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SUMMARY INFORMATION


Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants Program

The FY 2001 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Food and Agricultural Sciences National
Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program contains two Parts. Part I is a request for proposals
for new grants in the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants Program. Part I is an invitation to project directors of currently active grants to submit a
supplemental proposal to support travel of a National Need Fellow to a foreign location to
conduct thesis/dissertation research or to study. Do not combine proposals for Part I and Part
II. Submit separate proposalsfor either Part I or for Part II using forms in this application kit.

Instructions for submission of a proposal for a new grant in Part I:

Proposals are requested to recruit outstanding graduate students who will pursue a doctoral
degree in any of the following National Needs areas of food and agricultural sciences: Animal,
Microbial, or Plant Molecular Biology including Genomics or Bioinformatics; Agricultural
Systems or Natural Resource Engineering; Food Science or Human Nutrition; Human Sciences;
Marketing or Management; Natural Resources and Environment. The institutional eligibility
and the purpose of this program are discussed in Part I, Section B, Paragraph 3 and Section B,
Paragraph 1 in the RFP. The deadline for submission of Intent to Submit a Proposal (Form
CSREES-706) is May 11, 2001. The deadline for receipt of proposals is July 10, 2001.
Funds to support grants awarded in this competition combine appropriations from Fiscal Years
2001 and 2002. At the time of publication of this application kit, Congress has not enacted the
FY 2002 appropriation bill for the Department. Therefore, the $5.6 million for grants cited in
the RFP is only tentative and USDA is not bound by this estimate. It is anticipated that award
notices will be sent in December, 2001.

The proposal must include: Proposal Cover Page, National Need Summary, National Need
Narrative, Budget, and Faculty Vitae. The details ofpreparing a proposal are discussed in
Subpart C of the Administrative Provisions. Applicants are cautioned to comply with the 20-
page limitation for the narrative section of the proposal. Applicants also are cautioned to include
summary faculty vitae through the use of Form CSREES-708.

An original and six (6) copies of a proposal must be submitted. Proposals should contain all
requested information when submitted. Each proposal should be typed on 8 V2" x 11" white
paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the page only. Please note that the text of the proposal
should be prepared using a font no smaller than 12 point and one-inch margins. All copies of the
proposal must be submitted in one package. Each copy of the proposal must be stapled securely
in the upper left-hand corer (DO NOT BIND). The proposal should be paginated and a Table
of Contents should be included preceding the proposal narrative. Further details of submitting a
proposal are discussed in Part I, Section E of the RFP.









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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service
Request for Proposals (RFP): Food
and Agricultural Sciences National
Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants
Program for Fiscal Years 2001 and
2002

AGENCY: Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of request for proposal sand
request for input.
SUMMARY: The Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
announces the availability of grant funds and
requests proposals for the Food and Agricultural
Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants Program for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2001 and
2002, and for 2001Supplemental Grants for
Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation
Research Travel Allowances. Proposals are hereby
requested from eligible institutions as identified
herein for competitive consideration for Food and
Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Grant awards. In addition, CSREES
seeks proposals from recipients of currently active
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs
Fellowship Grants for supplemental grants to
support special international study or
thesis/dissertation research experiences for current
Fellows. CSREES also is soliciting comments
regarding this RFP from any interested party. Such
comments will be considered in the development
of any future requests for proposals for this
program. Such comments will be used in meeting
the requirements of sectionl03(c)(2) of the
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education
Reform Act of1998 (AREERA).
DATES: All proposals for Food and Agricultural
Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants must be received on or before July 10,
2001. Supplemental Grant proposals to support
special international study or thesis/dissertation
research for current Fellows must be received by
October 1, 2001. Proposals not received on or
before these dates, as appropriate, will not be
considered for funding. Comments are requested


within six months from the issuance of this RFP.
Comments received after that date will be
considered to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES: For Food and Agricultural
Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grant proposals, hand-delivered proposals
(brought in person by the applicant or through a
courier service) must be received on or before July
10,2001, at the following address: National Needs
Graduate Fellowship Grants Program; c/o
Proposal Services Unit Office of Extramural
Programs Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service; U.S. Department of
Agriculture; Room 1307, Waterfront Centre; 800
9th Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20024. The
telephone number is (202) 401-5048. Proposals
transmitted via facsimile (fax) machine will not be
accepted. Proposals submitted by mail must be
received on or before July 10, 2001. Proposals
submitted by mail should be sent to the following
address: National Needs Graduate Fellowship
Grants Program; c/o Proposal Services Unit;
Office ofExtramural Programs; Cooperative State
Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S.
Department of Agriculture; STOP 2245; 1400
Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC
20250- 2245. For International Study or Thesis/
Dissertation Research Supplemental Grant
proposals, hand-delivered proposals (brought in
person by the applicant or through a courier
service) must be received prior to October 1, 2001,
at the following address: Graduate Fellowship
(International) Supplemental Grants Program; c/o
Proposal Services Unit; Office of Extramural
Programs; Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service; U.S. Department of
Agriculture; Room 1307, Waterfront Centre; 800
9th Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20024. The
telephone number is (202) 401-5048. Proposals
transmitted via a facsimile (fax) machine will not
be accepted. Proposals submitted by mail must be
received prior to October 1, 2001. Proposals
submitted by mail should be sent to the following
address: Graduate Fellowship (International)
Supplemental Grants Program; c/o Proposal
Services Unit; Office of Extramural Programs;
Cooperative State Research, Education, and
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Agriculture; STOP 2245; 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250- 2245.
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, SW.;
Washington, DC 20250-2299; or via e-mail to:
RFP- OEP@reeusda.gov. (This e-mail address is
intended only for receiving stakeholder input
comments regarding this RFP, and not for
requesting information or forms.)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Howard Sandberg; Higher Education
Programs; Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service; U.S. Department of
Agriculture, STOP 2251; 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC
20250-2251 ;Telephone: (202) 720-2193;
E-mail:hsandberg@reeusda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Table of Contents
Stakeholder Input Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance
Part I. Food and Agricultural Sciences National
Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants
A. Administrative Provisions and Legislative
Authority
B. Program Description
1. Purpose of the Program
2. Targeted National Need Areas
3. Eligibility
4. Degree Level Supported
5. Proposal Submission Limitations
6. Limitations on Number of Fellowships
7. Available Funding
8. Stipend Level
C. Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria
D. How to Obtain Application Materials
E. Submission of a Proposal
1. Intent to Submit a Proposal
2. What to Submit
3. Where and When to Submit
4. Acknowledgment of Proposals
F. CRIS Reports and Impact Reports
Part II. 2001 Special International Study or
Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances
A. Administrative Provisions and
Legislative Authority
B. Program Description


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C. Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria
D. How to Obtain Application Materials
E. What to Submit
F. Where and When to Submit
G. Impact Reports
Stakeholder Input
CSREES is requesting comments regarding this
FY 2001 RFP 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 ofthisnotice.
National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants
A. Administrative Provisions and Legislative
Authority This Program is subject to the
provisions found at 7 CFR part 3402. 7 CFR part
3402 sets forth procedures to be followed when
submitting grant proposals for food and
agricultural sciences national needs graduate
fellowship grants, rules governing the evaluation
of proposals and the awarding of grants, and
regulations relating to the post-award
administration of such grant projects. Legislative
authority for this program is contained in section
1417(b)(6) of the National Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as
amended (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(6)). In
accordance with the statutory authority, subject to
the availability of funds, the Secretary of
Agriculture, who has delegated the authority to the
AdministratorofCSREES, may make competitive
grants, for periods not to exceed five years, to
land-grant colleges and universities, to colleges
and universities having significant minority
enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry
out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences,
and to other colleges and universities having a
demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of
food and agricultural sciences, to administer and
conduct graduate fellowship programs to help
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and agricultural sciences. For this program, the
term "food and agricultural sciences" means
basic, applied, and developmental research,
extension, and teaching activities in food and
fiber, agriculture, renewable natural resources,
forestry, and physical and social sciences,
including activities related to subject areas defined
in section 1404(8) of NARETPA, 7 U.S.C.
3103(8).
B. Program Description
1. Purpose of the Program
This program seeks to award grants for training
students for a doctoral degree at colleges and
universities which have demonstrable teaching
and research competencies in the food and
agricultural sciences. The grants are specifically
intended to support fellowship programs that
encourage outstanding students to pursue and
complete their degree at such institutions in an
area of the food and agricultural sciences for
which there is a national need for the development
of scientific and professional expertise.
2. Targeted National Need Areas
Food and agricultural science areas appropriate for
fellowship grant applications are those which are
directly related to one of the following:
(1) Animal, microbial, or plant molecular biology
including genomics or bioinformatics; (2) natural
resources and environment; (3) agricultural
systems or natural resource engineering; (4)
marketing or management; (5) food science or
human nutrition; or (6) human sciences. A
proposal is restricted to one national need area.
3. Eligibility
Proposals may be submitted by institutions that
confer a doctoral degree in a national need area.
For proposals involving more than one institution,
all institutions must meet the eligibility
requirements. Proposals also may be submitted by
a research foundation maintained by an eligible
college or university. Eligibility requirements are
discussed further in 7 CFR 3402.3.
4. Degree Level Supported
In FYs 2001 and 2002, only the doctoral level of
study will be supported.
5. Proposal Submission Limitations
No limitations are placed on the number of
proposals which can be submitted by a college or
university.


