Department of Health and Human Services


Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Funding Opportunity Title

Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training (U45) Administrative Supplements for Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery (Admin Supp)

Activity Code

Administrative Supplement

Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Timeline_NIH_Complex_Transition.pdf

U45
Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type

New

Related Notices

  • July 30, 2014 - Notice of Annual Reporting Requirements and Revised Financial Closeout Requirements for NIH Administrative Supplements Awarded to Recover Losses Due to Hurricane Sandy under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. See Notice NOT-OD-14-112.
  • August 28, 2013 - See Notice NOT-OD-13-106. Notice of Special Terms and Conditions for NIH Hurricane Sandy Recovery Awards.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-ES-13-008

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

See Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.095

Funding Opportunity Purpose

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites current grantees under the cooperative agreements to support the development of model programs for the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response.  With the major objective to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials transportation, and environmental restoration of contaminated facilities or chemical emergency response as authorized under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Section 126(g). This supplement funded from the HHS Programs for Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, P.L. 113-2 is to provide safety training to support recovery, rebuilding and resilience in preparing for current and potential future disasters within areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, specifically to FEMA declared major disaster states, which are:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia.

These funds cannot duplicate nor overlap with reimbursement provided by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance. 

Key Dates
Posted Date

April 19, 2013

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

April 19, 2013

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Application Due Date(s)

May 2, 2013, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

Not Applicable

Advisory Council Review

Not Applicable

Earliest Start Date

June 2013 

Expiration Date

May 3, 2013

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Application Guide ( PHS 398 Application Guide ) except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview Information
Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
Section V. Application Review Information
Section VI. Award Administration Information
Section VII. Agency Contacts
Section VIII. Other Information

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement


Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


Purpose

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for supplemental funding  under current cooperative agreements to support the development of model programs for the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Section 126(g) and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2) and Hurricane Sandy.

The major objective of this FOA is to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials transportation, and environmental restoration of contaminated facilities or chemical emergency response.  This supplement is to provide safety training to support recovery, rebuilding and resilience in preparing for current and potential future disasters within areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including construction job training and environmental job training activities for residents and workers affected by Hurricane Sandy, "mucking and gutting" activities, mold remediation, and other work related tasks associated with recovery and improved community resilience as appropriate.  Specifically to FEMA declared major disaster states, which are:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia.

Funds provided cannot duplicate nor overlap with reimbursement provided by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self-insurance.

Funds will be provided in a single award with a 24-month budget period.  No-cost extensions will not be available.  Therefore the applicant must assure that the scope of work proposed and outlays of awarded funds can be completed within this 24-month period.

Background

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Section 126(g), authorizes an assistance program for training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous waste generation, removal, containment or emergency response and hazardous materials transportation and emergency response.  The Congress assigned responsibility for administering this program to the NIEHS, an Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the Public Health Service (PHS) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

This supplement will provide additional funding to provide disaster and location-specific safety training to support recovery, rebuilding and resilience in preparing for current and potential future disasters within areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy under and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2) and Hurricane Sandy.

Specific Goals and Objectives of the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP)

Applicants should refer to SARA Section 126 requirements for training.  Coverage of all hazardous waste and emergency response workers is based on potential exposure and health risk.  The language of section 126 (d) (1) and (g) is clear that training scope be broad.  Section 126 states that the training be required for personnel engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities, such as those involved in transportation, which expose or potentially expose such workers to hazardous substances.  The same section later requires that special training be provided to workers who may be exposed to unique or special hazards.  Section (g) (1) authorizes this training assistance program for the training of workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal or containment or emergency response.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which includes the NIH and the NIEHS, is a signatory to the National Response Framework (NRF). Upon the activation of the NRF, NIEHS may be activated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the NRF's Worker Safety Health Annex to provide:

Important background information for this FOA is available from the National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training.  This organization, which is a support contractor to NIEHS, is the primary communications channel through which the WETP distributes technical reports, news updates, and training information to its awardees, interested members of the hazardous waste worker-training community, and the public.

A list of curricula developed by current NIEHS awardees is available from the National Clearinghouse on the web at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/index.cfm?id=603.

There is no limiting language regarding training coverage.  Thus, the scope covers worker health protection from hazardous waste work and exposure to hazardous substances in the broadest sense.

An applicant may join with one or more nonprofit organizations in a single application and share resources in order to maximize worker group coverage, enhance the effectiveness of training, and bring together appropriate academic disciplines and talents.  Such arrangements are strongly encouraged.  The application must have specific plans to implement the cooperative arrangements necessary for program integration and to insure effectiveness.  Detailed plans of this collaboration and budgets must be described only in the lead organization’s application.  Specific expertise, facilities or services to be provided by each participating member must be identified.

