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Marine Sanctuary Program - #11.429

Cooperative agreements are entered into for the purpose of conducting research and educational programs; for the solicitation of private donations for the support of such activities in the Marine sanctuary system; to conduct enforcement activities at Marine sanctuary sites; and for other activities to carry out the purposes of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Scholarships are provided for masters and doctorate level studies particularly by women and minorities who are pursuing degrees in Marine Biology, Maritime Archaeology and Oceanography.

Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions and A-122 for nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

A set of ranking criteria was developed to establish the priority of proposed efforts funded through the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The criteria include: (1) importance of the information or transaction for sanctuary management decisions; (2) date of the available information or accomplishment for which funds are expended; (3) status of information or accomplishment; and 4) generic applicability of information or techniques receivable from effort. Criteria for scholarships include financial need, academic record, recommendations, organizational, analytical, and written communications skills based on the statement of intent, and research and career goals and objectives as described in the statement of intent. Criteria for Monterey Bay Watershed Education and Training Program competitive awards include: (1) Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposal to the program goals; (2) Technical Merit; (3) Overall qualifications for applicants; (4) Project costs, and (5) Financial need of student.

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