6. Limitations on Number of Fellowships
There is no limit on the number of
fellowships in the single national need area which
can be requested in the proposal. While proposals
must document institution willingness to recruit
and train the number of fellows requested,
CSREES may fund fewer fellows than requested
in a proposal. Also, the maximum total amount of
funds from this program that may be awarded to
an institution in FYs 2001 and 2002 is limited to
$276,000.
7. Available Funding
Subjectto the enactment ofthe appropriations acts
that will provide funds to CSREES for this
program in FYs 2001 and 2002, CSREES
anticipates that approximately $5.6 million will be
available for fellowship grants for the FYs 2001
and 2002 combined competition, including
approximately $2.8 million in anticipated FY 2001
appropriations and approximately $2.8 million in
anticipated FY 2002 appropriations. Contingent
on the availability of these funds, approximately
$934,000 will be allocated to each of the six
national need areas. This program is highly
competitive, and it is anticipated that available
funding will support approximately 81 doctoral
fellows. No-year funds drawn from expired
fellowship grants with unspent funds remaining
may be used to fund additional fellows. Please
note that Congress has not enacted the FY 2002
appropriation bills for the Department. Therefore,
the $5.6 million cited for FYs 2001 and 2002
grants is only tentative, and USDA is not bound
by this estimate.
8. Stipend Level
Each institution funded will receive $69,000 for
each doctoral fellowship awarded. However, it is
anticipated that total program funds available will
not be evenly divisible by $69,000. Therefore, one
fellowship may be supported on a partial basis
with a lesser amount of funds, or one fellowship
may be supported fully by a combination of FYs
2001 and 2002 funds and unspent funds remaining
from expired fellowship grants. Except in the case
of a partially funded fellowship, fellowship
monies must be used to: (1) Support the same
doctoral fellow for three years at $22,000 per year;
and (2) provide for an institution annual cost-of-
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awarded to an institution under the program in
FYs 2001 and 2002 shall not exceed $276,000.
C. Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria
Section 223 of the Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998,
Pub. L. No. 105-185, amended section 1417 of
NARETPA to require that priorities be given in
awarding grants for certain teaching enhancement
projects under section 1417(b) of NARETPA.
This program is authorized under section 1417(b).
CSREES considers all applications received in
response to this solicitation as teaching
enhancement project applications. To implement
the new priorities for proposals submitted for the
FYs 2001 and 2002 competition, the evaluation
criteria used to evaluate proposals, as provided in
the administrative provisions for this program (7
CFR 3402.19), have been modified to include new
criteria for proposals demonstrating enhanced
coordination among eligible institutions and
focusing on innovative, multidisciplinary
education programs, material, or curricula. The
following criteria and weights will be used to
evaluate proposals submitted for funding to the
FYs 2001 and 2002 competition:
(A) 25 points-The degree to which the proposal
establishes clearly that the proposed program of
graduate study will result in the development of
outstanding scientific/professional expertise
related to a national need area and will do so in a
reasonable period of time.
(B) 25 points-The degree to which the proposal
contains any special features such as a focus on
innovative, multidisciplinary education programs,
material, or curricula; enhanced coordination
among institutions eligible for grants under the
Food and Agricultural National Needs Fellowship
Grant Program; an inter-disciplinary, multi-
disciplinary, or cross-disciplinary approach, an
unusual collateral specialization in a related
discipline, experiential learning opportunities,
unique mentoring programs, seminars, or a multi-
university collaborative approach.
(C) 20 points-The degree to which the proposal
substantiates clearly that the institution's faculty,
facilities and equipment, instructional support
resources, and other academic attributes are
excellent for providing outstanding graduate study
and research at the forefront of science and


technology related to the chosen area of national
need.
(D) 20 points-The degree to which the
institution's plans and procedures for recruiting
and selecting academically outstanding Fellows
and for advising and guiding Fellows through a
program of study reflect excellence as documented
in the proposal.
(E) 5 points-The degree to which supplementary
summary data substantiate program quality in the
targeted need area.
(F) 5 points-The quality of the proposal as
reflected by its substantive content, organization,
clarity, and accuracy.

D. How To Obtain Application Materials
An Application Kit containing program
application materials can be downloaded from the
CSREES, Office of Higher Education Programs
( HEP ) we b s i t e at
http://www.reeusda.gov/serd/hep/hep.htm or will
be made available to eligible institutions upon
request. These materials include the
administrative provisions, this Request for
Proposals, Summary Information, forms,
instructions, and other relevant information
needed to prepare and submit grant proposals.
Copies of the Application Kit may be requested
from the Proposal Services Unit; Office of
Extramural Programs; Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service; U.S.
Department of Agriculture; STOP 2245; 1400
Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC
20250-2245. The telephone number is
202-401-5048. When contacting the Proposal
Services Unit, please indicate that you are
requesting forms for the FYs 2001 and 2002
National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants
Program. Application materials also may be
requested via Internet by sending a message which
states that you want to receive a copy of the
application materials for the FY 2001/2002
National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants
Program with your name, mailing address (not e-
mail) and phone number to psb@reeusda.gov. The
materials will then be mailed to you (not e-mailed)
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E. Submission of a Proposal
1. Intent To Submit a Proposal
Submission of an Intent to Submit a Proposal
(Form CSREES-706) is requested for the FYs
2001 and 2002 competition and is due May 11,
2001. Form CSREES-706 can be sent by FAX to
202-720-2030; by courier to Graduate Fellowship
Program; CSREES/SERD/ HEP; Waterfront
Centre; 3rd Floor, Room 3251; 800 9th Street,
SW.; Washington, DC 20024; or by mail to
Graduate Fellowship Program,
USDA/CSREES/SERD/HEP, 1400 Independence
Ave., SW.; STOP 2251; Washington, DC
20250-2251.
2. What To Submit
An original and six (6) copies of a proposal must
be submitted. Proposals should contain all
requested information when submitted. Each
proposal should be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" white
paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the page
only. Please note that the text of the proposal
should be prepared using a font no smaller than 12
point and one-inch margins. All copies of the
proposal must be submitted in one package. Each
copy of the proposal must be stapled securely in
the upper left-hand corner (DO NOT BIND). The
proposal should be paginated and a Table of
Contents should be included preceding the
proposal narrative. Applicants are cautioned to
comply with the 20-page limitation for the
narrative section of the proposal. Applicants also
are cautioned to include summary faculty vitae
using Summary Vita-Teaching Proposal (Form
CSREES-708). More detailed information on the
narrative, summary vita, and other portions of a
proposal is provided in subpart C of 7 CFR part
3402.
3. Where and When To Submit
Hand-delivered proposals (brought in person by
the applicant or through a courier service) must be
received on or before July 10, 2001, at the
following address: National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Grants Program; c/o Proposal Services
Unit; Office of ExtramuralPrograms; Cooperative
State Research, Education, and Extension Service;
U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 1307,
Waterfront Centre; 800 9th Street, SW.;
Washington, DC 20024. The telephone number is
(202) 401-5048. Proposals transmitted via


facsimile (fax) machine will not be accepted.
Proposals submitted through the mail must be
received on or before July 10, 2001. Proposals
submitted through the mail should be sent to the
following address: National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Grants Program; c/o Proposal Services
Unit; Office of Extramural Programs; Cooperative
State Research, Education, and Extension Service;
U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2245;
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington,
DC 20250-2245.
4. Acknowledgment of Proposals
The receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged
via e-mail. Therefore it is important to include an
e-mail address on the Proposal Cover Page (Form
CSREES-701) when applicable. This
acknowledgment will contain a proposal
identification number. Once your proposal has
been assigned a proposal number, please cite that
number in future correspondence.
F. Current Research Information System
(CRIS) Reports and Impact Reports Institutions
will be asked to submit annual CRIS Reports in
partial fulfillment of the reportingrequirements of
7 CFR 3402.25(a). Also, institutions will be asked
to submit reports describing significant impacts
generated by the activities and accomplishments
of the fellows in partial fulfillment ofthe reporting
requirements of 7 CFR 3402.25.
Part II. 2001 Special International
Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel
Allowances
A. Administrative Provisions and Legislative
Authority
This Program is subject to the provisions found at
7 CFR part 3402. 7 CFR 3402.5(e) sets forth
procedures to be followed when submitting
supplemental grant proposals for special
international study or thesis/dissertation research
travel allowances. 7 CFR part 3402, subparts E
and F set forth rules governing the evaluation of
proposals and the awarding of grants, and
regulations relating to the post-award
administration of such grant projects. Legislative
authority for this program is contained in section
1417(b)(6) of the National Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as
amended (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(6)).
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CSREES has determined that a new competition
for special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowances will
be held during FY 2001, and hereby solicits
proposals for competitive supplemental grants.
Proposals may be submitted by universities or
colleges who currently have active Food and
Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Grants. Eligibility for this opportunity
is limited to any current Fellow with sufficient
time to complete the international experience
before the termination date of the fellowship grant
under which he/she is supported. These
supplementary grants provide support for aFellow
to conduct thesis/dissertation research or to
undertake studies at a site outside of the United
States. Before the international study or
thesis/dissertation research travelmay commence,
a Fellow must have completed one academic year
of full-time study, as defined by the institution,
under the fellowship appointment and
arrangements must have been formalized for the
Fellow to study and/or conduct research in the
foreign locationss. Estimated funds for
supplemental grants in FY 2001 are
approximately $60,000. These funds are obtained
from no-year funds drawn from expired fellowship
grants with unspent funds remaining. CSREES has
determined thatno FY 2001 appropriations will be
targeted to supplemental grants supporting special
international study or thesis/dissertation research
travel allowances. For each travel allowance, the
institution may request up to $10,000. Travel
allowance monies may be used only to pay travel
and living expenses for the Fellow while the
Fellow is on the specific international assignment
as proposed in the application for the special
international study or thesis/dissertation research
travel allowance. No limitation is placed on the
number of applications an institution may submit.
Awards will be made to the extent possible based
on the review of the proposal and subject to the
availability of funds.
C. Selection Process and Evaluation Criteria
Applications for the special international travel
allowances will be evaluated as they are received
until available funds for the supplemental grants
are exhausted. Upon receipt of an application,
CSREES staff will first determine the eligibility of


the Fellow for whom the application was
submitted for an international travel experience.
Eligible and complete requests then will be
reviewed by professional staff from USDA or
other Federal agencies, as appropriate. Since
awards for supplemental grants will be made as
reviews are completed, there is no assurance funds
will be available late in the application period for
every acceptable proposal.
The six evaluation criteria are:
1. 10 points-Destination and duration-the
degree to whichthe destination and duration of the
travel experience is appropriate for enhancing the
Fellow's academic program.
2. 30 points-Travel experience activities-the
degree to which the specific international
experiences contribute to the Fellow's program of
study.
3. 20 points-Advance preparations-the degree
to which the proposed study or research activities
are well-planned, including the likelihood that
these activities will come to fruition and that the
participation of identified personnel will
materialize.
4. 10 points-Budget-the degree to which the
budget for the international experience isjustified.
5. 20 points-Personnel-the degree to which the
personnel, both U.S. and international, involved
with the travel experience have the appropriate
credentials and experience to direct the Fellow's
international experience, and the likelihood that
their participation as mentors, trainers, advisors, or
teachers will contributeto the educational value of
the travel experiences.
6. 10 points-Supporting documentation-the
degree to which letters from the dean of the
college (or equivalent administrative unit) and the
fellowship grant project director support the
application.
D. How To Obtain Application Materials
An Application Kit containing program
application materials can be downloaded from the
H E P w e b s i t e a t
http://www.reeusda.gov/serd/hep/hep.htm or will
be made available to eligible institutions upon
request. These materials include the administrative
provisions, Request for Proposals, Summary
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grant applications. Copies of the Application Kit
may be requested from the Proposal Services Unit;
Office of Extramural Programs; Cooperative State
Research, Education, and Extension Service; U.S.
Department of Agriculture; STOP 2245; 1400
Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC
20250-2245. The telephone number is
(202)401-5048. When contacting the Proposal
Services Unit, please indicate that you are
requesting the Application Kit for the FY 2001
Graduate Fellowship (International) Supplemental
Grants Program. Application materials may also
be requested via Internet by sending a message,
that states that you wish to receive a copy of the
application materials for the 2001 Graduate
Fellowship (International) Supplemental Grants
Program with your name, mailing address (not e-
mail) and telephone number to psb@reeusda.gov.
The materials will then be mailed to you (not e-
mailed) as quickly as possible.
E. What To Submit
An original plus six (6) copies of each application
must be submitted. Proposals should contain all
requested information when submitted. Each
proposal should be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" white
paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the page
only. Please note that the text of the proposal
should be prepared using a font no smaller than 12
point and one-inch margins. Each copy of the
application should be stapled securely in the upper
left-hand corner (DO NOT BIND). All copies of
the application must be submitted in one package.
Applications transmitted via a facsimile (FAX)
machine will not be accepted. A separate
application must be submitted by a fellowship
grant project director at an eligible institution on
behalf of each Fellow for which a special
international study or thesis/dissertation research
travel allowance is requested. Each application
must include an "Application for Funding," Form
CSREES-661, and a "Budget," Form
CSREES-55. To provide HEP with sufficient
information upon which to evaluate the merits of
the requests for a special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowance, each
application for a supplemental grant must contain
a narrative which provides the following: (1) The
specific destinations) and duration of the travel;
(2) the specific study or thesis/dissertation