Applications should include plans for reaching underserved workers in the proposed target populations especially those disadvantaged in education, language skills or limited in literacy.  The inclusion of institutions and organizations that have historical involvement and expertise in responding to environmental justice issues is also strongly encouraged.

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

The funding instrument will be the same as the parent award. 

Cooperative Agreement: A support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after award, NIH scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities.

Application Types Allowed

Non-competing Administrative Supplements

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

The NIEHS intends to commit a total of approximately $1.3 million in FY 2013 to fund 4 to 8 cooperative agreements in response to this FOA.

Award Budget

An applicant may request a budget for total costs of up to $400,000. 

The funding mechanism being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving certain new research objectives, as long as the research objectives are within the original scope of the project, or the cost increases are for unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project. Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the project that would increase or preserve the overall impact of the project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes.

Awarded funds must be obligated and expended within 24 months of issuance of the initial supplement Notice of Award. 

Award Project Period

The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award. In accordance with Section 904 (c) of the Disaster Relief Act, HHS recipients agree to expend funds within the 24 month period following the agency's award and obligation of funds; the recipient is to return to the agency any funds not expended within the 24-month period. No-Cost Extensions are prohibited.

NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

Section III. Eligibility Information


1. Eligible Applicants


Eligible Organizations

All organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement.  Applicant organizations may be from any state.  However, for applicants located outside the FEMA declared major disaster states, there must be a strong partnership with a subaward organization(s) in those states capable of performing the work.  These states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

For-Profit Organizations

  • Small Businesses
  • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

Governments

  • State Governments
  • County Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Other

  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
  • Regional Organizations

This announcement is for supplements to existing projects. To be eligible, the parent award must be active and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment. The proposed supplement must be to provide for an increase in costs due to unforeseen circumstances. All additional costs must be within the scope of the peer reviewed and approved project.


IMPORTANT: The research proposed by the NIH grantee in the supplement application must be within the original scope of the NIH-supported grant project.

Foreign Institutions

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant organizations must complete the following registrations as described in the Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. Applicants must have a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to begin each of the following registrations.

  • System for Award Management (SAM) – must maintain an active entity registration (formerly CCR registration), to be renewed at least annually.  Use the Sam.gov “Manage Entity” function to manage your entity registrations.  See the Grants Registration User Guide at SAM.gov for additional information.
  • Grants.gov (required for all electronic application submissions)
  • eRA Commons

All Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)) must also work with their institutional officials to register with the eRA Commons or ensure their existing eRA Commons account is affiliated with the eRA Commons account of the applicant organization.

All registrations must be completed by the application due date. Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least 6 weeks prior to the application due date.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Individual(s) must hold an active grant or cooperative agreement, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment of the active award. Individuals are invited to work with their organizations to develop applications for support.

For supplements to parent awards that include multiple PDs/PIs, the supplement may be requested by any or all of the PDs/PIs (in accordance with the existing leadership plan) and submitted by the awardee institution of the parent award. Do not use this administrative supplement application to add, delete, or change the PDs/PIs listed on the parent award. Visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for more information.

2. Cost Sharing

This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

3. Additional Information on Eligibility


Number of Applications

Applicants may not submit more than one application.   

 Section IV. Application and Submission Information


1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants are required to prepare applications according to the current application forms in accordance with the Application Guide.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

All forms should be completed for the supplemental activities only and should not reflect funding or activities for the previously awarded parent award.

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Application Guide (PHS 398 Application Guide) except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Page Limitations

All page limitations described in the Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed, with the following exceptions or additional requirements:

All requests for supplements for a single parent grant must come as one application. The Research Strategy section of each component is limited to 20 pages. 

Application Submission

Applicants must use the PHS 398 Application Forms and the PHS 398 Application Guide.

Instructions for Submissions using the PHS 398 Application Forms

Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application forms and instructions for preparing a research grant application. The grantee institution, on behalf of the PD/PI of the parent award, must submit the request for supplemental funds directly to the awarding component that supports the parent award. Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the checklist, and two signed photocopies in one package to:

All supplements should be submitted electronically as pdf by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) to AdminSupplements@niehs.nih.gov. If a pdf submission is not possible, hard copies may be mailed to:

Dorothy Duke Branch Chief, Grants Management Branch

Division of Extramural Research and Training
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

On the face page of the application form, note that your application is in response to a specific program announcement, and enter the title and number of this announcement.

