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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Research
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
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1998 Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (Empact)
OPENING DATE: January 21,1998
Letter of Intent, March 2, 1998
CLOSING DATE: Full applications, May 15, 1998
PURPOSE OF NOTICE
The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible candidates under the Environmental Monitoring for Community Tracking and Public Access Grants Program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its intent to support a competition in Fiscal Year (FY) 1998 as part of a new program called Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT). The ultimate goal of EMPACT is to provide public access to clearly-communicated, time-relevant (timely or real-time), useful, and accurate environmental monitoring data in an ongoing and sustainable manner in 86 of the larger U.S. metropolitan areas. Environmental monitoring consists of the systematic measurement, evaluation, and communication of physical, chemical, and biological information intended to give insight into environmental conditions. EMPACT seeks to assist the American public in day-to-day decision-making about their health and the environment.
This solicitation will lead to grant awards to establish pilot programs in a limited number of eligible cities. The pilot programs (city pilots) will emphasize active partnerships between local and state government, research institutions, non governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and the Federal Government to provide timely environmental information to the public. The pilots will also emphasize the utilization of advanced and innovative technologies to monitor environmental conditions and to provide and communicate environmental information to citizens. It is essential that data and information derived from EMPACT monitoring activities be disseminated using terminology and format that are clearly understandable, relevant, and credible to the lay public.
Proposed partnerships under this competition must be established with formal agreements (i.e. Memoranda of Understanding, contracts, sub-grants) which outline the roles and responsibilities of individual partners in the EMPACT project. Proposed projects are encouraged to capitalize on existing activities or tools and capabilities that are commercially available or within the public domain. Approximately $3.5 million will be made available for this competition, with a projected award range from $250,000 to a maximum of $600,000 over the total life of the project, and a total project duration of 12 to 24 months. Awards are subject to the availability of funds.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE COMPETITION:
Dr. Barbara Karn
EPA Environmental Engineering Research Division
voice (202) 564-6824
Mr. Myles Morse
EPA Environmental Engineering Research Division
voice (202) 564-6827
As part of a new Presidential initiative, EPA is charged, along with its partners (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and United States Geologic Survey (USGS)) with developing a program to improve the measurement, access, understanding and dissemination of key environmental information in 86 of the larger U.S. metropolitan areas (see Attachment A for definition of metropolitan area and list of the 86). This is to be accomplished by: (1) application of innovative technologies that support time-relevant environmental monitoring, and (2) providing effective tools for managing and communicating the resulting environmental information. The goals of EMPACT are to:
*Incorporate improved and updated technologies for time-relevant environmental measurement and monitoring;
*Facilitate public access to comprehensive environmental information that is easily understood;
*Provide effective tools for communicating, interpreting, and applying environmental data and information;
*Establish partnerships with states and communities to ensure that the information is useful and timely for families and communities;
*Develop a framework within which communities can work, but that will also provide the ability to aggregate information on a local, regional, and national scale.
The EPA is seeking applications for assistance to establish EMPACT pilot projects that demonstrate innovative and effective ways to monitor, deliver, and communicate time-relevant, scientifically sound, environmental information to citizens. Proposed projects may address one or several time-relevant environmental parameters related to air quality, water quality, ecosystem quality, or other important environmental conditions at places where citizens live, work, learn and recreate. Time-relevant environmental data are those collected and communicated to the public in a time frame that is relevant to the temporal variability of the parameter measured. For example, the amount of UV radiation reaching the earth varies daily, while water quality in a small lake may change significantly on only a weekly or monthly basis.
Providing time-relevant information consists of three activities:
1) ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER MONITORING/MEASUREMENT;
2) INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, PROCESSING, AND DELIVERY; and
3) COMMUNICATION of information to citizens.
Eligible project applications must include (i.e. describe the approach to) all three elements. If any of the three elements are already in place, they should be described in the proposal, although they are not eligible for funding.
*ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER MONITORING/MEASUREMENT involves insuring valid measurements of environmental parameters while applying new, innovative measurement technology to provide time relevant environmental data and applicable quality assurance procedures. In some cases, existing systems of environmental monitoring may be augmented or upgraded to provide the proposed data collection.
*INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, PROCESSING, AND DELIVERY involves the transmission, storage, or processing of measurements of environmental parameters; dissemination using new, or innovative technologies that can capture the environmental data; and making the data available to the general public in a timely fashion. Information management also involves data documentation and data standardization.
*COMMUNICATION involves interpreting and presenting information in a time-relevant manner to citizens in a format that is easily understood and will be useful to their day-to-day decision-making relative to their environment.
Time-relevant environmental data are those collected and subsequently
communicated to the public in a time frame that is relevant to the temporal
variability of the parameter measured. Depending on the parameter, the
interval over which the information is collected will be variable. As a
general rule, the sampling interval of measurement for environmental variables
will be some interval less than the average time it takes for that variable
to undergo a significant or relevant change.
2.3 PROJECT COMPONENTS
All EMPACT project applications must address how the project will accomplish each of the following three project components although funding may be requested for one, two or all three components:
- A. Development of new technology or application of existing innovative technology to measure/monitor time-relevant data.
- Work on this component includes the development, application, or augmentation of innovative advanced technologies to measure and monitor time-relevant environmental data in an EMPACT metropolitan area where time-relevant environmental information was not previously available to the general public. The applicant should define the sampling interval of the environmental parameter(s) to be monitored or measured. Applicable quality assurance procedures must be implemented and described to ensure that valid measurements are obtained.
- B. Application of information management, processing, and delivery system technologies to the collection of time-relevant environmental measuring/monitoring data.
- Work on this component requires the application of data management, processing, and delivery system technologies to handle time relevant environmental data in an EMPACT metropolitan area. Applications should detail the hardware/software technologies that will be used for data processing and in management systems. Applications should address data management responsibilities among collaborative partners to ensure data documentation and data standardization in the project. At a minimum, data must be made available on the Internet.
- C. Communication of time relevant environmental information to the public.
- This component involves the development and implementation of effective communication to the public that will provide time-relevant information in a format that is easily understood (e.g. mapping, graphics, data modeling and trends analysis based on time-relevant information, explanatory material, or visualization via TV broadcasts, radio announcements, newspapers, Internet, etc.) and useful to their day-to-day decision-making about their health and the environment. Effective communication includes providing contextual information to help the user(s) understand the limitations of the data and the relevance of the data to environmental conditions. Each application must include the provision for an Internet home page for describing their program and for posting their project's local environmental data. A need for public access to this information in the EMPACT metropolitan area must be established in the project application.
2.4 ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
2.4.1 Community-based Approach
The goals of community-based environmental protection are to enhance the citizen's understanding of environmental issues, build the capacity for communities to address these issues, develop tools, information, and data to assist communities in addressing environmental problems, and ensure communities' access to credible scientific information. Community-based environmental protection considers an area or subregion from the standpoint of particular cultural, physical, ecological, socio-economic, or other characteristics with which people identify or assign value. A community-based approach is best suited for decision-making at the local to state level.
2.4.2 Partnerships and Consortium Building
The most competitive applications under this solicitation will be developed by a consortium of organizations with a variety of expertise. The consortium might include, for example, several of the following entities: state or local governments, Tribal governments, community groups, universities, NGOs, private corporations, or the Federal Government. These entities would participate from inception (designing the project) to completion (analyzing and disseminating the results of the project). However, the grant awardees (principal investigating organization) must be a local government as defined in 40CFR Part 31.3 representing one of the 86 EMPACT metropolitan areas. (Tribal governments located in one of the EMPACT metropolitan areas are also eligible to apply.) The grant awardees may provide resources to partners in the consortium through appropriate funding vehicles (e.g. sub-contract, sub-grant). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Letter of Commitment, or other appropriate documentation detailing the roles and responsibilities of the partners and plans for coordination and cooperation must be provided as part of the application. (The MOU should be limited to 2 pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application limit).
Applications must have a specific geographic focus (must address an information need of one or more EMPACT metropolitan areas) but the outcomes and outputs must be ongoing, sustainable and transferable to other communities. Applications should specify where resources may be leveraged. Leveraging of resources through matching funds or in-kind services provided by any or all of the project consortium members is encouraged and will be considered in final project selections (refer to Section 6.2D). EPA is interested in assisting local communities/cities to develop the infrastructure to monitor, manage and deliver time-relevant environmental information to citizens without continuing support under this grant program after the end of the grant award year(s).