research activities in which the Fellow will be
engaged; (3) how the international experience will
contribute to the Fellow's program of study; (4) a
budget narrative specifying and justifying the
dollar amount requested for the travel; (5)
summary credentials of both the U.S. and
international faculty or other professionals with
whom the Fellow will be working during the
international experience (summary credentials
must not exceed three pages per person;
"Summary Vita-Teaching Proposal," Form
CSREES-708, may be used for this purpose); (6)
a letter from the dean of the Fellow's college or
equivalent administrative unit supporting the
Fellow's travel request and certifying that the
travel experience will not jeopardize the Fellow's
satisfactory progress toward degree completion;
and (7) a letter from the fellowship grant project
director certifying the Fellow's eligibility, the
accuracy of the Fellow's travel request, and the
relevance of the travel to the Fellow's advanced
degree objectives. The narrative portion of the
application must not exceed 10 pages, excluding
the summary vita/vitae.
F. Where and When To Submit
Applications for the special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowance
supplemental grants may be submitted at any time
prior to October 1, 2001. However, to allow time
for CSREES to process the applications, prop osals
should be submitted at least three months prior to
the proposed beginning date of the international
research project. Applicants are urged to submit
their proposals early. Note: Proposals for these
special supplemental awards should not be
submitted as part of the application for a FY
2001/2002 Graduate Fellowship grant. Hand-
delivered proposals (brought in person by the
applicant or through a courier service) must be
received prior to October 1,2001, atthe following
address: Special International Study or
Thesis/Dissertation Research Supplemental Grant;
c/o Proposal Services Unit; Office of Extramural
Programs; Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service; U.S. Department of
Agriculture; Room 1307, Waterfront Centre; 800
9th Street, SW.; Washington, DC 20024. The
phone number is 202-401-5048. Proposals
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be accepted. Proposals submitted through the U.S.
mail must be received prior to October 1, 2001.
Proposals submitted through the U.S. mail should
be sent to the following address: Graduate
Fellowship (International) Supplemental Grants
Program; c/o Proposal Services Unit; Office of
Extramural Programs; Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service; U.S.
Department of Agriculture; STOP 2245; 1400
Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC
20250-2245.
G. Impact Reports
Awardees will be asked to submit an impact report
at the conclusion of the international research
experience. The impact report describes the
accomplishments made by the Fellow as a result
of the international research experience. This
report should be submitted to:
Graduate Fellowship Program;
CSREES/SERD/HEP, USDA;
STOP 2251; 1400 Independence Ave.,
SW.; Washington, DC 20250-2251.
Done at Washington, DC, this 1 th day of
January, 2001.
Colien Hefferan,
Administrator, Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service.
[FR Doc. 01-1492 Filed 1-18-01; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-22-P









Federal Register / Vol. 59. No 250 / Friday, December 30, 1994 / Rules and Regulations
PART 3402-FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL 3402.1 Applicability of regulations.
SCIENCES NATIONAL (a) The regulations of this part apply to competitive
NEEDS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP grants awarded under the provisions of section
GRANTS PROGRAM 1417(b)(6) of the National Agricultural Research,
Subpart A-General Introduction Extension and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as
Sec. amended, 7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(6). This statute designates
3402.1 Applicability of regulations. the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the
3402.2 Definitions. lead Federal agency for agricultural research,
3402.3 Institutional eligibility, extension, and teaching in the food and agricultural
sciences. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture,
Subpart B-Program Description who has delegated the authority to the
3402.4 Food and agricultural sciences areas Cooperative State Research, Education, and
targeted for national needs graduate fellowship Extension Service (CSREES), to make competitive
grants support. grants to land-grant colleges and universities,
3402.5 Overview of National Needs Graduate colleges and universities having significant
Fellowship Grants Program. minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity
3402.6 Fellowship appointments, to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural
3402.7 Fellowship activities, sciences, and to other colleges and universities
3402.8 Financial provisions, having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the
teaching of food and agricultural sciences, to
Subpart C-Preparation of a Proposal administer and conduct graduate fellowship
3402.9 Application package. programs to help meet the Nation's needs for
3402.10 Proposal cover page. development of scientific and professional
3402.11 National need summary. expertise in the food and agricultural sciences.
3402.12 National need narrative. The fellowships are intended to encourage
3402.13 Budget. outstanding students to pursue and complete
3402.14 Faculty vitae. graduate degrees in the areas of food and
3402.15 Appendix. agricultural sciences designated by CSREES
through the Office of Higher Education Programs
Subpart D-Submission of a Proposal (HEP) as national needs.
3402.16 Intent to submit a proposal. (b) The regulations of this part do not apply to grants
3402.17 Where to submit a proposal. awarded by the Department of Agriculture under any
other authority.


Subpart E-Proposal Review and
Evaluation
3402.18 Proposal review.
3402.19 Evaluation criteria.


Subpart F-Supplementary Information
3402.20 Terms and conditions of grant
awards.
3402.21 Grant awards.
3402.22 Other Federal statutes and regulations
that apply.
3402.23 Confidential aspects of proposals and
awards.
3402.24 Access to peer review information.
3402.25 Documentation of progress on funded
projects.
3402.26 Evaluation of program.
AUTHORITY: 7 U.S.C. 3316. SOURCE: 59 FR
68073, Dec. 30, 1994, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart A-General Introduction


3402.2 Definitions.
As used in this part:
Citizen or national of the United States
means
(1) A citizen or native resident of a State; or,
(2) A person defined in the Immigration and
Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22), who, though
not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent
allegiance to the United States. College and


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university means an educational institution in any
State which
(1) Admits as regular students only persons having a
certificate of graduation from a school providing
secondary education, or the recognized equivalent
of such a certificate,
(2) Is legally authorized within such State to provide
a program of education beyond secondary education,
(3) Provides an educational program for which a
bachelor's degree or any other higher degree is
awarded,
(4) Is a public or other nonprofit institution, and
(5) Is accredited by a nationally recognized
accrediting agency or association.

Food and agricultural sciences means basic, applied,
and developmental research, extension, and teaching
activities in the food, agricultural, renewable natural
resources, forestry, and physical and social sciences
in the broadest sense of these terms including but not
limited to research, extension and teaching activities
concerned with the production processing,
marketing, distribution, conservation, consumption,
research, and development of food and agriculturally
related products and services, inclusive of programs
in agriculture, natural resources, agriculture,
forestry, veterinary medicine, home economics, rural
development, and closely allied fields.
Graduate degree means a Master's or doctoral
degree. State means any one of the fifty States, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American
Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern
Marianas, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands,
the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the
District of Columbia.
Teaching activities means formal classroom
instruction, laboratory instruction, and practicum
experience specific to the food and agricultural
sciences and matters relating thereto conducted by
colleges and universities offering baccalaureate or
higher degrees.

3402.3 Institutional eligibility.

Proposals may be submitted by land-grant colleges
and universities, by colleges and universities having
significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable
capacity to carry out the teaching of food and
agricultural sciences, and by other colleges and
universities having a demonstrable capacity
to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural
sciences. All applicants should be institutions that
confer a graduate degree in at least one area of the
food and agricultural sciences targeted for national


needs fellowships, that have a significant on-going
commitment to the food and agricultural sciences
generally, and that have a significant ongoing
commitment to the specific subject area for which a
grant application is made. It is the objective to award
grants to colleges and universities which have notable
teaching and research competencies in the food and
agricultural sciences. The grants are specifically
intended to support fellowship programs that
encourage outstanding students to pursue and
complete a graduate degree at such institutions in an
area of the food and agricultural sciences for which
there is a national need for the development of
scientific and professional expertise. Therefore,
institutions which currently have excellent programs
of graduate study and research in the food and
agricultural sciences dealing with targeted
national needs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Subpart B-Program Description
3402.4 Food and agricultural sciences areas
targeted for national needs graduate fellowship
grants support.

Areas of the food and agricultural sciences
appropriate for fellowship grant applications are those
in which developing shortages of expertise have been
determined and targeted by HEP for national needs
fellowship grant support. When funds are available
and HEP determines that a new competition is
warranted, the specific areas and funds per area will
be identified in a FEDERAL REGISTER notice
announcing the program and soliciting program
applications.