PHS 398 Research Plan

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed for all Research Plan sections applicable to the proposed supplement activities. At a minimum, the Research Strategy section should be completed and must include a summary or abstract of the funded parent award or project. Other sections should also be included if they are being changed by the proposed supplement activities.

Applicants must provide a current estimate of the unobligated balance for the parent award, along with the following:

Milestones: Include specific milestones that could be used for judging progress on the project funded by this supplemental award.  The institution should also provide a written assurance that all activities will be completed within the 24-month project period.

Letters of Support: For grantees located outside the FEMA declared major disaster states, include letters of support demonstrating there will be a strong partnership with a subaward organization in those states capable of performing the work.  These states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. 

Project/Performance Site Locations (Project/Performance Sites)

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

  • Include the primary site where the proposed supplement activities will be performed.
  • If a portion of the proposed supplement activities will be performed at any other site(s), identify the locations in the fields provided.
Senior/Key Personnel Form

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

  • List the PD/PI as the first person (regardless of their role on the supplement activities).
  • List any other Senior/Key Personnel who are being added through this supplement, or for whom additional funds are being requested through this supplement; include a biographical sketch for each.
Budget for the Entire Proposed Period of Support

A proposed budget should be submitted using the PHS 398 budget forms, in accordance with the PHS 398 Application Guide, and should only include funds requested for the additional supplement activities.

Appendix

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

IACUC Documentation and IRB Documentation 

If applicable, include documentation that the proposed research experience was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the grantee institution. Adherence to the NIH policy for including women and minorities in clinical studies must also be ensured, if additional human subjects’ involvement is planned for the supplement component.

Curricula and Outreach Materials

Appendix materials may include curricula and outreach materials.

Institutional Letter

Provide a letter from the institution attesting that funds requested will not be used for costs that are reimbursed by FEMA, under a contract for insurance, or by self–insurance.  This letter must be signed by an institutional Signing Official.  If, during the award, a claim is paid which provides duplication of benefits by FEMA, insurance, or self-insurance, the grantee will be required to pay back funds to NIH.  In addition, this document must also include information on any other requests expected to be submitted on behalf of this same PD/PI.  When multiple requests are being considered, the institution must assure that each request is unique and that overlapping support is not being requested.

3. Submission Dates and Times

Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.

Organizations must submit applications as described above. Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration.

Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

For paper-based application submission, information on the process of receipt and determining if your application is considered “on-time” is described in detail in the PHS 398 Application Guide.

4. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

5. Funding Restrictions

All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Funds will be awarded in a single action using a 24-month budget and project period.  Awarded funds shall be expended within 24-months of the Initial Issue Date listed on the Notice of Award.

Carryover of funds into the parent grant is prohibited.  A no-cost extension of the supplement award is also prohibited. 

Awards will be subject to quarterly financial and programmatic reporting requirements.  Details for submitting these required reports will be provided in the Terms of Award.

Funds will be restricted so that they cannot duplicate costs reimbursed by FEMA, under a contract for insurance or self insurance.  If during the period of the award a claim is paid which provides such duplication, the grantee will be required to pay back the funds to the NIH.  

Geographic Restrictions – Benefits of this project must be restricted to the FEMA declared major disaster states, which are:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

6. Other Submission Requirements and Information

Applications must be submitted using the instructions specified above

Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically.

Important reminders:
For applications submitted electronically on the SF424 (R&R) Application forms, all PD(s)/PI(s) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF 424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management (SAM). Additional information may be found in the Application Guide.

See more tips for avoiding common errors.

Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and/or responsiveness by the awarding Institute or Center. Applications that are incomplete and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed.

Post Submission Materials

Not Applicable

Section V. Application Review Information


1. Criteria

Administrative Supplements do not receive peer review. Instead, the administrative criteria described below will be considered in the administrative evaluation process.

The staff of the NIH awarding component will evaluate requests for a supplement to determine its overall merit. The following general criteria will be used:

Budget and Period of Support

NIH Staff will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

Overall Impact

NIH staff will consider the ability of the proposed supplement activities to increase or preserve the parent award’s overall impact within the original scope of award:

  • Will the administrative supplement increase or preserve the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
  • Will the administrative supplement increase or preserve the likelihood that the fellowship will enhance the candidate's potential for, and commitment to, a productive independent scientific research career in a health-related field?
  • Will the administrative supplement increase or preserve the likelihood for the candidate to maintain a strong research program?
  • Will the administrative supplement increase or preserve the likelihood for the program to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved?
  • Will the administrative supplement increase or preserve the potential benefit of the instrument requested for the overall research community and its potential impact on NIH-funded research?

