluating restoration scenarios and actions. Given the advice and
recommendations of the PMC and Florida Bay Science Oversight Panel
(FBSOP), NOAA's trustee and other management responsibilities in the
region, and the likely funding of our Federal and state agency
partners, CSCOR and NMFS/SEFSC anticipate funding SFERPM projects in
the following research areas:
(1) Nutrient Dynamics: Includes phosphorous and nitrogen cycles
the water column, exchange between the water column and benthos, and
governing biogeochemical processes;
(2) Water Column Biology: Includes trophic linkages, benthic-
pelagic coupling, and the potential impact of Bay water quality upon
living marine resources and the FKNMS;
(3) Physical Science: Includes circulation within the Bay,
improving estimates of critical processes (i.e., evaporation,
precipitation and wind stress), and providing data assimilation
model based boundary conditions to bay circulation and hydrological
(4) Ecosystem Modeling Studies: Includes modeling of trophic
relationships of recruitment pathways;
(5) Higher trophic levels: Monitoring and research are needed to
provide answers to question 5 in the Strategic Science Plan. Results
obtained should be directed at determination of the effects of changes
in water quality and quantity and patterns on higher trophic level
organisms especially important commercial and recreational fishery
resources and mass protected resources, such as sea turtles, marine
mammals and species listed as candidates for listing under the ESA.
The growth of both sea grasses and planktonic algae blooms depends
upon the supply of plant nutrients. In Florida Bay these are introduced
by freshwater runoff, groundwater seepage, atmospheric deposition,
resuspension of bottom sediments and exchange with the Southwest
Florida shelf. A quantitative understanding of the relative importance
of these various processes and how they effect algal blooms has been
the goal of SFERPM Nutrient Chemistry projects. Proposals are now
solicited that refine our understanding of phosphorous and nitrogen
cycles within the water column as well as between the water column and
benthos and biogeochemical processes governing nutrient availability
including atmospheric flux and the microbial loop.
(2) Water Column Biology
Florida Bay is both a nursery ground and primary habitat for
numerous commercially and recreationally significant fisheries species.
The principal food of the young of many of these species is zooplankton
that, in turn, consume planktonic algae. Moreover, many fisheries
species have early stages living in the plankton. Planktonic animals
are very sensitive to changes in water quality. Predicting the
consequences of Restoration upon this ecosystem has been a goal of
SFERPM Water Column Biology projects.
The health of the coral reef community of the Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) depends upon the water quality (temperature,
salinity, nutrients, and chemical contaminants) of the waters that flow
over them. With Restoration, not just water quantity but water quality
throughout South Florida coastal waters will be changed. Proposals are
now solicited that address trophic relationships between biological
communities, ecosystem changes directly or indirectly related to Bay
habitat changes, algal bloom causation and fate, benthic-pelagic
coupling, and the impact of Bay water quality upon living marine
resources and the FKNMS.
(3) Physical Science
Unless we have a detailed understanding of circulation,
temperature, and salinity within the Bay and how the Bay is linked to
the surrounding waters of the South West Florida shelf and the FKNMS,
we will be unable to predict the physical effects of Restoration i.e.,
what parts of the Bay will be affected by altered water flows and how
they will be changed.
Similarly, unless we have a detailed understanding of the wind
field over the Bay, and the rainfall and evaporation distribution over
the entire Peninsula, we will be unable to predict which parts of the
Bay will be affected by altered water flows and what the resultant
changes will be. Providing estimates of these critical parameters and
how they will be locally and regionally altered by the major land use
changes implicit in Restoration has been a goal of the SFERPM physical
oceanography and atmospheric science projects. Proposals are now
solicited characterizing circulation and flow within the Bay (including
improving estimates of basin residence and turnover times), improving
estimates of critical physical processes (especially evaporation and
precipitation) and providing the meteorological boundary conditions
required by circulation and hydrological models.