3402.5 Overview of National Needs Graduate
Fellowship Grants Program.

(a) The program will provide funds for a limited
number of grants to support fixed graduate student
stipends and fixed cost-of-education institutional
allowances. These grants will be awarded
competitively to eligible institutions. In order to
encourage the development of special activities that
are expected to contribute to Fellows' advanced
degree objectives, the program will also provide
competitive, special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowances for a
limited number of USDA Graduate Fellows.
(b) Based on the amount of funds appropriated in
any fiscal year, HEP will determine:
(1) Whether new competitions for graduate
fellowships and/or special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowances will be


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held during that fiscal year;
(2) The graduate degree levels) to be supported
Master's and/or doctoral;
(3) The proportion of appropriations to be targeted for
the fellowship stipends for each respective graduate
degree level supported;
(4) The proportion of appropriations to be targeted
for the cost-of-education institutional allowances for
each respective graduate degree level supported;
(5) The proportion of appropriations to be targeted for
the special international study or thesis/dissertation
research travel allowances for each respective
graduate degree level supported;
(6) The allowable stipend amount for each respective
graduate degree level supported, the cost-of-
education institutional allowance for each respective
graduate degree level supported, and the maximum
funds available for each special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowance for each
respective graduate degree level supported; and
(7) The maximum total funds that may be awarded to
an institution under the program in a given fiscal
year. (c) HEP will also determine:
(1) The maximum number of national needs areas for
which funding may be requested in a single proposal;
(2) The degree levels for which funding may be
requested in a single proposal;
(3) The minimum and maximum number of
fellowships for which an institution may apply in a
single proposal; and
(4) The limits on the total number of proposals that
can be submitted by an institution, college, school, or
other administrative unit.
(d) All of these determinations will be published as a
part of the program announcement in the FEDERAL
REGISTER.
(e) For each USDA Graduate Fellow who desires to
be considered for a special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowance, the
project director must apply to HEP for a
supplemental grant in accordance with instructions
published in the program announcement in the
FEDERAL REGISTER. Each application must
include an "Application for Funding"
(Form CSRS-661) and a "Budget" (Form
CSRS-55).
(1) To provide HEP with sufficient information upon
which to evaluate the merits of the requests for a
special international study or thesis/dissertation
research travel allowance, each application for a
supplemental grant must contain a narrative which
provides the following:
(i) The specific destinations) and duration of the
travel;


(ii) The specific study or thesis/dissertation research
activities in which the Fellow will be engaged;
(iii) How the international experience will contribute
to the Fellow's program of study;
(iv) A budget narrative specifying and justifying the
dollar amount requested for the travel;
(v) Summary credentials of the faculty or other
professionals with whom the Fellow will be working
during the international experience (summary
credentials must not exceed three pages per person;
"Summary Vita- Teaching Proposal" CSRS-708)
may be used for this purpose);
(vi) A letter from the dean of the Fellow's college or
equivalent administrative unit supporting the
Fellow's travel request and certifying that the travel
experience will not jeopardize the Fellow's
satisfactory programs toward degree completion; and
(vii) A letter from the fellowship grant project
director certifying the Fellow's eligibility, the
accuracy of the Fellow's travel request, and the
relevance of the travel to the Fellow's advanced
degree objectives.
(2) The narrative portion of the application must not
exceed 10 pages, excluding the summary vita/vitae.
(f) All complete requests will be evaluated by
professional staff from USDA or other Federal
agencies, as appropriate. Evaluation criteria will be
published in the program announcement in the
FEDERAL REGISTER. Awards will be made to the
extent possible based on availability of funds.
(g) Any current fellow with sufficient time to
complete the international experience before the
termination date of the grant under which he/she is
supported is eligible for a special international study
or thesis/dissertation research travel allowance.
Before the international study or thesis/dissertation
research travel may commence, a Fellow must have
completed one academic year of full-time study, as
defined by the institution, under the fellowship
appointment and arrangements must have been
formalized for the Fellow to study and/or conduct
research in the foreign locations)
3402.6 Fellowship appointments.
(a)(1) Fellows must be identified and fellowships
must be awarded within 15 months of the effective
date of a grant. Institutions failing to meet this
deadline will be required to refund monies associated
with any unawarded fellowship(s). Fellowship
appointments may be held only by persons who
enroll and pursue full-time study in a graduate degree
program in the national need area and at the degree
level supported by the grant.
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(i) must be newly recruited;
(ii) must not have been enrolled previously in the
academic program at the same degree level;
(iii) must be citizens or nationals of the United States
as determined in accordance with Federal law; and
(iv) must have strong interest, as judged by the
institution, in pursuing a degree in a targeted national
need area and in preparing for a career as a food or
agricultural scientist or professional.
(3) It will be the responsibility of the grantee
institution to award fellowships to students of
superior academic ability.
(4) A doctoral Fellow who maintains satisfactory
progress in his or her course of study is eligible for
support for a maximum of 36 months within a 45-
month period. Master's level Fellows, maintaining
satisfactory progress, are eligible for support for a
maximum of 24 months during a 33-month period.
However, it is the intent of this program that Fellows
pursue full-time uninterrupted study or thesis/
dissertation research, including time spent pursuing
USDA-funded special international study or
thesis/dissertation research activities. For Fellows
requiring additional time to complete a degree, it is
expected that the institution will endeavor to continue
supporting individuals originally appointed to
fellowships through such other institutional
means as teaching assistantships and research
assistantships. For Fellows who complete the
program of study early (less than 24 months for
Master's degree or 36 months for doctoral degree),
the institution must refund any unexpended monies to
the granting agency.
(b) Within the framework of the regulations in this
part, all decisions with respect to the appointment of
Fellows will be made by the institution. However,
institutions are urged to take maximum advantage of
opportunities for awarding fellowships to members of
underrepresented groups at the graduate level in the
food and agricultural sciences, particularly minorities
and women. Throughout a Fellow's tenure, the
institution should satisfy itself that the
Fellow is making satisfactory academic progress, and
carrying out, or planning to carry out, national needs
related research. If an institution finds it necessary to
terminate support of a Fellow for insufficient
academic progress or by decision on the part of the
Fellow, the Fellow becomes ineligible for future
assistance under the program. If a Fellow finds it
necessary to interrupt his or her program of study
because of health, personal reasons, outside
employment, or acceptance of an assistantship, the
institution must reserve the funds for the purpose of


allowing the Fellow to resume funded study any time
within a 9-month period. However, a Fellow who
finds it necessary to interrupt his/her program of
study more than one time cannot exceed a total of 9
months' cumulative leave status without forfeiting
eligibility. For fellowships terminated because of
insufficient academic progress, a decision on the part
of the Fellow, or reserve due to an interrupted
program of study but not resumed within the required
time period, unexpended monies must be refunded.
Institutions may not use unexpended monies
associated with a terminated fellowship to recruit
and support a "replacement" for the Fellow.
(c) Only Fellows enrolled in Master's programs of
study may be supported under a Master's fellowship
grant. Only Fellows enrolled in doctoral programs of
study may be supported under a doctoral fellowship
grant.

3402.7 Fellowship activities.
A Fellow must be enrolled as a full-time graduate
student, as defined by the institution, at all times
during the tenure of the fellowship in the national
need area and at the degree level supported by the
grant. This includes the time used for special
international study or thesis/dissertation research if
the international travel is funded through a special
international study or thesis/dissertation research
travel allowance under this grant program. However,
the normal requirement of formal registration during
part of this tenure may be waived if permitted by the
policy of the fellowship institution, provided that the
fellow is making satisfactory progress toward degree
completion and remains engaged in appropriate full-
time fellowship activities such as thesis/dissertation
research. Fellows in academic institutions are not
entitled to vacations as such. They are entitled to the
short normal student holidays observed by the
institution. The time between academic semesters or
quarters is to be utilized as an active part of the grant
period. During the period of support, a Fellow may
not accept employment by the institution or any other
agency. However, a grant supporting research costs
of the Fellow is acceptable, exclusive of salary or
wages and fringe benefits for the Fellow.

3402.8 Financial provisions.
The basis fellowship stipend, cost-of-education
institutional allowance, and special international
study or thesis/dissertation research travel allowance
that may be paid from grant funds will be determined
by HEP contingent upon appropriations. The amount
of the stipend, cost-of-education institution
allowance, and special international study or


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thesis/dissertation research travel allowance will be
cited in the program announcement in the FEDERAL
REGISTER. An institution may elect to apply the
cost-of-education institutional allowance to a
Fellow's tuition and fees; however, such is not
required. The allowance also may be used by an
institution to defray other program expenses (e.g.,
recruitment, travel, publications, or salaries of
project personnel). Tuition and fees are the
responsibility of the Fellow unless an institution
elects to use its cost-of-education institutional
allowance for this purpose or elects to pay such costs
out of other non-USDA monies. No dependency
allowances are provided for Fellows. Stipend
payments and special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowances will be
made to Fellows by the institution, according to
standard institutional procedures for fellowships and
assistantships..

Subpart C-Preparation of a Proposal

3402.9 Application package.
An application package will be made available to any
potential grant applicant upon request. This package
will include all necessary forms and instructions to
apply for a grant under this program. The package
also includes the regulatory provisions applicable to
the program.

3402.10 Proposal cover page.
The Proposal Cover Page, Form CSRS 701, must be
completed in its entirety including all authorizing
signatures. One copy of each grant application must
contain the original pen-and-ink signature of:
(a) The Project Director(s);
(b) The Authorized Certifying Representative for the
college or equivalent administrative unit; and
(c) The Authorized Certifying Representative
for the institution.

3402.11 National need summary.
Using the National Need Summary, Form
CSRS-702, applicants must summarize the proposed
graduate program of study and the academic and
research strengths of the institution in the national
need area for which funding is requested. To the
extent possible, applicants should emphasize the
uniqueness of the proposed graduate program of
study. The summary should not include any
reference to the specific number of fellowships
requested. The information on the summary page
will be used in assigning the most appropriate


panelists to review a proposal. If a proposal is
supported, this page may be used in program
publications.

3402.12 National need narrative.
A narrative for the national need area should be
written in five sections limited to no more than 20
pages, and preceded by a table of contents. The table
of contents is not considered part of the 20-page
limitation. The narrative should be typed on
one side of the page only, using a font no smaller
than 12 point, and double-spaced. The five sections
to be included in the narrative are as follows:
Sec. 1. In this section, applicants should establish
clearly that the proposed program of study and
research will result in the development of outstanding
expertise in the national need area for which funding
is requested and will do so in a reasonable period of
time. Applicants should present a detailed
description of the proposed graduate program of
study and research. This section of the narrative
should contain, but need not be limited to, the
following components:
(a) The plan should specifically address the course
work which Fellows will be required to take rather
than the overall spectrum of departmental offerings.
Identify courses, summarize content, and discuss
sequencing. Explain how course work will relate to
Fellows' research.

