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AGENCY:

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice of the Availability of the Solicitation for Applications for the Fiscal Year 2001 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, and Request for Stakeholder Input.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the availability of the fiscal year (FY) 2001 solicitation for applications which is titled the “NRI Program Description” for the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program administered by the Competitive Research Grants and Awards Management Division, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). The solicitation invites applications for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences for FY 2001.

By this notice, CSREES also requests input regarding the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation from any interested party. These comments will be considered in the development of the next solicitation for applications for this program. Such comments will be used in meeting the requirements of section 103(c)(2) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.

DATES:

Proposals must be postmarked on or before the dates provided in the table at the end of this notice.

User comments are requested within six months from the issuance of this notice. Comments received after that date will be used to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES:

Written user comments should be submitted by mail to: Policy and Program Liaison Staff; Office of Extramural Programs; USDA-CSREES; STOP 2299; 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.; Washington, D.C. 20250-2299; or via e-mail to: RFP-OEP@reeusda.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

USDA/CSREES/NRI, Stop 2241, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-2241. Phone: (202) 401-5022. E-mail: nricgp@reeusda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

Stakeholder Input

Authority and Applicable Regulations

Conflicts of Interest

Project Types and Eligibility Requirements

I. Conventional Projects

II. Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards

Funding Categories for FY 2001

Research Opportunities

Application Materials

Materials Available on the Internet

Electronic Subscription to NRI Documents

NRI Deadline Dates

Stakeholder Input

CSREES is requesting comments regarding the FY 2001 NRI solicitation for applications from any interested party. In your comments, please include the name of the program and the fiscal year solicitation for applications to which you are responding. These comments will be considered in the development of the next solicitation for applications for the program. Such comments will be used in meeting the requirements of section 103(c)(2) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, 7 U.S.C. 7613(c). Comments should be submitted as provided for in the “Addresses” and “Dates” portions of this notice. The e-mail address in the “Addresses” portion is intended only for receiving comments regarding the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation, and not for requesting information or forms.

Authority and Applicable Regulations

The authority for this program is contained in 7 U.S.C. 450i(b). Under this program, subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary may award competitive research grants, for periods not to exceed five years, for the support of research projects to further the programs of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Regulations applicable to this program include the following: (a) the regulations governing the NRI, 7 CFR part 3411, which set forth procedures to be followed when submitting grant proposals, rules governing the evaluation of proposals and the awarding of grants, and regulations relating to the post-award administration of grant projects; (b) the USDA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations, 7 CFR part 3019; (c) the USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations, 7 CFR part 3015; (d) the USDA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, 7 CFR part 3016; and (e) 7 U.S.C. 3103(17), which defines “sustainable agriculture.”

Conflicts of Interest

For the purpose of determining conflicts of interest in accordance with 7 CFR 3411.12, the academic and administrative autonomy of an institution shall be determined by reference to the 2000 Higher Education Directory, published by Higher Education Publications, Inc., 6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 648, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. Phone: (703) 532-2305.

Project Types and Eligibility Requirements

The FY 2001 NRI program solicitation solicits proposals for the following types of projects:

I. Conventional Projects

(a) Standard Research Grants: Research will be supported that is fundamental or mission-linked, and that is conducted by individual investigators, co-investigators within the same discipline, or multidisciplinary teams. Any State agricultural experiment station, college, university, other research institution or organization, Federal agency, national laboratory, private organization, corporation, or individual may apply. Proposals submitted by non-United States organizations will not be considered for support.

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II. Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards

To contribute to the enhancement of research capabilities in the research program areas described herein, the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation solicits applications for Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards. Such applications may be submitted by any State agricultural experiment station, college, university, other research institution or organization, Federal agency, national laboratory, private organization, corporation, or individual; however, further eligibility requirements are defined in 7 CFR 3411.3 and restated in the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation, which is titled the “NRI Program Description.” Applications submitted by non-United States organizations will not be considered for support. However, United States citizens applying as individuals for Postdoctoral Fellowships may perform all or part of the proposed work at a non-United States organization. Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards are available in the following categories:

(a) Postdoctoral Fellowships.

(b) New Investigator Awards.