(4) Ecosystem Modeling Studies
Over the past several decades we have seen fundamental changes in
the Bay ecosystem; and with Restoration, we can expect the rate of
change to accelerate. The goal of SFERPM Ecological Modeling has been
to use the physical, chemical and biological information being
generated by SFERPM and other projects to predict how the underlying
ecology of Florida Bay will change with restoration.
Proposals are now solicited that contribute to the Interagency
Upper Trophic Level modeling program including the modeling of
recruitment pathways within the FKNMS and/or between the FKNMS and
Florida Bay. The PMC website should be consulted for the results of PMC
sponsored workshops entitled: Higher Trophic Level Initiative for the
Florida Bay Program and Progress Review of Florida Bay Models: Report
of the Model Evaluation Group.
(5) Higher Trophic Level Research and Monitoring
The success of restoration is measured in part by the
sustainability of fishery and protected resources. It is imperative
that models be developed which will provide information on how changes
in water quality, including salinity levels and contaminants, will
effect the population and trophic dynamics of living marine resources
and their habitats. These models require data.
Proposals are now solicited to conduct research and monitoring to
define both qualitatively and quantitatively the mechanisms controlling
growth, reproduction, recruitment and age/stage specific survivorship
of commercially and recreationally important species and protected
resources, such as sea turtles and bottle nosed dolphins are
For protected resources in particular, proposals which provide
population estimates and the relative importance of South Florida
coastal waters to recovery are encouraged. Information generated by
research projects directed at the other four questions in the Strategic
Science Plan is expected to be integrated with the proposed research in
so far as it effects the dynamics of individual species and protected
resources and their habitats.
Part I: Schedule and Proposal Submission
The guidelines for proposal preparation provided here are
mandatory. Proposals received after the published deadline or proposals
that deviate from the prescribed format will be returned to the sender
without further consideration. This announcement and additional
background information will be made available on the COP home page.
Applications submitted in response to this announcement require an
proposal and 19 proposal copies at time of submission. This includes
color or high-resolution graphics, unusually-sized materials (not 8.5''
x 11'' or 21.6 cm x 28 cm), or otherwise unusual materials submitted as
part of the proposal. For color graphics, submit either color originals
or color copies. The stated requirements for the number of original
proposal copies provide for a timely review process because of the
large number of technical reviewers. Facsimile transmissions and
electronic mail submission of full proposals will not be accepted.
All recipients are to closely follow the instructions and
guidelines in the preparation of the standard NOAA Application Forms
and Kit requirements listed in Part II: Further Supplementary
Information, paragraph (10) of this document. Each proposal must also
include the following seven elements:
(1) Signed Summary title page: The title page should be signed by
the Principal Investigator (PI) and the institutional representative.
The Summary Title page identifies the project's title starting with the
acronym SFERPM 2000, a short title (50 characters), and the lead PI's
name and affiliation, complete address, phone, FAX, and E-mail
information. The requested budget for each fiscal year should be
included on the Summary Title page. Multi-institution proposals must
include signed Summary Title pages from each institution.
(2) One-page abstract/project summary: The Project Summary
(Abstract) Form, which is to be submitted at time of application, shall
include an introduction of the problem, rationale, scientific
objectives and/or hypotheses to be tested, and a brief summary of work
to be completed. The prescribed COP format for the Project Summary Form
can be found on the COP Internet site under the COP Grants Support
Section, Part D.
The summary should appear on a separate page, headed with the
proposal title, institution(s), investigator(s), total proposed cost,
and budget period. These should be written in the third person. The
summary is used to help compare proposals quickly and allows the
respondents to summarize these key points in their own words.
(3) Statement of work/project description: The proposed project
must be completely described, including identification of the problem,
scientific objectives, proposed methodology, relevance to the goals of
the SFERPM Program, and its scientific priorities. The project
description section (including Relevant Results from Prior Support)
should not exceed 15 pages.
Project management should be clearly identified with a description
of the functions of each PI within a team. It is important to provide a
full scientific justification for the research; do not simply reiterate
justifications presented in this document. Both page limits are
inclusive of figures and other visual materials, but exclusive of
references and milestone chart. This section should also include:
(a) The objective for the period of proposed work and its expected
(b) The relation to the present state of knowledge in the field and
relation to previous work and work in progress by the proposing
(c) A discussion of how the proposed project lends value to the
program goals, and
(d) Potential coordination with other investigators.