(b) Identify and describe areas of research that
Fellows will be encouraged to engage in via a thesis
or dissertation.
(c) Discuss graduate program examination
requirements, such as a proficiency or qualifying
examination, a comprehensive examination,
and an oral examination.
(d) Include a projected timetable for completing the
proposed graduate program of study and research.
(e) If admission to a proposed doctoral program does
not require a Master's degree, discuss how
institutional procedures allow for the bypass of a
Master's degree.
Sec. 2. In this section, applicants should highlight
thoroughly any special features of the graduate
program such as the extent to which it will involve an
inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, or cross-
disciplinary approach resulting in the development of
expertise transcending a single discipline. Applicants
should also discuss any other special features such as
development of an unusual collateral specialization in
a related discipline, experiential learning
opportunities such as practicums or internships,
unique mentoring programs, seminars, or a multi-


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university collaborative approach.
Sec. 3. In this section, applicants should substantiate
clearly the institution's position that it presently
provides a major, productive, and recognized
program of graduate study and research at the levels)
of study in the area of national need in which selected
Fellows would be engaged. Applicants should
include evidence of the quality of existing academic
attributes and resources of the institution such as
teaching and research faculty, instructional and
research instrumentation and facilities, library
resources, computing resources, and other such
indicators of academic quality. Also, applicants
should discuss the extent to which graduate students
have access to such institutional resources.
Sec. 4. In this section, applicants should document
thoroughly the institution's plans and procedures for
managing fellowship appointments. Applicants
should explain in-depth the plan for recruiting
academically outstanding Fellows and procedures for
selecting Fellows of superior quality who appear to
be highly motivated to prepare for and pursue a
career as a food or agricultural scientist or





professional. In addition, applicants should cite
specific plans for advising and guiding Fellows
through a program of study, as well as any special
programs or activities that will be offered to enrich
the Fellows' graduate study. Particular attention
should be given to the plans and procedures for
recruiting and retaining members ofunderrepresented
groups.
Sec. 5. In this section, applicants should include
important supplementary summary data for the
institution relevant to the national need area for
which funding is requested. Examples of appropriate
data are indices of student quality, enrollments and
degrees awarded for recent years, placement of
graduates, facilities, faculty research support, and
publications of previous graduate students. To the
extent possible, applicants should present the
supplementary summary data in tabular form.

3402.13 Budget.
Applicants must prepare the Proposal Budget, Form
CSRS-703, identifying all costs associated with the
proposal. Instructions for completing the "Proposal
Budget" are provided on the form. Pagination for the
budget page should be continuous following the
national need narrative and so indicated in the table
of contents.


3402.14 Faculty vitae.
This section should include a Summary Vita, Form
CSRS-708, for each faculty member contributing
significantly to institutional competence at the level
of graduate study for the national area addressed in
the proposal. Applicants should arrange the faculty
vitae with the project directors) first, followed by the
remaining faculty, in alphabetical order. Pagination
for the faculty vitae should be continuous following
the budget page and so indicated in the table of
contents.

3402.15 Appendix.
Any additional supporting information deemed
essential for clarifying and/or strengthening the
proposal should be included in an Appendix and
referenced in the national need narrative. To the
extent possible, applicants should present supporting





information included in the Appendix in tabular form.
Pagination for the Appendix should be continuous
following the faculty vitae and so indicated in the
table of contents.

Subpart D-Submission of a Proposal

3402.16 Intent to submit a proposal.
To assist HEP in preparing for review of fellowship
proposals, institutions planning to submit proposals
for fellowships may be requested to complete and
return an Intent to Submit a Proposal form (Form
CSRS-706). When required, applicants should
complete and return one form for each proposal they
anticipate submitting. Sending this form does not
commit an institution to any course of action.
The program announcement published in the
FEDERAL REGISTER will delineate if, when, and
where the Intent to Submit a Proposal Forms should
be sent.

3402.17 Where to submit a proposal.
The program announcement published in the
FEDERAL REGISTER will delineate the date for
submission of proposals and the number of proposal
copies required to apply for a grant. In addition, the
program announcement will provide the address to
which the proposal, its accompanying duplicate
copies, and the institution's latest graduate catalog
should be mailed.


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Subpart E-Proposal Review and
Evaluation

3402.18 Proposal review.
The proposal evaluation process includes both USDA
internal staff review and merit evaluation by panels
of scientists, educators, industrialists, and
Government officials who are highly qualified to
render expert advice in the targeted areas. The goal
of the process of selection and structuring of
evaluation panels is to provide optimum expertise and
objective judgment in the evaluation of proposals
specific to a particular area of national need.

3402.19
Proposals addressing a particular national need area
at a particular degree level will be evaluated in
competition with other proposals addressing the same
national need area at the same degree level. Both
USDA internal staff and the panelists will evaluate
proposals primarily on the basis of the following
criteria:

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Evaluation Criterion
Weight

a. The degree to which the proposal establishes clearly that the proposed program of graduate 30 points
study will result in the development of outstanding scientific/ professional expertise related to the
national need area and will do so in a reasonable period of time.

b. The degree to which the proposal highlights thoroughly any special features such as an inter- 10 points
disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, or cross-disciplinary approach, an unusual collateral specialization
in a related discipline, experiential learning opportunities, unique mentoring programs, seminars, or
a multi-university collaborative approach.

c. The degree to which the proposal substantiates clearly that the institution's faculty, facilities and 20 points.
equipment, instructional support resources, and other academic attributes are excellent for providing
outstanding graduate study and research at the forefront of science and technology related to the
chosen area of national need.

d. The degree to which the institution's plans and procedures for recruiting and selecting 20 points
academically out-standing Fellows and for advising and guiding Fellows through a program of
study reflect excellence as documented in the proposal.

e. The degree to which supplementary summary data substantiate program quality in the targeted 10 points
national need area. .............................

f. The quality of the proposal as reflected by its substantive content, organization, clarity, and 10 points.
accuracy ................................. ............


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Additional or amended evaluation criteria and new
point weightings may be cited in the program
announcement published in the FEDERAL
REGISTER.

Subpart F-Supplementary
Information

3402.20 Terms and conditions of
grant awards.
Within the limit of funds available for such purpose,
the awarding official shall make project grants to
those responsible, eligible applicants whose proposals
are judged most meritorious in the announced
program are as under the evaluation criteria and
procedures set forth in this part. The beginning of the
project period shall be no late than September 30 of
the Federal fiscal year in which the project is
approved for support. All funds granted under this
part shall be expended solely for the purpose for which
the funds are granted in accordance
with the approved application and budget, the
regulations of this part, the terms and conditions of
the award, the applicable Federal cost principles, and
the Department's Uniform Federal Assistance
Regulations (7 CFR Part 3015).

3402.21 Grant awards.
(a) The grant award document shall include, at a
minimum, the following:
(1) Legal name and address of performing
organization.
(2) Title of project.
(3) Name(s) and addresses) of Project Director(s).
(4) Identifying grant number assigned by the
Department.
(5) Project period, which specifies how long the
Departments intends to support the effort without
requiring re-application for funds.
(6) Total amount of Federal financial assistance
approved during the project period.
(7) Legal authority under which the grant is awarded.
(8) Approved budget plan for categorizing allocable
project funds to accomplish the stated purpose of the
grant award.
(9) Other information or provisions deemed necessary
by the Department to carry out its granting activities or
to accomplish the purpose of this particular project
grant.
(b) The notice of grant award, in the form of a letter,
will provide pertinent instructions and information to
the grantee that are not included in the grant award
document described above.
(c) The major types of grant instruments shall be as


follows:
(1) New grant. This is a grant instrument by which
HEP agrees to support a specified number of
graduate Fellows at a specific institution via funds
for fixed graduate student stipends and fixed cost-of-
education institutional allowances. This type of grant
is approved on the basis of peer review
recommendation.
(2) Supplemental grant. This is an instrument by
which HEP agrees to provide additional funding
under a new grant as specified in paragraph (c) (1) of
this section to provide special international study or
thesis/dissertation research travel allowances for
graduate Fellows. This type of grant will not require
additional peer review.

3402.22 Other Federal statutes and
regulations that apply.
Several other Federal regulations or statutes apply to
project grants awarded under this part. These include
but are not limited to:
7CFR Part 1.1-USDA implementation of
the Freedom of Information Act.
7CFR Part 3-USDA implementation of
OMB Circular No. A-129 regarding debt collection.
7CFR Part 15, Subpart A-USDA implementation of
Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
7CFR Part 3015-USDA Uniform Federal
Assistance Regulations, as amended, implementing
OMB directives (i.e., Circular Nos.
A-110 and A-21), as well as general policy
requirements applicable to recipients of
Departmental financial assistance.
7 CFR Part 3017, as amended-USDA
implementation of Governmentwide Debarment and
Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide
Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants), as
amended.
7 CFR Part 3018-USDA implementation of New
Restrictions on Lobbying. Imposes new prohibitions
and requirements for disclosure and certification
related to lobbying on recipients of Federal
contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and loans.
7 CFR Part 3051-USDA implementation of OMB
Circular No. A-133 regarding audits of institutions
of higher education and other nonprofit institutions.
7 CFR Part 3407-CSREES implementation of the
National Environmental Policy Act. 29 U.S.C. 794,
Section 504-Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and
7 CFR Part 15b (USDA implementation of statute),
prohibiting discrimination based upon physical or
mental handicap in Federally assisted programs.
35 U.S.C. 200 et seq.-Bayh-Dole Act, controlling
allocation of rights to inventions made by employees


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of small business firms and domestic nonprofit
organizations, including universities, in Federally
assisted programs (implementing regulations are
contained in 37 CFR Part 401).

3402.23 Confidential aspects of proposals and
awards.
When a proposal results in a grant, it becomes a part
of the record of the Agency's transactions, available
to the public upon specific request. Information that
the Agency and the grantee mutually agree to be of a
privileged nature will be held in confidence to the
extent permitted by law. Therefore, any information
that the applicant wishes to have considered as
privileged should be clearly marked as such and
sent in a separate statement, two copies of which
should accompany the proposal. The original copy of
a proposal that does not result in a grant will be
retained by the Agency for a period of one year. Other
copies will be destroyed. Such a proposal will be
released only with the consent of the applicant or to
the extent required by law. A proposal may be
withdrawn at any time prior to the final action thereon.

3402.24 Access to peer review information.
After final decisions have been announced, HEP will,
upon request, inform the project director of the reasons
for its decision on a proposal. Verbatim copies of
summary reviews, not including the identity of the
reviewers, will be made available to respective project
directors upon specific request.

3402.25 Documentation of progress
on funded projects.
(a) A Fellowship Appointment Documentation form
(Form CSRS-707) is included in the application
package. Upon request by IIEP, project directors
awarded grants under the program will be required to
complete and submit this form. Follow-up progress
reports will focus on assessing continuing progress of
Fellows through their graduate programs of study
(including activities supported by any special
international study or thesis/dissertation
research allowance) and on institution adherence to
program guidelines.
(b) A Graduate Fellow Exit Report (Form CSRS-709)
is included in the application package. This form
should be completed and submitted to HEP by the
project director for each Fellow supported by a grant
as soon as a Fellow either: graduates; is officially
terminated from the fellowship or the academic
program due to unsatisfactory academic progress; or
voluntarily withdraws from the fellowship or the
academic program. If a Fellow has not completed all
degree requirements at the end of the five-year grant
duration, HEP may request a preliminary exit report.


