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: “Developing Biotechnologies for Detection and Recovery of Rare Earth Elements” $350,000.00

Background: Rare earth elements (REE) are critical components of many advanced technologies including magnets in hard drives and components of lasers. Of the 17 rare earth elements, 16 (cerium, dysprosium, erbium, europium, gadolinium, holmium, lanthanum, lutetium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium, scandium, terbium, thulium, ytterbium and yttrium) are designated critical minerals and are present in different combinations and concentrations depending on the primary (e.g. ores, red mud, geological deposits) and secondary (e-waste, coal ash and landfill leachate) sources of the critical minerals. Of these 16, all except for cerium and lanthanum, are in undersupply. Individual REE are used in different combinations to develop advanced technologies necessitating the isolation of elements from primary and secondary sources and the purification of defined REE mixtures or individual elements. However current approaches are energy and solvent intensive and do not easily separate the different REE from each other. Biotechnology applications such as bioleaching and biosorption are promising approaches for REE recovery but require further research and development to increase selectivity, efficiency, cost effectiveness and scalability. Brief Description of Anticipated Work: Required Work Objectives: This project will develop novel microbes with increased capability to dissolve and capture REE from solid sources such as crushed ore and e-waste. The project will also examine approaches to increase the selectivity and affinity of biomolecules for different REE. Additionally, the project will investigate different technologies/approaches that improve scalability of REE recovery processes (e.g. concentration and monitoring of REEs during processing). The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop methods that accelerate our ability to recover individual or discrete mixtures of REE from domestic primary and secondary sources. Objective 1: Increase the selectivity and affinity of biomolecules for different REE. Create semi-synthetic platforms for specific lanthanide-binding, with the reliance on modification of proteins and spores using designed chemical structures for chelation moieties. These platforms should improve the concentration of lanthanides by spores and proteins, while providing methods for tuning protein/spore affinity and selectivity. The specificities of both the semi-synthetic and protein-alone chelators should be further modified using computational models to design peptides and proteins with a variety of affinities and specificities for REE.Objective 2: Technologies/approaches that improve scalability of REE recovery processes. Surfaces of fluorescent proteins should be modified to create protein biosensors that can bind lanthanides with high affinity and selectivity, and also allow FRET detection both in vitro and in vivo of lanthanides (samarium, europium, terbium, and dysprosium). Such biosensors will serve as tools for monitoring the efficiencies of processing streams and of the efficacies of different technologies. The successful offeror work with ERDC researchers to examine novel approaches to condense process streams to increase efficiency of downstream processing events.Results from these objectives will be communicated to ERDC regularly in interim reports and transferred to the Public using conference presentations and the peer-reviewed literature. All methods and protocols will accompany the results and meet peer-review scrutiny for any interim reports. A successful application would likely include experience with genetic engineering of spores, molecular evolution and synthetic biology, and successful publication record of these methods. Public Benefit: Development of approaches to harvest critical minerals from domestic sources is essential to establishing secure domestic supply chains for REE. Furthermore, the environmentally friendly biotechnologies developed here will greatly lower adverse environmental and climate effects caused by existing REE mining approaches. Further, understanding how to selectively isolate REE from many sources will greatly increase our ability to isolate other critical minerals. This project will benefit the public by providing new approaches to harvest critical minerals, by educating the public about environmentally friendly approaches for mining/recycling, and by increasing availability of critical materials for development of advanced technology.

The National Sheriffs' Institute $358,637.00

THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This announcement is to provide notice of the continuation of funding for cooperative agreement award 20JD07GLF6.

