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2014 Special Projects Funding Announcement - This competition is closed -

Competition: Sea Grant Academy 2015

Closing Date: May 19, 2014 *Deadline extended one week to May 26th, 2014*

Date of Posting: April 11, 2014. The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $50,000 in Sea Grant funding will be available to develop, conduct and evaluate the 5th National Sea Grant Extension Academy, to be held in 2015. Consult the Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available at Grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, evaluation criteria, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.  Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECT "A" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

To date, the four previous Academies have successfully provided over 100 Sea Grant participants with training in NOAA-Sea Grant culture, the fundamentals of Sea Grant extension philosophy, and professional skills.  They have also learned from subject-matter experts and peers, and formed partnerships between programs and with other NOAA line offices.

The 2015 Academy is intended for approximately 30 relatively new, Sea Grant professionals. It will consist of two, week-long workshops, spaced about six months apart, and an intersession assignment for the participants.  In the past, in order to cover additional Academy costs, additional funding support has been provided by the participating Sea Grant programs (registration fees and travel), and by the Sea Grant Extension Assembly.  

The successful proposal will identify the two primary training venues, likely dates for the week-long sessions, and a proposed course of study for the participants.  The course of study should include the working titles for the topics to be covered during both sessions. The first session should be conducted at a venue in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Such a location offers the opportunity to visit the National Sea Grant Office, other NOAA offices, as well as the Department of Commerce and will enable the Academy organizers to draw presenters from Washington area federal offices as well as nearby Sea Grant College programs.

Session 2 should take place at a reasonably priced location in a Sea Grant state or territory.  The venue should be conveniently located to a local Sea Grant program(s) which could be called on to assist in training and field-based activities. Proposal should include an estimate of the costs, including registration fee and travel costs, for participants attending the two sessions. The "Cost" Evaluation Criteria described in the Federal Funding Opportunity will include consideration of these costs, as well as the cost of the grant itself.

An evaluation of the Academy will also be required.  Applicants should identify the evaluation strategies they propose to use.

It is anticipated that no more than one application will be selected. Applications should propose a start date of September 1, 2014, and run for up to two years. Applications may request up to $50,000 in Federal funding. Nonfederal matching funds are NOT required for this competition.  

An application must include these components as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity: SF-424 form, 90-2 Project Summary (use the "Short Form"), and Project Description. In addition, the application must include a 90-4 form and Standard Forms 424A, 424B and CD-511. The "Short Form" 90-2 and 90-4 forms are available on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates webpage. The other forms are included in the application package from grants.gov.

Applications must be submitted on grants.gov to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, Special Project "A", no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, May 26, 2014.

This competition is only open to: Sea Grant Programs (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutions and Coherent Area Programs), the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Library.

For further information about this National Strategic Investment, please consult Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available on the Federal Grant Opportunity website, Grants.gov, or send questions to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

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