In such a case, a final exit report will be required at a
later date. When a final exit report for each Fellow
supported by a grant has been accepted by USDA,
the grantee institution will have satisfied the
requirement of a final performance report for
the grant. Additional follow-up reports to track the
Fellows' career patterns may be requested.
(c) A Final Report must be completed and returned
within 90 days after the expiration date of the
project The Final Report must be submitted to the
program contact person and must contain proper data
and information as specified in the "Special Terms
and Conditions" of the award. Generally, the Final
Report should include a summary of: recruitment
strategies that were effective; successful mentoring
procedures or activities; enrichment activities the
fellows were afforded; barriers faced in recruiting
and graduating fellows; and the impact of the
fellowship grant on the overall quality of the
educational programs of the institution.

3402.26 Evaluation of program.
Grantees should be aware that HEP may, as a part of
its own program evaluation activities, carry out in-
depth evaluations of assisted activities through
independent third parties. Thus, grantees should be
prepared to cooperate with evaluators retained by
HEP to analyze both the institutional context and the
impact of any supported project.




u.>. department OT Agriculture
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program


PROPOSAL COVER PAGE


OMB Approved 0524-0024
Exiores 03/31/2002


1. Legal Applicant FOR CSREES
Use
Name of institution
Dale Rcva:
College or Equivalent Unit
Plop No..
SteectP.O. Box
Prop Code
City Stase County Zip Code

2. Name of Authorized Certifying Representative for Title Telephone Number (include area code)
A. College



B. Institution Title Telephone Number (include area code)



3. IRS Number 4. Congressional District Number 5. Funds Requested From CSREES
(from Form CSREES703)



6. Type of Performing Organization (Check one only)
04 O Land Grant University 1862 06 0 Private University or College

05 0 Land Grant University 1890 or Tuskegee University 07 O Public University or College (non-land grant)

7. Project Directors

A. Name (First, middle, last) Address (include zip code)

Social Security Number*

Telephone Number (include area code)

E-mail:


B. Name (First, middle, last) Address (include zip code)

Social Security Number*

Telephone Number (include area code)

E-mail:


8. Number of Fellowships Requested in Proposal by National Need Area and by Level of Study.
National Need Area No. Doctoral No. Master's

not supported in FY 2001/2



Certification and Acceptance
By signing and submitting this proposal, the applicant is providing the required certifications set forth in 7 CFR Part 3017 as amended,
regarding Debarment and Suspension and Drug Free Workplace; and 7 CFR Part 3018 regarding Lobbying. Submission of the individual
forms is not required. (Please read the Certifications and Instructions included in this kit before signing this form.) We, the undersigned.
certify that the information contained herein is true and complete to the best of our knowledge and accept as to any grant awarded, the
obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service in effect at the time
of the award.

9. Signature of Project Director(s) Date 10. Signature of Authorized Representative Date
A. College
A.


B. B. Institution


*Submission of the Social Security Number is voluntary and will not affect the organization's eligibility for an award. However, it is an
integral part of the CSREES information system and will assist in the processing of the proposal.


Form CSREES-701 (09/95)




UMb Approvea u3a4-uu24
Expires 03/21/2002


USDA CSREES Office of Higher Education Programs
Intent to Submit a Fellowship Grant Proposal Form


Instructions: Complete a form for each proposal you intend to submit and return it to the address
and by the deadline published in the program announcement in the Federal Register.

Part I: Submitting Institution Information

Proposal's National Need Area:
Degree Level: __ Doctoral not supported in FY 2001/2002 Master's
Project Director: Telephone:
Fax: Email:
Department:


Degree Granting Program:
Institution:

Part II: Multi-Institution Collaboration


_ Yes (List all Subgrantees in Part III)
No


Part III: Subgrantee Information
1) Project Leader:
FAX:
Department:

Degree Granting Program:
1netittitrn *


Telephone:.


Email:


2) Project Leader:

FAX:
Department:


Degree Granting Program:
Institution:


Telephone:


Email:


3) Project Leader:
FAX:
Department:


Telephone:.


Email:


Degree Granting Program:
Institution:

Note: Sending this form does not commit an institution to any course of action nor does failure
to send this form prohibit an institution from submitting a proposal.


Form CSREES-706 (07/99)


Ill~nruuvll~


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u.b. department OT Agriculture Looperative btate Hesearcn, taucatlon, ana extension service
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program


NATIONAL NEED SUMMARY


OMB Approved 0524-0024
Expires 03/31/2002


Note: Prepare a summary page for the national need area addressed in the proposal. If both Master's and doctoral fellowships are requested, prepare
a summary for each degree level. Photocopy additional forms if needed.

Applicant Institution Foi CSREES Use
Proposal Number:

College or equivalent unit National Need Area (Caution: See footnote)


Department Level of Study


Project Director(s) O Doctoral O Master's (not supported)



Identify field of degree specialization and potential areaof research comprising proposed graduate degree program. Also discuss courses, credit hours,
and sequencing, emphasizing the relation to development of expertise in the national need area. Cite any unique or special aspects of the plan of
study which help to distinguish it from other programs.
r


SUMMARY Briefly describe institutional ability to attract outstanding students and to provide excellent academic and research training in the national
need area.


National Need Area: If biotechnology, specify whether plant or animal.
If food science or human nutrition, specify which.


Form CSREES-702 (09/95)


--







U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grants Program


OMB Approved 0524-0024
Expires 03/31/2002


Name of Institution. College or equrvalent unn. ana Address For CSREES Use
Grant No

National Need Area

Name of Project Director(s) CSREES Use Only
University Funds Funds
Contribution Requested Approved
A. Fellowships'



Number of:


1. Doctoral .... ..... .. .. .. $ $ $


2. M aster's ......... ..... ... ...... $ s .


3. TOTAL............ . ..... ...... $ S $


B. Cost-of-Education Institution Allowances'


Number of.


1. Doctoral ............... ... .. $ $


2. M aster's .......... .... ......... $ $


3. TOTAL .. . .. .. $$


C. TOTAL AMOUNT (A3 plus B3 .............. . $. $ $S






Name and Title (Type or print) Signature Date
Principal Project Director:


Phone Number:


Authorized Institutional Representative:


Phone Number:





'A. Fellowships The established rate for graduate stipends should be multiplied by the number of fellowships requested to compute dollar costs.

2B. Cost-of-Education Institution Allowance -- The established rate for cost-of-education allowance should be multiplied by the number of fellowships
requested to compute dollar costs. An institution may elect to use these funds to apply to fellows' tuition and fees; however, such is not required.
The allowance may be used also by an institution to defray other program expenses (e.g., recruitment, travel, publications, or salaries of project
personnel).


Form CSREES-703 (09/95)


PROPOSAL BUDGET








UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND SERVICE
OMB Approved 0524-0024
Expires 09/97

SUMMARY VITA TEACHING PROPOSAL

Give the following information for each key professional associated with the project, beginning with the Project Director. Do not exceed
the three-page form. If necessary, provide selected examples deemed most appropriate for purposes of this grant application. Photocopy
additional forms as needed.


Education (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education and include postdoctoral training)

Institution and Location Degree/Certification Year Conferred Field of Study


2. Professional Experience (Beginning with present position, list employment by title, affiliation, and dates in last 10 years)














3. Teaching Experience (Cite titles and summary catalog descriptions of undergraduate and graduate level courses for which you have
had primary responsibility for teaching in last 5 years)


Form CSREES-708 (09/95)







Name


4. Thesis Committees Chaired (Cite titles and dates of Master's and doctoral theses completed or in progress by graduate students for whom
you served as committee chair in last 5 years)































5. Grants (Cite title, amount, source, and period of support for research and teaching/instructional projects directed or co-directed in last
10 years)


Form CSREES-708 (09/95)








Name

6. Professional Honors (Last 10 years)
















7. Publications (List in chronological order the titles and complete references for printed publications in last 5 years)


Form CSREES-708 (09/95)






UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE


OMB Approved 0524-0030
Expires 12/31/2000


CURRENT AND PENDING SUPPORT


Instructions:
1. Record information for active and pending projects. (Concurrent submission of a proposal to other organizations will not prejudice its review by CSREES)
2. All current projects to which principal investigator(s)/project directors) and other senior personnel have committed a portion of their time must be listed, whether or not
salary for the person involved is included in the budgets of the various projects.
3. Provide analogous information for all proposed projects which are being considered by, or which will be submitted in the near future to, other possible sponsors including
other USDA programs.

NAME SUPPORTING AGENCY TOTAL $ EFFECTIVE AND % OF TITLE OF PROJECT
(List PI IPD#1 first) AND AGENCY NUMBER AMOUNT EXPIRATION TIME
DATES COMMITTED

Current:





























Pending:




























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to average 2.5 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and
reviewing the collection of information.


Form CSREES-663 (4/00)




UNITED STATES UDEAKI'MENT OF AUKICULTURE OMB Approved 0524-0033
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE Expires 5/31/2000

National Environmental Policy Act Exclusions Form


Under 7 CFR Part 3407 (CSREES's implementing regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)), environmental
data or documentation is required in order to assist CSREES in carrying out its responsibilities under NEPA, which includes determining
whether proposed activity requires the preparation of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement, or whether such
activity can be excluded from this requirement on the basis of several categories. Therefore, it is necessary for the applicant to advise
CSREES whether the proposed activity falls into one of the following Department of Agriculture or CSREES categorical exclusions, or
whether the activity does not fall into one of these exclusions (in which case the preparation of an environmental assessment or an
environmental impact statement may be required). Even though the applicant considers that a proposed project may or may not fall within a
categorical exclusion, CSREES may determine that an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement is necessary for a
proposed project should substantial controversy on environmental grounds exist or if other extraordinary conditions or circumstances are
present that may cause such activity to have a significant environmental effect.