(c) Strengthening Awards: Institutions in USDA Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) entities are eligible for strengthening awards. 7 CFR 3411.2(o) sets forth how EPSCoR entities are determined. For FY 2001, USDA EPSCoR states consist of the following:

Alaska

Arkansas

Connecticut

Delaware

Hawaii

Idaho

Kentucky

Maine

Mississippi

Montana

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Dakota

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Vermont

West Virginia

Wyoming

For FY 2001, other USDA-EPSCoR entities consist of the following:

American Samoa

District of Columbia

Guam

Micronesia

Northern Marianas

Puerto Rico

Virgin Islands

Investigators at small and mid-sized institutions (total enrollment of 15,000 or less) may also be eligible for Strengthening Awards. An institution in this instance is an organization that possesses a significant degree of autonomy. Significant degree of autonomy is defined by being independently accredited as determined by reference to the 2000 Higher Education Directory, published by Higher Education Publications, Inc., 6400 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 648, Falls Church, Virginia 22042. Phone: (703) 532-2305.

Institutions which are among the most successful universities and colleges for receiving Federal funds for science and engineering research, except those in USDA EPSCoR entities, are ineligible for strengthening awards. The top 100 institutions for receiving these funds, excluding those in USDA EPSCoR entities, are as follows:

Baylor College of Medicine

Boston University

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie-Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Cornell University

CUNY Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Duke University

Emory University

Florida State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University

Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical College of Wisconsin

Michigan State University

New York University

North Carolina State University

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

Oregon Health Sciences University

Oregon State University

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University

Purdue University

Rockefeller University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Scripps Research Institute

Stanford University

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Thomas Jefferson University

Tufts University

Tulane University

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

University of Alabama Birmingham

University of Arizona

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Diego

University of California San Francisco

University of California Santa Barbara

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Chicago

University of Iowa

University of Maryland Baltimore

University of Maryland College Park

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

University of Miami

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Missouri Columbia

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of Oklahoma

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston

University of Texas SW Medical Center Dallas

University of Utah

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin Madison

Utah State University

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest University

Washington University

Wayne State University

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Yeshiva University, New York

See 7 CFR 3411.3 and the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation for complete details on programs and eligibility.

Funding Categories for FY 2001

The FY 2001 NRI program solicitation solicits proposals, subject to the availability of funds, for support of high priority research of importance to agriculture, forestry, and related environmental sciences, in the following research categories (ANTICIPATED FY 2001 (FY01) funding and ACTUAL FY 2000 (FY00) funding, rounded to the $0.1M, follows in parentheses):

  • Natural Resources and the Environment (FY01: $19.1M, FY00. $19.1M)
  • Nutrition, Food Quality, and Health (FY01: $14.9M, FY00. $14.9M)
  • Plant Systems (FY01: $38.2M, FY00: $38.2M).
  • Animal Systems (FY01: $27.0M, FY00: $27.0M).
  • Markets, Trade, and Policy (FY01: $4.3M, FY00: $4.3M).
  • New Products and Processes (FY01: $7.6M, FY00: $7.6M).

Support for research opportunities listed below may be derived from one or more of the above funding categories based on the nature of the scientific topic to be supported. In addition, the funds described above may be used to fund proposals submitted to supplementary NRI solicitations and/or solicitations for multiagency programs in which the NRI is participating.

Pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 450i(b)(10), no less than 10 percent (FY01: $11.1M, FY00: $11.1M) of the available funds listed above will be made available for Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards (excluding New Investigator Awards), and no more than 2 percent (FY01: $2.2M, FY00: $2.2M) of the available funds listed above will be made available for equipment grants. Further, no less than 30 percent (FY01: $33.4M, FY00: $33.4M) of the funds listed above shall be made available for grants for research to be conducted by multidisciplinary teams, and no less than 40 percent (FY01: $44.5M, FY00: $44.5M) of the funds listed above shall be made available for grants for mission-linked systems research.

CSREES is prohibited from paying indirect costs exceeding 19 per centum of the total Federal funds provided under each award on competitively awarded research grants (7 U.S.C. 3310). An alternative method of calculation of this limitation is to multiply total direct costs by 23.456 percent.

Research Opportunities

The funds appropriated as listed above will be used to support research grants in the following areas:

NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Plant Responses to the Environment

Ecosystem Science

Soils and Soil Biology

Watershed Processes and Water Resources

NUTRITION, FOOD SAFETY, AND HEALTH

Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health

Food Safety

Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety

ANIMALS

Animal Reproduction

Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization

Animal Genome and Genetic Mechanisms

Animal Genome: Basic Reagents and Tools

Animal Health and Well-Being

BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF PESTS AND BENEFICIAL ORGANISMS

Entomology and Nematology

Biologically Based Pest Management

Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations

Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants

PLANTS

Plant Genome

Plant Genetic Mechanisms

Plant Growth and Development

Plant Biochemistry

MARKETS, TRADE, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Markets and Trade

Rural Development

ENHANCING VALUE AND USE OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST PRODUCTS

