U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ecological Services

 

White-Nose Syndrome Research

Request for Proposals (RFP)

 

Endangered Species Conservation – Recovery Implementation Funds

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.657

 

Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions

 

I. Description of Funding Opportunity

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is pleased to announce the availability of new research funding to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS).  This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel.  For information on WNS and details of currently funded projects, please see:

http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/research-and-monitoring

 

White-nose syndrome continued to spread last winter (2012/2013), and is anticipated to continue its progression in 2014.  As of 30 January 2014, WNS or evidence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been reported from at least one location in 26 states and five Canadian provinces including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.  Surveys in affected areas continue to reveal population declines associated with the disease, and evidence to date suggests that affected bat populations are not likely to stabilize or recover in the immediate future. 

 

The USFWS has targeted $2 million for an open funding opportunity in 2014 to investigate critical gaps in our understanding of WNS that hinder our ability to control the disease.  Available funds are from internally awarded FY2013 and anticipated FY2014 funds.  

 

2014 Priorities

 

Through this request, the USFWS will fund research that addresses priorities identified by the working groups established under the National WNS Response Plan.  Proposals addressing priorities 1 and 2 (Tier 1) will receive preference in scoring, while projects addressing priority 3, the open category, will be competitive by excelling in other scoring criteria (see sections on proposal requirements and proposal review).  

 

The questions that follow each priority listed below are provided as examples and do not represent a comprehensive list:

 

Tier 1:

1.      Priority 1: Understanding the nature and dynamics of remnant bat populations in WNS-affected areas.

- Are survival and recruitment consistent across the affected area within species?

- What factors influence host resilience and tolerance?

 

2.      Priority 2: Understanding the nature and dynamics of Pd infectivity and virulence factors.

- Why and how is Pd pathogenic?

- How does Pd differ physiologically and genomically from congeneric and other cave-associated fungal species?

Tier 2:

3.      Priority 3: Other important research.  (An open category)

- Control of Pd:  chemical and/or biological agents for possible treatment of bats and/or their environments.

- Examination of the ecological and economic impacts of WNS.

 

II. Award Information

 

Up to $2 million will be available for high priority research projects through this request for proposal (RFP) process.  Before submitting a proposal for WNS research funds, please carefully review all the information and instructions in this RFP.

 

Proposal due date:  31 March 2014 

Anticipated award announcement date:  25 April 2014

Anticipated earliest project start date:  1 August 2014

 

III. Basic Eligibility Requirements:

 

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants for this competitive grant program include non-governmental agencies or organizations, universities, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel.  U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must submit documentary evidence of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

 

To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:

 

1.  Proposed projects must clearly address one or more of the priorities identified above.

 

2.  Applicants must be in good standing on all previously awarded Federal grant agreements, with no outstanding reports or obligations.

 

Failure to comply with the following requirements may result in forfeiture of grant eligibility.

Projects must be completed within two (2) years of receipt of funding, with the exception of a deadline of 30 September 2015 for some Federal agencies.

 

Federal law (2 CFR Part 25, Central Contractor Registry and Data Universal Numbering System

mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun &

Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current

registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).  The CCR functionality was

consolidated into the System for Award Management (SAM) in September 2012. Exemptions:

The SAM registration requirement does not apply to individuals submitting an application on

their own behalf and not on behalf of a company or other for-profit entity, State, local or Tribal

government, academia or other type of organization.

 

A.  DUNS Registration

Request a DUNS number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. U.S.-based organizations may also request a DUNS number by telephone by calling the Dun &

Bradstreet Government Customer Response Center, Monday – Friday, 7 AM to 8 PM CST at the following numbers:

 

U.S. and U.S Virgin Islands: 1-866-705-5711

Alaska and Puerto Rico: 1-800-234-3867 (Select Option 2, then Option 1)

For Hearing Impaired Customers Only call: 1-877-807-1679 (TTY Line)

 

Once assigned a DUNS number, organizations are responsible for maintaining up-to-date information with Dun & Bradstreet.

 

B.  Entity Registration in SAM

Register in SAM online at http://www.sam.gov/.  Once registered in SAM, entities must renew and revalidate their SAM registration at least every 12 months from the date previously registered. Entities are strongly urged to revalidate their registration as often as needed to ensure that SAM is up to date and in synch with changes that may have been made to DUNS and IRS information.  Foreign entities who wish to be paid to a bank account in the United States must enter and maintain valid and current banking information in SAM.

