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    UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

     U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    U.S. Geological Survey

    Mineral Resources External Research Program

     PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT No. 04HQPA0007

     For Fiscal Year 2004

     ISSUE DATE: March 30, 2004

    CLOSING DATE & TIME:

    May 14, 2004 4:00 p.m. EDT

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

     Page Number

    Funding Opportunity Description………………….…………..3

    Award Information…………………………………………….3

    Eligibility Information…………………………………………4

    Application and Submission Information………………………4-5

    Application Review Information……………………………….6

    Award Administration Information…………………………….6-8

    Agency Contacts………………………………………………..8

    Attachment I - Mineral Resources Program FY 2004 Projects

    Attachment II Evaluation Criteria

DON’T WAIT!! GET STARTED NOW!!!

    Begin your application process by visiting the Grants.gov web site and click on the tab in the upper right side of the screen marked, “Get Started.” Begin working on the six steps now because it will take time to complete each step. If you wait until the last minute, you will not have enough time to complete the steps before the deadline for receipt of applications. Also, it will take time to become familiar with filling out the new electronic versions of the SF 424 forms that must be completed and submitted with your application.

    Although no changes to the program announcement are anticipated, check back periodically at Grants.gov FIND to make certain no modifications have been issued.

    Please remember that this fully electronic system is new for everyone. We’re just learning too!

HELP!

    For all technical questions about applying through Grants.gov, call the Grants.gov Help Desk at: 1-800-518-GRANTS

    For questions concerning this Program Announcement, call Ms. Kathy Craig, Contracting Officer, at (703) 648-7349.

    Full Text Program Announcement

Funding Opportunity Description:

    The Mineral Resources Program (MRP) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity to universities, state agencies, tribal governments or organizations, and industry or other private sector organizations that have the ability to conduct research in topics that meet the goals of the Mineral Resources Program. The goals of the Mineral Resources Program, as described in the MRP five-year plan for FY 1999-2004, are as follows:

    1. Understand the geologic setting and genesis of the Nation‘s mineral resources

    in a global context, in order to ensure a sustainable supply of minerals for the

    Nation‘s future.

    2. Understand the influence of mineral deposits, mineralizing processes, and

    mineral-resource development on environmental integrity, ecosystems, public

    health, and geologic hazards.

    3. Provide objective information and analysis related to minerals issues to

    support those who make decisions regarding national security, land use,

    resource policy, and environmental or public health and safety.

    4. Collect, compile, analyze, and disseminate data and develop and maintain

    national and international databases for timely release of information to users.

    5. Apply mineral-resource expertise and technologies to non-mineral-resource

    issues.

    The MRP anticipates making awards in Fiscal Year 2004 from four or five proposals submitted under this program announcement. The total amount of funding available for

    all awards is $200,000. Work performance under these awards must start before October 1, 2004, and the proposed work must be completed no later than one year from the start date. Awards will be made as either grants or cooperative agreements (for a cooperative agreement, substantial involvement is expected between the executive agency and the recipient when carrying out the activity contemplated in the agreement).

Award Information:

    In order for a proposal to be considered for an award, it must be research-based and address one or more of the MRP five-year plan objectives (see section above). Proposals may address, but are not required to address, the goals or issues identified in current (FY 2004) MRP projects. For your information, project summaries for 62 current MRP projects are available in Attachment I to this program announcement.

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Eligibility Information (Who May Submit a Proposal):

    Applications will be accepted from: universities, state agencies, tribal governments or organizations, and industry or other private sector groups that have the ability to conduct research that will meet one or more Mineral Resources Program goals identified in the ―Funding Opportunity Description‖ section.

Application and Submission Information:

Applicants are to submit proposals electronically at http://www.grants.gov /Apply, no

    later than May 14, 2004 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT. A proposal received after the closing date

    and time will not be considered for award. If it is determined that an application will not be considered due to lateness, the applicant will be so notified immediately. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application (accepted or not) by June 25, 2004.

    Please arrange your application according to the format provided below. Following this format ensures that every proposal contains all essential information and is evaluated equitably.

1. Proposal Forms

Begin by downloading the PureEdge Viewer at http://www.grants.gov under the ―Get

    Started‖ tab in the upper right corner of the screen. The PureEdge Viewer will enable applicants to view and complete the following required forms:

SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance

    SF-424a Budget Information

    SF-424b Assurances Non-Construction Programs

    (The DI-2010 U.S. Department of the Interior Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug-Free Workplace Requirements and Lobbying is required but is not yet available through Grants.gov. This form will be completed when the grant/cooperative agreement is awarded).

