FOREST SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978, Public Law 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, 16 U.S.C. 1643.
To extend fundamental research activities of the Forest Service by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and organizations engaged in renewable resources research.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Uses and Use Restrictions
Grants will be used for research in the fields of forest management, watershed management, forest range management, wildlife habitat management, forest recreation, forest fire protection, forest insect and disease protection and control, forest products utilization, forest engineering, forest production economics, forest products marketing, forest survey, urban forestry, wilderness, and social/cultural influences. Indirect expenses, when permitted by statute, will be reimbursed according to the negotiated indirect cost rate established by the Government's cognizant audit agency. Grants are limited to 5 years duration.
Grants for basic or applied research may be made to State Agricultural Experiment Stations, universities and colleges, State and local governments, U.S. Territories, nonprofit research institutions or organizations, international organizations, individuals, and for-profit organizations.
Organizations and scientists involved in basic and applied research activities related to forest and rangeland renewable resources.
The principal investigator must document competence in the field of the research proposed. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87, A-21, or A-122, Cost Principles for State and Local Governments, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, or Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations.
Application and Award Process
Standard Form 424 (SF-424) will be used. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
A complete research proposal must be submitted following guidelines available in each of the offices referred to below. The proposal must explain in detail the work to be undertaken, the qualifications of key personnel involved in the work, other resources such as equipment, facilities, and services available or needed, and a proposed budget for each fiscal year during the life of the proposed grant. A short biographical sketch of the principal investigator and a list of his or her principal publications should be included. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations, 7 CFR 3015, and 7 CFR 3019.
All research grant proposals must compete for priority, showing technical competence and demonstrating the ability to meet national or regional needs. Research grants are made only in support of forestry research. Unsolicited proposals can be awarded for innovative or unique approaches to the proposed project.
Applicants may contact the Research Stations for deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Contact the Research Station for guidance.
Formula and Matching Requirements
The applicant's contribution is negotiated. The proposed budget by fiscal year shows the estimated cost of the complete project from grant funds and value of resources to be contributed by the applicant. Salaries of academic personnel for periods when they receive salary for teaching should not be included for payment from grant funds.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One to 5 years. Billings for expenses incurred may be submitted monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually.
Post Assistance Requirements
Technical reports of progress are required annually; a technical final report is also requested upon completion of project. Fiscal reports are required at least semiannually.
The Comptroller General of the United States, his representative, or auditors of the cognizant audit agency for the educational institution involved shall have access at any reasonable time to the laboratories, offices, or other facilities of the recipient for purposes of review and observation of the status and progress of the sponsored project. Periodic audits should be made as part of the recipient's system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements. OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Non-profit Organizations, is applicable.
All related data, information, records, and accounts shall be retained for 3 years beyond the expiration date of the grant unless other disposition is specified in writing by the awarding agency.
FY 07 $14,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,000 to $300,000. Average: $35,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as implemented by USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 3016, are applicable to State and local government grantees. OMB Circular Nos. A-110 and A-21 are applicable to educational institutions. OMB Circular Numbers A-110 and A-122, as implemented by USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 3019, are applicable to nonprofit organizations.
Regional or Local Office
Initial contact for grants shall be made to the Directors of the Research Stations, or the Forest Products Laboratory as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Deputy Chief for Research and Development, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC, 20090-6090.Telephone: (202) 205-1075.
Web Site Address
10.001, Agricultural Research-Basic And Applied Research
10.200, Grants For Agricultural Research, Special Research Grants
10.202, Cooperative Forestry Research
10.203, Payments To Agricultural Experiment Stations Under The Hatch Act
10.500, Cooperative Extension Service
Examples of Funded Projects
Examples of executed grants are: effects of prescribed fire on nutrient cycling in ponderosa pine forests; design and test of a proposed experimental system for continuous press drying of paper; and biological decay of logging residues.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria are established on a program-by-program basis by Research Station Directors to meet Regional or National Research needs.