Thursday, August 24, 2017

Funding Availability Announcement 

Competition: 2017 Economic Impacts Forum(s) (Special Projects)

Closing Date: June 26, 2017

Posted: May 26, 2017

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $100,000 will be available to plan and execute one or more Economic Impact Forums and carry out follow-up activities, including preparation of a report on the results and recommendations of the Forum.


The Forum(s) will convene economic and performance evaluation experts in order to:

  1. Identify and evaluate tools that quantify and communicate the economic impacts of science-based information and products to coastal communities, organizations, and businesses (e.g., jobs, revenue, cost savings, natural capital, ecosystem services valuation),
  2. Identify best management practices to evaluate and present economic impact from diverse data sources, and methodologies, and
  3. Propose tools and/or mechanisms to improve efficiency and accuracy of relevant economic reporting.

 

For detailed guidance on how to apply to this funding announcement, please consult Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004772, available at Grants.gov, for applicant eligibility, 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 Projects "D" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.


The successful proposal will seek to recruit economic and performance assessment experts with diverse experiences (including experience partnering with or working for Sea Grant and other coastal communities, organizations, or businesses) and from multiple geographic regions. It will identify the venue and likely dates for the Forum(s). The successful applicant will provide  a publication-quality report following the Forum(s) that advances understanding of measuring and evaluating the economic impacts of providing of science-based information and products to coastal communities, organizations, and businesses.

 

Funding will be awarded as a cooperative agreement because of substantial Federal involvement in the project. The nature of the Federal involvement is: (a) the NSGO will be represented on the planning group for the Forum(s); (b) representatives from the NSGO will participate in the Forum(s); and (c) approval of the Forum(s) report by the NSGO will be required before project outreach of the report can take place.


Proposals should request up to $100,000 in Federal funds for the planning, execution, and post-Forum evaluation and follow-up activities for the 2017 Economic Impact Forum(s). It is anticipated that no more than one application will be selected. Applications should propose a start date of September 1, 2017 or later, and run for up to one year. A report documenting substantial advancement towards project completion must be completed no later than December 31, 2017.

 

The successful applicant may be awarded future additional institutional funds without further competition.

 

The application does NOT require non-Federal matching funds.


An application must include a project description and Standard forms found in the application package located on grants.gov.  These Standard Forms include 424A, 424B, and CD-511.  In addition, applications must include the Sea Grant forms 90-2 (short form) and 90-4, available on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates web page. Include the phrase "2017 Sea Grant Economic Impact Forum” in the proposal title.  

 

Applicants need not fill the entire 15-page maximum for Project Description. Depending on the complexity of the proposed activities, a 2-or 3-page description may suffice.

 

Applications must be submitted on grants.gov to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2016-2004772, Special Project "D", no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 26, 2017.


This competition is only open to Sea Grant Programs (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutional Programs, and Coherent Area Programs), the National Sea Grant Library, and the National Sea Grant Law Center.  Questions may be sent to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

 



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