2.4.3 Stakeholder Involvement
In addition to the partnerships created by the project consortium, the proposed project must be prepared to work with all stakeholders. Stakeholders include any group or individual who is affected by or can affect the future of the project. Stakeholders might include for example: community groups, local health care providers, chambers of commerce, industry, school district officials, city planning organizations, park service, parents, etc.
2.4.4 Project Management Plan
Project applicants must provide Project Management Plans demonstrating their ability to manage this project. The plan should include information on the management of current and future available resources (dollars and personnel), the name of the individual who has overall management responsibility and authority, an organization chart that illustrates the relationship among partners, plans for assignment of responsibilities and any necessary arrangements to ensure a coordinated effort, and a time line (including phases of work and milestones) for completing this project. (This should be limited to 6 pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application text).
2.4.5 Information Management
Each application must include a preliminary Information Management Plan. The need for a quality preliminary Information Management Plan is critical to ensure effective resource allocation in the development and delivery of EMPACT data and to assure that EMPACT project managers and subsequent data users understand the information in the collected and retrieved databases. All data collected must be made available in electronic format and stored in a computer.
The Information Management Plan must include the following elements:
- A. Name(s) of the data owners (e.g. organization that collects or manages the data),
- B. Description of the data flow process (i.e. from collection to storage to retrieval to delivery),
- C. Description of the data collection methods, including applicable quality assurance and data security procedures,
- D. Description of the data storage and retrieval system, including associated hardware and software,
- E. Description of the data delivery system, and
- F. Budgetary information on the development, operations and maintenance of the system.
(This should be limited to 6 pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application text).
EPA is developing a set of standard Information Management guidelines. At a minimum, these guidelines require data to be made available on the Internet and a statement of plans for coordinating with the national EMPACT Internet homepage. Winning applicants will be expected to incorporate these into the final Information Management Plan. Once project awards are made, successful awardees will be expected to coordinate with EPA in order to develop an information management approach consistent with Federal and EPA Information Management Systems.
Local governments, as defined by 40CFR Part 31.3, and located in one of the 86 EMPACT metropolitan areas in the U.S., are eligible to apply for this program (see attached definition of metropolitan area and list of 86 larger U.S. metropolitan areas). Tribal governments located within an EMPACT metropolitan area are also eligible to apply. The local government will be the grant awardee although the most successful applications will be developed in cooperation with a consortium of partners (refer to Section 2.4.2). Partner organizations may receive funds through sub-contracts with the awardee institution. Where multiple organizations are involved, the application must be submitted by only one of them (i.e. local government organization). The role to be played by each of the members of the consortium must be described in the application which should also include information on the legal and managerial arrangements contemplated.
In accordance with Federal statutes and regulations and EPA policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Approximately $3.5 million will be made available for this competition, with a projected award range from $250,000 to a maximum of $600,000 over the total life of the project, and a total project duration of 12 to 24 months. Awards are subject to the availability of funds.
5.0 INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION
5.1 LETTER OF INTENT
Letters of Intent are to facilitate EPA's planning for application reviews and are not binding on the applicants. The Letter of Intent should identify the EMPACT metropolitan area where the project will be conducted, the lead local government organization and contact, the proposed project title, and a brief statement of the main project objective(s). The Letter of Intent must be limited to a single (1) page.
The Letter of Intent should be received by 4:00 PM EST, March 2, 1998. Mail, the Letter of Intent to:
VIA REGULAR MAILU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Peer Review Division (8725R) Sorting Code: 98-NCERQA-S1 401 M Street, SW Washington, DC 20460
VIA COURIER OR
Peer Review Division (8725R)
Sorting Code: 98-NCERQA-S1
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 564-6939 (for express mail applications only)
The sorting code must be identified in the address (as shown above). Applications sent via courier or express mail should have the following telephone number listed on the express mail label: (202) 564-6939.
5.2 THE APPLICATION
The application is made through the submission of the materials described below. It is important that the application contain all the information requested and be submitted in the formats described. If it is not, the application may be eliminated from review on administrative grounds. Once an applicant is chosen for award (i.e., after external peer review and internal programmatic review), additional documentation and forms will be requested by the Project Officer. The application contains the following:
A.Standard Form 424: The applicant must complete Standard Form 424 (see below for form and instructions). This form will act as a cover sheet for the application and should be its first page. Instructions for completion of the SF424 are included with the form. The form must contain the original signature of an authorized representative of the applying institution. Please note that both the Principal Investigator and an administrative contact should be identified in Section 5 of the SF424.