NOAA has specific requirements that environmental data be submitted
to the National Oceanographic Data Center.
(e) References cited: Reference information is required. Each
reference must include the name(s) of all authors in the same sequence
in which they appear in the publications, the article title, volume
number, page numbers, and year of publications. While there is no
established page limitation, this section should include bibliographic
citations only and should not be used to provide parenthetical
information outside of the 15-page project description.
(4) Milestone chart: Time lines of major tasks covering the 12 to
24-month duration of the proposed project.
(5) Budget: At time of proposal submission, all applicants shall
submit the Standard Form, SF-424 (Rev 7-97), Application for Federal
Assistance, to indicate the total amount of funding proposed for the
whole project period. In lieu of the Standard Form 424A, Budget
Information (Non-Construction), at time of original application, all
proposers are required to submit a COP Summary Proposal Budget Form for
each fiscal year increment (i.e., 2000, 2001). Multi-institution
proposals must include budget forms from each institution.
Use of this budget form will provide for a detailed annual budget
and the level of detail required by the COP program staff to evaluate
the effort to be invested by investigators and staff on a specific
project. The COP budget form is compatible with forms in use by other
agencies that participate in joint projects with COP, and can be found
on the COP home page under COP Grants Support, Part D.
All applicants shall include a budget narrative/justification that
supports all proposed budget object class categories. The program
office will review the proposed budgets to determine the necessity and
adequacy of proposed costs for accomplishing the objectives of the
proposed grant. Ship time needs must be identified in the proposed
budget. The SF-424A, Budget Information (Non-Construction) Form, shall
be requested from only those recipients subsequently recommended for
(6) Biographical sketch: Abbreviated curriculum vitae, two pages
per investigator, are sought with each proposal. Include a list of up
to five publications most closely related to the proposed project and
up to five other significant publications. A list of all persons
(including their organizational affiliation), in alphabetical order,
who have collaborated on a project, book, article, or paper within the
last 48 months should be included. If there are no collaborators, this
should be so indicated. Students, post-doctoral associates, and
graduate and postgraduate advisors of the PI should also be disclosed.
This information is used to help identify potential conflicts of
interest or bias in the selection of reviewers.
(7) Proposal format and assembly: Clamp the proposal in the upper
left-hand corner, but leave it unbound. Use one inch (2.5 cm) margins
at the top, bottom, left and right of each page. Use a clear and easily
legible type face in standard 12 points size.
Part II: Further Supplementary Information
(1) Program authorities: For a list of all program authorities for
the Coastal Ocean Program, see COP's General Grant Administration Terms
and Conditions annual document in the Federal Register (64 FR 49162,
September 10, 1999) and at the COP home page. Specific authority cited
for this announcement is 33 U.S.C. 1442 et seq.
(2) Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers: 11.478 for the
Coastal Ocean Program and 11.472 for the National Marine Fisheries
Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
(3) Program description: For complete COP program descriptions, see
the annual COP General Document (64 FR 49162, September 10, 1999).
(4) Funding availability: Funding is contingent upon receipt of
fiscal years 2000-2001 Federal appropriations. The anticipated maximum
for SFERPM and SFLMR activities is $1.9 million.
If an application is selected for funding, NOAA has no obligation
to provide any additional prospective funding in connection with that
award in subsequent years. Renewal of an award to increase funding or
extend the period of performance based on satisfactory performance and
is at the total discretion of the funding agency.
Publication of this document does not obligate NOAA to any specific
award or to any part of the entire amount of funds available.
Recipients and subrecipients are subject to all Federal laws and agency
policies, regulations, and procedures applicable to Federal financial
(5) Matching requirements: None.
