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Recovery Act - Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) -- Closing date March 15, 2010 BTOP provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, to enhance broadband capacity at public computer centers, and to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. Through this support, BTOP will also advance the Recovery Act’s objectives to spur job creation and stimulate long-term economic growth and opportunity.
ROA 2009: B.2 Aircraft Aging and Durability Project (AAD1)(Recovery Act) DUE Dec. 23, 2009 The Aging Aircraft and Durability (AAD) Project is part of the NASA Aviation Safety Program. The goal of the AAD Project is to perform foundational research in aging science that will ultimately enable system-level integrated methods for the detection, prediction and mitigation/management of aging-related hazards for future civilian and military aircraft. The Project is organized relative to these three theme areas: • Detect – locate and characterize fully damage or degradation of materials and structures • Predict – life and strength predictions accounting for accumulated damage associated with long-term exposure to thermal/mechanical/environmental loads • Mitigate – concepts to prevent, contain, or manage degradation associated with aging B-4 The focus of AAD is on aging and damage processes in new aircraft designs and 'young' aircraft, rather than life extension of legacy vehicles. There is an emphasis on new and emerging material systems/fabrication techniques and the potential hazards associated with aging-related degradation. The scope and technical content for the AAD Project was developed to accomplish two objectives: (1) deliver technology to address specific end-user problems and (2) develop fundamental technology (not isolated to a single application) to enable integrated tools. The first objective was addressed by establishing a set of Challenge Problems (CP) to define representative physical problems to be addressed by the project. Challenge Problems have been defined for eight application problems: • CP-01: Damage Methodology for Metallic Airframe Structures • CP-02: Structural Integrity of Integral Metallic Structure • CP-03: Durability and Structural Integrity of Composite Skin-Stringer Fuselage Structure • CP-04: Durable Bonded Joints • CP-05: Durability of Engine Fan Containment Structure • CP-06: Durability of Engine Superalloy Disks • CP-07: Durability of Engine Hot Section • CP-08: Wiring Degradation and Faults To accomplish the second objective, fundamental technology development not isolated to a single application, AAD has defined a four-level approach to technology development and integration, and will conduct research across each of these levels to address evolving safety challenges. At Level 1, foundational research will be conducted to further the fundamental understanding of the underlying physics and develop an ability to model that physics in: sensing and diagnostic technologies; physics-based modeling; continuumbased models and computational methods; material science (metals, ceramics, composites); and characterization/validation test techniques. At Level 2, the foundational research produces technologies and analytical tools focused on discipline-based solutions to leverage the development of NDE Systems; Structural Integrity tools; Lifing methods; and Mitigation concepts. At Level 3, methods and technologies are developed to balance solutions across disciplines. The Detect capability is enhanced by coupling NDE and structural integrity analysis, the Predict capability is enhanced by applying NDE to improve model input and provide improved remaining life and strength predictions, and the Mitigate capability is enhanced by applying predictive models to develop advanced mitigation concepts. At Level 4, results from Levels 1 through 3 activities are built upon to integrate Detect, Predict, and Mitigate capabilities for system-level performance, and system-level experiments are conducted for validation. A summary of the Project’s technical plan is available at: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/programs_avsp.htm NASA will focus its core competencies and resources on NASA-appropriate research areas at all levels, and with partners, on the levels that are appropriate to each partner. The AAD Project will work with partners from other government agencies, industry, and universities to fills the gaps that NASA research cannot address. This solicitation is intended to fill such gaps at Level 1 and Level 4. The proposed research efforts are an B-5 integral component of the overall project content and have been defined to contribute to specific Challenge Problem and Theme-based technology needs.
ROA 2009: B.6 Verification and Validation of Flight Critical Systems (VVFCS1) (Recovery Act) DUE Dec. 16, 2009 The goal of the Verification and Validation of Flight-Critical Systems (VVFCS) project is to develop multidisciplinary verification and validation tools and techniques that advance safety assurance and certification of complex, networked, distributed flight critical systems. Here flight critical systems are defined to be any system that directly controls the safe conduct of an aircraft’s flight. This includes air and ground systems, concepts of operation as well as technology, and recognizes that human performance is a key factor in flight-critical systems and must be accounted for. The increasing complexity of flight critical systems proposed for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will require new paradigms and real-time distributed system infrastructures providing high levels of confidence and safety assurances. The cost of proving a flight-critical system is safe is often expected to far surpass the costs for other aspects of design and implementation.