 

C.  Excluded Entities

Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program

 

D.  Cost Sharing or Matching:

Matching funds and/or contributions are not required but are highly valued to increase effectiveness of federal research investments.

 

IV. Application Requirements

To be considered for funding under this funding opportunity, an application must contain: 

 

A.  A completed, signed, and dated Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424).  The SF-424 form is available online at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15.  B. Project Narrative

 

A proposal must not exceed 12 pages in length, including cover page, project summary, figures and tables, an itemized budget, and supplemental information on principal investigators (PIs) qualifications, matching or existing funds, etc.  The page limit does not include SF-424 or other required forms.  Proposals submitted with a font size less than 11 pt. will not be accepted.

 

Proposals will require letters of support/collaboration from all partners (e.g., State and Federal biologists, private landowners, etc.) whose contributions or cooperation are necessary for successful completion of the proposed project (e.g., commitment to collect swab samples on behalf of the Principal Investigator, etc.).  Affirmation of support for all partners will also need to be provided on the cover page.  Letters of support will not count against the 12 page limit.

 

1.   A Project Summary: A one page summary of the proposed project that outlines objectives, strengths, implications for management, and the total budget (broken down by year, if applicable). The summary must be suitable for public release on the WNS website.

 

2.   Project Goals and Objectives:  State the long-term goal(s) of the project.  Objectives are the specific steps to be taken to reach the stated goals.  State the objectives of the project, which must be specific, measurable, and realistic (attainable within the project’s proposed period of performance).  State the anticipated outcomes and/or benefits of the project.

 

3.   Project Activities, Methods and Timetable:  State the proposed project activities, and describe how they relate to the stated project objectives. Include a description of the problem and proposed research to address that problem, including the ways in which it addresses one or more priorities. The proposed project activities narrative must be detailed enough for reviewers to make a clear connection between the proposed activities and the proposed project costs. For projects being conducted within the United States, the narrative must provide enough detail so that reviewers are able to make a preliminary assessment of project compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Animal Welfare Act.   For projects being conducted on the high seas, the narrative should provide enough detail so that reviewers are able to determine project compliance with Section 7 of Endangered Species Act.  Provide a detailed description of the method(s) to be used to carry out each activity.  Provide a timetable indicating roughly when activities or project milestones are to be accomplished.  Include any resulting tables, spreadsheets or flow charts within the body of the proposal narrative (do not include as separate attachments).  The timetable should not propose specific dates but instead group activities by month for each month over the entire proposed project period.

 

To maintain consistency in diagnostic reporting, all PIs must follow established diagnostic protocols accepted by the WNS Diagnostics Working Group, or demonstrate that the protocols used in the proposed research perform equally well as published standard methods.

 

Include a statement characterizing the contributions of the proposed research to the national response to WNS

 

4.   Stakeholder Coordination/Involvement: As applicable, describe how you/your organization has coordinated with and involved other relevant organizations or individuals in planning the project, and detail if/how they will be involved in conducting project activities, disseminating project results and/or incorporating your results/products into their activities.

 

5.   Project Monitoring and Evaluation: Detail the monitoring and evaluation plan for the project.   Building on the stated project objectives, which must be specific and measurable, identify what you will measure (i.e. quantitative/quantifiable indicators) and how you will measure (i.e. methods, sample size, survey tools).  Reference the stated project timetable (i.e. process indicators) and budget information (i.e. input indicators).  Identify the products/services to be delivered and how/to whom they will be delivered (i.e. output indictors).  Detail the expected direct effect(s) of the project on beneficiaries (i.e. outcome indicators).  Include any available questionnaires, surveys, curricula, exams/tests or other assessment tools to be used for project evaluation.   Describe the resources and organizational structure available for gathering, analyzing and reporting monitoring and evaluation data.  If applicable, describe how project participants and beneficiaries will participate in monitoring and evaluation activities.  Describe how findings will be fed back into decision making and project activities throughout the project period. 

