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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program and SBIR Hazmat E-Learning Program Administrative Supplements

  1. How much money will NIEHS be able to award over the next two years?

    NIEHS Response: We expect to award up to $7 Million over the next two years.

  2. When did the RFA's go out and when are letters of intention and/or applications due?

    NIEHS Response: Our notice/request for Administrative Supplements was posted on the NIEHS Recovery website the week of April 6th and the application receipt date is May 19, 2009.

  3. Are the RFA's open to anyone or are they focused on institutions that already have gotten funds for other NIEHS superfund worker training programs?

    NIEHS Response: Only current NIEHS Superfund WETP awardees can apply. Specifically the request for Admin Supplements states: All program components within the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program including the Minority Worker Training and the Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Programs; and the SBIR Hazmat E-Learning Program are eligible for consideration.

  4. Very important, while it looks like these grants are expanding training opportunities in general, I was struck by the training for: "the emerging green sector, it may include the customization of safety and health training for emerging jobs in commercial and residential weatherization alternative energy development, green remediation, green construction and emerging industries like nanotechnology." Could someone elaborate on this idea especially on the portion of training that could go towards emerging industries like nanotechnology? For example, what type of training would be provided (handling and PPE come to mind?) For what types of nanomaterials does NIEHS envision providing training (zero-valent iron comes to mind, but I could be wrong).

    NIEHS Response: Yes, the protection of workers involved in the safe handling of nanomaterials is a focus of this request. Targeted health and safety training that deals with all types of nanomaterials are viable options for activities associated with the safe handling and disposal of waste byproducts under this request.

    For more information about our interest in the Green Economy, please go to our latest workshop report.

  5. Do we need to apply separately for the HDPT and HWWT or can they be lumped together under 1 response to the supplemental award announcement?

    NIEHS Response: You must only submit one application per organization to include all program components.

  6. Will NIEHS accept applications for funding for 24 months? How will this be done?

    NIEHS Response: We strongly encourage applicants to submit funding for no more than the time remaining in the current project period.

  7. Will each program component be allowed to have up to 5 pages narrative?

    NIEHS Response: Yes. For each program component you are applying for (i.e. HWWTP, HDTP, MWTP), you can have up to 5 pages per program component for the narrative.

  8. Can we put in for new equipment? If we believe that we will be delivering more training because of the stimulus work and we need additional SCBAs and monitoring equipment, would that be a legitimate request?

    NIEHS Response: Support for modest equipment costs and upgrades to support Recovery Act training activities are allowed under this administrative supplement request.

  9. Can we put in for research on nanomaterials?

    NIEHS Response: Only targeted training activities as described in the request and development of E-Learning products are requested at this time. No request for research is allowed under the WETP. You might want to consider reviewing the NIEHS Recovery Act Grand Opportunity Grant Program in Engineered Nanomaterial Environmental Health and Safety (RC2); contact Sri Nadadur at nadadurs@niehs.nih.gov for his input.

  10. If funded, what would be the start date for the administrative supplement?

    NIEHS Response: The anticipated award date will be July 2009.

  11. It seems, based on last fall's technical workshop, that there is plenty of overlap between green jobs and the core grant. Is that assumed or do we need to make the case explicitly?

    NIEHS Response: You must still make your case as each core grant has different specific aims and objectives and you must demonstrate how your training plan relates to green jobs.

  12. We would definitely expand job creation within our consortium (i.e. hire additional staff and/or graduate students) and would, of course, report that. We assume we would also work with our partners on job creation (and report those efforts) but that they would have primary responsibility to for job placement and tracking. Does that work?

    NIEHS Response: This is correct. You must report how you would track the job creation and placement efforts for your consortium and any partners in your application to be response to the additional criteria that are listed in the NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Administrative Supplements (NIH Guide Notice, NOT-OD-09-056).

  13. Is there a requirement that the training provided under these funds be made available free of charge? Is there an option for charging for job training, possibly at a discounted rate?