Please Read All of the Following and Check All Which Apply

[X ] The proposed activity falls under the categorical exclusions) indicated below:


Department of Agriculture Categorical Exclusions
(found at 7 CFR lb.3 and restated at 7CFR 3407.6
(a)(1)(i) through (vii))

[ ] (i) Policy development, planning and
implementation which are related to routine
activities such as personnel, organizational
changes, or similar administrative functions
[ ] (ii) Activities that deal solely with the functions of
programs, such as program budget proposals,
disbursements, and transfer or reprogramming
of funds
[ ] (iii) Inventories, research activities, and studies such
as resource inventories and routine data
collection when such actions are clearly limited
in context and intensity
[X ] (iv) Educational and informational programs and
activities
[ ] (v) Civil and criminal law enforcement and
investigative activities
[ ] (vi) Activities that are advisory and consultative to
other agencies and public and private entities,
such as legal counseling and representation
[ ] (vii) Activities related to trade representation and
market development activities abroad


CSREES Categorical Exclusions
(found at 7 CFR 3407.6(a)(2)(i) through (ii))

The following categories of CSREES actions are excluded
because they have been found to have limited scope and
intensity and to have no significant individual or cumulative
impacts on the quality of the human environment:

(i) The following categories of research programs or
projects of limited size and magnitude or with only
short-term effects on the environment:
[ ] (A) Research conducted within any laboratory,
greenhouse, or other contained facility where
research practices and safeguards prevent
environmental impacts
[ ] (B) Surveys, inventories, and similar studies that
have limited context and minimal intensity in
terms of changes in the environment
[ ] (C) Testing outside of the laboratory, such as in
small isolated field plots, which involves the
routine use of familiar chemicals or biological
materials
[ ] (ii) Routine renovation, rehabilitation, or revitalization of
physical facilities, including the acquisition and
installation of equipment, where such activity is
limited in scope and intensity


[ ] Proposed activity does not fall into one of the above categorical exclusions
(NOTE: If checked, please attach an explanation of the potential environmental impacts of the proposed activity.
May require completion of an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement.)

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing
data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or
any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Department of Agriculture, Clearance Officer, OIRM, Room 404-W,
Washington, D. C. 20250; and to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D. C. 20503.


Form CSREES-1234 (4/94)






UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OMB Approved 0524-0030
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH. EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE Expires 12/31/2000
ASSURANCE STATEMENTS)


STATEMENT OF POLICY Safeguarding the rights and welfare of subjects at discharge of this responsibility, USDA policy requires a formal assurance that
risk and the proper isolation security of research agents in activities supported by appropriate committees in each institution will carry out both initial review of
Cooperative State Research Service is the responsibility of the institution to which proposals and continuing review of supported projects. The Department also
support is provided. In order to provide for the adequate requires certification of such reviews.

NOTE: Check appropriate statements, supplying additional information when necessary
1. INSTITUTION 2. TYPE

O New O Extension 0 Revision
3. CSREES PROJECT NUMBER OR AWARD NUMBER (If Known)


4. TITLE OF PROJECT 5. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS)



A. RECOMBINANT DNA OR RNA RESEARCH
O Project does not involve recombinant DNA or RNA.
O Project involves recombinant DNA or RNA. (Check the applicable statement).
[ This project has been determined by the local Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to be exempt from the NIH Guidelines.
O This project is under review by the local IBC and a revised Form CSREES-662 or an approval letter signed by the chair of the
committee will be submitted when the review is completed.
O This project has been reviewed by an IBC and was approved on (Date).

This institution agrees to assume primary responsibility for complying with both the intent and procedures of the National Institutes of Health's
(NIH) "Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules," as revised (see subsection 205(b)(3), Subpart U of the "Uniform Federal
Assistance Regulations" (7 CFR Part 3015) and other applicable Federal/State guidelines and regulations.

This responsibility includes:
1. Ensuring that a standing IBC reviews proposed projects.
2. Registering with the IBC all experiments involving recombinant DNA and RNA Molecules conducted with the funds provided under this
project/grant and com plying with the requirements specified in Part II of the NIH Guidelines or any other pertinent guidelines and regulations.
IBC's are required to keep records of this research in a form that is available to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) upon request.

In addition, principal investigators must report the following to the USDA and to their IBC's:
1. New Technical information relating to risks and safety procedures.
2. Serious accidents or releases involving recombinant DNA or RNA.
3. Serious illness of a laboratory worker which may be project related.
4. Other safety problems.


B. ANIMAL CARE
O Project does not Involve use of vertebrate animals.
O Project Involves use of vertebrate animals. (Check the applicable statement).
O a) The project is in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, as amended, and 9 CFR Subchapter A (Animal Welfare).
O b) This project is under review by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and a revised Form CSREES-662 or an approval
letter signed by the chair of the committee will be submitted when the review is completed.
O c) This project has been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee on (Date).


C. PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS
O Project does not Involve use of human subjects.
E Project involves use of human subjects. (Check the applicable statement).
0 a) This project includes activities involving human subjects but can in no way be considered at risk. (If this statement is
checked, the person signing this form must also initial in the space at right.) (Initial)
O b) This project is under review by an institutional committee and a revised Form CSREES-662 or an approval letter signed by
the chair of the committee will be submitted when the review is completed.
O c) This project includes activities involving human subjects. Our institutional committee reviewed and approved it on
in accordance with our assurance approved by USDA and/or DHHS. The project will be subject to
continuing review as provided for in that assurance.


SIGNATURE OF AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TITLE DATE



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it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0524-0030. The time required to complete this information
collection is estimated to average .75 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the
data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.


Form CSREES-662 (7/00)




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other
Responsibility Matters Primary Covered Transactions


Instructions for Certification AD-1047

1. By signing and submitting this form, the prospective primary participant is providing the certification set
out on the reverse side in accordance with these instructions.

2. The inability of a person to provide the certification required below will not necessarily result in denial of
participation in this covered transaction. The prospective participant shall submit an explanation of why it
cannot provide the certification set out on this form. The certification or explanation will be considered in
connection with the department or agency's determination whether to enter into this transaction. However,
failure of the prospective primary participant to furnish a certification or an explanation shall disqualify such
person from participation in this transaction.

3. The certification in this clause is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when
the department or agency determined to enter into this transaction. If it is later determined that the
prospective primary participant knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other
remedies available to the Federal Government, the department or agency may terminate this transaction
for cause or default.

4. The prospective primary participant shall provide immediate written notice to the department or agency
to whom this proposal is submitted if at any time the prospective primary participant learns that its
certification was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed
circumstances.

5. The terms "covered transaction," "debarred," "suspended," "ineligible," "lower tier covered transaction,"
"participant," "person," "primary covered transaction," "principal," "proposal," and "voluntarily excluded," as
used in this clause, have the meanings set out in the Definitions and Coverage sections of the rules
implementing Executive Order 12549. You may contact the department or agency to which this proposal
is being submitted for assistance in obtaining a copy of those regulations.

6. The prospective primary participant agrees by submitting this form that, should the proposed covered
transaction be entered into, it shall not knowingly enter into any lower tier covered transaction with a
person who is debarred, suspended, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this
covered transaction, unless authorized by the department or agency entering into this transaction.

7. The prospective primary participant further agrees by submitting this form that it will include the clause
titled "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion Lower Tier
Covered Transactions," provided by the department or agency entering into this covered transaction,
without modification, in all lower tier covered transactions and in all solicitations for lower tier covered
transactions.

8. A participant in a covered transaction may rely upon a certification of a prospective participant in a lower
tier covered transaction that is not debarred, suspended, ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from the
covered transaction, unless it knows that the certification is erroneous. A participant may decide the
method and frequency by which it determines the eligibility of its principals. Each participant may, but is
not required to, check the Nonprocurement List.

9. Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of records in
order to render in good faith the certification required by this clause. The knowledge and information of a
participant is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person in the ordinary
course of business dealings.

10. Except for transactions authorized under paragraph 6 of these instructions, if a participant in a covered
transaction knowingly enters into a lower tier covered transaction with a person who is suspended,
debarred, ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction, in addition to other
remedies available to the Federal Government, the department or agency may terminate this transaction
for cause or default.


Form AD-1047 (1192)










U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other
Responsibility Matters Primary Covered Transactions


This certification is required by the regulations implementing Executive Order 12549, Debarment and Suspension, 7 CFR Part 3017,
Section 3017.510, Participants' responsibilities. The regulations were published as Part IV of the January 30, 1989, Federal
Register (pages 4722-4733). Copies of the regulations may be obtained by contacting the Department of Agriculture agency
offering the proposed covered transaction.

(BEFORE COMPLETING CERTIFICATION, READ INSTRUCTIONS ON REVERSE SIDE)

(1) The prospective primary participant certifies to the best of its knowledge and belief, that it and its
principals:

(a) are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared
ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from covered transactions by any Federal
department or agency;

(b) have not within a three-year period preceding this proposal been convicted of or
had a civil judgement rendered against them for commission of fraud or a criminal
offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public
(Federal, State or local) transaction or contract under a public transaction;
violation of Federal or State antitrust statutes or commission of embezzlement,
theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false
statements, or receiving stolen property;

(c) are not presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a
governmental entity (Federal, State or local) with commission of any of the
offenses enumerated in paragraph (1)(b) of this certification; and

(d) have not within a three-year period preceding this application/proposal had one or
more public transactions (Federal, State or local) terminated for cause or default.

(2) Where the prospective primary participant is unable to certify to any of the statements in this
certification, such prospective participant shall attach an explanation to this proposal.


Organization Name PR/Award Number or Project Name


Name(s) and Title(s) of Authorized Representative(s)


Signature(s) Date


Form AD-1047 (1192)









Instructions for Certification AD-1048


1. By signing and submitting this form, the prospective lower tier participant is providing the
certification set out on the reverse side in accordance with these instructions.

2. The certification in this clause is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed
when this transaction was entered into. If it is later determined that the prospective lower tier participant
knowingly rendered an erroneous certification, in addition to other remedies available to the Federal
Government, the department or agency with which this transaction originated may pursue available
remedies, including suspension andlor debarment.

3. The prospective lower tier participant shall provide immediate written notice to the person to which
this proposal is submitted if at any time the prospective lower tier participant learns that its certification
was erroneous when submitted or has become erroneous by reason of changed circumstances.

4. The terms "covered transaction," "debarred," "suspended," "ineligible," "lower tier covered
transaction," "participant," "person," "primary covered transaction," "principal," "proposal," and "voluntarily
excluded," as used in this clause, have the meanings set out in the Definitions and Coverage sections of
rules implementing Executive Order 12549. You may contact the person to which this proposal is
submitted for assistance in obtaining a copy of those regulations.

5. The prospective lower tier participant agrees by submitting this form that, should the proposed
covered transaction be entered into, it shall not knowingly enter into any lower tier covered transaction
with a person who is debarred, suspended, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in
this covered transaction, unless authorized by the department or agency with which this transaction
originated.

6. The prospective lower tier participant further agrees by submitting this form that it will include this
clause titled "Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion Lower
Tier Covered Transaction," without modification, in all lower tier covered transaction and in all solicitations
for lower tier covered transactions.

7. A participant in a covered transaction may rely upon a certification of a prospective participant in a
lower tier covered transaction that is not debarred, suspended, ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from the
covered transaction, unless it knows that the certification is erroneous. A participant may decide the
method and frequency by which it determines the eligibility of its principals. Each participant may, but is
not required to, check the Nonprocurement List.