Youth Empowerment Through International Exchange $250,000.00

The U.S. Embassy Tashkent Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to conduct innovative and creative short-term, youth-focused exchange programs to promote and improve mutual understanding and people-to-people ties between the United States and Uzbekistan. Applications outlining initiatives or exchange programs that focus on leadership skills and global citizenship will be supported. The rapid economic development and the expansion of international relations between Uzbekistan and the rest of the world have created a tremendous need for citizens who have the knowledge and skills to act as key interlocutors and implement the Government of Uzbekistan’s ambitious reform agenda into the future. With most of the population under the age of 30, there is a critical need to support youth-focused programming in order to prepare the next generation of leaders in Uzbekistan. Through exchanges to the United States, youth will be able to connect with other leaders, both from home and abroad, to make long-lasting connections that will shape their future educational and professional lives. This funding opportunity seeks to support secondary and university students through the development of leadership skills, global citizenship, and addressing shared challenges through partnership with the United States. Grant activities should be short-term, youth-focused exchange programs, with participants spending 10 to 30 days in the United States. Grantees are expected to publicize project activities, including through social media and/or traditional press outlets; and highlight U.S. Embassy support, with our logo included on project-related materials.

Regional Geomorphic Parameters to Support Bank Stabilization $420,000.00

Section I: Funding Opportunity Description Background: Gravel bed rivers in the Missouri Ozarks are notoriously unstable. At many locations, the channels are depositing sediment in the middle of over-widened sections while eroding both banks. In previous years, landowners would manually remove the deposition by bull-dozing the gravel from the channel center to the eroding bank. However, these unpermitted actions perpetuated the channel instability, and after a local landowner was fined for not obtaining a permit, landowners have been reluctant to do anything. The Engineering with Nature program is developing simplified design methods and a streamlined permit process so landowners can apply successful bank stabilization that will also result in ecosystem lift. These methods will be based on parametric designs, i.e. sizing riprap and floodplain benches based on ranges of stream configurations that exist in the Ozarks, in order to develop a simplified, conservative procedure that landowners can follow. This CESU agreement is to derive and quantify the range of stream geomorphology existing in the Missouri Ozarks to inform the parametric design methodology. Major Tasks Are To: Derive hydrologic and geomorphic parameters from selected sub-watersheds in the Missouri Ozarks that are needed for design of a rock toe and a floodplain bench. These parameters include channel slope, bank height, wetted perimeter, bankfull area, and bankfull width. Describe the geomorphic change, including erosion rates, at sites where either bank stabilization or gravel manipulation was implemented. This may require field data collection utilizing drone-based LIDAR and/or Structure From Motion. (Option for future) Describe the geomorphic change over time of pilot bank stabilization projects on Crider Creek and the Maries River following implementation of pilot bank stabilization design. (Option for future) Quantify geomorphic change and bank instability in and near Pershing State Park, MO. Public Benefit: Streambank erosion, and difficulties that individual landowners have in dealing with it, are well known in the Missouri Ozarks. In the past, landowners have proposed largely ineffective methods such as bulldozing mid-channel gravel bars and placing the material on eroding banks. On the other hand, full slope rock revetments are effective but often too expensive for individual landowners to implement and have only limited ecological value. By providing a streamlined permitting process for bank stabilization incorporating natural and nature-based features such as floodplain benches with a rock toe, landowners will be facilitated in proposing solutions that result in ecological lift as well as bank stabilization. This CESU agreement is the first important step of describing the range of geomorphic parameters and erosion rates for streams in the region. Section II: Award Information Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the Kansas City District and the Engineer Research and Development Center to provide geomorphic analysis and coding to support efforts to use local material in bank stabilization. The estimated level of funding for FY22 is approximately $120k, with the work to be performed over two years. Additional funds of $75k each year for an additional four years may be available, providing the potential funding of $420k over five years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. Government Involvement: USACE will participate in selecting the bank stabilization sites to be assessed and in reviewing and co-authoring a journal paper documenting the geomorphic parameters. Moreover, USACE will use the developed geomorphic values to author a paper documenting the parametric design analysis and develop training material based on this method. Section III: Eligibility Information Eligible Applicants – This opportunity is open to CESU non-federal partners in the Great Rivers region. Cost Sharing – This action will be 100% funded by USACE. Section IV: Application and Submission Information – Two Phase Process Phase I: Submission of a Statement of Interest/Qualifications. Materials Requested for Statement of Interest/Qualifications: Please provide a statement of interest as an attachment via e-mail with statement of interest number, W81EWF-22-SOI-0035 in the subject line of e-mail to: chl-ct-quotes@usace.army.mil (Maximum length: 2 pages, single-spaced 12 pt. font). Name, Organization and Contact Information Brief Statement of Qualifications (including): Biographical Sketch, Relevant past projects and clients with brief descriptions of these projects, Staff, faculty or students available to work on this project and their areas of expertise, Any brief description of capabilities to successfully complete the project you may wish to add (equipment, laboratory facilities, greenhouse facilities, field facilities, etc.). Note: A proposed budget is NOT requested at this time. Phase I Responses: Statement of Interest (SOI)/Qualifications shall be submitted NO LATER THAN 5 pm or 1700 