B.Key Contacts: The applicant must complete the Key Contacts Form as the second page of the submitted application
C.Abstract: The abstract is a very important document. Prior to attending peer review panel meetings, some of the panelists may read only the abstract. Therefore, it is critical that the abstract accurately describe the project being proposed and convey all the essential components of the project. Also, in the event of an award, the abstracts will form the basis for an annual report of awards made under this program. The abstract should include the following information:
1.Sorting Code: Use the correct code that corresponds to this RFA. The code for EMPACT is 98-NCERQA-S1.
2.Title: Use the exact title as it appears in the rest of the application.
3.Investigators: List the names and affiliations of each investigator who will significantly contribute to the project including the Principal Co-Investigators from each of the partner organizations in the project consortium. Start with the Principal Investigator from the local government.
4.Project Summary: This should summarize: (a) the objectives of the study, (b) the approach to be used (which should give an accurate description of the project as described in the application), and (c) the expected results of the project and how they address the program needs identified in the solicitation.
The abstract must not exceed one 8.5x11 inch page of single spaced standard 12 point type with 1 inch margins.
D.Project Description: This description is not to exceed fifteen (15) consecutively numbered (center bottom), 8.5x11 inch pages of single-spaced standard 12 point type with 1 inch margins, exclusive of the references cited. The description must provide the following information:
1.Objectives: List objective(s) of the proposed project and the EMPACT metropolitan area where the proposed project will be conducted. Include a statement on the context of the proposed project in relation to other environmental projects in the proposed EMPACT metropolitan area. Justify the general public's need for the project in the proposed EMPACT metropolitan area.
2.Approach: Outline the methods, approaches, and techniques that you intend to employ in meeting the objectives stated above. Describe how the project will address the three required project components: (1) TIME-RELEVANT ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER MONITORING/MEASUREMENT, (2) TIME-RELEVANT INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, PROCESSING, AND DELIVERY, AND (3) TIME-RELEVANT COMMUNICATION.
3.Expected Results or Benefits: Describe the results you expect to achieve during the project and the benefits of success as they relate to the project objectives and components.
4.General Project Information: Discuss other information relevant to the potential success of the project. This should include facilities, personnel, project schedules, proposed management structure, interactions with stakeholders, etc.
5.Important Attachments: Appendices, or other information unless excepted (E-K) below, must be included within the 15-page limit. References, Memoranda of Understanding between the partners within the metropolitan area consortium, the Project Management Plan, the Information Management Plan, resumes, Budget, Budget Justification, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Narrative Statement, may be in addition to the 15 page limit.
E. Memorandum of Understanding: The MOU (refer to Section 2.4.2) must be limited to two (2) pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application limit.
F.Project Management Plan: The Management Plan (refer to Section 2.4.4) must be limited to six (6) pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application limit.
G. Information Management Plan: The Information Management Plan (refer to Section 2.4.5) must be limited to six (6) pages and may be in addition to the 15 page application limit.
H. Resumes: The resumes of all principal investigators and key project personnel should be presented. Each resume must not exceed two consecutively numbered (bottom center), 8.5x11 inch pages of single-spaced standard 12 point type with 1 inch margins.
I. Budget: A detailed, itemized budget for each year of the one or two year proposed project must be included. This budget must utilize the format shown in the forms file at end of document (do not try to squeeze your complete budget on the "form" shown as an example). Budget should include funds for travel to one annual meeting with OIRM to plan for coordinated information management and one annual program-wide meeting in Washington, D.C. These meetings at a minimum must involve the Principal Investigators from each metropolitan area project.
J. Budget Justification: This section should describe the basis for calculating the personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, construction, and other costs identified in the itemized budget. This should also include an explanation of how the indirect costs and charges were calculated. This justification should not exceed two consecutively numbered (bottom center), 8.5x11 inch pages of single-spaced standard 12 point type with 1 inch margins.
