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Broad Agency Announcement
9/15/2014 12:00 AM

The Air Force Research Laboratory/RQ Wright Research site has announced the availability of $8.75 million for the Aircraft Drag Reduction Program for technologies to reduce the fuel burn of legacy and future fleet aircraft by employing engineered surfaces, materials and coatings.

The Air Force Research Laboratory/RQ Wright Research (AFRL/RQWR) site has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Aircraft Drag Reduction Program for technologies to reduce the fuel burn of legacy and future fleet aircraft by employing engineered surfaces, materials and coatings (ESMC). AFRL/RQWR is also interested in ESMC technologies with potential for commercial applications, which could help reduce the unit cost of the technology.

According to the BAA, successful proposals will demonstrate:

  • aircraft drag reduction technologies, especially turbulent boundary layer skin friction drag reduction;
  • the ability to evaluate the performance (drag reduction) of the technologies, such as tests ranging from laboratory testing of ESMC coupons to wind tunnel testing (small- to large-scale) to flight testing of ESMC technologies;
  • an understanding of maturing and transitioning technologies to aircraft, to include qualification testing of new coatings, materials or surfaces;
  • experience in estimating the cost of transitioning a technology, determining return on investment and estimating the break-even time; experience working with other team members with diverse skill sets and experience;
  • the ability to foster collaboration through the open exchange of information among team members while protecting intellectual property;
  • and possess or know where to find existing information related to testing and qualifying ESMC technologies and have that information available to team members—in particular, the nontraditional technology suppliers.

In FY2014, AFRL said it expects $430,000 to be available; in FY2015, up to $2.25 million; in FY2016, $3.57 million; in FY2017, $1.25 million; and in FY2018, $1.25 million for one award. Eligibility is unrestricted, and AFRL encourages small businesses to apply.

Applications are due by Oct. 27, 2014.

To learn more or to apply, visit http://www.grants.gov and search FON# BAA-RQKPC-2014-0004.

Program Evaluation
9/8/2014 12:00 AM
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has announced $10 million for impact evaluations of programs outside the United States to help increase the collective knowledge base about successful approaches to combating child labor and forced labor.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs has announced $10 million for impact evaluations of programs outside the United States to help increase the collective knowledge base about successful approaches to combating child labor and forced labor.

“By systematically collecting evidence on which interventions work and which don’t, we are taking an important step forward in our efforts to combat child labor and forced labor around the world,” said Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Carol Pier in a statement.

Multiple cooperative agreements will be awarded to successful organizations for randomized control trials to evaluate programs that may directly or indirectly improve the situations of victims of child labor or forced labor, DOL said. Applicants may propose to implement full-impact evaluations, supplement funding for ongoing evaluations or fund additional analysis on completed evaluations. The data collected from the evaluations is expected to inform programs and government policies that seek to reduce child labor and forced labor.

Eligible entities include commercial, international, educational or nonprofit organizations, including faith-based, community-based or public international organizations. DOL said subgrants to academics or academic institutions are encouraged, and study results may be published independently after the cooperative agreement has closed.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Interested parties can find complete information at www.dol.gov/ilab/grants/.

Funding for States
9/2/2014 12:00 AM
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $200 million is currently available for state SNAP agencies to design and conduct employment and training (E&T) pilot projects to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and increase their earnings.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $200 million is currently available for state SNAP agencies to design and conduct employment and training (E&T) pilot projects to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and increase their earnings.

“Many SNAP participants are struggling to find work, and a large percentage already have a job but are getting paid so little that they still need assistance to put food on the table,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “When provided the opportunity to obtain additional skills many SNAP recipients are able to obtain a good job and transition out of the program. The grants announced today will allow us to test innovative approaches to give folks the opportunity to get training, get a good job and build stronger futures for their families.”

Authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill, the grants will fund up to 10 pilot projects to test a variety of methods designed to enhance employability, increase the earnings of SNAP work registrants, and help people transition from the program. USDA said it intends to test a wide array of approaches, including those focused on education and training, rehabilitative services for individuals with barriers to employment, rapid attachment to work and other strategies. The department said it is particularly interested in pilots that target hard-to-serve populations, and test job-driven training strategies that include work-based learning or career pathway approaches or utilize strong public-private partnerships.

USDA said it is looking for states to submit proposals that target populations indicated by the Farm Bill, including individuals with low skills, able-bodied adults without dependents, and recipients who are working in very low-wage or part-time jobs. Grants will be distributed across a range of geographic areas, including rural and urban parts of the country, the department said.

All 53 state agencies currently administering SNAP are eligible to apply (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands).

Applications for projects of up to three years in length are due Nov. 24, 2014. Awards will be announced in February 2015. To learn more or to apply, visit www.grants.gov and search CFDA# 10.596 or go to the FNS website at www.fns.usda.gov/2014-snap-e-t-pilots.

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