Provide the fringe benefit rate used and a clear description of how the computation of fringe benefits was done. Provide both the annual (for multiyear awards) and total. If a fringe benefit rate is not used, show how the fringe benefits were computed for each position. The budget justification should be reflected in the budget description. Elements that comprise fringe benefits should be indicated. If a fringe rate is greater than 35%, a description and breakdown of the benefits must be provided unless a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA) has been provided.
No, Multi-year awards are awards which have an award/project period of more than 12 months of activity. Multi-year awards are partially funded when the awards are approved, and are subsequently funded in increments. Funding for each year’s activity is contingent upon the availability of funds from Congress, satisfactory performance, and is at the sole discretion of the agency.
Yes, those institutions with expanded authority can carry over funds to the next year without prior approval from NOAA.
Expanded authority applies to recipients covered under 15 CFR Part 14, Institutions of Higher Education (Colleges and Universities), and Other Non-Profit and Commercial Organizations. Waiver of prior approvals under 15 CFR Part 14.25 applies automatically to awards that support research unless otherwise restricted in the award terms and conditions.
NOAA is following the recommendations of the internal Business Reengineering Process and has implemented a 240 calendar day application processing time. The time begins with the application due date and ends with the award obligation date.
NOAA employees are to contact their GMAC representative if you do not currently have a Grants Online userid. Contact the Grants Online help desk at 301-444-2112 or 800-662-2478 if your account is locked or if you are a recipient.
Using Internet Explorer, enter the following URL in your address bar: https://grantsonline.rdc.noaa.gov. You must have a valid userid and password in order to access the system.
Progress reports need to be filed through the Grants Online system. You will need to contact your authorized representative or the Grants Online help desk at 877-662-2478 or 301-444-2112 to get a user name and password. The Grants Online Helpdesk can walk you through submitting your progress report.
Financial reports need to be filed through the Grants Online system. You will need to contact your authorized representative or the Grants Online help desk at 877-662-2478 or 301-444-2112 to get a user name and password. The Grants Online Helpdesk can walk you through submitting your financial report.
Any non-Federal entity that has never received a negotiated indirect cost rate, except for those non-Federal entities described in Appendix VII to Part 200—States and Local Government and Indian Tribe Indirect Cost Proposals, paragraph (d)(1)(B) may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC) which may be used indefinitely. Foreign grantees that do not have a negotiated indirect cost rate may also elect to charge the de minimis rate limited to an indirect cost rate recovery of 10% of modified total direct costs, and foreign grantees that have a negotiated rate agreement with a U.S. federal agency may recover indirect costs at the current negotiated rate.
NOAA Grants Management Division (GMD) sets the requirements for the financial reports. All financial reports are due on a semi-annual basis and use the project periods of 4/1 to 9/30 and 10/1 to 3/31. If the award start date begins other than April 1st, or October 1st, then the first report would only be a portion of the reporting period in which the award starts. As an example: take an award period of 9/1/2007 to 8/31/2010, the first semi-annual financial report will cover 9/1/2007 to 9/30/2007 , the second financial report covers 10/1/2007 to 3/31/2008, the third financial report covers 4/1/2008 to 9/30/2008, the fourth financial reports covers 10/1/2008 to 3/31/2009, the fifth financial report covers 4/1/2009 to 9/30/2009, the sixth financial report covers 10/1/2009 to 3/31/2010 and the last financial report covers 4/1/2010 to 9/30/2010. Semi-annual financial reports are due to GMD 30 days after the end of each reporting period. Final financial reports are due to GMD 90 days after the award expires.
Since the financial forms are on a set bi-annual schedule, they need to be submitted even if you have not used any grant funds yet. To do so, place zeros in all of the applicable places and submit the form through the Grants Online system, using the username and password obtained from your authorized representative or the Grants Online help desk at 877-662-2478 or 301-444-2112.
The grants management division (GMD) requires that the first progress report cover the first nine months of a project so that there is time for the program office to review the project’s progress before the funds for the next year are released. This allows for each report thereafter to cover a year long period, while still leaving time for the report to be reviewed before funds are released for the next year.
You have 90 days after the award end date to submit the final progress report.
Annual reports cover one year’s worth of work, while a final report covers the work of the whole project. Therefore, the last annual report will cover just the last year of the project, while the final report will speak about the whole project, which took place over a course of years. We allow the last three months of the project to be included in the final report instead of requiring an additional report covering just those three months.
The SF-424 is the Application for Federal Assistance and is required for every application. The SF-424A is the form for Budget Information for Non-construction Programs. On this form an applicant would break down into categories how they plan to spend the grant money.