8. Nothing contained in the foregoing shall be construed to require establishment of a system of
records in order to render in good faith the certification required by this clause. The knowledge and
information of a participant is not required to exceed that which is normally possessed by a prudent person
in the ordinary course of business dealings.

9. Except for transactions authorized under paragraph 5 of these instructions, if a participant in a
covered transaction knowingly enters into a lower tier covered transaction with a person who is
suspended, debarred, ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction, in addition to
other remedies available to the Federal Government, the department or agency with which this transaction
originated may pursue available remedies, including suspension and/or debarment.



Form AD-1048 (1/92)








U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility
and Voluntary Exclusion Lower Tier Covered Transactions


This certification is required by the regulations implementing Executive Order 12549, Debarment and
Suspension, 7 CFR part 3017, Section 3017.510, Participants' responsibilities. The regulations were
published as Part IV of the January 30, 1989, Federal Register (pages 4722-4733). Copies of the
regulations may be obtained by contacting the Department of Agriculture agency with which this
transaction originated.

(BEFORE COMPLETING CERTIFICATION, READ INSTRUCTIONS ON REVERSE)

(1) The prospective lower tier participant certifies, by submission of this proposal, that neither
it nor its principals is presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared
ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participation in this transaction by any Federal
department or agency.

(2) Where the prospective lower tier participant is unable to certify to any of the statements in
this certification, such prospective participant shall attach an explanation to this proposal.


Organization Name


PRIAward Number or Project Name


Name(s) and Title(s) of Authorized Representative(s)


Form AD-1048 (1/92)


Signature(s) Date






UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

CERTIFICATION REGARDING
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS (GRANTS)
ALTERNATIVE I FOR GRANTEES OTHER THAN INDIVIDUALS


INSTRUCTIONS FOR CERTIFICATION AD-1049

1. By signing and submitting this form, the grantee is providing the certification set out on pages 1 and 2.

2. The certification set out on pages 1 and 2 is a material representation of fact upon which reliance is placed when the
agency awards the grant. If it is later determined that the grantee knowingly rendered a false certification, or otherwise
violates the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the agency, in addition to any other remedies available to the
Federal Government, may take action authorized under the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

3. Workplaces under grants, for grantees other than individuals, need not be identified on the certification. If known, they
may be identified in the grant application. If the grantee does not identify the workplaces at the time of application, or upon
award, if there is no application, the grantee must keep the identity of the workplaces) on file in its office and make the
information available for Federal inspection. Failure to identify all known workplaces constitutes a violation of the grantee's
drug-free workplace requirements.

4. Workplace identifications must include the actual address of buildings (or parts of buildings) or other sites where work
under the grant takes place. Categorical descriptions may be used (e.g., all vehicles of a mass transit authority or State
highway department while in operation, State employees in each local unemployment office, performers in concert halls or
radio studios).

5. If the workplace identified to the agency changes during the performance of the grant, the grantee shall inform the
agency of the changess, if it previously identified the workplaces in question (see paragraph three).

6. Definitions of terms in the Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment common rule and Drug-Free Workplace
common rule apply to this certification. Grantees' attention is called, in particular, to the following definitions from these
rules:

"Controlled" substance means a controlled substance in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act (21
U.S.C. 812) and as further defined by regulation (21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15);

"Conviction" means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contender) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial
body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the Federal or State criminal drug statutes;

"Criminal drug statute" means a Federal or non-Federal criminal statute involving the manufacture, distribution, dispensing,
use, or possession of any controlled substance;

"Employee" means the employee of a grantee directly engaged in the performance of work under a grant, including: (i) all
"direct charge" employees; (ii) all "indirect charge" employees unless their impact or involvement is insignificant to the
performance of the grant; and, (iii) temporary personnel and consultants who are directly engaged in the performance of
work under the grant and who are on the grantee's payroll. This definition does not include workers not on the payroll of
the grantee (e.g., volunteers, even if used to meet a matching requirement; consultants or independent contractors not on
the grantee's payroll; or employees of subrecipients or subcontractors in covered workplaces).


Form AD-1049 (REV 5/90)


(2 of 2)




UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
CERTIFICATION REGARDING
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS (GRANTS)
ALTERNATIVE I FOR GRANTEES OTHER THAN INDIVIDUALS

This certification is required by the regulations implementing Sections 5151-5160 of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-
690, Title V, Subtitle D; 41 U.S.C. 701 et seq.), 7 CFR Part 3017, Subpart F, Section 3017.600, Purpose. The January 31, 1989,
regulations were amended and published as Part II of the May 25, 1990 Federal Register (pages 21681-21691). Copies of the
regulations may be obtained by contacting the Department of Agriculture agency offering the grant.

(BEFORE COMPLETING CERTIFICATION, READ INSTRUCTIONS ON REVERSE)


Alternative I


whose grant activity the convicted employee was


A. The grantee certifies that it will or will continue to
provide a drug-free workplace by:

(a) Publishing a statement notifying employees that
the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing,
possession, or use of a controlled substance is
prohibited in the grantee's workplace and
specifying the actions that will be taken against
employees for violation of such prohibition;

(b) Establishing an ongoing drug-free awareness
program to inform employees about -

(1) The dangers of drug abuse in the
workplace;

(2) The grantee's policy of maintaining a
drug-free workplace;

(3) Any available drug counseling,
rehabilitation, and employee assistance
programs; and

(4) The penalties that may be imposed upon
employees for drug abuse violations
occurring in the workplace;

(c) Making it a requirement that each employee to be
engaged in the performance of the grant be given
a copy of the statement required by paragraph (a);

(d) Notifying the employee in the statement required
by paragraph (a) that, as a condition of
employment under the grant, the employee will -

(1) Abide by the terms of the statement; and

(2) Notify the employer in writing of his or
her conviction for a violation of a criminal
drug statute occurring in the workplace
no later than five calendar days after
such conviction;

(e) Notifying the agency in writing, within ten calendar
days after receiving notice under subparagraph
(d)(2) from an employee or otherwise receiving
actual notice of such conviction. Employers of
convicted employees must provide notice,
including position title, to every grant officer on


working, unless the Federal agency has
designated a central point for the receipt of such
notices. Notice shall include the identification
numbers) of each affected grant;

(f) Taking one of the following actions, within 30
calendar days of receiving notice under subparagraph
(d)(2), with respect to any employee who is so convicted --

(1) Taking appropriate personnel action againstsuch
an employee, up to and including termination,
consistent with the requirements of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; or

(2) Requiring such employee to participate
satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or
rehabilitation program approved for such
purposes by a Federal, State, or local health, law
enforcement, or other appropriate agency;

(g) Making a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-
free workplace through implementation of paragraphs (a),
(b), (c), (d), (e) and (f).

B. The grantee may insert in the space provided below the site(s)
for the performance of work done in connection with the
specific grant

Place of Performance (Street address, city, county, State, zip code)








Check [] if there are workplaces on file that are not identified here.


Organization Name Award Number or Project Name


Name and Title of Authorized Representative


Signature Date


Form AD-1049 (REV 5/90)


(1 of 2)









UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE



NOTICE TO APPLICANTS CERTIFICATION/DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS
RELATED TO LOBBYING


Section 319 of Public Law 101- 121 (31 U.S.C.), signed to law on October 23, 1989, imposes new
prohibitions and requirements for disclosure and certification related to lobbying on recipients of Federal
contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and loans. Certain provisions of the law also apply to Federal
commitments for loan guarantees and insurance; however, it provides exemptions for Indian tribes and
tribal organizations.

Effective December 23, 1989, current and prospective recipients (and their subtler contractors and/or
subgrantees) will be prohibited from using Federal funds, other than profits from a Federal contract, for
lobbying Congress or any Federal agency in connection with the award of a particular contract, grant,
cooperative agreement or loan. In addition, for each award action in excess of $100,000 (or $150,000 for
loans) on or after December 23, 1989, the law requires recipients and their subtier contractors andlor
subgrantees to: (1) certify that they have neither used nor will use any appropriated funds for payments to
lobbyists, (2) disclose the name, address, payment details, and purpose of any agreements with lobbyists
whom recipients or their subtler contractors or subgrantees will pay with profits or nonappropriated funds
on or after December 23, 1989; and (3) file quarterly updates about the use of lobbyists if material
changes occur in their use. The law establishes civil penalties for noncompliance.

If you are a current recipient of funding or have an application, proposal, or bid pending as of December
23, 1989, the law will have the following immediate consequences for you:

* You are prohibited from using appropriated funds (other than profits from Federal contracts) on or
after December 23, 1989, for lobbying Congress or any Federal agency in connection with a
particular contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan;

* you are required to execute the attached certification at the time of submission of an application or
before any action in excess of $100,000 is awarded; and

* you will be required to complete the lobbying disclosure form if the disclosure requirements apply
to you.

Regulations implementing Section 319 of Public Law 101-121 have been published as an Interim Final
Rule by the Office of Management and Budget as Part III of the February 26, 1990 Federal Register
(pages 6736-6746).









UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE



CERTIFICATION REGARDING LOBBYING CONTRACTS, GRANTS, LOANS
AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS


The undersigned certifies, to the best of his or
her knowledge and belief, that:

(1) No Federal appropriated funds have
been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the
undersigned, to any person for influencing or
attempting to influence an officer or employee of
any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or
employee of Congress, or an employee of a
Member of Congress in connection with the
awarding of any Federal contract, the making of
any Federal grant, the making of any Federal
loan, the entering into of any cooperative
agreement, and the extension, continuation,
renewal, amendment, or modification of any
Federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative
agreement;

(2) If any funds other than Federal
appropriated funds have been paid or will be
paid to any person for influencing or attempting
to influence an officer or employee of any
agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or
employee of Congress, or an employee of a
Member of Congress in connection with this


Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative
agreement, the undersigned shall complete and
submit Standard Form-LLL, "Disclosure Form to
Report Lobbying," in accordance with its
instructions;

(3) The undersigned shall require that the
language of this certification be included in the
award documents for all subawards at all tiers
(including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts
under grants, loans, and cooperative
agreements) and that all subrecipients shall
certify and disclose accordingly.

This certification is a material representation of
fact upon which reliance was placed when this
transaction was made or entered into.
Submission of this certification is a prerequisite
for making or entering into this transaction
imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code.
Any person who fails to file the required
certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of
not less than $10,000 and not more than
$100,000 for each such failure.


Organization Name Award Number or Project Name



Name and Title of Authorized Representative



Signature Date




















The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all
its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,
religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or
family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with
disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program
information ( Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's
TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil
Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building, 14' and Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA
is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




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