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the Commonwealth of the Northern cooperate with NOAA in identifying Administrative Procedure Act/
Mariana Islands. feasible measures to reduce or avoid any Regulatory Flexibility Act
identified adverse environmental Prior notice and an opportunity for
Intergovernmental Review
impacts of their proposal. The failure to public comment are not required by the
Applications under this program are do so shall be grounds for not selecting
not subject to Executive Order 12372, Administrative Procedure Act or any
an application. In some cases if other law for rules concerning public
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal additional information is required after
Programs.’’ property, loans, grants, benefits, and
an application is selected, funds can be contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because
Evaluation and Selection Criteria and withheld by the Grants Officer under a notice and opportunity for comments
Procedures special award condition requiring the are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C.
recipient to submit additional 553 or any other law, the analytical
NOAA published its agency-wide environmental compliance information
solicitation entitled ‘‘Omnibus Notice requirements of the Regulatory
sufficient to enable NOAA to make an Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are
Announcing the Availability of Grant
assessment on any impacts that a project inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory
Funds for Fiscal Year 2006’’ for projects
may have on the environment. flexibility analysis has not been
for Fiscal Year 2006 in the Federal
Register on June 30, 2005 (70 FR 37766). Pre-Award Notification Requirements prepared, and none has been prepared.
The evaluation and selection criteria for Grants and Cooperative Agreements Mark Brown,
and procedures for projects contained in The Department of Commerce Pre- Chief Financial Officer, NOAA, Oceanic and
that omnibus notice are applicable to Award Notification requirements for Atmospheric Research.
this notice. Copies of this notice are Grants and Cooperative Agreements [FR Doc. E5–7397 Filed 12–14–05; 8:45 am]
available on the Internet at http:// contained in the Federal Register notice BILLING CODE 3510–22–P
www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/ of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are
SOLINDEX.HTML. Further details on applicable to this solicitation.
evaluation and selection criteria and DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
procedures applicable to this notice can Limitation of Liability
be found in the full funding opportunity In no event will NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
announcement. Department of Commerce be responsible Administration
National Environmental Policy Act for proposal preparation costs if these [Docket No.: 030602141–5302–31]
(NEPA) programs fail to receive funding or are
cancelled because of other agency Financial Assistance To Administer
NOAA must analyze the potential
priorities. Publication of this NOAA’s Educational Partnership
environmental impacts, as required by
announcement does not oblige NOAA to Program (EPP) With Minority Serving
the National Environmental Policy Act
award any specific project or to obligate Institutions (MSI), Graduate Sciences
(NEPA), for applicant projects or
any available funds. Recipients and sub- Program
proposals which are seeking NOAA
recipients are subject to all Federal laws
federal funding opportunities. Detailed AGENCY: National Oceanic and
and agency policies, regulations and
information on NOAA compliance with Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
procedures applicable to Federal
NEPA can be found at the following Department of Commerce.
financial assistance awards.
NOAA NEPA Web site: http:// ACTION: Notice of criteria to administer
www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our Paperwork Reduction Act the EPP/MSI Graduate Sciences
NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for This notification involves collection- Program; and notice of availability of
NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ of-information requirements subject to funds and solicitation for proposals for
NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). these funds.
on Environmental Quality The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A,
implementation regulations, http:// 424B, and SF–LLL and CD–346 has been SUMMARY: The purpose of this document
ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/ approved by the Office of Management is to advise the public that NOAA’s
toc_ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an and Budget (OMB) under control Educational Partnership Program is
applicant’s package, and under their numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348– soliciting not-for-profit organizations to
description of their program activities, 0040 and 0348–0046 and 0605–0001. administer its EPP Graduate Sciences
applicants are required to provide Notwithstanding any other provision of Program. The goal of the Graduate
detailed information on the activities to law, no person is required to respond to, Sciences Program is to provide college
be conducted, locations, sites, species nor shall any person be subject to a graduates who have received at least a
and habitat to be affected, possible penalty for failure to comply with, a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics,
construction activities, and any collection of information subject to the science, economics, law, and
environmental concerns that may exist requirements of the PRA unless that engineering, entry-level employment
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous collection of information displays a and hands-on research and work
or toxic chemicals, introduction of non- currently valid OMB control number. experience at NOAA. The program’s
indigenous species, impacts to objective is to increase the number of
endangered and threatened species, Executive Order 12866 students who undertake course work
aquaculture projects, and impacts to It has been determined that this notice and graduate with degrees in the
coral reef systems). In addition to is not significant for purposes of targeted areas integral to NOAA’s
providing specific information that will Executive Order 12866. mission.