August 1, 2022, COB Central time. Administrative point of contact is Angela Holcomb,: chl-ct-quotes@usace.army.mil. Based on a review of the Statements of Interest received, an investigator or investigators will be invited to move to Phase II which is to prepare a full study proposal. Statements will be evaluated based on the investigator’s specific experience and capabilities in areas related to the study requirements. Phase II: Submission of a complete application package (Full Proposal) to include a full technical proposal including budget, if invited. All SOI submitted will be evaluated and selected for participation in Phase II. The complete funding opportunity announcement, application forms, and instructions are available for download at Grants.gov. The administrative point of contact is Specialist; Angela.D.Holcomb@usace.army.mil. All mandatory forms and any applicable optional forms must be completed in accordance with the instructions on the forms and the additional instructions below: SF 424 R&R - Application for Federal Assistance Full Technical Proposal – Discussion of the nature and scope of the research and technical approach. Additional information on prior work in this area, descriptions of available equipment, data and facilities, and resumes of personnel who will be participating in this effort should also be included. Cost Proposal/Budget – Clear, concise, and accurate cost proposals reflect the offeror’s financial plan for accomplishing the effort contained in the technical proposal. As part of its cost proposal, the offeror shall submit cost element breakdowns in sufficient detail so that a reasonableness determination can be made. Any deficiencies in the cost information will delay the processing of the proposal. A detailed budget with complete written justification is required. The SF 424 Research & Related Budget Form can be used as a guide. The cost breakdown should include the following, if applicable: Direct Labor: Direct labor should be detailed by level of effort (numbers of hours, hourly rate etc.) of each labor category and the applicable labor rate. The source of labor rates shall be identified and verified. If rates are estimated, please provide the historical based used and clearly identify all escalation applied to derive the proposed rates. Fringe Benefit Rates: The source of fringe benefit rate shall be identified and verified. Travel: Travel costs must include a purpose and breakdown per trip to include destination, number of travelers, and duration. Materials/Equipment: List all material/equipment items by type and kind with associated costs and advise if the costs are based on vendor quotes and/or engineering estimates; provide copies of vendor quotes and/or catalog pricing data. Subrecipient costs: Submit all subrecipient proposals and analyses. Provide the method of selection used to determine the subrecipient. Tuition: Provide details and verification for any tuition amounts proposed. Indirect Costs: Currently the negotiated indirect rate for awards through the CESU is 17.5%. Any other proposed costs: The source should be identified and verified. Application package shall be submitted NO LATER THAN August 22, 2022 the announced Suspense date for submission of Full Proposals. Submission Instructions: Applications may be submitted by mail, e-mail, or Grants.gov. Choose ONE of the following submission methods: E-mail: Format all documents to print on Letter (8 ½ x 11”) paper. E-mail proposal as an attachment with W81EWF-22-SOI-0035 in the subject line of e-mail to chl-ct-quotes@usace.army.mil Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/: Applicants are not required to submit proposals through Grants.gov. However, if applications are submitted via the internet, applicants are responsible for ensuring that their Grants.gov proposal submission is received in its entirety. All applicants choosing to use Grants.gov to submit proposals must be registered and have and account with Grants.gov. It may take up to three weeks to complete Grants.gov registration. For more information on registration, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants.html. Section V: Application Review Information Peer or Scientific Review Criteria: In accordance with DoDGARs 22.315(c), an impartial peer review will be conducted. Subject to funding availability, all proposals will be reviewed using the criteria listed below (technical and cost/price). All proposals will be evaluated under the following two criteria which are of descending importance.: a. Technical (items i. and ii. are of equal importance): i. Technical merits of proposed R&D. ii. Potential relationship of proposed R&D to DoD missions. b. Cost/Price: Overall realism of the proposed costs will be evaluated. Review and Selection Process: Based on the Peer or Scientific Review, proposals will be categorized as Selectable or Not Selectable. The selection of the source for award will be based on the Peer or Scientific Review, as well as importance to agency programs and funding availability. Selectable: Proposals are recommended for acceptance if sufficient funding is available. Not Selectable: Even if sufficient funding existed, the proposal should not be funded. Note: The Government reserves the right to award some, all, or none of proposals. When the Government elects to award only a part of a proposal, the selected part may be categorized as Selectable, though the proposal as a whole may not merit such a categorization. No other criteria will be used. Prior to award of a potentially successful offer, the Grants Officer will make a determination regarding price reasonableness. Section VI: Award Administration Information Award Notices: Written notice of award will be given in conjunction with issuance of a cooperative agreement signed by a Grants Officer. The cooperative agreement will contain the effective date of the agreement, the period of performance, funding information, and all terms and conditions. The recipient is required to sign and return the document before work under the agreement commences. Work described in this announcement SHALL NOT begin without prior authorization from a Grants Officer. Administrative Requirements: The cooperative agreement issued as a result of this announcement is subject to the administrative requirements in 2 CFR Subtitle A; 2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. XI, Part 1103; and 32 CFR Subchapter C, except Parts 32 and 33. Reporting: See 2 CFR Sections 200.327 for financial reporting requirements, 200.328 for performance reporting requirements, and 200.329 for real property reporting requirements. Section VII: Agency Contact: Angela Holcomb US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center 2902 Newmark Drive Champaign, Illinois 61822-1076 Angela.D.Holcomb@usace.army.mil

