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Water Quality Standards Forum

Frequent Questions

Q. Does the application also require the needed training to be developed and offered during the grant period?
A. Identification is all that is required. (July 25, 2007)
Q. How often will the state/EPA workgroup meet face-to face each year?
A. Minimum 1x/year. (July 25, 2007)
Q. Are there 3 groups to be convened under this agreement? (1)Steering Committee, 2) state/EPA workgroup, and 3) the larger Forum)
A. All groups are part of the larger forum. These are envisioned as subgroups of the larger forum. (July 25, 2007)
Q. Will you need peer reviewers for this program?
A. We do not foresee a need for peer reviewers under this RFA, since we are not doing any substantive technical work. The forum will encourage communication and transfer of information on water quality issues. (July 25, 2007)
Q. The RFA listed a due date of 4pm August 18, 2007. August 18 is a Saturday. Will EPA be open to receive applications on this day?
A. We recently extended the deadline for this RFA to Monday, August 20, 2007, in response to your question. Our website and grants.gov have been updated accordingly. (July 25, 2007)
Q. How many years will this project last? Is it for 3 or 5 years or something else?
A. EPA anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement for approximately $400,000 with a four-year project period. The total funding available for the initial year of the project is expected to be approximately $100,000. The Agency expects to provide funding for three additional years (i.e., approximately $400,000 over 4 years) depending on Agency funding levels and other applicable considerations. (July 19, 2007)
Q. Is the EPA Cooperative Agreement for Water Quality Standards Forum Grant a limited submission? That is, may a single university submit more than one proposal?
A. There is nothing in the announcement that restricts an applicant to submitting only one application. However, if an applicant decides to submit more than one application package, all of the application packages must be complete and compliant with the announcement (i.e., Sections I, III, and IV). Each complete application package that satisfies the threshold criteria in Section III will be evaluated individually against the criteria in Section V based on the content in the application package. (July 17, 2007)
Q. Has there been much interest in this program and do you expect it to be very competitive?
A. There has been a fair amount of interest. We hope this translates into a decent number of applications. (July 13, 2007)
Q. Although matching funds are not required, will it increase an applicant's chance of being selected?
A. No. (July 13, 2007)
Q. EPA expects that an annual national forum, regional forums, funding support to 10 national participants, establishing a national Steering committee and a State-EPA Workgroup, creation and maintenance of a website, technology transfer, trainings and more will all be accomplished with an annual budget of $100,000. EPA might provide some additional travel support for Forum participants, but this is not certain at present. Is that correct?
A. Yes. The funding is to:
  • establish & manage communication forum;
  • prepare quarterly reports;
  • creation and maintenance of a website for technology transfer;
  • one annual meeting;
  • the set up of monthly conference calls; and
  • develop & implement strategy for identifying training and information dissemination activities.
(July 12, 2007)
Q. Can an individual get funding?
A. Yes, individuals are eligible entities (see eligibility criteria in section III, A of the WQS Forum RFA (PDF) (19 pp, 90K, About PDF)). (July 10, 2007)

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