    NIEHS Response: Since NIEHS is funding the administrative supplement to conduct this training, it is implied that the training should be free of charge and or deeply discounted to defray cost to trainees.

  14. Under the MWTP, can an awardee expand training to additional sites?

    NIEHS Response: Yes, you can expand to additional sites, especially those sites where ARRA (Recovery Act) funding is going to projects as this is a major priority for the U45 hazardous waste administrative supplements.

  15. Can we apply for another program component that we do not currently have under this supplement?

    NIEHS Response: Your application must be within the scope of your parent grant. If you do not have a MWTP, you can not apply for one under this supplement and neither can you add this to your existing program component.

  16. Please state how this superfund worker training would not duplicate NIOSH's efforts to conduct research aimed at protecting workers.

    NIEHS Response: Training developed by NIEHS WETP awardees is science-based and is for training workers only, not for research. Our ongoing partnership with NIOSH is based in part upon utilizing the scientific research they conduct or sponsor to inform our training.

  17. How do you fill out the 398 Form when applying for this supplement?

    NIEHS Response: Please follow the instructions that are listed on the NIEHS website and in the NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Administrative Supplements (NIH Guide Notice, NOT-OD-09-056) under the heading of Preparing an Administrative Supplement Request. You should also follow the same procedures for the outline of your training plan as you did when you submitted your original application.

  18. Will you be posting FAQ's on the NIEHS website?

    NIEHS Response: Yes, specific FAQ's for the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program and SBIR Hazmat E-Learning Program Administrative Supplements will be posted on the WETP website under the Funding Opportunities for Worker Training at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/funding the first week in May 2009. Additional information may also be found at the NIH Recovery Act website at NIH LINK and click on the Frequently Asked Questions.

  19. Can you provide additional information on Recovery Act activities and funding?

    NIEHS Response: In additional to the NIH and NIEHS information already listed above in questions 2, 12 and 18; the NIEHS National Clearinghouse has information related to ARRA activities that may be of interest to you. This information can be found on the National Clearinghouse homepage by clicking on ARRA Resources or by going directly to http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/ .

  20. Could you please clarify which components/topics should be included in the training plan for the NIEHS ARRA Supplemental applications? In the FAQ that was handed out at the NIEHS grantees' meeting the answer to question 17 states that we should follow the same outline as was used for the original application.

    NIEHS Response: The supplemental application should follow this streamlined structure below.

    • Specific Aims of the Supplement (should include Relationship to Parent Grant)
    • Target Populations
    • Training Program Work Plan and Timeline (should include short Evaluation Plan)
    • Curriculum Upgrades/Changes
    • Training Facilities and Institutional Resources
    • Consultants/Collaborators
    • Consortium/Contractual Arrangements

    Additional, please include your response to the following required information from the NOT-OD-09-056 to be included at the end of your training program plan and timeline:

    1. Enabling hiring of additional staff;
    2. Enabling increased hours of current part-time staff;
    3. Procuring additional needed equipment (costing under $100,000); and/or
    4. Recruiting for additional needed skills.

    It is important that any letters of support for consortiums or consultant organizations include the 1-4 items under additional information from the NOT-OD-09-056 as stated above.

  21. If you have three programs currently under EPA (HWWT, MWT and HDPT), and want to ask for funds under all three programs in the supplement, can the grantee determine how to budget the bottom line 50% of the parent award between the programs or is each separate program capped at 50% of their individual award?

    NIEHS Response: You can only request up to 50% of the current years program component direct cost.

  22. Do we have to specify in our proposals the exact course names, number of course hours, etc., that we intend to offer? It wasn't clear to me just how specific we need to be.

    NIEHS Response: Yes, your complete training plan must be detailed in your response. You can summarize in the narrative but include as an attachment what you normally include in your progress report when you list courses.