ROA 2009: C.4 NextGen-Airspace Project (AS2R) (Recovery Act) The NextGen Airspace Project develops and explores fundamental concepts and integrated solutions that address the optimal allocation of ground and air automation technologies necessary for next generation air transportation system (NextGen). The Project will focus NASA’s technical expertise and world-class facilities to address the question of where, when, how and the extent to which automation can be applied to moving aircraft safely and efficiently through the National Airspace System (NAS). Research in this Project will address 4D Trajectory Operations, including advances in the C-34 science and applications of multi-aircraft trajectory optimization that solves the demand/capacity imbalance problem while taking into account weather information and forecast uncertainties and while keeping aircraft safely separated. The Project’s research will develop and test concepts for advanced traffic flow management to provide trajectory planning and execution across the spectrum of time horizons from “strategic planning” to “separation assurance.” Ultimately, the roles and responsibilities of humans and automation influence every technical area and will be addressed. The NextGen Airspace Project team has developed a plan that will integrate solutions for a safe, efficient and high-capacity airspace system through joint research efforts and partnerships with other government agencies. In addition to core research and development to be conducted by NASA, Space Act Agreements will be established with U.S. industry to address research partnerships at the system-wide level including systems integration and operational applications. The Project will utilize this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) to leverage in-house foundational research with academic institutions, non-profit organizations and industry performing foundational research to address technology gaps. This current solicitation seeks proposals related to the following NextGen Airspace Project research focus areas: System-Level Design, Analysis, and Simulation Tools (SLDAST). SLDAST will develop system design and analysis tools to assess the functional/temporal distribution of authority and responsibility among/between automation and humans. Solicitations for other research focus areas will be posted in future announcements. Milestone references for Subtopics in this section of the NRA are provided below under the heading ”Milestones Supported” so that it is possible to see how the NRA topics fit into the NASA Aeronautics research plan. These milestones are listed on project roadmaps that are available on the ARMD website (www.aeronautics.nasa.gov
ROA 2009: C.3 NextGen-Airportal Project (AP1R) (Recovery Act) The NextGen-Airportal Project works in close collaboration with the NextGen- Airspace Project to conduct airspace and Airportal foundational research and discipline-based technology development for the nation. The Project focuses NASA’s technical expertise and world-class facilities to enable the highest possible efficiency in the use of gates, taxiways, runways, metroplex airspace, and other Airportal resources. In pursuit of that goal, the project is researching, developing, demonstrating, and validating operational concepts, proof-of-concept systems, algorithms, technologies, tools, and operational procedures designed to maximize capacity and throughput in the Airportal environment while enabling associated elements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) as defined by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). Project performance objectives seek to use 4-D trajectories (aircraft path from “block-to-block,” including the path along the ground) to plan and execute system-wide operations; integrate 4-D trajectory operations with safe, optimized surface and terminal area traffic operations (particularly those associated with C-14 wake hazard prediction and avoidance); balance environmental issues in, and around, airports; match surface and airside capacities with arrival and departure air traffic flow; and assess local benefits of Airportal transformation by modeling changes to the current airport configuration. In support of these objectives, research activities will focus on: • Optimization of surface traffic • Dynamic airport configuration management • Advanced technologies to detect and avoid wake vortex hazards • New procedures for performing safe, closely spaced and converging approaches at closer distances than are currently allowed • Modeling, simulation, and experimental validation focused on efficient operations of single and multiple regional airports (metroplex) NextGen-Airportal Project research focus areas (RFAs) are the following: Safe and Efficient Surface Operations (SESO), Coordinated Arrival and Departure Operations Management (CADOM), and Airportal and Metroplex Integration (AMI). SESO conducts research to manage traffic on the airport surface (gates, taxiways, and runways) safely and efficiently to enable maximum throughput and capacity in the airport environment. CADOM focuses on concepts and technologies needed to mitigate operational constraints to maximizing single and multiple airport capacity. AMI focuses on management of metroplex operations, integration of work across the Project’s technical areas, and crosscutting research (e.g., human/system integration and concept analyses for portfolio management). The NextGen-Airportal Project team has developed a plan that will enable capacity and efficiency improvements in the airportal domain through joint research efforts and partnerships with other government agencies. In addition to conducting core research and development, NASA will establish Space Act Agreements with U.S. industry to address research partnerships at the systemwide level, including systems integration and operational applications. The Project will utilize this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) to leverage inhouse foundational research with academic institutions, non-profit organizations and industry performing foundational research to address technology gaps.