 

6.   Description of Organization(s) Undertaking the Project: Provide a brief description of the applicant organization and all cooperating entities and/or individuals.  Identify which of the proposed activities each agency, organization, group, or individual is responsible for conducting or managing.  Provide complete contact information for individual within your organization that will oversee/manage the project activities on a day-to-day basis.  This is the person commonly referred to as the Project Officer or Project Manager.  If eligibility for funding is based in whole or in part on the qualifications of key personnel, provide brief (1-2 pages) curricula vitae for key personnel, identifying their qualifications to meet the project objectives.  Do not include Social Security numbers, the names of family members, or any other personal or sensitive information on the curricula vitae!  Contributed CVs will not count against the 12 page limit.

 

The proposal must identify State or USFWS partners and/or contributions required to conduct field work, collect data, or interpret results.  The appropriate USFWS WNS Regional Coordinator for the region in which the project is proposed should be contacted prior to submission of the proposal.  For projects proposed to be conducted outside of the U.S., the National WNS Coordinator should be contacted (for a list of USFWS contacts, see: http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/contacts).  Furthermore, if your proposed study involves threatened or endangered species, the USFWS Field Office(s) responsible for the study location(s) should be contacted.

 

7.   Permitting: All participants of funded projects must procure all necessary Federal, State, and local permits, and landowner permissions prior to project initiation.8.         Literature Cited: as appropriate

 

D.        Budget

Complete the Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF 424A) or Budget Information for Construction Programs (SF 424C) form.  Use the SF 424A if your project does not include construction and the SF 424C if the project includes construction or land acquisition.  The budget forms are available online at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15.  When developing your budget, keep in mind the following:

 

Cost Principles: Financial assistance awards and subawards are subject to the cost principles in the following Federal regulations, as applicable to the recipient organization type:

·         2 CFR Part 220, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions

·         2 CFR Part 225, Cost Principles for States and Local Governments

·         2 CFR Part 230, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations

·         45 CFR Part 74, Appendix E, Principles for Determining Costs Applicable to Research and Development Under Grants and Contracts with Hospitals

·         48 CFR 1, Subpart 31.2, Contracts with Commercial Organizations

These documents are available on the Internet at http://www.ecfr.gov/.

 

Federally-Funded Equipment: Applicants cannot use equipment paid for by the U.S. Federal Government under another award as matching or in-kind contributions.  Do not include this type of equipment in your budget!  Instead, provide a separate list of any equipment paid for by the U.S. Federal Government that will be used for the project, including the name of the Federal agency that paid for the equipment. 

 

E.  Budget Justification Narrative

In a separate narrative titled “Budget Justification”, explain and justify all requested budget items/costs.  Detail how the SF 424 Budget Object Class Category totals were determined and demonstrate a clear connection between costs and the proposed project activities.  For personnel salary costs, include the base-line salary figures and the estimates of time (as percentages) to be directly charged to the project.  Describe any item that under the applicable OMB Cost Principles requires the USFWS’s approval and estimate its cost. 

 

Indirect Costs and Required Indirect Cost Statement: Applicants who are individuals applying for funds separate from a business or non-profit organization he/she may operate are not eligible to charge indirect costs to their award.  If you are an individual applying for funding, do not include any indirect costs in your proposed budget.   ALL other applicants must include in their budget justification narrative ONE of the following statements, as applicable and attach any required documentation as detailed below:

 

1.      Our organization does not have an indirect cost rate and will charge all costs directly.

2.      Our indirect cost rate is [insert rate]%.  We have a current Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA).  A copy of our NICRA is attached.   

3.      Our indirect cost rate is [insert rate]%.  We have [insert one of these statements, as applicable: “established a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) in the past, but it has expired.  A copy of our latest NICRA is attached” or “never established a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA)”].  In the event an award is made we will submit an indirect cost rate proposal to our cognizant agency immediately and no later than 90 calendar days after the date the award is made.  We understand that:

·         Although the USFWS may approve a budget that includes an estimate of indirect costs based on our stated rate, that approval will be contingent on our establishing a NICRA. 

·         Recipients without a NICRA are prohibited from charging indirect costs to a Federal award. 

·         Failure to establish a NICRA during the award period will make all costs otherwise allocable as indirect costs under the award unallowable. 

·         We will not be authorized to transfer any unallowable indirect costs to the amount budgeted for direct costs or to satisfy cost-sharing or matching requirements without the prior written approval of the USFWS.  

