Projects

The Southern Appalachian CESU is a virtual consortium of universities, research associations, and research labs that have joined in agreement to cooperate in interdisciplinary projects that address the cultural, social, and natural resource issues of the Southern Appalachian region. These projects are in the form of research projects, technical assistance projects, and/or educational projects.

How Projects Work

Current Project Opportunities

View as PDF

Federal Awarding Agency:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Engineer Research and Development Center
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

Funding Opportunity No: W81EWF-22-SOI-0021
CFDA No: 12.630
Statutory Authority: 10 USC 4001
Program Title: “Delivering Scalable Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Prevention and Management Technologies for Freshwater Ecosystems for the Ohio River”
Announcement Type: Initial announcement
Issue Date: 01 June 2022
Statement of Interest/Qualifications Due Date: 05 July 2022; 1300 central time zone
Full Application Package Due Date, if Invited: 01 August 2022; 1300 central time zone
Estimated Award Ceiling: $500,000
Estimated Total Program Funding (optional): $1,500,000 total over 3 years; with $500,000 for base year and $500,000 per year for two optional years; optional years are contingent on Congressional authorization and funding appropriation
Expected Number of Awards: The Government will issue only 1 award from this announcement.

Section I: Funding Opportunity Description

Background:
Aquatic nuisance species, including harmful algae, impact US waterways (including those maintained by USACE), infrastructure, and associated resources across the Nation; it’s estimated that Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) cause an estimated $1B per year in lost tourism revenue alone. In response, innovative, cost-effective, and scalable technologies for early detection, prevention, and management of aquatic nuisance species are required. HABs are increasing in frequency and duration, resulting in environmental, socio-economic, and human/wildlife health concerns. Prevention and management of HABs within the Ohio River is of interest, as is research that produces knowledge and scalable HAB prevention and management tools applicable to lentic and lotic systems across the Nation. Research to address the need to improve capabilities and technologies to anticipate and rapidly respond to/mitigate HAB events is needed. Scalable physical, chemical, and/or biological HAB technologies to manage HABs are particularly needed. This project will establish an interdisciplinary collaboration between USACE and a Southern Appalachian Mountains or a North Atlantic Coast CESU network member. This collaboration will leverage resources to identify research opportunities and pursue actions necessary for accelerating the delivery of scalable HAB management technologies. This collaboration will seek to build upon and expand (but in no way duplicate) current HAB research efforts ongoing in the Ohio River and North Atlantic regions, thus leading to expanded technology transfer opportunities. Special topics of interest for this funding opportunity announcement are described as part of the “brief description of anticipated work” section below. Investigators should have demonstrated experience pertaining to HABs and aquatic nuisance species control techniques.

Brief Description of Anticipated Work:
Required Work Objectives: This CESU project is intended to develop and demonstrate scalable solutions that will minimize the frequency and effects of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to our Nation’s waterways. Special topics of interest for proposals include but are not limited to: (1) scalable technologies to manage, control, and/or mitigate HABs in lentic OR lotic freshwater systems; and (2) approaches for identification of priority areas for proactive HAB management within large-scale lotic systems (e.g., cyanobacteria “seed beds” or HAB onset “hot spots” in mainstem, tributaries or backwaters) and effective treatments for identified priority areas.

This CESU project will develop and demonstrate a process or technology for the reduction of HAB events and their effects through 1) decreased HAB size, duration and frequency, 2) decreased HAB biomass and toxicity, or 3) reduced HAB biomass and toxins during or after an event, through physical, chemical, AND/OR biological processes. Successful proposals will provide compelling information illustrating that the proposed technology would be feasible for deployment to manage HABs that occur at large scales within freshwater systems. Successful proposals will also (a) clearly identify question(s) the proposed project will seek to answer (i.e., project technical objectives); (b) clearly describe the tasks and data required to answer those question(s) (i.e., data quality objectives); c) specifically address the scalable potential of the management measures or technology being proposed; and (d) describe envisioned project deliverables by task and by year. Proposals that demonstrate intent to maximize use of existing federal and state HAB programs, activities, and data are encouraged. Successful proposals will identify quantitative and qualitative success criteria for each project task and objective; identification of go/no-go decision points at the end of each year is also encouraged.

