New England Electronic Technologies Implementation 2017 Request for Proposals

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

OVERVIEW

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award a single, one-time grant, for the purpose of analyzing recent advances and developing a roadmap for strategies to improve applications of electronic technologies and broad data modernization in the New England groundfish fishery. Multiple efforts are underway to improve the efficiency, timeliness, reliability, accountability and use of catch reporting data. This project is intended to identify system-level opportunities and needs, organize past work and provide strategic advice to assist New England stakeholders in implementing the monitoring and collection of data necessary for effective management and scientific understanding of the groundfish fishery. The level of funding is dependent upon the proposed scope of work.

Building on and further integrating data collection and data management methods will help achieve broad sustainability goals for fish stocks and fishing communities. This project is intended to help managers, scientists and fishery participants improve fishery performance, address fishery science needs and enhance accountability by exploring a comprehensive approach and identifying strategic additional investments supporting the use of electronic technology in data collection and data management for the New England groundfish fishery. A particular focus of this grant is to develop a roadmap of recommended actions and timelines over the next three to five years for large scale implementation that builds on ongoing efforts to modernize fisheries data collection and management. 

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

The New England ET Implementation RFP is focused on New England marine fisheries, with a particular emphasis on groundfish. Proposals from entities in and outside of the region will be considered. New England includes the states in the New England Fishery Management Council: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

PROGRAM PRIORITIES

The project should take a system-wide perspective, incorporate different viewpoints and identify key needs and gaps for various entities such as state, federal and intergovernmental agencies, scientists, different sized fishing businesses and ports, fishermen utilizing various gear types and third party providers. Additionally, related advances in electronic monitoring and data modernization from other regions, other sectors of society, and sponsored by state and private sources should be considered where available and relevant to help identify key gaps and opportunities.

The successful grantee will gather information, assess ongoing regional initiatives to address fishery data modernization and integration, electronic monitoring and reporting, scientific data needs for groundfish stocks, and fishery accountability and enforcement needs. Proposals should consider recommended ways to maximize value of current investments, fill in important gaps, prioritize allocation of additional resources and articulate cost / benefit opportunities.

Information and assessment should include at a minimum the following related projects:

The successful grantee will best identify a plan to assess current efforts; identify priority opportunities to achieve integrated and multi-purposed data collection, management and use; and recommend priority actions to accelerate needed improvements in data collection and management. This roadmap will be based on interests and perspectives of diverse fisheries interests and articulate recommended actions and timelines for key implementation actions over the next three to five years.

PROJECT METRICS

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the New England ET Implementation RFP has a list of metrics in Easygrants for grantees to choose from for reporting. 

​Project Activity ​Recommended Metric ​Additional Guidance
​Develop a plan that includes key challenges and gaps in the system, and priority activities to improve monitoring and accountability for groundfish in the next 3 years. ​Management or Governance Planning - # plans developed ​Quality of plans developed with input from multiple stakeholders and that identify monitoring objectives. 
 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, and international organizations.
  • Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds 

  • NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts. 

FUNDING AVAILABILITY 

The New England ET Implementation RFP will award a one-time grant to a single entity, meaning this opportunity is not expected to be available at any other point in time from NFWF. Funds for this project are sourced solely from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. 

Funding availability will vary dependent upon the proposed scope of work; however the amount of awarded funds will not exceed $80,000. Applicants will be prompted to include information on other sources of funding for the project in the application section entitled “Matching Contributions.” The project period of performance may last up to four months.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

All proposals will be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness and compliance with NFWF and funding source policies. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

Program Goals– Project has specific, quantifiable performance metrics to evaluate project success. 

Technical Merit – Project is technically sound and feasible, and the proposal sets forth a clear, logical and achievable work plan and timeline. Project engages appropriate technical experts throughout project planning, design and implementation to ensure activities are technically-sound and feasible.

Transferability – Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned to other communities and/or to be integrated into government programs and policies.

Communication – Project includes a detailed plan to communicate information about the project to appropriate audiences.

Monitoring – Project includes a plan for monitoring progress during and after the proposed project period to track project success and adaptively address new challenges and opportunities as they arise. 

Long-term Sustainability – Project will be maintained to ensure benefits are achieved and sustained over time. 

Past Success – Applicant has a proven track record of success in implementing conservation practices with specific, measurable results.

Partnership – An appropriate partnership exists to implement the project and the project is supported by a strong local partnership(s) that leverages additional funds and increases likelihood of uptake and relevance. Identify proposed partners, if known (including potential or contemplated subawards to third party subrecipients of the applicant), the roles they will play in implementing the project, and how this project will build new or enhance existing partnerships. (Note: a project partner is any local community, non-profit organization, tribe, and/or local, state, and federal government agency that contributes to the project in a substantial way and is closely involved in the completion of the project.)

OTHER 

Budget – Costs are allowable, reasonable and budgeted in accordance with NFWF’s Budget Instructions cost categories. Federally-funded projects must be in compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable (OMB Uniform Guidance).

Procurement – If the applicant chooses to specifically identify proposed Contractor(s) for Services, an award by NFWF to the applicant does not necessarily constitute NFWF’s express written authorization for the applicant to procure such specific services noncompetitively. When procuring goods and services, NFWF recipients must follow documented procurement procedures which reflect applicable laws and regulations. 

Publicity and Acknowledgement of Support – Award recipients will be required to grant NFWF the right and authority to publicize the project and NFWF’s financial support for the grant in press releases, publications and other public communications. Recipients may also be asked by NFWF to provide high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photographs depicting the project.

Receiving Award Funds – Award payments are primarily reimbursable. Projects may request funds for reimbursement at any time after completing a signed agreement with NFWF. A request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.

Compliance Requirements – Projects selected may be subject to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act (state and federal), and National Historic Preservation Act. As may be applicable, successful applicants may be required to comply with additional Federal, state or local requirements and obtain all necessary permits and clearances.

TIMELINE

Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information – Electronic Monitoring & Reporting Grant Program.

Full Proposal Due Date​
Thursday, August 10 11:59pm EST​
​Review Period
​August 14 – August 18
Award Announced
​​September 12


HOW TO APPLY 

​All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system. PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY.

  1. Go to easygrants.nfwf.org to register in our Easygrants online system. New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login). Enter your applicant information.
  2. Once you are logged in, click the Apply for Funding button. Near the top of the page click “Click here to respond to an RFP or to a solicited request.”

    In the RFP Code field, type in “NEF2017”, then click the Find button. The code is precise and case sensitive.

    Select New England Electronic Technologies Implementation and click Continue.

    Click the Apply button to start the application process.
  3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application. Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE 

A PDF version of this RFP can be downloaded at Electronic Monitoring & Reporting Grant Program.

A Tip Sheet is available for quick reference while you are working through your application. This document can be downloaded at Electronic Monitoring & Reporting Grant Program. Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on the NFWF website’s “Applicant Information” page (www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx).

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Erika Feller
Erika.Feller@nfwf.org
(202) 595-3911

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