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7/14/2014 12:00 AM

Over $36 million is now available through the U.S. Department of Transportation for FY2014 federal grant applications to improve or expand intercity passenger rail grades, positive train control implementation and passenger rail corridor investment plans.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration is seeking FY2014 grant applications for intercity passenger rail grade crossing improvements, positive train control implementation and passenger rail corridor investment plans.

At least $36.3 million is now available for projects involving upgrades in railroad safety, technology, high-speed rail corridor planning, and intercity passenger rail connections. DOT said it expects to make up to 20 awards of up to $3 million each. A cost-share is required.

Eligibility will differ depending on the type of project and funding sought under the solicitation, the department said, however, eligible applicants may include states, local governments, railroad suppliers, and passenger and freight railroad carriers.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2014. To learn more or to apply, visit and search FON FR-RLD-14-001.

Affordable Care Act Funding Opportunities
7/8/2014 12:00 AM

One hundred million dollars in Affordable Care Act funding is now available through the Health Resources and Services Administratiion to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced the availability of $100 million from the Affordable Care Act to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015. The new sites will increase access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality primary health care services in the communities that need it most, HRSA said.

“In communities across the country, Americans turn to their local community health center for vital health care services that help them lead healthy, productive lives,” said Secretary Burwell in a statement. “That’s why it’s so important that the Affordable Care Act is supporting the expansion of health centers.”

Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin, HHS  said. The new funding will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last three years alone as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Health centers also play a critical role in helping the public learn about new coverage opportunities under the Affordable Care Act by conducting outreach and enrollment activities that link individuals to affordable coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace, the administration said.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit

Award Announcements
6/30/2014 12:00 AM

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced $11.25 million in funding to 15 colleges and universities through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced $11.25 million in funding through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

NASA uses the program as a pathway to partnerships with government, higher education and industry to further improvements in a jurisdiction’s research infrastructure, research and development capacity and competitiveness.

Awards valued at $750,000 each were distributed to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency’s missions, NASA said.

Each of the following educational institutions received an award:

  • College of Charleston
  • Maine Space Grant Consortium
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • New Mexico State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • University of Idaho, Moscow
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri, Rolla
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • University of Vermont, Burlington

To learn more about EPSCoR or to view an abstract from each of the 2014 awardees, visit


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