Public Benefit:
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasing in number of events, spatially, and intensity in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers across the Nation, resulting in public health concerns and billions of dollars in economic impacts. The proposed research will increase early/proactive and scalable HAB management capabilities that will support responders before, during, and after an event. This information is critical to develop future mitigation strategies to reduce environmental, socio-economic, and human/wildlife health concerns resulting from HABs.

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 Engineer Research and Development Center for delivery of HAB prevention, detection and management technologies that will be applicable to freshwater bodies in OH but also transferable to water resource development projects across the Nation. The estimated level of funding for FY22 is approximately $500,000. Additional funds of $500,000 per year for 2 additional years may be available, providing the potential funding of $1,500,000 over 3 years to the successful Recipient/Awardee; optional year funding is contingent on Congressional authorization and funding appropriation. Depending on findings in the early years of this effort, funding needs may increase above the anticipated $500,000 per year in subsequent years of this project; however, total funding will not exceed $1,500,000 over the life of this cooperative agreement.

Government Involvement:
Government employees will be involved through: 1) cooperation in protocol development, review and recommendations of site selections, and review and recommendation of specific experimental design; 2) coordination with other agencies, as needed; 3) technical review of publications and presentations, dissimilation of the results of the publications.

Section III: Eligibility Information

  1. Eligible Applicants – This opportunity is restricted to non-federal partners of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units (CESUs)
  2. 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.

  1. Materials Requested for Statement of Interest/Qualifications:
    1. a. Please provide the following via e-mail attachment to: stacy.d.thurman@usace.army.mil
      (Maximum length: 2 pages, single-spaced 12 pt. font).
      1. Name, Organization and Contact Information
      2. 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 (e.g. equipment, laboratory facilities, greenhouse facilities, field facilities, etc.).

          Note: A proposed budget is NOT requested at this time. The administrative point of contact is Specialist, stacy.d.thurman@usace.army.mil
  2. Statement of Interest/Qualifications shall be submitted NO LATER THAN 05 July 2022; 1300 central time zone

    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 to include a full technical proposal including budget, if invited

  1. Address to Request Application Package
    The complete funding opportunity announcement, application forms, and instructions are available for download at Grants.gov.
    The administrative point of contact is Specialist, phone number; stacy.d.thurman@usace.army.mil
  2. Content and Form of Application Submission
    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. The SF 424 Research & Related Budget Form shall be utilized if the subrecipient uses it. The cost breakdown should include the following, if applicable:
      • Direct Labor: Direct labor should be detailed by level of effort (i.e. numbers of hours, 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.
      • Optional, highly encouraged: Summary cost table by year showing totals for categories identified in items 1-8 above.
  3. Application package shall be submitted NO LATER THAN 01 August 2022; 1300 central time zone
  4. Submission Instructions
    Applications may be submitted by 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 to stacy.d.thurman@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

  1. 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.
    1. Technical (items i. and ii. are of equal importance):
      Technical merits of proposed R&D.
      Potential relationship of proposed R&D to DoD missions.
    2. Cost/Price: Overall realism of the proposed costs will be evaluated.
  2. Review and Selection Process
    • Categories: Based on the Peer or Scientific Review, proposals will be categorized as Selectable or Not Selectable (see definitions below). 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
Stacy Thurman, Grants Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199
Stacy.D.Thurman@usace.army.mil

View as PDF
Statement of Work

PROJECT TO BE INITIATED IN 2022

Project Title: Provide Ecosystem Management Technical Assistance at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico (2022-2027)

Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by the Department of the Navy (DoN) which provides professional and technical support for its Environmental Program in order to facilitate successful implementation of Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans in support of the military mission. General tasks associated with this project include threatened and endangered species surveys, habitat management, biological surveys and game management. The authority for this Cooperative Agreement is 16 USC §670c-1 (Sikes Act).

This proposed project contributes to the objectives of the CESU network by providing usable knowledge to support informed decision making; creating and maintaining effective partnerships among the federal agencies and universities to share resources and expertise; encouraging professional development of current and future federal scientists, resource managers, and environmental leaders; and managing federal resources effectively. In addition, this work is consistent with the Southern Appalachian Mountains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) mission of providing research, technical assistance, and education to federal land management, environmental, and research agencies.