serve as the basis for any required The goal of the NOAA EPP/MSI
impact analyses, applicants may also be Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) Graduate Sciences Program (GSP) is
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of It has been determined that this notice aimed primarily at increasing
an environmental assessment, if NOAA does not contain policies with opportunities and available programs
determines an assessment is required. Federalism implications as that term is for students in NOAA related fields to
Applicants will also be required to defined in Executive Order 13132. pursue research and graduate level

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educational training in atmospheric, at the following address: NOAA/EPP, oceanography, hydrology, computer
environmental, and oceanic sciences at 1315 East West Highway, Room 10703, science, ecology, environmental
Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. No economics, and engineering. The
when possible. All students are facsimile applications will be accepted. program requires graduate student’s
competitively selected for positions in Institutions are encouraged to submit participation in research projects that
NOAA offices and facilities. Letters of Intent to NOAA/EPP within will promote in-depth knowledge and
Participants must be U.S. citizens, 30 days of this announcement to aid in understanding of NOAA sciences in
have a Bachelor’s degree in planning the review processes. their academic institutions. For the
mathematics, science, law, or Letters of Intent may be submitted via purposes of this announcement, MSIs
engineering, and have, and maintain, a e-mail to Chantell.Haskins@noaa.gov. are defined as Historically Black
minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher prior Information should include a general Colleges and Universities, Hispanic
to and for the duration of their training. description of the program Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and
Prior to acceptance into the program, administration proposal. Universities, Alaska Native and Native
students must be enrolled in an FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hawaiian Serving Institutions as
accredited graduate school and obtain a Chantell Haskins, Program Manager at defined by the Department of Education
letter of recommendation by a school (301) 713–9437 ext. 125 or and the most recent list can be found on
official. This two-year program provides Chantell.Haskins@noaa.gov. the NOAA EPP Web site at http://
for formal periods of work, study, and epp.noaa.gov.
structured classroom training programs SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
in meteorology, hydrology, cartography, Electronic Access
Background
oceanography, ecology, remote sensing Applicants can access, download, and
technology, environmental science and NOAA is committed to recruiting and submit electronic grant applications,
planning, marine science, fisheries retaining individuals from including the full funding opportunity
biology, computer science, and underrepresented communities as part announcement, for NOAA programs at
environmental law. GSP pays for of its workforce. The agency established the Grants.gov Web site: http://
tuition, books, lab fees, campus housing EPP to provide financial assistance to www.grants.gov. The announcement
allowance, travel expenses, and salary train students in NOAA-related sciences will also be available at the NOAA EPP
during 16 weeks of NOAA work and to conduct hands-on research Web site http://epp.noaa.gov or by
experience per year at a NOAA research related to the ongoing mission of the contacting the program official
facility. NOAA scientists are assigned as agency. Therefore, the agency identified above. The closing date will
mentors to graduate scientists during established a program aimed at be the same as for paper submissions
the training period. partnering with MSIs that train and noted in this announcement. NOAA
The progress of the students is graduate students in the areas of strongly recommends that you do not
monitored throughout the academic atmospheric, oceanic and wait until the application deadline date
year and during the intermittent career environmental sciences, fisheries to begin the application process through
work experiences. Under the program, sciences, and management, and remote Grants.gov. If Internet access is
graduate students are required to sensing technology. Since unavailable, hard copies of proposals
present their research at conferences, approximately 40% of minority students will also be accepted—a signed original
scientific meetings and workshops, receive their undergraduate degrees at and two copies—at time of submission.
education and science forums, etc. The MSIs, direct collaboration with MSIs is The project description (including
program requires that students an effective way to increase the number relevant results from prior training
participate in an orientation program at of students from under-represented programs) should not exceed 15 pages.
NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, communities trained and graduated in Page limits are inclusive of figures, and
Maryland, at the beginning of their NOAA-related sciences. other visual materials, but are exclusive
appointment. With such a limited pool of potential of references, milestone charts, letters of
minority employees trained in NOAA- collaboration from unfounded
DATES: Applications must be received related sciences, it is important that collaborators, letters of endorsement,
by NOAA Educational Partnership NOAA seek new ways to make students and curriculum vitae which may not
Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m. aware of the mission of the agency and exceed 2 pages for each principal,
(eastern standard time), February 13, to support activities that increase program administrator/coordinator. This
2006. opportunities for students trained in includes color or high-resolution
ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in NOAA-related sciences. graphics, unusually sized materials, or
response to this announcement are The National Oceanic and otherwise unusual materials submitted
strongly encouraged to submit through Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the proposal. For color
the Grants.gov Web site. Electronic Educational Partnership Program (EPP) graphics, submit either color originals or
access to the full funding opportunity with Minority Serving Institutions color copies. Facsimile transmissions
announcement for this program is (MSIs) is a competitive program and electronic mail submission of full
available via the Grants.gov Web site: designed to develop and/or enhance the proposals will not be accepted.
http://www.grants.gov. The collaboration between NOAA and the
announcement will also be available at MSI community to increase the number Funding Availability
the NOAA EPP Web site http:// of students who pursue coursework and Subject to appropriations, this
epp.noaa.gov or by contacting the graduate with degrees in NOAA-related solicitation announces that funding at a
program official identified below. sciences. The program is designed to maximum of $350,000 will be available
Applicants must comply with all improve NOAA’s outreach and for program administration of the
requirements contained in the full recruitment efforts of under-represented Graduate Sciences Program over a two-
funding opportunity announcement. individuals in the scientific mission- year period. The proposal is limited to
Paper applications (a signed original related occupational fields, i.e., fishery a total of $350,000 for a maximum of
and two copies) may also be submitted biology, environmental law, two years and one proposal will be
to the Educational Partnership Program meteorology, cartography, funded. Up to 18% of $350,000 is

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allowed for administrative overhead and The Program Officer will neither vote and commensurate with the project
at least 82% of $350,000 is for student nor score proposals as part of the needs and time-frame.
support. It is anticipated that the independent peer review panel nor (5) Outreach and education: NOAA
funding instrument will be a participate in discussion of the merits of assesses whether this project provides a
cooperative agreement since NOAA will the proposal. Those proposals receiving focused and effective education and
be substantially involved in identifying an average panel score of ‘‘Good,’’ outreach strategy regarding NOAA’s
NOAA facilities to place students ‘‘Fair,’’ or ‘‘Poor’’ will not be given mission to protect the Nation’s natural
during the two summer internships, and further consideration, and applicants resources.
with collaboration, participation, or will be notified of non-selection. For the Selection Factors: The merit review
intervention in project performance. proposals rated by the panel as either ratings shall provide a rank order to the
Authorities: 15 U.S.C. 1540, 49 U.S.C. ‘‘Excellent’’ or ‘‘Very Good,’’ the Selecting Official for final funding
44720, 33 U.S.C. 883d, 33 U.S.C. 1442, 16 Program Officer will (a) rank the recommendation. A program officer may
U.S.C. 1854(e), 16 U.S.C. 661, 16 U.S.C. proposals by average panel ratings, and/ first make a recommendation to the
753(a), 16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 1431, or by applying the project selection Selecting Official applying the selection
33 U.S.C. 883a and Executive Orders 12876, factors listed below; (b) determine the factors below. The Selecting Official
12900, 13021, 13336, and 13339. total duration of funding for the selected shall award in the rank order unless the
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: proposal; and (c) determine the amount proposal is justified to be selected out
11.481—Educational Partnership Program of funds available for the selected of rank order based upon numbers 1, 4,
with Minority Serving Institutions. proposal subject to the availability of 5 and 6 of the following factors:
Eligibility: Proposals will only be fiscal year funds. A recommendation for 1. Availability of funding.
accepted from non-profit organizations. funding is then forwarded to the 2. Balance/distribution of funds:
Cost Sharing Requirements: None. selecting official, the Director, NOAA a. Geographically
Intergovernmental Review: Office of Education, for the final b. By type of institutions
Applications under this program are not funding decision. In making the final c. By type of partners
subject to Executive Order 12372, selection, the Director will award to the d. By research areas
‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal highest scoring applicant unless the e. By project types
Programs.’’ selected proposal is justified to be
Evaluation and Selection Procedures: selected out of rank order based on the 3. Whether this project duplicates
Once an application is received by selection factors listed below. other projects funded or considered for
NOAA, an initial administrative review Investigators may be asked to modify funding by NOAA or other federal
is conducted to determine compliance objectives, work plans or budgets, and agencies.