The National Map: Imagery and Elevation Maps under ARRA The USGS seeks to award American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 assistance funds for the collection and processing of high resolution elevation data and orthoimagery. Many organizations including state and local governments, private and non-profit firms, as well as many Federal government agencies use these data to support their applications and requirements planning, infrastructure improvements, resource assessments and scientific studies. The data collected under this announcement will become available to the public through The National Map. Priorities for the program include collecting elevation data over those coastal areas of United States most susceptible to storm and hurricane flooding, earthquake damage, and coastal erosion and also increasing coverage and availability of leaf-off high resolution orthoimagery. ATN: ARRA-NM0004.
Department of Education
Rehabilitation Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations--Technical Assistance for American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects CFDA 84.406 - closing date June 28, 2010 Purpose of Program: The Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations under section 21(b)(2)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act), (29 U.S.C. 718(b)(2)(C)) provides outreach and technical assistance to minority entities and American Indian Tribes in order to enhance their capacity to carry out activities funded under the Act and to promote their participation in activities funded under the Act
Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information: Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program The Teacher Quality Partnership program seeks to improve the quality of new teachers working in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and high-need schools by creating successful and high-quality model Pre-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation programs and/or Teaching Residency programs for those qualified to begin teaching. Projects may also include a school leadership component to train superintendents, principals, early childhood educator program directors and other school leaders in high-need or rural LEAs. Initiatives to support development of digital education content, to improve the quality of pre-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs, and/or to enhance the quality of pre-service training for prospective teachers are also supported. The purpose of ARRA is (1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; (2) To assist those most impacted by the recession; (3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; (4) To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and (5) To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. Award recipients are legally obligated to meet specific reporting requirements established by the Act.
Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program Recovery Act (ARRA) CFDA 84.405A October 6, 2009 Deadline
Description: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Note: On May 27, 2009, we published in the Federal Register (74 FR 25221) a notice inviting applications for new FY 2009 awards for the Teacher Quality Partnership Program (Initial TQP Application Notice). Since that time, Public Law (Pub. L.) 111-39 was enacted, which made certain technical amendments to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the original statute authorizing the program. This notice inviting applications has been updated to respond to statutory changes made to the TQP program and supersedes the Initial TQP Application Notice. Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grants Program are to: Improve student achievement; improve the quality of new and prospective teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers; hold teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) accountable for preparing highly qualified teachers; and recruit highly qualified individuals, including minorities and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force. More specifically, the TQP Grants Program seeks to improve the quality of new teachers by creating partnerships among IHEs, high-need school districts (local educational agencies (LEAs)) their high-need schools, and/or high-need early childhood education (ECE) program. These partnerships would create model teacher preparation programs at the pre-baccalaureate or fifth-year level through the implementation of specific reforms of the IHE's existing teacher preparation programs, and/or model teaching residency programs for individuals with strong academic and/or professional backgrounds but without teaching experience. The TQP Grants Program may also support school leadership programs to train superintendents, principals, ECE program directors, and other school leaders in high-need or rural LEAs. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.405A. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Teacher Quality Partnership--CFDA Number 84.405A must be submitted electronically using e-Application, accessible through the Department's e-Grants Web site at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. While completing your electronic application, you will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
Department of Health
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 - closing date June 21, 2010 (Eligibility is limited to current CPPW grantees).The purpose of this supplemental funding opportunity is to expand existing data collection and evaluation of biometric and other related measurements, in selected communities funded for obesity prevention. Supplementary observational measures are also encouraged to augment individual level measurements.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Public Health Reporting by Hospital Laboratories Cooperative Agreement Program - closing date June 8, 2010 The purpose of this funding is to provide assistance to organizations with healthcare-stakeholder membership and a focus on leadership for optimal use of HIT (including laboratories) in support of patient care and public health (or consortia thereof). These organizations or consortia there of will be referred to as "Lab Interoperability Cooperative" or "LIC". Support will be provided to LIC(s) to provide an array of services to hospital laboratories to achieve the standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2010 as the Office of the Secretary Standards & Certification Interim Final Rule: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology (hereafter referred to as IFR) can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/E9-31216.htm .
2010 ARRA Prevention and Wellness- Leveraging National Organizations - closing date April 19, 2010 This cooperative agreement program is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300k-1, 300, section 1701 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended.This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) focuses on two categories of activities: 1) Category A: Obesity prevention through improved nutrition and increased physical activity; 2) Category B: Tobacco prevention and control.
Support is also provided to LIC(s) to provide these same services hospital labs and associated hospital EHR to achieve the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposed Rule Stage 1 Criteria for Meaningful Use by eligible hospitals under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (hereafter referred to as "meaningful use).