Additionally, applications will be reviewed administratively by NIH program and grants management staff of the appropriate Institute or Center (IC) to determine that:

  • The project remains active in the area impacted by Sandy;
  • A significant portion of supplemental activities and related costs will occur in the FEMA declared major disaster states, which are:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia.  For grantees located outside the FEMA declared major disaster states, there shall be a strong partnership with a subaward organization(s) in those states capable of performing the work.
  • Project team is active and ready to engage in productive research;
  • The amount of additional time and funds necessary to restore the ability to conduct productive research and address the time lost to productive research due to Sandy;
  • Project is not carrying a large unobligated balance (greater than 25% of the current year’s total budget);
  • Project can be completed with the funded extension without major revision in its aims and objectives.

In addition, each of the following criteria will be evaluated as applicable for the proposed supplement.

Protections for Human Subjects:

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, NIH staff will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, NIH staff will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children

When the proposed project involves clinical research, NIH staff will evaluate the proposed plans for inclusion of minorities and members of both genders, as well as the inclusion of children. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines.

Vertebrate Animals

NIH Staff will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

NIH Staff will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

2. Review and Selection Process

Administrative supplement requests will undergo an administrative evaluation by NIH staff, but not a full peer review. Applications submitted for this funding opportunity will be assigned to the awarding component for the parent award and will be administratively evaluated using the criteria shown above.

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Not Applicable

Section VI. Award Administration Information


1. Award Notices

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. This may be as an NoA for the supplemental activities only; alternatively, it may be as either a revision to the current year NoA or included as part of a future year NoA. The award for the supplemental funds will be separate from any award for the parent grant.  The award will be for a 24-month budget period.  A no-cost extension is prohibited; therefore, the grantee will be required to expend all awarded funds within 24 months of the Initial Issue Date on the Supplement Notice of Award. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.    

Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to the DUNS, SAM Registration, and Transparency Act requirements as noted on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Funds will be awarded using a single 24-month budget and project period.  Awarded funds shall be expended within 24-months of the Initial Issue Date listed on the Notice of Award. No-cost extensions will not be available. With the exceptions noted above, all NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

Due to the need for Hurricane Sandy funds to be separately awarded and managed, carryover and re-budgeting of funds into the parent grant is prohibited.

Quarterly financial and programmatic reporting is required of all grantees.  NIH will closely monitor all grants.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

Any supplements to Cooperative Agreements will be subject to the same Cooperative Agreement terms and conditions as the parent award.

3. Reporting

Separate Federal Financial Reports (SF425s) will be required for each Hurricane Sandy administrative supplement award.  This will be in addition to any financial reports required for the parent grant.  In addition, the Hurricane Sandy administrative supplement will be closed out independent of the parent grant.   Therefore, grantees will be required to submit a final progress report and a final invention statement in addition to the FFR.  These closeout reports for Hurricane Sandy funding are required even when the parent grant continues. 

Reporting requirements will be specified in the terms and conditions of award as applicable to the supplemental activities. In most non-competing continuation applications, the progress report and budget for the supplement must be included with, but clearly delineated from, the progress report and budget for the parent award. The progress report must include information about the activities supported by the supplement even if support for future years is not requested. Continuation of support for the supplement activities in the remaining years of the competitive segment of the grant will depend upon satisfactory review by the NIH awarding component of progress for both the parent award and the supplement project, the research proposed for the next budget period, and the appropriateness of the proposed budget for the proposed effort. This information is submitted with the  Non-Competing Grant Progress Report, PHS 2590 or RPPR, and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later. All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000. See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement.

Awards will be subject to additional quarterly financial and programmatic reporting requirements.  Details for submission of these quarterly reports will be provided in the terms of award.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

Application Submission Contacts

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading or navigating forms)
Contact Center Phone: 800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Telephone 301-435-0714
TTY 301-451-5936
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov

eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, tracking application status, post submission issues)
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Joseph Hughes
Director
Worker Education and Training Branch
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 919-541-0217
Email: hughes3@niehs.nih.gov

Sharon Beard
Industrial Hygienist
Worker Education and Training Branch
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 919-541-1863
Email: beard1@niehs.nih.gov

Ted Outwater
Public Health Educator
Worker Education and Training Branch
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 919-541-2972
Email: outwater@niehs.nih.gov

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Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

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Grants Management Officer
Grants Management Branch
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone:  919-541-1373
Email: duke@niehs.nih.gov

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Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92 and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Section 126(g) and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2) and Hurricane Sandy.


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