·         We may not shift unallowable indirect costs to another Federal award unless specifically authorized by legislation.

 

4.      We have never established a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) and in the event an award is made we agree as a condition of award to charge a flat indirect cost rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC) for the life of the award, including any future extensions of time, regardless of any NICRA we may establish during the award period.  We understand that MTDC is defined as all salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials and supplies, services, travel, and subgrants and subcontracts up to the first $25,000 of each subgrant or subcontract (regardless of the period covered by the subgrant or subcontract).  We understand that equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient care, participant support costs (includes registration fees, travel allowances, manuals and supplies, tuition, and stipends), rental costs, tuition, and the portion of subcontracts and subgrants in excess of $25,000 are excluded from MTDC. 

 

Negotiating an Indirect Cost Rate with the Department of the Interior:

For organizations without a NICRA, you must have an open, active Federal award to submit an indirect cost rate proposal to your cognizant agency.  The Federal awarding agency that provides the predominant amount of direct funding to your organization is your cognizant agency (unless otherwise assigned by the White House Office of Management and Budget).  If the Department of the Interior is your cognizant agency, your indirect cost rate will be negotiated by the Interior Business Center (IBC).  For more information, contact the IBC directly at:

Indirect Cost Services

Acquisition Services Directorate, Interior Business Center

U.S. Department of the Interior

2180 Harvard Street, Suite 430

Sacramento, CA 95815

Phone: 916-566-7111

Email: ics@nbc.gov

Internet address: http://www.aqd.nbc.gov/Services/ICS.aspx

 

F.   Statement Regarding A-133 Single Audit Reporting:  Following OMB Circular A-133 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/a133/a133_revised_2007.pdf), domestic entities expending $500,000 USD or more in Federal award funds in a year must submit an A-133 Single Audit report for that year through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse’s Internet Data Entry System.  State if your organization was/was not required to submit an A-133 Single Audit report last year (either your organization is a non-U.S. entity or a domestic entity that did not spend $500,000 USD or more in Federal funds last year).  If your organization was required to submit an A-133 Single Audit report last year, state if that report is available on the Federal Audit Clearinghouse Single Audit Database website (http://harvester.census.gov/sac/). 

 

G.  Assurances

Include the appropriate signed and dated Assurances form available online at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15.  Use the Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B) if your project does not involve construction.  Use the Assurances for Construction Programs (SF-424D) if it does involve construction or land acquisition including fee title or permanent conservation easements.

 

H.  Disclosure of Lobbying Activities

Under Title 31 of the United States Code, Section 1352, applicants must complete and submit with their application the SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (available online at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms/sample/SFLLL-V1.1.pdf ) when they have made payment or have agreed to make payment to any lobbying entity for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of or the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan.  Recipients may not use funds awarded under a Federal grant or cooperative agreement to conduct such lobbying activities. 

 

Application Checklist

   A complete, signed and dated SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424, SF 424-Mandatory, or SF 424- Individual) form

   Valid DUNS number

   Active CCR registration

      If a non-profit organization, documentary evidence of Section 501(c)(3) or (4) non-profit status

    (Project Narrative

   Curricula vitae for key personnel

   If a U.S. state, local government, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, or non-profit organization, statements regarding applicability of and compliance with OMB Circular A-133 Single Audit Reporting requirements

   A complete SF 424A or SF 424C Budget Information form

      Budget Justification narrative

      If Federally-funded equipment will be used for the project, a list of that equipment

      When applicable, a copy of the organization’s current Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

      Signed and dated SF-424B or SF-424D Assurances form

      If applicable, completed SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form

 

Failure to provide complete information may cause delays, postponement, or rejection of the application. 

 

V. Submission Instructions

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31, 2014

 

Intergovernmental Review: Before submitting an application, U.S. state and local government applicants should visit the following website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc/) to determine whether their application is subject to the state intergovernmental review process under Executive Order (E.O.) 12372 “Intergovernmental review of Federal Programs.”  E.O. 12372 was issued to foster the intergovernmental partnership and strengthen federalism by relying on state and local processes for the coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance and direct Federal development.  The E.O. allows each state to designate an entity to perform this function.  The official list of designated entities is posted on the website.  Contact your state’s designated entity for more information on the process the state requires to be followed when applying for assistance.  States that do not have a designated entity listed on the website have chosen not to participate in the review process. 