2010 ARRA Prevention and Wellness- Leveraging National Organizations - closing date April 19, 2010 This cooperative agreement program is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300k-1, 300, section 1701 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) focuses on two categories of activities: Category A: Obesity prevention through improved nutrition and increased physical activity Category B: Tobacco prevention and control.
Recovery Act - Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program - February 1, 2010 Deadline The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program will provide funding to communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities to demonstrate the vision of the future where hospitals, clinicians and patients are meaningful users of health IT, and together the community achieves measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health. Awards will be made in the form of cooperative agreements to approximately 15 qualified non-profit organizations or government entities representing geographic health care communities. Selected communities must already be national leaders in the advancement of health IT, workflow redesign and care coordination, or quality monitoring and feedback. In addition, successful communities must have advanced rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange (HIE), and the readiness to incorporate health IT to advance community-level care coordination and quality monitoring and feedback. Cooperative agreement recipients will evolve and advance their existing competencies in these three areas over a 36-month performance period. Individually and in aggregate, the Beacon Communities will generate and disseminate valuable lessons learned that will be applicable to the rest of the nation’s communities as they strive to build and leverage their health IT infrastructure for healthcare improvement.
Recovery Act: Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals - DUE January 11, 2010 On February 17, 2009, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This statute includes the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act) that sets forth a plan for advancing the appropriate use of health information technology to improve quality of care for each individual in the United States and establish a foundation for the electronic exchange and use of health information. Section 3001 of HITECH established the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ONC serves as the principal Federal entity charged with coordinating the overall effort to realize widespread and secure use of interoperable health information technologies, including the implementation of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure and widespread and meaningful use of electronic health records. The HITECH Act establishes a number of incentives to advance the appropriate use of health information technology. These include the provisions of Medicare and Medicaid incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), which in turn will assist in achieving the. goal of EHR utilization for all Americans by 2014. To achieve the vision of a transformed health system through the use of health information technology (HIT) can facilitate, there are three critical short-term prerequisites: • Clinicians and hospitals must acquire and implement certified, interoperable EHRs in a way that fully integrates these tools into the care delivery process; • Technical, legal, and financial supports are needed to enable information to flow securely to wherever it is needed to support health care and population health; and, • A skilled workforce needs to support the adoption of EHRs, exchange of health information among health care providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs, while maintaining individual privacy and security. Critical to achieving the goal of the HIT Initiative and the success of HITECH Act funded HIT programs such as the regional centers, is the availability of a skilled workforce that can facilitate the implementation and support of an electronic health care system. Section 3016 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by the Recovery Act, authorizes the creation of a program to assist in the establishment and/or expansion of programs to train a skilled workforce that will meet the short-term needs of the marketplace for these uniquely skilled professionals. Ensuring the adoption of EHRs, information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs, while maintaining privacy and security will all depend on having a qualified pool of workers. The supply of qualified health information professionals is a rate-limiting factor and maybe one of the greatest barriers to the comprehensive adoption and meaningful use of HIT. Estimates based on the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Department of Education and independent studies indicate a shortfall of approximately 51,000 qualified health IT workers who would be required over the next five years to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they move to adopting an electronic health care system, facilitated by the HITECH Act. To better understand the workforce needs created by HITECH, ONC convened a panel of technical experts, including educators and industry representatives. The experts identified the competencies required by six specific HIT workforce roles, which will be critical as providers begin to implement EHRs in large numbers, and for which training can be completed in six months or less if individuals bring appropriate backgrounds to the training. These roles are: • Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists • Clinician/practitioner consultants • Implementation support specialists • Implementation managers • Technical/software support staff • Trainers These roles are more fully described in Appendix I. The professionals trained by this workforce program will provide key support to the other HITECH Act directives such as the regional health information technology extension center program and the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC), and the state information exchange program. Regional Extension Center Program. The regional health information technology extension center programs will facilitate EHR adoption and meaningful use among primary care providers through local, practice, and provider-level support, technical assistance, education, and coordination. Individuals in all six of the specific HIT workforce roles above will be prepared with the skills necessary to assist the regional extension centers in accelerating the adoption, implement and meaningful use health information technology. Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC). The HITRC will analyze and support national efforts to provide technical assistance and develop or recognize best practices to support and accelerate efforts to adopt, implement, and effectively utilize health IT that allows for the electronic exchange and use of information in compliance with applicable standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria. Individuals trained via the participating community colleges will have the skills needed to translate the findings of the HITRC into the daily operations of providers offices and hospitals. State Health Information Exchange Program. Through this program, States, or their designated entity, will develop plans for coordinating health information exchange (HIE) planning and implementation at the state-level. This will create opportunities in each region for trainees to engage in the implementation of the HIE plans as technical staff working on behalf of the state, or with individual providers and hospitals, to help facilitate exchange at the micro-level.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Curriculum Development Centers - January 14 Deadline The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, under Section 3016 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), Information Technology Professionals in Health Care, authorizes "assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to establish or expand health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information technology students to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies in the United States health care infrastructure." The program established under Section 3016 will consist of at least two programmatic components, to be described in separate Funding Opportunity Announcements.This funding opportunity, one component of the workforce program, will provide $10 million in grants to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to support health information technology (health IT) curriculum development. ONC plans to make up to 5 grant awards that will support curriculum development to enhance programs of workforce training primarily at the community college level. The materials developed under this program will be used by the member colleges of the five regional consortia as well as be available to institutions of higher education across the country.A companion workforce program, Funding Opportunity Announcement EP-HIT-10-001, "Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care," describes a new grant program under Section 3016 of the HITECH Act that is designed to prepare trainees with relevant prior experience in six-month intensive courses of instruction at community colleges. Preparation for the roles targeted by this program requires knowledge of information technology (IT), health care, practice workflow, practice redesign and quality improvement techniques. The programs will be flexibly implemented to provide each trainee the exact skills and knowledge he or she needs. For example, someone entering the program with a health background would concentrate on acquiring IT skills and workflow redesign capabilities, rather than content knowledge related to health care.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Partnerships to Address Immunization Training and Information Needs of Health Department Staff, Coalitions, Nurses, and Medical Residents Funds are available from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Financial Assistance to Create New Immunization Partnerships to Address Unmet Needs Applications may be submitted by public and private nonprofit organizations and by governmental agents such as: • Public nonprofit organizations • Private nonprofit organizations • Universities • Colleges • Research institutions • Hospitals • Community-based organizations • Faith-based organizations • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments • Indian tribes • Indian tribal organizations
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Health Information Technology Extension Program: Regional Centers Deadline January 29, 2010 On February 17, 2009, the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of ARRA, together cited as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), include provisions to promote meaningful use of health information technology to improve the quality and value of American health care. The HITECH Act also established the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the principal federal entity responsible for coordinating the effort to implement a nationwide health information technology (health IT) infrastructure that allows for the use and exchange of electronic health information in electronic format.The HITECH Act (Title IV in Division B of ARRA) authorizes incentive payments for eligible Medicare and Medicaid providers meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. In 2015, providers are expected to have adopted and be actively utilizing an EHR in compliance with the "meaningful use" definition or they will be subject to financial penalties under Medicare (per Sections 4101(b) and 4102(b) of ARRA). The detailed criteria to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments will be established by the Secretary of HHS (hereafter referred to as the Secretary) through the formal notice-and-comment rulemaking process. For access to the most current publicly available information about meaningful use, please visit the Meaningful Use section of the ONC programmatic website at: http://healthit.hhs.gov/meaningfuluse Providers seeking to meaningfully use EHRs face a variety of challenging tasks. Those tasks include assessing needs, selecting and negotiating with a system vendor or reseller, implementing project management, and instituting workflow changes to improve clinical performance and ultimately, outcomes. Past experience has shown that robust local technical assistance can result in effective implementation of EHRs and quality improvement throughout a defined geographic area.Section 3012 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as amended by ARRA (see Appendix A), authorizes a Health Information Technology Extension Program (Extension Program). By statute, the Extension Program consists of a national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC), and Regional Extension Centers (Regional Centers). (For a discussion of the HITRC and its relationship to the Regional Centers, see Appendix B.1.) This funding opportunity announcement seeks applications from qualified entities to serve as Regional Centers within the Extension Program.(For information about additional priority grant programs authorized by the HITECH Act to address critical, short-term prerequisites to achieving the vision of a transformed health system where every American benefits from secure, interoperable EHRs, see Appendix B.2.)
Dept of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management
Recovery-Act-BLM-CO Invasive Weeds Treatment – Closing date February 15, 2010 Invasive weed treatment
Recovery-Act-BLM-CO INVASIVE WEEDS TREATMENT – Closing date February 15, 2010 Habitat restoration.
Dept of the Interior - US Fish and Wildlife Services
Recovery-Act-BLM-CO Dolores River Tamarisk Treatment - Closing date March 15, 2010 Habitat restoration
Recovery-Act-BLM-CO Invasive Weeds Treatment - Closing date March 15,, 2010 Invasive weed treatment.