Support for Distance English Language Education for Ukrainian Secondary Schools $175,000.00

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KYIV Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: Support for Distance English Language Education for Ukrainian Secondary Schools Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-Ukraine-2022-13 Email address: KyivRELO@state.gov A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kyiv (PAS Kyiv) announces an open competition for proposals for cooperative agreements that foster the development of online English language learning and teaching in Ukraine. The grantee will provide assistance to the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) in Ukraine to streamline the online English language teaching process in Ukrainian secondary schools and to support the Distance Education Model for Learning English. The Grantee will coordinate closely with administrators and curriculum specialists at MOES to address the following needs: develop a new online English language teaching content; provide technical and software support and advice; and train in-service teachers in implementing the content. As appropriate, a U.S. English Language Specialist may support this project through advising and training. The work is expected to impact Ukrainian students learning online. Program Objectives: 1. Improve English language education for Ukrainians, including education delivered virtually and in blended formats. 2. Build capacity of Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine to offer high-quality online education for Ukrainian secondary students. 3. Strengthen ties between the United States and Ukraine through collaborative activities and products that promote mutual understanding and democratic values. Participants and Audiences: · The grantee will be expected to work closely with Ukrainian MOES administrators and curriculum specialists, as well as English language teachers in Ukraine. · The activities will directly inform the work of Ukrainian teacher trainers, teachers, and students. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Length of performance period: September 25, 2022 to December 31, 2023 Number of awards anticipated: one Total available funding: $175,000, pending the availability of funds Type of Funding: FY22 Foreign Assistance Funds Anticipated program start date: September 25, 2022 This notice is subject to availability of funding. Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative agreement In a cooperative agreement, PAS Kyiv is substantially involved in program activities above and beyond routine monitoring. The Embassy will identify and work closely with partners to carry out the activities, serving as the main conduit of information to the Ukrainian organizations and partners. The Embassy will also be responsible for monitoring the activity and representing the U.S. Government during the course of the programming. In addition, PAS Kyiv will: • provide guidance and feedback on the topics for the professional development program; • advise in the selection of participating instructors; • provide feedback at regular intervals and upon program completion. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed on or before December 31, 2023 The Department of State will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State. C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION 1. Eligible Applicants The following organizations are eligible to apply: Ukrainian and U.S. non-commercial organizations (both Public and Private) are eligible to apply. U.S. public and private non-profit organizations must meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Cost sharing is encouraged, but there is no requirement for cost sharing or matching funds for this competition. 3. Other Eligibility Requirements In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D for information on how to obtain these registrations. a) Technical Eligibility: All proposals must comply with the requirements and guidance included in this NOFO. Not following the guidance will result in the proposal being declared technically ineligible and given no further consideration in the review process. b) Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition. If more than one proposal is received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared technically ineligible and will receive no further consideration in the review process. Please note: Applicant organizations are defined by their legal name, and EIN number as stated on their completed SF-424 and additional supporting documentation outlined in the PSI document. c) Taxes: Successful applicants are responsible for complying with all applicable tax treaties and federal, state and local laws on tax withholding and reporting for project participants. D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION 1. Address to Request Application Package Interested applicants may request the full text of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) via email to KyivRELO@state.gov. The NOFO may also be found on www.grants.gov as well as the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv: https://ua.usembassy.gov/education-culture/regional-english-language-of…


REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI): ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 SECTION 243 AND 247 HYDROPOWER INCENTIVE PROGRAMS The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Deployment Office (GDO) is requesting information and feedback from stakeholders on issues related to the development of hydroelectric incentive programs authorized under sections 243 and 247 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) (EPAct 2005), as amended by sections 40332 and 40333 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. See 42 U.S.C. 15882 and 15883. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to WPTORFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 11:59PM (ET) on 9/6/2022, with subject line “Organization/Name: Response to RFI on Hydroelectric Incentive Programs.” Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) attachment to the email, and no more than 15 pages in length, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. The full content of the announcement can be found on the EERE Exchange website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.


The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) provides planning support, technical assistance, and training to communities to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Funds can help enhance capacity for broadband access, preserve cultural and historic structures, and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. Applicants must demonstrate existing and proposed partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, Tribal and community partners to provide assistance in implementing the placemaking plan. This funding announcement supports the delivery of technical assistance and training in visioning, planning, and assisting communities to implement placemaking efforts in rural communities under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) - National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) $79,000,000.00

The NDPC is a professional alliance sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate. It is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations. The consortium is made up of seven members: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Energetic Materials and Research Testing Center; Louisiana State University's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training; Texas A&M University's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, Texas Engineering Extension Service; the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., National Center for Emergency Response in Surface Transportation; the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii; the Counter-Terrorism Operations Support Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training at the Nevada National Security Site; and the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Notice of Intent to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002804 “Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization FOA”. $2.00

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization FOA”. The Biden Administration has laid out a bold agenda to address the climate crisis and build a clean and equitable energy economy that achieves carbon pollution free electricity by 2035, and puts the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050 to the benefit of all Americans. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a leading role in decarbonizing and revitalizing the industrial sector. It addresses the climate crisis by driving the innovation and deployment that can lead to a more resilient, robust, and competitive domestic clean energy manufacturing sector that provides economic opportunities across diverse communities. Manufacturing can deliver the technologies needed to decarbonize other sectors of the economy, including transportation, buildings, and the electric grid. AMO accomplishes its goals by supporting applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) in crosscutting, platform technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and promote the development and growth of advanced manufacturing in multiple emerging energy fields. Significant decarbonization of the manufacturing sector is essential to achieving the overall goal of economy-wide decarbonization by 2050 and creating good paying jobs. The RD&D activities anticipated to be funded under this FOA would support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this anticipated FOA would fund high-impact, applied research and development and prototype or pilot-scale demonstration projects in order to expedite the industrialization of transformational technology necessary to reduce energy usage and GHG emissions from high GHG-emitting industrial subsectors, along with cross-cutting industrial decarbonization approaches, via opportunities in energy efficiency; industrial electrification; low carbon fuels, feedstocks and energy sources; and industrial carbon capture and utilization. This anticipated FOA and its associated projects are separate from any forthcoming efforts to be funded under provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including activities related to Industrial Emissions Demonstration Projects.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Prisons Operations $100,000.00

THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This announcement is to provide notice of the continuation of funding for cooperative agreement award 20PR07GLE4