2. Proposal Narrative

     a. Proposal Summary Sheet

     The first page of the proposal shall contain the following information:

     Project Title:

     Principal Investigator(s) (person we can contact, if needed):

     Name:

     Address:

     Phone:

     FAX:

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     Email:

     Name of university, state agency, or other organization:

     Project Deliverable:

     Total Funds Requested: $____________________________

     b. Proposal Technical Text. The text (a-g below) should be no longer than 12

     pages, with 1-inch margins and a font size no smaller than font size 12. Please

     include the following:

    a. Statement of Problem. Give a brief introduction to the research problem.

    b. Objectives. Clearly define goals of project; relate how the proposal

    addresses MRP goals.

    c. Relevance and Impact. Explain why the work is important, focusing on

    benefits that society will receive from the project.

    d. Strategy and Approach. This section should include a fairly detailed

    discussion of the work plan and technical approach. Please provide

    justification for any particularly high-cost items in the budget.

    e. Preliminary Results and Prior Work. If you have done any work in the

    area, a brief summary of findings or outcomes is useful.

    f. Planned Product(s). List product(s) (reports, analyses, digital data, etc.)

    that will be delivered at the end of the performance period. When reports

    are submitted at the end of the work period, it is recognized that they may

    be in review and might not yet be in final form.

    g. References Cited. List all references to which you refer in text.

    h. Project Personnel. Identify the Principal Investigator first, followed by the

    names of other personnel and their role in the project (geologist,

    geochemist, field assistant, etc.). Please include a brief vita for each

    person. Emphasize previous experience in the field of study that the

    proposal addresses.

    c. Budget Sheets. This information will provide more details than what is required

    under the SF 424A form. Please include the following information:

    a) Salaries and Wages. List names, positions, and rate of compensation. If

    contract employees are hired, include their total time, rate of compensation,

    job titles, and roles.

    b) Field Expenses. Briefly itemize the estimated travel costs (i.e., number of

    people, number of travel days, transportation costs, and other travel costs).

    c) Lab Analyses. Briefly itemize cost of all analytical work.

    d) Other Direct Cost Line Items. (This is not an inclusive list; add other

    categories as appropriate.)

    o Supplies. Itemize costs for office and laboratory supplies.

    o Equipment.

    o Other contract services.

    e) Total Direct Charges. Totals for items a - d.

    f) Indirect Charges (Overhead). Show proposed rate and amount.

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Application Review Information:

    Proposals will be reviewed by a six-member panel. The panel will be chaired by an MRP representative, with the following members: Four USGS scientists having expertise in mineral resources, and one reviewer external to USGS having expertise in mineral resources. The Evaluation Criteria, the same as those used to evaluate new projects in the MRP, are in Attachment II.

Award Administration Information:

    Award recipients are responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the grant/cooperative agreements and sub-award supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements, and that performance goals are being achieved. Recipient monitoring must cover each program, function or activity.

    The following reports will be required from all award recipients:

Report Due Dates

    Performance Report On or before 90 working days after the

    expiration of the agreement

    Quarterly SF-272 Federal Cash On or before 15 working days after the end

    Transactions Report of each three-month performance period

    SF-269 Financial Status Report On or before 90 working days after the

    expiration of the agreement

    Performance Report: Recipients of awards under this program are responsible for managing and monitoring the project, program, sub-award, function or activity supported by the award. Performance reports shall generally contain brief information on each of the following:

    (1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals and objectives

    established for the period, the findings of the investigator, or both.

    (2) Reasons why established goals were not met, if appropriate.

    (3) Other pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and

    explanation of cost overruns or high unit costs.

Federal Cash Transactions Report: The award recipient shall submit the SF-272 Federal

    Cash Transactions Report in order for the USGS Contracting Officer and Project Officer to monitor cash advanced to the award recipient, and to obtain disbursement information

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    about the grant/cooperative agreement. Copies of the SF-269 form can be obtained from the following web site:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.html.

    Method of Payment:

    The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) is using the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Payment Management System (PMS), Division of Payment

    Management of the Financial Management Service, Program Support Center, to provide electronic invoicing and payment for assistance award recipients. The Recipient must either have an established account or will establish an account with PMS at the time of award of the agreement. With the award of each grant/cooperative agreement, a sub-account will be set up from which the Recipient can draw down funds. The DHHS will forward instructions for obtaining payments to the recipients. Inquiries regarding this payment system should be directed to:

     Division of Payment Management

     Department of Health and Human Services

     P.O. Box 6021

     Rockville, MD 20852

The Division of Payment Management web address is www.dpm.psc.gov.