Recovery-Act-BLM-CO INVASIVE WEEDS TREATMENT - Closing date March 15, 2010 Habitat restoration.
Recovery Act - National Fish Habitat Action Plan The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of funding for habitat restoration through the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Program. The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act authorizes the Secretary of Interior to provide technical and financial assistance through the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Program to partners interested in restoring, enhancing, and managing fish and wildlife habitats. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 additional funding is available for habitat restoration through the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. These Recovery Act funds are available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority aquatic habitats. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern). It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50 percent of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies regionally as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. If you are interested in requesting assistance for a potential project under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan you must contact your Regional Coordinator for information about funding and technical assistance availability. A listing of Regional National Fish Habitat Action Plan Coordinators is available at http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/fwco/nfhap/
Recovery Act - Fish Passage The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act authorizes the Secretary of Interior to provide technical and financial assistance through the National Fish Passage Program to partners interested in restoring, enhancing, and managing fish and wildlife habitats. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 additional funding is available for habitat restoration through the National Fish passage Program These Recovery Act funds are available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority aquatic habitats. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern). It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50 percent of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies regionally as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. If you are interested in requesting assistance for a potential project under the National Fish Passage Program you must contact your Regional Coordinator for information about funding and technical assistance availability. A listing of Regional Fish Passage Coordinators is available at http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/fwco/fishpassage/contacts.html.
Recovery Act-Coastal The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of funding for habitat restoration through the Coastal Program. Coastal ecosystems comprise less than 10 percent of the Nation's land area, but support far greater proportions of our living resources. Specifically, coastal areas support a much higher percentage of the Nation's threatened and endangered species, fishery resources, migratory songbirds, and migrating and wintering waterfowl. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 additional funding is available for habitat restoration through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program. These Recovery Act funds are available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority wetland, upland, or riparian habitats in selected geographic areas. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern. It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50 percent of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies to the national program as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. Funding above $25,000 for an individual project must be approved at the Washington Office level. If you are interested in requesting assistance for a potential habitat restoration project you must contact your local Coastal Program coordinator for information about funding and technical assistance availability. A listing of all Coastal Program coordinators is available at: http://www.fws.gov/coastal.
Recovery Act - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of funding for habitat restoration through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act authorizes the Secretary of Interior to provide technical and financial assistance through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to private landowners interested in restoring, enhancing, and managing fish and wildlife habitats on their own lands. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 additional funding is available for habitat restoration through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. These Recovery Act funds are available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority wetland, upland, or riparian habitats in selected geographic areas. Projects must provide direct benefits to Federal Trust species (i.e., migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern). It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50 percent of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies to the national program as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. Funding above $25,000 for an individual project must be approved at the Washington Office level. If you are interested in requesting assistance for a potential project under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program you must contact your local coordinator for information about funding and technical assistance availability. A listing of coordinators by state is available at http://www.fws.gov/partners/.
Department of Energy
Recovery Act - Request for Information - Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy - The Advanced Research Projects Agency ¿ Energy (ARPA-E) seeks public and stakeholder input on 1) programmatic areas well suited for support by ARPA-E and 2) specific scientific and technological opportunities to overcome key technological roadblocks to the development of widely market deployable transformational technologies relevant to the ARPA-E mission. The information collected through this process will assist ARPA-E in developing potential programs and funding opportunities. The Request for Information is provided in full text in the attachment entitled - Request for Information - ARPA-E - 08 31 09. Note: This RFI is also posted in FEDBIZOPS and FedConnect under DE-SOL-0001140.
Recovery Act-Resource Assessment and Interconnection-Level Transmission Analysis and Planning The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to facilitate the development or strengthening of capabilities in each of the three interconnections serving the lower 48 states of the United States, to prepare analyses of transmission requirements under a broad range of alternative futures and develop long-term interconnection-wide transmission expansion plans. The interconnections are the Western Interconnection, the Eastern Interconnection, and the Texas Interconnection.