Background:

The purpose of this project is to support the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) of Marine Corps Base (MCB), Quantico, Virginia. The Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Branch (NREA) is responsible for executing projects outlined in INRMP to include threatened and endangered species management, ecosystem management, dispersed outdoor recreation, and scientific research efforts. MCB Quantico is approximately 59,000 acres of primarily forested habitat with lesser components of early successional habitat and wildlife openings. The MCBQ INRMP requires these lands to be managed within an ecosystem context while providing optimal landscape benefits for realistic military training. Multiple use land management also provides opportunities for the harvest of fish, game, and forest products. The project will support the continuation and improvement of ecosystem management and dispersed outdoor recreation programs.

Description of Anticipated Work:

The cooperator will be responsible for technical and scientific research assistance to the NREA Branch in order to implement the INRMP, to include the tasks described in Section C (Services Requested) of this project and additional tasks contained in Appendix 1 (Option Years and Additional Services) which will be dependent on the availability of funds. These tasks will include the review of monitoring protocols and techniques as well as develop more efficient and effective methods using newer technologies.

Services Requested:

Task 1: Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys

The cooperator will assist with development and execution of threatened and endangered species surveys required to comply with Endangered Species Act (ESA). Currently, the following species are known to occur, or have recently occurred, on MCB Quantico and are federally listed: small

whorled pogonia (Isotria medeoloides), dwarfwedge mussel (Alasmidonta heterodon), harperella (Ptilimnium nodosum), northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), and Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus). Additional species that are federally listed and have the potential to occur on MCB Quantico are sensitive joint vetch (Aeschynomene virginica), rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), and yellow lance (Elliptio lanceolata). The cooperator will follow all species-specific survey guidelines established by US Fish and Wildlife Service. A summary report of all activities and findings will be provided to MCBQ.

Task 2: Habitat Management

The cooperator will assist with development and execution of vegetation management strategies in three major areas described below:

  • 2.a. Wildlife Plantings
    The cooperator will assist with the development of fall and spring wildlife enhancement plantings. The cooperator will test < 75 soil samples per year and assist in planting based on the results of the soil test. A geodatabase will be created and maintained that quantifies the soil amendments, treatments, and effectiveness of the wildlife plantings. A summary report of all activities and findings will be provided to MCBQ.
  • 2.b. Early Successional Habitat Creation
    The cooperator will work with MCBQ to develop and implement treatments to create and enhance early successional habitats. The cooperator will utilize both mechanical and chemical treatments to accomplish multiple habitat management objectives focused on early successional habitat. The cooperator will monitor success of treatments and make recommendations to improve results. A summary report of all activities and findings will be provided to MCBQ.
  • 2.c. Invasive Species Control
    The cooperator will survey MCBQ for invasive species. Areas and target species will be determined by MCBQ based on field surveys. The cooperator will focus on those species considered to be highly invasive and a threat to the ecosystem such as Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), kudzu (Pueraria lobata), and autumn olive (Eleagnus umbellate). The cooperator will research online resources to identify the newest invasive control techniques and protocols, ultimately leading to recommendations for the control of specific invasive species. A detailed geodatabase containing the location of invasive species and treatment approach/ results for each management area will be developed and provided to MCBQ for archiving. A summary report of all activities and findings will be provided to MCBQ.

Task 3: Biological Research

The cooperator will implement and aid in improving established MCBQ research and monitoring protocols for threatened and endangered species, fish, game, and nongame species on a seasonal basis depending upon species behavior and objectives. Methods include, but are not limited to, spotlight counts, spring gobbler surveys, chemical immobilization, autonomous ultra-sonic and audio recorders, animal handling, trapping, aerial surveys, radio-telemetry, and camera trapping. The cooperator shall assist MCB Quantico staff conduct aerial surveys (either directly or with the utilization of an Unmanned Aerial Systems) of bald eagle nests on the installation. The bald eagle survey may require the cooperator to board a Government aircraft contingent on authorization from the unit responsible for operating the aircraft. Data collected under Task 3 will be used to predict and evaluate population increases or declines and develop management recommendations for submission to MCBQ wildlife management personnel.