Financial Report (SF-269): Each award recipient shall use the SF-269 or SF-269A to

    report the status of funds at the end of the project (projects shall not exceed one year). Copies of the SF-269 form can be obtained from the following web site:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.html.

    Financial information shall be reported on an accrual basis. However, if the recipient‘s accounting records are not normally kept on an accrual basis, the recipient shall not be required to convert its accounting system, but shall develop such accrual information through best estimates, based on an analysis of the documentation on hand.

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Agency Contacts:

Technical questions concerning the application process at Grants.gov:

    Grants.gov Help Desk at: 1-800-518-GRANTS

    Questions concerning this Program Announcement:

     Ms. Kathy Craig, Contracting Officer

     U.S. Geological Survey

     Grants Branch

     205G National Center

     Reston, VA 20192

     Phone: (703) 648-7349

     E-Mail: kcraig@usgs.gov

    --End of Program Announcement No. 04HQPA0007

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Attachment I

Mineral Resources Program FY 2004 Projects

    Table of Contents

I. Research and Assessment Projects:

Genetic Models of Ore Deposits and Ore-Forming Systems

    ; Regional Fluid Flow and Basin Modeling in Northern Alaska

    ; Tintina Metallogenic Province Integrated Studies on Geologic

    Framework, Mineral Resources, and Environmental Signatures

    ; Porphyry Copper Life Cycles

    ; Early Tertiary Slab Window in Alaska and Resource Implications

    ; Metallogenic Evolution of Mesoproterozoic Sedimentary Rocks in

    Idaho and Montana

    ; Metallogenesis of Proterozoic Basins and Stratified Rocks

    ; Hydrothermal Systems, Cascades Volcanoes

    ; Metals in Basinal Brines and Petroleum

    ; Metallogeny of the Great Basin: Crustal Evolution, Fluid Flow, and

    Ore Deposits

    ; Industrial Minerals Eastern, Central, and Western Regions

Mineral Resource and Mineral Environmental Assessments

    ; Quantitative Global Mineral Resource Assessment

    ; Secular Trends in Ore-Forming Processes through Earth History

    ; Big Bend National Park

    ; Central Colorado Assessment

     Headwaters Region, Idaho and Montana ;

    ; Modeling of the Magmatic Feeder system to the Nikolai Large Igneous Province,

    Central Alaska

    ; Complex Systems Analysis of Basin Margins in Southwestern North America

    ; Approaches to Using Continental-Scale Geophysics for Assessments

    ; Clark County, Nev., Mineral Resource Assessment

Assessments of Backgrounds and Baselines

    ; National Maps and Datasets for Research and Land Planning

    ; Geochemical Landscapes Project

    ; Mineral Dusts and Human Health

    ; Regional Geologic and Mineral Deposit Data for Alaskan Economic

    Development

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    Geoenvironmental Models of Ore Deposits and Ore-Forming Systems

    ; Process Studies of Contaminants Associated with Mineral Deposits ; Modeling Near-Surface Processes in Mineral Systems

    ; Pathways of Metal Transfer from Mineralized Sources to Bioreceptors ; Geoenvironmental Studies in the Eastern Region

    ; Scoping of Tracers of Surficial Processes Affecting Mineral Deposits in Humid

    Environments

    ; Mancos Shale Landscapes: Science and Management of Black Shale Terrains (a

     Regional Partnership Project)

    Methods Development

    ; Research Chemistry

    ; Geophysical Research and Development

    ; Remote Sensing Research and Applications

    ; Advanced Resource Assessment Methods

    ; Predictive Environmental Studies of Sulfide Oxidation Processes ; Aqueous Geochemistry Research and Development

    ; Processes of World-Class Ore Deposit Formation ; Isotope Geochemistry/Geochronology Research and Development-Multiuser New

     Capabilities

    ; Geochemical and Stable Isotope Studies of Life Cycle of Ore Deposits and

    Technology Transfer

    ; Radiogenic and Stable Isotope Methods

    ; Analytical Chemistry Services

    ; CR Petrographic and Ore Microscopy Labs

    ; Central Region Isotopic/Geochronology Core Operations, Lab Support

    Information Management and Delivery

    ; Spatial Data Delivery Project

    ; National Geochemical Database

     National Geophysical Database ;

    ; Mineral Resources Data System

    ; Geologic Map Data Model

    ; Alaska Resource Data File

    ; Alaska Data-at-Risk

    ; Outreach and Technology Exchange

    ; Computer and GIS Support - Eastern Region

    ; Central Region GIS and Information Management

    ; Western Region Database and Information Analysis

    ; Western Region Databases and Information Analysis, Alaska

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