Recovery Act: Carbon Capture and Sequestration Carbon Capture and Sequestration from Industrial Sources and Innovative Concepts for Beneficial CO2 Use The CO2 Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and CO2 use is a cost-shared collaboration between the Government and industry to increase investment in clean industrial technologies and sequestration projects. This Funding Opportunity Announcement, DOE's two specific objectives, identified as Technology Areas, are to demonstrate:
Recovery Act: Site Characterization of Promising Geologic Formations for CO2 Storage The purpose of this FOA is to focus on regional site characterization of a minimum of 10 distinct high-potential (described in the next paragraph) geologic formations. Geologic storage formations can be saline formations, depleting/depleted oil fields, or coals seams. Each application submitted in response to this FOA should focus on a minimum of one specific site, formation, or area not previously characterized with public data, unless a strong case can be made for further characterization for deficiencies in the available data sets. It is anticipated that a minimum of 10 awards will be made, for a total site characterization of a minimum of 10 distinct high-potential geologic formations. It is expected that these characterization projects will increase our understanding of the potential for these formations to safely and permanently store CO2. To be a distinct high-potential geologic formation, the target formation should be representative of the regional geology that could be used to store CO2 emissions from sources where CO2 could be captured and economically transported. The site should have the potential to store at least 30 million tons of CO2 and should be able to accept CO2 from a large commercial source over the lifetime of the source. The formation should represent a significant storage opportunity in the region with appropriate structure and geology (seals) to protect against adverse impacts on the overlying formation or risks to Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW) and the surface
Recovery Act: Energy Efficient Information and Communication Technology The energy used by our nation's vital telecommunications and data centers is growing at an alarming rate. As information technology and communications services continue to slowly converge, the data center and telecommunications industries face increasingly similar challenges to control the power usage of their microprocessors or servers and supporting power and cooling systems. The electricity consumed in data centers and telecom systems is already three percent of the U.S. total and growing rapidly. In the face of growing global energy demand, uncertain energy supplies, and volatile energy prices, innovative
Recovery Act (ARRA) - Industrial Energy Efficiency Deployment of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems, District Energy Systems, Waste Energy Recovery Systems, and Efficient Industrial Equipment In support of the ARRA, the Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) is seeking deployment projects for district energy systems, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and waste energy recovery applications, and energy-efficient industrial equipment and processes. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) offers several distinct advantages over many other electricity and thermal energy generating technologies with regard to performance, availability, and cost. CHP, or cogeneration, is the concurrent production of electricity or mechanical power and useful thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single source of energy. CHP is a suite of technologies that generate electricity or power at the point of use and recover the thermal energy that would normally be lost in the power generation process. This allows for much greater improvement in overall fuel efficiency, resulting in lower operating costs and CO2 emissions. CHP positively impacts the health of local economies while also supporting national policies in a number of ways. District energy systems produce steam, hot water or chilled water at a central plant and then pipe the energy out to buildings in the district for space heating, domestic hot water heating and air conditioning. The scale of district energy systems enables higher efficiencies to be obtained through the centralized system. District energy systems are often operated with CHP technologies, providing efficiencies of 80% or higher. The capital cost of new equipment is often a roadblock for utilization of more efficient equipment and processes. Although the newer technologies would provide lower energy requirements and operating costs, the payback period for some technologies does not meet internal business goals. This FOA will enable deployment of industrial technologies that provide 25% or greater improvement in energy efficiency over the currently-utilized equipment. The objective of the FOA is to solicit applications for cost-shared projects that will deploy sustainable energy infrastructure projects and energy efficient industrial technologies. Specifically, this FOA seeks projects to deploy efficient technologies in the following four areas of interest: 1)Combined Heat and Power; 2) District Energy Systems; 3) Industrial Waste Energy Recovery; 4) Efficient Industrial Equipment The result will be deployment of technologies that will increase our national energy security, provide construction and manufacturing jobs, and build markets for skilled green construction.
Recovery Act: Energy Efficient Information and Communication Technology The energy used by our nation's vital telecommunications and data centers is growing at an alarming rate. As information technology and communications services continue to slowly converge, the data center and telecommunications industries face increasingly similar challenges to control the power usage of their microprocessors or servers and supporting power and cooling systems. The electricity consumed in data centers and telecom systems is already three percent of the U.S. total and growing rapidly. In the face of growing global energy demand, uncertain energy supplies, and volatile energy prices, innovative solutions are needed to radically advance the energy efficiency of these systems, which represent the engine of the American economy today. Enhanced energy efficiency in the central offices and data centers supporting our information, communications technology (ICT) systems will enhance U.S. energy and economic security. This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks to develop new technologies to dramatically improve energy efficiency in ICT with an the emphasis on new technologies that can be commercialized within the next three to five years, and to demonstrate through field testing highly energy efficient, emerging technologies that are ready for or are in the initial stage of commercial introduction.
