[Federal Register: March 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 54)]

[Notices]              

[Page 14942-14946]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

[DOCID:fr20mr00-49]                        

 

 

[[Page 14942]]

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Docket No. [000202024-0024-01; I.D. No. 011000C]

RIN: [0648-ZA79]

 

 

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),

Commerce.

 

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:

Leslie.McDonald@noaa.gov.

 

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

33037.

 

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/

sub.html.


Detailed information regarding South Florida Ecosystem Restoration

discussed later in this document under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION,

subparagraph, the Research Program, can be viewed at

http://www.sfrestore.org.

 

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.

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

 

Background

 

Program Description

 

    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

ecosystem.

    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

Florida

 

[[Page 14943]]

 

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

science;

    (3) Sponsors an Annual Science Conference to which all funded

investigator teams in all the various agencies are required to

participate;

    (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/

Education Office.

 

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.

 

Program Goals

 

    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

Florida Bay?

    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

within

 

[[Page 14944]]

 

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

models;

    (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.

 

Research Areas

 

(1) Nutrients

 

    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

encouraged.

    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.

 

Full Proposals

 

    Applications submitted in response to this announcement require an

original

 

[[Page 14945]]

 

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.

 

Required Elements

 

    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

significance;

    (b) The relation to the present state of knowledge in the field and

relation to previous work and work in progress by the proposing

principal investigator(s);

    (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

award.

    (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

annual funding

 

[[Page 14946]]

 

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

assistance awards.

    (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

Announcement.

    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

applicant's agency).

    (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

page.

    (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

Service.

[FR Doc. 00-6852 Filed 3-17-00; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 3510-22-F