Task 4: Game Management

  • 4.a. Data Collection and Analysis
    The cooperator will assist with collecting biological information on harvested game at the MCBQ game check station; collection and summary of metrics for measuring hunter use patterns and behavior; and implementation of an archery hunter survey.
    The cooperator shall collect biological data on harvested game, including, but not limited to, weight, antler characteristics, age, and sex. These data will be reported in a Game Harvest report submitted to MCBQ.
    The cooperator will interview/survey hunters on MCBQ and collect and summary metrics for measuring hunter use patterns and behavior. Collected information will be used to develop management recommendations based on the survey results and reported in a Hunter Survey Report.
    Lastly, the cooperator will update and implement an annual archery hunter survey, update a database of current and historical archery survey data, and produce a written report analyzing and summarizing archery hunter survey data collected to date. Analysis of the archery hunter data will include the number of buck and fawn observed, number and type of other wildlife species observed, and duration hunted. This information will be reported in an Archery Hunter Survey report.
  • 4.b. Protocol Evaluation
    The cooperator will evaluate current data collection protocols at the MCBQ game checking station and determine if these techniques are in need of updating. The cooperator will develop and test any new data collection methodologies needed to improve current data collection efforts. Data collected during this process will allow the cooperator to assist in developing effective management strategies, understanding hunter behavior impacts on game populations, and improving recreational opportunities at MCBQ.

Products/Deliverables:

  1. Progress Reports. Cooperator will compose quarterly progress reports summarizing the work accomplished under each task in Section C. Quarterly reports will be sent to MCBQ point of contact and should be an electronic MS Word file, with accompanying data provided in MS Excel or Access.
  2. All spatial data must be collected according to the guidelines outlined in Appendix 2.
  3. Final Report. Shall be provided to the MCBQ point of contact as an electronic MS Word file. All raw data will be produced and submitted in MS-Excel or -Access. Hard copies of spatial coverage data with appropriate metadata will be provided to the MCBQ point of contact. This report shall include the following attachments:
    1. Archery Hunter Survey report
    2. Hunter Survey report
    3. Deer Spotlight Survey report
    4. Habitat Management report
    5. Game Harvest report
    6. Threatened and Endangered Species report
    7. Camera Trapping report

Period of Performance. The period of performance will be 12 months from the date of award. Appendix 1 contains optional years and tasks to extend the agreement beyond base period (to September 2027) and includes scopes of work describing additional services that can be executed under this agreement. The cost of optional years and tasks will be negotiated during the base year award. The award of optional years are the Government’s first priority and will be planned and executed on a yearly basis dependent on the availability of future funds. Award of optional tasks will also be contingent on the availability of funds and could be executed during the base year award or during any of the optional years. It is expected that the cooperator that is awarded the base period can perform all the additional services requested.

Materials Requested for Statement of Interest/Qualifications:

Please provide the following via e-mail attachment to Nicole Smith (nicole.smith6@navy.mil; 757-322-4649).

(Maximum length: 10 pages, single-spaced 12 pt. font).

  1. Name, CESU affiliation and contact information
  2. Statement of credentials/qualifications of key personnel
  3. Project proposal to include timelines, roles and responsibilities of personnel, specific tasks to be conducted, and deliverables. Please be as specific as possible.
  4. Cost estimate of the proposed work for base year, each option year, and additional optional services described in Appendix 1 (Note: labor shall include labor category, hourly labor rate and number of hours; materials shall include an itemized breakdown of material, quantity and unit cost and travel shall include number of persons traveling, estimated airfare or privately owned vehicle mileage, estimated rental car and estimated lodging; Pursuant to the CESU Network Federal Agency Memorandum of Understanding (30 August, 2013), application of the CESU Network system-wide indirect cost rate of 17.5% is expected.)
  5. Narrative of safety practices/procedures.

We are intending to use fiscal year 2022 funds for this project. A detailed study proposal and cost estimate are requested at this time for the base award, four Option Years and ALL additional optional services described in Appendix 1. Review of Statements Received: Proposals will be evaluated based on the four factors listed below and include the credentials of key personnel, scientific approach, reasonableness of the cost and safety plan. Evaluation factors are co-equal to each other.