Recovery Act - Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps Through this FOA, DOE seeks to increase the deployment of ground source heat pumps through new commercialization strategies that incorporate: 1) innovative commercial-scale or residential community technology demonstration projects; 2) data gathering and analysis related to system costs, performance, and installation techniques; and 3) a national GHP certification standard. DOE¿s objective is to promote ground source heat pumps via the following three Topic Areas: 1. Technology Demonstration Projects: Mid- or large-scale (i.e. provide 50-100 tons of heating and/or cooling) cost-shared technology demonstration projects that incorporate innovative business and financing strategies and/or technical approaches designed to overcome commercialization barriers that currently exist for GHPs. 2. Data Gathering and Analysis: Data gathering and analysis research papers related to system costs, performance, and installation techniques, which will provide insights into the lowest life-cycle cost applications for GHPs and assist consumers in determining project feasibility. 3. National Certification Standard: A national certification standard for the GHP industry designed to increase consumer confidence in the technology, reduce the potential for improperly installed systems, and assure product quality and performance.
Recovery Act: Solar Market Transformation SETP is working to reduce market barriers and promote market expansion of solar energy technologies through non-R&D activities, including: 1) activities that provide technical, regulatory, institutional, financial and educational solutions to market transformation barriers; and 2) efforts that accelerate demand for new solar technologies. Below are several defining aspects of SETP efforts: • DOE is seeking to identify and minimize or remove barriers to solar technology commercialization as quickly and efficiently as possible. • Given the proximity of its 2015 goal, DOE is seeking to make large and significant changes in the marketplace through its activities. • Emphasis will be on projects and activities with the greatest potential to assist the DOE in reaching its SETP cost-competiveness goal by 2015. The objectives of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are to: 1) address current market barriers to the adoption of solar technologies; and 2) establish a nationally coordinated effort to spread solar installation training to the local level.
Recovery Act: High Penetration Solar Deployment The objectives of this FOA are to 1) develop the needed modeling tools and database of experience with high penetration scenarios of PV on a distribution system, 2) develop monitoring, control and integration systems to enable cost-effective widespread deployment of small modular PV systems and 3) demonstrate the integration of PV and energy storage into Smart Grid applications. This will accelerate the placement of high levels of PV penetration into existing or newly designed distribution circuits. The achievement of these goals will facilitate increased growth of grid-tied PV installations, thus supporting the Solar Energy Technology Program apos;s (SETP) mission to accelerate widespread commercialization of clean solar energy technologies in the United States (U.S.).
Department of Justice
Recovery Act: Evaluation of Internet Child Safety Materials Used by ICAC Task Forces in School and Community Settings This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the "Recovery Act"). The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, seeks applications for funding to conduct an evaluation of internet child safety materials used by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces that receive funding from the OJP Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention under the Recovery Act. Specifically, the successful grantee will conduct a multisite evaluation of internet child safety materials used by ICAC task forces in school and community settings to examine the effectiveness of these materials and identify gaps that may exist in this field. The information is needed to help ICAC task forces make informed decisions about the best materials available to meet their missions of promoting public awareness and prevention. The results will be made available to other ICAC task forces to enhance their efforts to address internet crimes against children. Applications for funding should be submitted through the on-line OJP Grants Management System (GMS). For additional information on the Office of Justice Programs' Recovery Act Grant Programs, please visit the OJP website at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery/.
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program provides resources to improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems. The Recovery Act funding will focus on job creation and retention in support of evidence-based and data-driven programs in the following areas: 1) preventing and reducing violent crime; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers, as a compliment to the COPS program; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5) enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical assistance partnerships.
ICAC Task Force Training and Technical Assistance Grants New ICAC Task Force Training Grants furthers the Department's mission to provide training and support in this area of constantly evolving technology and technical assistance to new and established task force agencies by increasing the training available through a cadre of training providers. OJJDP is particularly interested in proposals for training programs focused on: (1) Computer Forensics, (2) Prosecution of Child Sexual Exploitation and Technology Facilitated Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses, (3) Specialized Techniques for Investigating Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses (for example, cell phone technologies or file encryption), and (4) Wellness for Law Enforcement and Other Professionals Exposed to Child Exploitation Images at Work. This program furthers the Department's mission to provide training and support to Internet Crimes Against Children task forces as they develop effective responses to online enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, and child obscenity and pornography cases. This program furthers the purpose of the Recovery Act by providing funding for hiring and retaining trained experts to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, forensic analysts, and other related professionals to increase their skills sets and make them more employable in child exploitation units.
Local Youth Mentoring Initiative Under this solicitation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will be making awards to support local organizations that develop, implement, or expand local mentoring programs leading to measurable, positive outcomes for at-risk youth. This program furthers the Department's mission by enhancing the capacity of local mentoring programs to develop and implement mentoring strategies to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent violence.