  23. Can we include letters of support or other appendices in the application?

    NIEHS Response: You may want to include letters of support especially if the letter of support responds to the following:

    1. Enabling hiring of additional staff;
    2. Enabling increased hours of current part-time staff;
    3. Procuring additional needed equipment (costing under $100,000); and/or
    4. Recruiting for additional needed skills.

    Also if the letters supports address the program priorities for U45 administrative supplements as listed in the request. Other than the above, additional appendix material most likely is not necessary.

  24. Do we get 12 or 13 months of funding?

    NIEHS Response: We anticipate a July 1, 2009 start date for the supplements; therefore, you can request up to 13 months time and support on the supplement. This will ensure that the end date of the supplement is the same as that of the parent grant.

  25. For full-time employees at a training center, can the percent effort be shifted to work on this supplemental award? For example, can a full time trainer, now paid 90% from the parent award and 10% from another source, have a 10% FTE increase from the supplemental dollars (and a reduction of 10% from the other source)?

    NIEHS Response: Shifting payment from one source to another does not meet the intent of the Recovery Act administrative supplements. There is no creation or retention of a job. For example, if staff are full-time employed and fully funded, you may not shift a portion of their support to the supplement. If staff are full-time employees receiving support for their full-time employment from different sources, but are supported on the parent grant or any combination of Federal grants at less than full-time, you may not shift effort to the supplement to provide more of the individuals' salary from Federal funds. If staff is less than full-time, you may increase their employment to full-time and request support on the supplement for the time and effort devoted to the supplement project.

  26. Should we try to address all of the program priorities for the U45 Recovery Act Supplements?

    NIEHS Response: Each applicant must decide which program priorities you want to address. Just make sure your training plan is succinct, focused, and strong and meets the needs of target population in the program priorities you choose to address.

  27. Who will conduct the review of the supplemental applications?

    NIEHS Response: NIEHS Staff will conduct the review of the supplemental applications.

  28. Can we submit an application to conduct training at DOE sites as the need is great at many sites because of the influx of Recovery Act funding?

    NIEHS Response: We definitely understand that DOE job creation and work has created a need for training associated with the Recovery Act funds; however, we are not focusing on DOE sites for training under the NIEHS Recovery Act for Hazardous Waste and SBIR funding.

  29. How do we deal with calculating money if you have an HWWT and HDPT grant? Do we have to do two separate budgets, or can we do one budget?

    NIEHS Response: You must submit one detailed budget for each program requesting support in the supplement.

  30. Can the new money be used to develop curriculum?

    NIEHS Response: Check with your Project Administrator. The development of new curriculum that is within the scope of the parent grant may be allowable.

  31. Are the new funds going to be added to the parent award?

    NIEHS Response: No, they will be awarded as a separate supplement and will need to be treated as a stand-alone project, not co-mingled with the parent award funds.

  32. Are “Green Jobs Training/Projects” allowable, if the term "Green Jobs" was not specified in the parent award?

    NIEHS Response: As noted in our Fall workshop report on green jobs safety and health issues, we are focusing supplemental funding on green jobs which involve exposure to hazardous materials that may require Hazwoper and other significant safety and health training either as a certification or to assure worker safety. Further information is available on our latest workshop report.

  33. Can projects be requested in the Supplemental proposal and then also requested as continuation projects in the new RFA?

    NIEHS Response: If the competitive application requests for the a project that is supported by the supplement and if the supplement overlaps the budget period of the funded new competitive application, support for the supplement project in the competitive application will be removed for the period that the supplement overlaps the competitive award. For this reason, NIEHS strongly suggests that the supplement period of support end at the current project period end date.

  34. Since 50% of the current grant award funds are available for each year, if a project period goes over one year, but does not extend to two years, how much in funding can be requested?

    NIEHS Response: If asking for a 13 month budget (e.g. project period is 07/01/2009 - 07/31/2010), you can ask for 50% of your current 12 months of funding to cover the first 12 months, and then ask for 50% of one month of funding in the second year to cover the 13th month.

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