with requirements and completeness of provide supplemental information 4. Program priorities and policy
the application. The initial required by the agency prior to the factors set forth in sections I.A. and B.
administrative review will be based on: award. When a decision has been made and IV.B. of the Full Funding
1. Eligibility—Proposals will only be (whether an award or declination), Opportunity.
accepted and reviewed from not-for- verbatim anonymous copies of reviews 5. Applicant’s prior award
profit organizations (as defined in and summaries of review panel performance.
Section IIIA of the full funding deliberations, if any, will be made 6. Partnerships and/or Participation of
opportunity announcement); available to the applicant upon targeted groups.
2. Submission date—Proposals will applicant request. Declined applications 7. Adequacy of information necessary
only be accepted and reviewed if they will be held in the NOAA EPP for the for NOAA to make a NEPA
are received in the NOAA EPP office by required 3 years in accordance with the determination and draft necessary
the designated deadline; current retention requirements, and documentation before recommendations
3. Project cost—Proposals will only be then destroyed. for funding are made to the Grants
accepted and reviewed if the Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be Officer.
administrative overhead costs are no evaluated on the basis of the following National Environmental Policy Act
more than 18% of the total award. evaluation criteria at the indicated (NEPA)
Each application that meets the weights:
requirements and is complete will be (1) Importance and/or relevance and NOAA must analyze the potential
evaluated and scored individually in applicability of proposed project to the environmental impacts, as required by
accordance with the assigned weights of program goals. This ascertains whether the National Environmental Policy Act
the evaluation criteria by an there is intrinsic value in the proposed (NEPA), for applicant projects or
independent peer review panel. Each work and/or relevance to NOAA, proposals which are seeking NOAA
peer panel reviewer will score proposals Federal, regional, state, or local federal funding opportunities. Detailed
on a scale of five to one, where scores activities. information on NOAA compliance with
represent respectively: Excellent (5), (2) Technical/scientific merit: This NEPA can be found at the following
Very Good (4), Good (3), Fair (2), Poor assesses whether the approach is NOAA NEPA Web site: http://
(1). technically sound and/or innovative, if www.nepa.noaa.gov/, including our
Each peer review panel will be the methods are appropriate, and NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for
comprised of 3 to 5 individuals, having whether there are clear project goals and NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
expertise in the program management of objectives. NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council
student fellowship, scholarship, or (3) Overall qualifications of on Environmental Quality
internship programs in the areas of applicants: This ascertains whether the implementation regulations, http://
science and technology. The individual applicant possesses the necessary ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/
peer review panelist scores shall be education, experience, training, toc_ceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an
averaged for each application and facilities, and administrative resources applicant’s package, and under their
presented to the Program Officer. No to accomplish the project. description of their program activities,
consensus advice will be given by the (4) Project costs: The Budget is applicants are required to provide
independent peer to the review panel. evaluated to determine if it is realistic detailed information on the activities to

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be conducted, locations, sites, species SF–LLL and CD–346 has been approved Scholarship Program; and notice of
and habitat to be affected, possible by the Office of Management and availability of funds and solicitation for
construction activities, and any Budget (OMB) under control numbers proposals for these funds.
environmental concerns that may exist 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040 and
(e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous 0348–0046 and 0605–0001. SUMMARY: The purpose of this document
or toxic chemicals, introduction of non- Notwithstanding any other provision of is to advise the public that NOAA’s
indigenous species, impacts to law, no person is required to respond to, Educational Partnership Program is
endangered and threatened species, nor shall any person be subject to a soliciting not-for-profit organizations to
aquaculture projects, and impacts to penalty for failure to comply with, a administer its Undergraduate
coral reef systems). In addition to collection of information subject to the Scholarship Program. The goal of the
providing specific information that will requirements of the PRA unless that Undergraduate Scholarship Program is
serve as the basis for any required collection of information displays a to increase the number of students who
impact analyses, applicants may also be currently valid OMB control number. undertake course work and graduate
requested to assist NOAA in drafting of with degrees in the targeted areas
Executive Order 12866 integral to NOAA’s mission. This
an environmental assessment, if NOAA
determines an assessment is required. It has been determined that this notice program targets students who have
Applicants will also be required to is not significant for purposes of completed their sophomore year; attend
cooperate with NOAA in identifying Executive Order 12866. Minority Serving Institutions; majoring
feasible measures to reduce or avoid any Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) in mathematics, science, or engineering;
identified adverse environmental and have recently declared, or about to
impacts of their proposal. The failure to It has been determined that this notice declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic,
do so shall be grounds for the denial of does not contain policies with remote sensing technology, or
an application. In some cases if Federalism implications as that term is environmental science disciplines.