Value-Added Products Research

Food Characterization/Process/Product Research

Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product Research

Improved Utilization of Wood and Wood Fiber

AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS RESEARCH (integrated, multidisciplinary research on agricultural systems)

Application Materials

This notice does not constitute the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation. Those wishing to apply for a grant under this program should obtain a copy of the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation, which is titled the “NRI Program Description,” and a copy of the NRI Application Kit. The NRI Program Description and the NRI Application Kit contain the information and materials necessary to prepare and submit a proposal. The FY 2001 NRI program solicitation, which contains research topic descriptions, and the NRI Application Kit, which contains detailed instructions on how to apply and the requisite forms, are available through the NRI home page, www.reeusda.gov/​nri. CSREES encourages the use of these electronic documents. However, if necessary, paper copies of these application materials may be obtained by sending an e-mail with your name, complete mailing address (not e-mail address), phone number, and materials that you are requesting to psb@reeusda.gov. Materials will be mailed to you (not e-mailed) as quickly as possible. Alternatively, paper copies may be obtained by writing or calling the office indicated below.

Proposal Services Unit, Office of Extramural Programs, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 2245, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-2245, Telephone: (202) 401-5048.

Materials Available on the Internet

The following are among the materials available on the NRI home page (www.reeusda.gov/​nri).

NRI Program Description

The FY 2001 NRI program solicitation is titled the “NRI Program Description.” This document is available on the internet for the current fiscal year, and describes NRI funding programs. To apply for a grant, it is necessary to obtain both the FY 2001 NRI program solicitation (the FY 2001 “NRI Program Description”) and the NRI Application Kit.

NRI Application Kit

This document contains guidelines for proposal preparation and the requisite forms.

NRI Abstracts of Funded Research

The abstracts available on this searchable database are nontechnical abstracts written by the principal investigator of each individual grant, starting with FY 1993. Each entry also includes the title, principal investigator(s), awardee institution, dollar amount, and proposal number for each grant. The first two digits of the proposal number indicate the fiscal year in which the proposal was submitted. Start Printed Page 54992

NRI Annual Report

The NRI Annual Reports starting with FY 1995 are available. These reports include descriptions of the program concept, the authorization, policy, inputs to establish research needs, program execution, and outcomes, including relevant statistics. Also included are examples of recent research funded by the NRI.

Electronic Subscription to NRI Documents

The NRI has set up a mailserver which will notify subscribers when publications such as its Program Description or Abstracts of Funded Research are available electronically on the World Wide Web. Subscribers will not receive the document itself, but instead will receive an e-mail containing an announcement regarding the document's availability on the NRI home page.

To subscribe:

Send an e-mail message to: majordomo@reeusda.gov

In the body of the message, include only the words: subscribe nri-epubs

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Please note that this is not a forum. Messages, other than those related to subscription, cannot be posted to this address.

NRI Deadline Dates

The following fixed dates have been established for proposal submission deadlines within the NRI. To be considered for funding in any fiscal year, proposals must be transmitted by the date listed below (as indicated by postmark or date on courier bill of lading). When the deadline date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, transmission must be made by the following business day.

Programs offered in any fiscal year depend on availability of funds and deadlines may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Consult the pertinent NRI notice in the Federal Register, the NRI Program Description, or the NRI home page (www.reeusda.gov/​nri) for up-to-date information.

Postmarked dates and program codesProgram Areas
November 15:
22.1Plant Responses to the Environment.
23.0Ecosystem Science.
25.0Soils and Soil Biology.
26.0Watershed Processes and Water Resources.
31.0Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health.
51.9Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants.
80.1Research Career Enhancement Awards.
80.2Equipment Grants.
80.3Seed Grants.
100.0Agricultural Systems.
December 15:
52.1Plant Genome.
52.2Plant Genetic Mechanisms.
53.0Plant Growth and Development.
61.0Markets and Trade.
62.0Rural Development.
71.1Food Characterization/Process/Product Research.
71.2Non-Food Characterization/Process/Product Research.
January 15:
32.0Food Safety.
32.1Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety.
41.0Animal Reproduction.
44.0Animal Health and Well-Being.
51.2Entomology and Nematology.
51.7Biologically Based Pest Management.
51.8Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations.
73.0Improved Utilization of Wood and Wood Fiber.
February 15:
42.0Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization.
43.0Animal Genome and Genetic Mechanisms.
43.1Animal Genome: Basic Reagents and Tools.
54.3Plant Biochemistry.
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Done at Washington, D.C., this 5 day of September 2000.

Charles W. Laughlin,

Administrator, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

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