Factor 1 – Credentials of Key Personnel

Project Manager. This individual must have:

  • a minimum of a Doctorate (PhD) degree in Wildlife Biology or related science disciplines; and
  • a minimum of 4 years of experience in a responsible position providing oversight of, support to, or directly involved conservation and management on military lands; and
  • experience within the last 4 years with and/or oversight responsibility of management activities associated with ecosystem management
  • experience with the surveying state and federally threatened/endangered species, invasive species control, wildlife plantings, and game management
  • has or can obtain permits to conduct surveys for federally and VA state-listed species

Technical Staff. Technical Staff must have:

  • a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a responsible position providing habitat management and biological research activities/surveys.
  • at least one employee onsite who has been certified as a Virginia commercial pesticide applicator.

The Offeror shall include a brief Statement of Qualifications (including):

  1. Biographical Sketch,
  2. Relevant past projects and clients with brief descriptions of these projects,
  3. Staff, faculty or students available to work on this project and their areas of expertise,
  4. Any brief description of capabilities to successfully complete the project you may wish to add (e.g. equipment, laboratory facilities, field facilities, etc.).

Factor 2 – Scientific Approach – The Offeror shall develop a proposal addressing the ecosystem management and scientific research efforts and actions for MCBQ per task and per option. The Offeror shall discuss their proposed approach and techniques to accomplish the objectives. Offeror’s proposals will be evaluated by a team of technical and contracting personnel from NAVFAC Atlantic and MCB Quantico. Proposals will be evaluated based on their soundness of the overall approach to accomplish the anticipated work’s stated objectives.

Factor 3 – Reasonableness of Cost –The Offeror’s proposals shall be analyzed to determine whether it is reasonable with respect to the overall cost or separately priced items, and for fair and reasonable pricing.

Factor 4 – Technical Approach to Safety

The Offeror shall provide a narrative of describing how safety practices/procedures will be implemented to complete the proposed work. Proposals shall be analyzed to determine how the Offeror will implement safety practices/procedures and determine the degree to which innovations are being proposed that may enhance safety on this procurement. The Government is seeking to determine that the Offeror has demonstrated a commitment to safety and that the Offeror plans to properly manage and implement safety procedures for itself.

Government and Cooperator Roles and Responsibilities:

Role of Marine Corps Base, Quantico Personnel:

  1. MCBQ will provide office space and use of government furnished items, to include tools (hand tools such as shovels, rakes, axe, etc.; work gloves and safety glasses; weight scales and measuring tapes for recording data from game species; binoculars, compass, Global Positioning System [GPS]; acoustic recording devices for wildlife; mist nets for capturing birds and bats). Navy Marine Corps Internet Common Access Card (CAC) or Defense Biometric Identification System Card (DBIDS) will be provided to cooperator personnel working under this agreement.
  2. Substantial Government involvement in all tasks listed above is expected. Government involvement will include participation in all field work and data collection for threatened and endangered species surveys; wildlife plantings; invasive species control; biological research and game management. In addition, Government personnel will provide project assistance, technical assistance / oversight and coordinate safety planning for projects and provide a job hazard analysis for installation projects.
  3. When available, allow access to informal conservation-related on the job training opportunities from subject matter experts.
  4. MCBQ will participate in the planning and implementation of each task described in the scope of work. Government will determine which projects are implemented and prioritize them based on mission requirements.
  5. MCBQ will provide GIS data layers necessary to complete deliverables.

Role of the Cooperator:

  1. To initiate a Tier 1 background investigation in accordance with Federal Investigate Standards on all new personnel requiring a Common Access Card (CAC). All personnel will obtain either CAC or a Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card to access the installation.
  2. To furnish all materials, equipment, supplies, labor and services necessary to conduct the aforementioned technical assistance and research except as outlined in paragraph D.1, “Government Furnished Items”.
  3. To equip personnel with a digital camera and computers equipped with Microsoft Office software, ArcGIS software, statistical software, and internet access.
  4. To equip personnel with one pickup truck or other vehicle suitable for off-road transport of personnel and supplies.
  5. To comply with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. It is the cooperators responsibility to conduct all field activities safely and avoids damage property. MCBQ is not responsible for any injuries during the time of this project.
  6. To coordinate each visit to range and training areas with the designated points of contact within the NREA Branch and Range Management Branch.
  7. To have at least one employee onsite who has been certified as a Virginia commercial pesticide applicator from April to September annually.
  8. To obtain all applicable permits and licensing in accordance with local, state, and Federal laws and regulations necessary to perform required surveys.