(6) Type of funding instrument: Project grants
(7) Eligibility criteria: For complete eligibility criteria for the
Coastal Ocean Program, see COP's General Grant Administration Terms and
Conditions annual document in the Federal Register (64 FR 49162,
September 10, 1999) and at the COP home page under General
Federal researchers in successful multi-investigator proposals will
be funded through NOAA. Proposals deemed acceptable from Federal
researchers will be funded through a mechanism other than a grant or
cooperative agreement, where legal authority allows for such funding.
Non-NOAA Federal applicants are required to submit certification or
documentation which clearly shows that they can receive funds from the
Department of Commerce (DoC) for research (i.e., legal authority exists
allowing the transfer of funds from DoC to the non-NOAA Federal
(8) Award period: Full Proposals should cover a project period of 1
to 2 years, from FY 2000-01 to FY 2001-02.
(9) Indirect costs: If indirect costs are proposed, the following
statement applies: The total dollar amount of the indirect costs
proposed in an application must not exceed the indirect cost rate
negotiated and approved by a cognizant Federal agency prior to the
proposed effective date of the award.
(10) Application forms: For complete information on application
forms for the Coastal Ocean Program, see COP's General Grant
Administration Terms and Conditions annual document in the Federal
Register (64 FR 49162, September 10, 1999); the COP home page; and the
information given earlier in this document under Required Elements,
paragraph (5) Budget.
(11) Project funding priorities: For description of project funding
priorities, see COP's General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
annual document in the Federal Register (64 FR 49162, September 10,
1999) and at the COP home page.
(12) Evaluation criteria: For complete information on evaluation
criteria, see COP's General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
annual document in the Federal Register (64 FR 49162, September 10,
1999) and at the COP home page.
(13) Selection procedures: For complete information on selection
procedures, see COP's General Grant Administration Terms and Conditions
annual document in the Federal Register (64 FR 49162, September 10,
1999) and at the COP home page.
(14) Other requirements: As participants in the Interagency Science
Program, funded principal investigators will be expected to:
(a) Participate in meetings for planning and coordination of the
Interagency Program. This includes attending and contributing to the
Annual Interagency Florida Bay Science Program Conference, Research
Team Meetings, and other relevant technical workshops sponsored by the
PMC at the request of the SFERPM Coordinating Office.
(b) Promptly quality control their data and make them readily
available through the SFERPM Data Management Office in accordance with
the SFERPM Data Policy, which is referenced earlier in this document
under FURTHER INFORMATION.
(c) Assist the SFERPM Coordinating Office and the Interagency PMC
in the synthesis and interpretation of research results and the
development of products of value to restoration and resource managers.
For a complete description of other requirements, see COP's General
Grant Administration Terms and Conditions annual document in the
Federal Register (64 FR 49162, September 10, 1999) and at the COP home
(15) Applicants are hereby notified that they are encouraged, to
the greatest practicable extent, to purchase American-made equipment
and products with funding provided under this program.
(16) Pursuant to Executive Orders 12876, 12900 and 13021, the
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving
Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities in its educational
and research programs. The DOC/NOAA vision, mission and goals are to
achieve full participation by Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in
order to advance the development of human potential, to strengthen the
nation's capacity to provide high-quality education, and to increase
opportunities for MSIs to participate in, and benefit from, Federal
Financial Assistance programs. DOC/NOAA encourages all applicants to
include meaningful participation of MSIs.
(17) This notification involves collection-of-information
requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The use of
Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and SF-LLL have been approved by the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under control numbers 0348-0043,
0348-0044, 0348-0040 and 0348-0046.
The COP Grants Application Package has been approved by OMB under
control number 0648-0384 and includes the following information
collections: a Summary Proposal Budget Form, a Project Summary Form,
standardized formats for the Annual Performance Report and the Final
Report, and the submission of up to 20 copies of proposals. Copies of
these forms and formats can be found on the COP Home Page.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required
to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure
to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements
of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection displays a
currently valid OMB control number.
Dated: March 13, 2000.
Ted I. Lillestolen,
Deputy Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dated: March 3, 2000.
Gary C. Matlock,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries
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