additional information is required after defined in Executive Order 13132. The Undergraduate Scholarship
application is selected, funds can be Administrative Procedure Act/ participants must be U.S. citizens and
withheld by the Grants Officer under a Regulatory Flexibility Act attend an MSI including Hispanic
special award condition requiring the Serving Institutions, Historically Black
Prior notice and an opportunity for Colleges and Universities, Tribal College
recipient to submit additional public comment are not required by the
environmental compliance information and Universities, Alaska-Native Serving
Administrative procedure Act or any
sufficient to enable NOAA to make an Institutions, and Native Hawaiian
other law for rules concerning public
assessment on any impacts that a project Serving Institutions full-time, be
property, loans, grants, benefits, and
may have on the environment. pursuing studies in atmospheric
contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because
science, biology, cartography,
Pre-Award Notification Requirements notice and opportunity for comments
chemistry, computer science,
for Grants and Cooperative Agreements are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C.
engineering, environmental science,
553 or any other law, the analytical
The Department of Commerce Pre- geodesy, geography, marine science,
requirements of the Regulatory
Award Notification Requirements for mathematics, meteorology, physical
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are
Grants and Cooperative Agreements science, oceanography, marine biology,
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory
contained in the Federal Register notice photogrammetry, or physics.
flexibility analysis has not been
of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389) are Participants must have, and maintain, a
prepared, and none has been prepared.
applicable to this solicitation. minimum 3.0 grade point average.
It has been determined that this notice
Limitation of Liability does not contain policies with DATES: Applications must be received
Federalism implications as that term is by NOAA Educational Partnership
Funding for the program Program (EPP) no later than 2 p.m.
administration listed in this notice is defined in Executive Order 13132.
(eastern standard time), February 13,
contingent upon availability of Fiscal Mark Brown, 2006.
Year 2006 appropriations. Applicants Chief Financial Officer, NOAA Oceanic and
are hereby given notice that funds have Atmospheric Research. ADDRESSES: Applications submitted in
not yet been appropriated for the response to this announcement should
[FR Doc. E5–7396 Filed 12–14–05; 8:45 am]
Graduate Sciences Program. In no event be submitted through the Grants.gov
BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P
will NOAA or the Department of Web site. Electronic access to the full
Commerce accept responsibility for funding opportunity announcement for
proposal preparation costs if these DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE this program is available via the
programs fail to receive funding or are Grants.gov Web site: http://
cancelled because of other agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric www.grants.gov. The announcement
priorities. Publication of this Administration will also be available at the NOAA EPP
announcement does not oblige NOAA to Web site http://epp.noaa.gov or by
[Docket No.: 030602141–5300–29]
award any specific project or to obligate contacting the program official
any available funds. Recipients and sub- Financial Assistance To Administer identified below. Applicants must
recipients are subject to all Federal laws NOAA’s Educational Partnership comply with all requirements contained
and agency policies, regulations and Program (EPP) With Minority Serving in the full funding opportunity
procedures applicable to Federal Institutions (MSI), Undergraduate announcement. Paper applications (a
financial assistance awards. Scholarship Program signed original and two copies) may
also be submitted to the Educational
Paperwork Reduction Act AGENCY: National Oceanic and Partnership Program at the following
This notification involves collection- Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), address: NOAA/EPP, 1315 East West
of-information requirements subject to Department of Commerce. Highway, Room 10703, Silver Spring,
the Paperwork Reduction Act. The use ACTION: Notice of criteria to administer Maryland 20910. No facsimile
of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, and the EPP/MSI Undergraduate applications will be accepted.

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