Please send responses or direct questions to:

Nicole Smith
Contract Specialist
NAVFAC Atlantic
Environmental Contracts Branch
6506 Hampton Boulevard, Bldg. A
Norfolk, Virginia 23508-1728
Email: nicole.smith6@navy.mil
Phone: (757) 322-4649

Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest:

Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest: We request that Statements of Interest be submitted by July 12, 2022, 2:00 PM EST. This Request for Statements of Interest will remain open until that time.

Full RSOI/Appendix 1
Full Statement of Work

Past Project Examples

Project Information:
Project InvestigatorJohn T. Foster, Jr.
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerFlorida A&M University
Project Cost$6,000 
Project LocationTimucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Main ScienceCultural
Project TypeTechnical Assistance
Project Information:
Project InvestigatorManuel Pescador 
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerFlorida A&M University
Project Cost$27,000 
Project LocationCongaree Swamp National Monument
Main ScienceBiological
Project TypeResearch
Project Information:
Project InvestigatorCathleen Webb
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerWestern Kentucky University 
Project Cost$32,950 
Project LocationAbraham Lincoln National Historic Site, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Main ScienceBiological, Physical 
Project TypeResearch
Project Information:
Project InvestigatorSteve Lawson
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerVirginia Tech
Project Cost$67,459 
Project LocationYosemite National Park
Main ScienceSocial
Project TypeResearch
Project Information:
Project InvestigatorPatricia Beaver, Connie Aiken
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerAppalachian State University
Project Cost$3,910 
Project LocationAndrew Johnson National Historic Site
Main ScienceSocial 
Project TypeResearch
Project Information:
Project InvestigatorSarah Sherwood 
Federal PartnerNational Park Service
Non-federal PartnerUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Project Cost$207,600 
Project LocationShiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark
Main ScienceCultural
Project TypeResearch

Project Requests

The Southern Appalachian CESU is a virtual consortium of universities, research associations, and research labs that joined in agreement to provide research, technical assistance, and education to the federal partners in Unit. The federal partners fund the projects; the Unit itself does not fund projects.

How does someone find out about opportunities with the Southern Appalachian CESU?

  • Contact the Unit director at the University of Tennessee.
  • Contact the federal partner representatives for the Unit. The Southern Appalachian Unit’s federal representatives can help by either establishing contacts with a federal unit, facilitating discussion, or relaying research needs.

What if I have a good idea or solution to an agency problem?

A partner can propose a solution, fill a research void, or supply training or technical assistance without waiting on a request for funding. By establishing solid relationships with this Unit’s federal agency partners, a productive researcher is able to initiate change and sell a good idea if it can meet the resource demand of a federal agency.

The key to tapping into agency funding for projects is to become acquainted with the research needs of a federal agency. This cannot be overstated. Collaboration with a federal agency is the key. Before contacting a federal unit with your research idea, be aware that the federal unit will want to know how your idea will address their research needs before they will agree to collaborate with you.

How does a person become involved in a Southern Appalachian CESU?

Partners can get more involved by becoming more visible and actively communicating their interests. Here are some key tips.