K. Quality Assurance Narrative Statement: A quality assurance system that complies with the requirements of ANSI/ASQC E4, "Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs," must be provided. All applications must have this statement, which should not exceed two consecutively numbered (bottom center), 8.5x11 inch pages of single-spaced standard 12 point type with 1 inch margins. The Quality Assurance Narrative Statement should either present the required information or provide a justification as to why the item does not apply to the proposed project for each item listed below:
1.The data collection activities to be performed (reference may be made to the specific page and paragraph number in the application where this information may be found); acceptance criteria for data quality (precision, accuracy, representativeness, completeness, comparability, time-relevancy).
2.The survey design including sample type and location requirements and any statistical analyses that were used to estimate the types and numbers of samples required.
3.The procedures for the handling and custody of samples, including sample identification, preservation, transportation, and storage.
4.The methods that will be used to analyze samples collected, including a description of the sampling and/or analytical instruments required.
5.The procedures that will be used in the calibration and performance evaluation of the sampling and analytical methods used during the project.
6.The intended use of the data as they relate to the project objectives.
7.The quantitative and or qualitative procedures that will be used to evaluate the success of the project.
8.Any plans for peer or other reviews of the survey design or analytical methods prior to data collection.
9.The procedures for data reduction and reporting, including description
of statistical analyses to be used.
[ANSI/ASQC E4, "Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs," is available for purchase from the American Society for Quality Control, 1-800 248-1946, item T55. Only in exceptional circumstances should it be necessary to consult this document.]
5.3 HOW TO APPLY
The original and fifteen (15) copies of the fully developed application and five (5) additional copies of the abstract (20 in all), must be received by NCER no later than 4:00 P.M. EST on the closing date, May 15, 1998.
The application and abstract must be prepared in accordance with these instructions. Informal, incomplete, or unsigned applications will not be considered. Completed applications should be sent via regular or express mail to:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Peer Review Division (8703R) Sorting Code: 98-NCERQA-S1
401 M Street, SW Washington, DC 20460
For express mail or courier-delivered applications, the following address must be used:
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Peer Review Division (8703R)
Sorting Code: 98-NCERQA-S1
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 564-6939 (for express mail applications only)
The sorting code must be identified in the address (as shown above). Applications sent via express mail should have the following telephone number listed on the express mail label: (202) 564-6939.
Application must include a blank, self-addressed, stamped post card. This will be returned to the applicant to acknowledge that the application has been received.
Applications may be withdrawn by the applicant at any time. Applicants are requested to notify EPA if the project is funded by another organization or circumstances change which dictate termination of evaluation.
6.0 REVIEW AND SELECTION
6.1 REVIEW PROCEDURES
All grant applications are initially screened by EPA to determine their compliance with legal and administrative requirements. Acceptable applications are then reviewed by an appropriate peer review group. This review is designed to evaluate each application based on the criteria and considerations outlined in Section 6.2 (e.g. technical/scientific merit, commitment to work with partners, feasibility of project). Each review group will be composed primarily of a multi disciplinary team from universities, industry, non-government organizations (NGOs), and government (non-EPA) who are experts in their respective disciplines. The criteria described in Section 6.2 will be given equal consideration in the review process. Although multiple applications may be submitted from local governments from within a single metropolitan area, only one of the successful applications from a single metropolitan area will be selected for an award. EPA's Office of Research and Development will have the final authority in the selection of awards. The Agency's final decision will be based on the recommendations of the peer review, the best interest of the Agency, and the overall goals and objectives of the EMPACT Program.
6.2 CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS
A. Responsiveness to the RFA
Application adequately addresses the project approach to accomplishing the three required project components (refer to Section 2.3 PROJECT COMPONENTS and 2.4 Additional Considerations):
1) Environmental Parameter Monitoring/Measurement;
2) Information Collection, Management and Delivery;
The time-relevancy of the proposed monitoring, information management and delivery, and communication will also be assessed.
B. Technical and Scientific Merit of Approach
The soundness of the technical and scientific approach to time-relevant monitoring and measurement, information collection, management and delivery, and communication of environmental information to the public. Also, the appropriateness and adequacy of the quality assurance narrative statement will be considered.
C. Team Approach through Consortium and Memorandum of Understanding
The consortium includes a variety of expertise (e.g. monitoring, data management, communication) representing varied interests in the community. The consortium has a signed Memorandum of Understanding (or other appropriate documentation) detailing the roles and responsibilities of the various entities and a plan for cooperation and coordination between them (refer to Section 2.4.2 Partnerships and Consortium Building). No preference in ranking and selection will be given to those projects that propose EPA involvement over those that do not.