 

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Applications may be submitted, electronically through Grants.gov, or via email as described below.

 

PREFERRED METHOD

To submit an application through Grants.gov:

Go to the Grants.gov Apply for Grants page (http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp) for an overview of the process to apply through Grants.gov.  You/your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process before submitting an application through Grants.gov.  Registration can take between three to five business days, or as long as two weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. 

 

Download the Application Package linked to this Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.  Downloading and saving the Application Package to your computer makes the required government-wide standard forms fillable and printable.

 

Important note on Grants.gov application attachment file names: Please do not assign application attachments file names longer than 20 characters, including spaces.  Assigning file names longer than 20 characters will create issues in the automatic interface between Grants.gov and the USFWS’ financial assistance management system.

 

To submit an application by e-mail:

Format all of your documents to print on Letter size (8 ˝” x 11”) paper.  Format all pages to display and print page numbers.  Scanned documents should be scanned in Letter format, as black and white images only.  Where possible, save scanned documents in .pdf format.  E-mail your application to FW5FAReports@fws.gov. The required SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and Assurances forms and any other required standard forms MUST be signed by your organization’s authorized official.  The Signature and Date fields on the standard forms downloaded from Grants.gov are pre-populated with the text “Completed by Grants.gov upon submission” or “Completed on submission to Grants.gov”.  Remove this text (manually or digitally) before signing the forms.

VI. APPLICATION REVIEW

Review and Selection Process:

 

A panel of USFWS and other Federal and State agency biologists will review the proposals and recommend projects to the USFWS for further consideration.  Outside experts (non-agency) may be solicited to augment the review team or to review specific proposals ad-hoc, as needed. 

 

Proposal rank will be based upon how closely the project meets the 2014 priorities addressed in this RFP, the timeliness of the proposed work, the likelihood of successfully achieving the anticipated results, the significance of the contribution of the project to the WNS investigation, and cost in relation to management needs.  The use of matching funds and partnerships to augment project resources is encouraged, and will be considered in the ranking process.  Minimization of overhead and other indirect costs is also encouraged, and will be considered in the ranking process in terms of costs, benefits, and needs.  Indirect costs in excess of 17.5% are not likely to be competitive and may not be supported.  All applicants will be notified of the final disposition of their proposals.

 

VII. Award Administration

Award Notices: Following review, applicants may be requested to revise the project scope and/or budget before an award is made.  Successful applicants will receive written notice in the form of a notice of award document.  Notices of award are typically sent to recipients by e-mail.  If e-mail notification is unsuccessful, the documents will be sent by courier mail (e.g., FedEx, DHL or UPS).  Award recipients are not required to sign/return the Notice of Award document.  Acceptance of an award is defined as starting work, drawing down funds, or receiving the award via electronic means.  Awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by, the USFWS.  The notice of award document will include instructions specific to each recipient on how to request payment.  If applicable, the instructions will detail any additional information/forms required and where to submit payment requests.  Applicants whose projects are not selected for funding will receive written notice, most often by e-mail, within 30 days of the final review decision. 

 

Domestic Recipient Payments: Prior to award, the USFWS program office will contact you/your organization to either enroll in the U.S. Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system or, if eligible, obtain approval from the Department of the Interior to be waived from using ASAP. 

 

Domestic applicants subject to the SAM registration requirement (see Section III B.) who receive a waiver from receiving funds through ASAP must maintain current banking information in SAM.  Domestic applicants exempt from the SAM registration requirement who receive a waiver from receiving funds through ASAP will be required to submit their banking information directly to the USFWS program.  However, do NOT submit any banking information to the USFWS until it is requested from you by the USFWS program! 

 

Foreign Recipient Payments:  Foreign recipients receiving funds to a bank outside of the United States will be paid electronically through U.S. Treasury’s International Treasury Services (ITS) system. 

 

Foreign recipients receiving funds electronically to a bank in the United States will be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) through the Automated Clearing House network.  Foreign recipients who wish to be paid to a bank account in the United States must enter and maintain current banking information in SAM (see Section III).