  1. Keep a very detailed faculty webpage. It is common for principal investigators to be found by searching a partner website for specific research interests.
  2. Ensure that your research interests, skills, and capabilities are submitted to our expert database.
  3. Contact the federal partner representatives and make them aware of your skills and abilities. Ask to be included on mailing lists of requests for proposals (RFPs) or related CESU information.
  4. Actively communicate interest by contacting agency resource managers, and make them aware of your skills and abilities. Tell the resource manager that your organization is part of the Southern Appalachian CESU.
  5. Networking is crucial! Many projects begin when agency representatives or resource managers recommend someone they know.
  1. Develop a statement of work that contains at minimum the following information:
    • Project title
    • Key officials (federal unit representative and contracting officer and the non-federal partner’s contact information)
    • Simple budget that shows amount not to be exceeded and 17.5% overhead to cooperating non-federal Southern Appalachian CESU partner
    • Tasks to be performed with outcomes and schedules
    • Project start date and end date
    • Statement of substantial involvement, which can be accomplished by:
      • Federal agency and non-federal partner jointly participating in reviewing and/or modifying proposals, data, and/or reports
      • Federal agency and non-federal partner jointly participate in accomplishing the project
      • Considerable federal involvement is anticipated prior to project implementation to insure legal compliance with environmental protection (NEPA) as well as obtaining any necessary permits
      • Extensive collaboration anticipated to incorporate findings or product into federal unit operations
      • Joint participation is anticipated in the development of interpretive messages presented in various interpretive media (videos, waysides, brochures, etc.)
  1. Check with the appropriate federal representative for other agency specific information (see our partner directory). A generic statement of work is available. There are no Unit forms that must be filled out and submitted.
  2. Verify that your project is appropriate for the Southern Appalachian CESU agreement. The federal representative (see our partner directory) can give approval for appropriateness. If the project meets a cultural science, social science, biological science, and/or physical science need, or benefits the non-federal partner, the project is usually appropriate for the CESU agreement. A generic review of appropriateness is available.
  3. Inform your agency’s contracting officer that your will be using the Southern Appalachian CESU agreement for an upcoming project. If you are cooperating with another federal agency, an interagency agreement is required instead of the Southern Appalachian CESU agreement. Agency specific paperwork may be required at this step.
  4. A purchase request must be developed for the project. This process varies across agencies, so consult the federal representative or agency contracting officer for the correct process.
  5. The non-federal partner must also approve the project. For a university, this typically involves submitting the project description developed in #1 above as a proposal through the university’s approval channels. This is typically a grants and research office. The non-federal partner must initiate and follow through with this process. A signed proposal must be sent by the university to your agency contracting officer. Non-university partners have an equivalent approval process that varies by the organization. The partner’s employer should acknowledge and approve participation in the project.
  6. Contracting protocols stipulate that the technical merit of the proposal is verified for appropriate expertise, methodology, and cost. This is done by the federal representative or the agency contracting officer. Some agencies do not require this technical review of the proposal. A generic technical review is available.
  7. Your agency may require additional federal forms with the proposal from the non-federal partner, such as an SF-424. Ask your CESU federal representative or agency contracting officer for the correct forms needed and supply them to your partner.
  8. Your contracting officer then processes a task order or modification to the Southern Appalachian Unit agreement using the purchase request and the signed proposal. The contracting officer awards the partner, obligates the funding, and distributes the task order. A COTR is designated as well.
  9. Once the non-federal partner receives official documentation of the award, the project can begin.

Because the Southern Appalachian Unit was established through a formal competitive process, there is no requirement to use a competitive selection process in finding a principal investigator (PI) for a project.

The Southern Appalachian Unit’s cooperative agreement allows a federal partner to select any non-federal partner(s) from among the non-federal partners.

If you already know the PI, and the PI is agreeable to cooperate, then you can proceed with developing the project. If the PI is unknown, and one needs to be found, then there are three ways to find one:

  1. Search our expert database.
  2. Ask your federal representative (see our federal partner directory) for assistance in finding a PI.
  3. Conduct your own search to find a PI within the Southern Appalachian Unit’s network.

Many federal agencies have joined multiple CESUs, and some have joined all 17 Units. This allows the federal agency to look outside the Southern Appalachian Unit for a PI and still enjoy the benefits of the CESU cooperative agreement. Searching outside the Southern Appalachian Unit requires visiting the CESU websites for their list of partners and expert databases, if present. Contact your Southern Appalachian Unit’s federal representative to help locate an external PI.

If you know or find a PI in an organization that is not a partner in this Unit, you cannot use the CESU cooperative agreement as the contract bridge for the project. The organization may approach this Unit for membership, but realize that acceptance into the Southern Appalachian Unit is not automatic and requires nine months to a year to be formalized.