Award-Specific Guidance for Current Grantees

This section includes specific information to help familiarize existing NOAA MDP awardees with the administrative requirements of NOAA awards. This includes award processes, reporting processes, terms and conditions of federal financial assistance, and environmental compliance responsibilities.

Getting Started

Terms and Conditions:

Samples of common documents required in grant applications, including guidance on putting together a thorough budget. A well-thought out and well-presented budget is critical to communicating the activities and goals of your project. We encourage you to utilize the below information in crafting your proposal budget.

The Department of Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system is the way in which all NOAA funding recipients draw down award funds. You must enroll in ASAP in order to access funding from this grant. The ASAP system allows you to have funding directly transferred from your organization’s established ASAP account to your organization’s bank account.

Budget Guidance:

General budget guidance document, outlining select cost principles associated with federal funds.

Data Management:

Any NOAA-authored and/or NOAA-funded projects that result in journal articles must be submitted to the NOAA Institutional Repository (IR).The NOAA IR is a digital library of NOAA-produced and NOAA-funded research, managed by the NOAA Central Library. This is part of a plan for increasing Public Access to Research Results (PARR) and includes environmental data generation and publications. This requirement is part of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s broader Data Management Policies which require recipients of federal financial assistance to ensure public accessibility and long-term preservation of NOAA-funded data collection and research products.

Grants Online:

The NOAA Grants Online is the system that all NOAA awardees must use to manage NOAA grants. Below are some helpful links related to the system.

Environmental Compliance:

Before funding decisions on marine debris projects are made, NOAA staff must conduct an analysis of environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires that federal agencies consider the environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives for proposed actions of any projects which are financed, assisted, conducted, regulated, or approved by the agency. In 2013, the NOAA MDP conducted a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of different project activities relevant to the program, and uses that PEA in the NEPA review for funding actions.