 

The Notice of Award document from the USFWS will include instructions specific to each recipient on how to request payment.  If applicable, the instructions will detail any additional information/forms required and where to submit payment requests. 

 

Transmittal of Sensitive Data: Recipients are responsible for ensuring any sensitive data being sent to the USFWS is protected during its transmission/delivery.  The USFWS strongly recommends recipients use the most secure transmission/delivery method available.  The USFWS recommends the following digital transmission methods: secure digital faxing; encrypted emails; emailing a password protected zipped/compressed file attachment in one email followed by the password in a second email; or emailing a zipped/compressed file attachment.  The USFWS strongly encourages recipients sending sensitive data in paper copy to use a courier mail service.  Recipients may also contact their USFWS Project Officer and provide any sensitive data over the telephone.

 

Award Terms and Conditions:  Acceptance of a financial assistance award from the USFWS carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions applicable to the award.  Acceptance is defined as the start of work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means.  Awards are based on the application submitted to and approved by the USFWS and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated into the notice of award either by direct citation or by reference to the following: Federal regulations; program legislation or regulation; and special award terms and conditions.  The Federal regulations applicable to USFWS awards are provided by recipient type in the USFWS Financial Assistance Award Terms and Conditions posted on the Internet at http://www.doi.gov/pam/programs/financial_assistance/TermsandConditions.cfm . 

 

Recipient Reporting Requirements:

 

Funded applicants will be required to provide interim and final performance and financial reports.  Interim reports will be required no more frequently than semi-annually, and no less frequently than annually.  Performance reports must contain a comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals and objectives of the award as detailed in the approved scope of work, and a description of reasons why established goals were not met, if appropriate.  The final project report must also include a summary or abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, literature cited, and final budget details written in research manuscript format.  A template for the performance reports will be provided, and elements of the report must be suitable for public distribution.  All final reports are due within 90 days from the end date of the grant.  Failure to submit reports by the required due dates will render you not in compliance and may result in the imposition of sanctions including: withholding of cash payments, whole or partial suspension or termination of the award, withholding of all further awards for the program and other legal remedies.

 

Events may occur between the scheduled performance reporting dates that have significant impact upon the supported activity.  In such cases, recipients are required to notify the USFWS in writing as soon as the following types of conditions become known:

 

The USFWS will specify in the notice of award document the reporting and reporting frequency applicable to the award.

 

VIII. Agency Contacts

 

If your project involves listed endangered species or endangered species candidates, contact the Fish and Wildlife Service field office where the proposed study will be conducted: http://www.fws.gov/offices/

 

Appropriate Fish and Wildlife Service contacts for WNS are available at www.whitenosesyndrome.org/contacts

 

·         Jeremy Coleman, National WNS Coordinator

Phone: 413-253-8223, Jeremy_Coleman@fws.gov

·         Jonathan Reichard, WNS National Assistant Coordinator

Phone: 413-253-8258, Jonathan_Reichard@fws.gov

·         Christina Kocer, Northeast WNS Coordinator (CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

Phone: 413-253-8215, Christina_Kocer@fws.gov

·         Richard Geboy, Midwest WNS Coordinator (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)

Phone: 812-334-4261 x1210, Richard_Geboy@fws.gov

·         Mike Armstrong, Southeast WNS Coordinator (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VI)

Phone: 502-695-0468 x101, Mike_Armstrong@fws.gov

·         Chris Servheen, Mountain-Prairie WNS Coordinator (CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, UT, WY)

Phone: 406-243-4903, Chris_Servheen@fws.gov

·         Paul Barrett, Southwest WNS Coordinator (AZ, NM, OK, TX)

Phone: 505-248-6281, Paul_Barrett@fws.gov

·         Don Campton, Pacific WNS Coordinator (ID, OR, WA)

Phone: 503-231-2386, Don_Campton@fws.gov

·         Bronwyn Hogan, Pacific Southwest WNS Coordinator (CA, NV)

Phone: 916-978-4353, bronwyn_hogan@fws.gov

·         Ellen Lance, Alaska WNS Coordinator (AK)

Phone: 907-271-1467, ellen_lance@fws.gov

·         Laura Eaton, National Wildlife Refuge WNS Coordinator

Phone: 603-431-4836, laura_eaton@fws.gov