D. Leveraging Additional Resources
The amount and appropriateness of additional resources leveraged through in-kind contributions, matching funds, or other additional resources (e.g. equipment) from partners (refer to Section 2.4.2 Partnerships and Consortium Building).
E. Adequacy of Project Management Plan
The application must demonstrate that applicants have an adequate Project Management Plan that clearly demonstrates their ability to manage this project (refer to Section 2.4.4 Project Management Plan).
F. Adequacy of Information Management Plan
The application must demonstrate that applicants can provide an adequate preliminary Information Management Plan documenting their plans for data collection, storage, retrieval, and delivery as well as procedures for data quality control and security (refer to Section 2.4.5 Information Management Plan).
G. Feasibility of Project
Feasibility of conducting the project in the EMPACT metropolitan area with the proposed resources including:
G.1.Adequacy of Facilities
The availability and/or adequacy of the facilities and equipment proposed for the project.
G.2. Adequacy of Budget
Although budget information is not used by the reviewers as the basis
for their evaluation of technical/scientific merit, the reviewers are asked
to provide their input on the appropriateness and/or adequacy of the proposed
budget, including time commitment of all key personnel, and its implications
on the potential success of the proposed project will be considered. Input
on the appropriateness and/or adequacy of requested equipment is of particular
G.3. Knowledge, experience, and expertise of the project team and key leaders
The team demonstrates a balance of technical and management expertise and experience that would ensure success of the proposed project, such as Co-Principal Investigators with expertise in environmental monitoring, data management, communication of environmental information, and other relevant areas.
6.3 TIME LINE FOR APPLICATION PROCESS
January 20, 1998Request for Applications Published in the Federal Register and posted on the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Internet home page, http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa
March 2, 1998Deadline for Letters of Intent received by EPA by 4:00 p.m. EST
May 15, 1998Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. EST
6.4 PROPRIETARY INFORMATION
By submitting an application in response to this solicitation, the applicant grants EPA permission to share the application with technical reviewers both within and outside the Agency. Applications containing proprietary or other types of confidential information will not be reviewed.
6.5 GRANT ADMINISTRATION
The funding mechanism for all awards issued under this solicitation will consist of an assistance agreement, either a grant or cooperative agreement between EPA and the recipient. In accordance with Public Law 95-224, assistance agreements are used to accomplish a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by Federal statute rather than acquisition for the direct benefit of the Agency. In using a grant agreement, EPA anticipates that there will be no substantial involvement during the course of the grant between the recipient and the Agency. In using a cooperative agreement, EPA anticipates that there will be substantial involvement during the course of the cooperative agreement between the recipient and the Agency, e. g., co-investigator from the Federal Government. EPA will determine the funding mechanism for awards once the peer review and selection processes have been completed.
EPA grants awarded as a result of this announcement will be administered in accordance with 40 CFR Part 31 and 40.
EPA provides awards for research in the sciences and engineering related
to environmental protection. The awardee is solely responsible for the
conduct of such activities and preparation of results for publication.
EPA, therefore, does not assume responsibility for such findings or their
EMPACT Metropolitan Areas
Metropolitan Area: A metropolitan area includes at least one city with
50,000 or more inhabitants, or a Census Bureau-defined urbanized area (of
at least 50,000 inhabitants) and a total metropolitan population of at
least 100,000 (75,000 in New England). Under this standard, the county
(or counties) that contains the largest city becomes the "central
county" (counties), along with any adjacent counties that have at
least 50 percent of their population in the urbanized area surrounding
the largest city. Additional "outlying counties" are included
in the metropolitan area if they meet specified requirements of commuting
to the central counties and other selected requirements of metropolitan
character (such as population density and percent urban). In New England,
the metropolitan areas are defined in terms of cities and towns rather
The following is a list of the EMPACT Metropolitan Areas:
Austin-San Marcos, TX
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
Charleston-North Charleston, SC
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI
El Paso, TX
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI
Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC
Kansas City, MO-KS
Las Vegas, NV-AZ
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
New Orleans, LA
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC
Oklahoma City, OK
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT
San Diego, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
San Juan, PR
Sioux Falls, SD
St. Louis-E. St. Louis, MO-IL
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
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