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Federal Grants Announcement - $17.3 Million in Grants

August 5, 2015
Federal Grant Announcements

Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants.  This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications.  This announcement details about $17,372,912 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
What is the funding process for federal grants?
There are two basic ways the federal government awards funds, through mandatory funding or discretionary funding.  Members of Congress vote on “authorizing” legislation that funds the mandatory commitments of the federal government for programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and SNAP.  Also every year, levels of discretionary funding are determined during the Congressional appropriations process.  Rep. Lewis and all other members of Congress work to ensure that federal programs which provide key services within their districts are funded at levels requested by local government authorities and constituents they represent.   
The federal grants announced by this release fall mainly in the discretionary category.  The money appropriated by Congress is sent to the federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which then disburse it directly to the states and local governmentsSometimes federal agencies issue requests for proposals which place states, cities, and local organizations in competition with others around the country for the opportunity to gain federal support for a local project.  This is where the efficacy of city and state organizations are tested to determine whether they can compete effectively to receive those funds. Rep. Lewis often meets with and advises city, state or local agencies to help them strategize effective methods of engaging the federal agencies throughout the grant process.
Pell Grants, Byrne Justice Assistance, veterans’ services, LIHEAP home heating support, early education, COPS, YouthBuild, Jobs Corps, the CDC, minority health programs, TIGER, critical disease research initiatives, tenant and fair housing assistance all stem from Congressional discretionary funding.  Recent successful discretionary grant efforts from the 5th Congressional District of Georgia include the Atlanta Streetcar, the Multimodal Passenger Terminal, the Atlanta BeltLine, and the UTC.  Through his District Office, Rep. Lewis offers grants assistance and workshops to explain the federal grants process.  Please call 404-659-0116 if you are interested in participating in one of these workshops
Following is the list of the most recently granted federal funds to the 5th Congressional District. If you are seeking more information about any one of these federal grants, please consult the granting information for more details on their selection process. Grants over $500,000 are highlighted.
This is to inform you that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Transportation will be announcing the following grant award(s) to recipient(s) within your Congressional district and state

Grant Notifications

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Defining the role of FUS phosphorylation in neurodegeneration
Amount: $317,626
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139182
Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: Metabolic rewiring by oncogenic BRAF V600E links ketogenesis pathway to BRAF-MEK1 signaling
Amount: $387,250
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139218

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Emory Neuroscience NINDS Core Facilities (ENNCF)
Amount: $624,000
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139295

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers
Amount: $1,005,000
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139389

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions for Key Populations in the Republic of Rwanda under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Amount: $970,000
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139475

Grant Recipient: GA Department of Community Health
Grant Project Title: Advancing Georgia's CB-LTSS Care through Improved Electronic Information Exchange and Quality Feedback
Amount: $1,467,043
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139502

Grant Recipient: Georgia Institute of Technology
Grant Project Title: Mechanistic understanding of age-dependent genetic architecture
Amount: $293,425
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139528

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Infant Aphakia Treatment Study-Chairman's Grant
Amount: $245,660
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139607

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Coordinating Center for Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS)
Amount: $257,787
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139475

Grant Recipient: GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Grant Project Title: Quantitative microscopy-based rapid phenotyping and screening
Amount: $307,094
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:139723

 

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to the HHS Press office at (202) 690-6343.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Control of Heritable Protein Aggregation
Amount: $603,447
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1516872  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Collaborative Research: An Audio-Based Spatiotemporal System for Automated Monitoring of Construction Operations
Amount: $208,909 Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1537261  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Comp Cog: Collaborative Research on the Development of Visual Object Recognition Amount: $313,582
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1524565  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Workshop: Learning, Perception and Control in Robotics and Humans Amount: $88,211
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1542265

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Workshop: Research Challenges in Modeling & Simulation for Engineering Complex Systems; Arlington, Virginia; December 2015
Amount: $46,000
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1549609  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: AF: Small: Markov Chain Algorithms for Problems from Computer Science and Statistical Physics
Amount: $400,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1526900

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Collaborative Proposal: Resource Allocation with Learning in Dynamic and Partially Observable Networks
Amount: $188,805 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1538860

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: Impact of selection pressure for social behavior on canid brain evolution Amount: $532,390
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1457291

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: EAGER: Integration of Conducting Polymers With Living Cells
Amount: $60,061 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1451903

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: A Survey of Pulsars in Very-High-Energy Gamma Rays with VERITAS
Amount: $405,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1505228  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Innovative Weak Galerkin Finite Element Methods with Application in Fluorescence Tomography
Amount: $98,621
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1522586  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: A Prognostic Modeling Methodology for Multistream Degradation-based Signals Amount: $319,947
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1536555  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Queueing Systems with Server Synchronization
Amount: $350,000 Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1536990  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Workshop on Remote Access Cyber-Physical Testbeds, Arlington, VA, November 12-13, 2015
Amount: $70,001 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1547076

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: GOALI: Assessment of Solder Joint Quality in Microchip Packages Used in Printed Circuit Boards by means of Laser Generated Sound Waves
Amount: $300,002 Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1536342  

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: Collaborative Research: Investigating jamming in iceberg-choked fjords with field observations, laboratory experiments, and numerical models
Amount: $256,355 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1506446

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: EAGER: Collaborative Research: Leveraging Graph Databases for Incremental and Scalable Symbolic Analysis and Verification of Web Applications
Amount: $100,000 Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1548856  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Spatially Patterned Nano/Microparticles to Traverse Biological Barriers
Amount: $385,037 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1507238

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: CIF: Small: Geometric, Variational Algorithms for Radiometric-Based Shape Reconstruction
Amount: $500,000 Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1526848  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation Grant Project Title: Problem-based Learning Modules for Systems Biology
Amount: $499,990 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1517588

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: INSPIRE Proposal: Spatiotemporal structure of the rs-fMRI signal reflects contributions from different types of brain activity
Amount: $1,000,000 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1533260

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: MRI: Acquisition of a 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Chemistry
Amount: $629,930 Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1531620

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at (703) 292-8070.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: From the Vantage of the Victory: The Performative Heart of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace Amount: $290,500

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: Enhancing and Sustaining www.slavevoyages.org
Amount: $324,992

Grant Recipient: Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. Grant Project Title: Courting Liberty: Slavery and Equality Under the Constitution
Amount: $132,588

Grant Recipient: Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. Grant Project Title: The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History
Amount: $180,000

Grant Recipient: Emory University Grant Project Title: Communism and American Life
Amount: $118,571
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to the NEA Media Relations Team at 202-822-7823

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Grant Recipient: Emory University, Holly Sommers Grant Project Title: Assessing the Viability of a Commercial Lionfish Fishery in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Amount: $314,437 Additional Details:
Assessing the Viability of a Commercial Lionfish Fishery in the U.S. Virgin Islands Researchers will conduct outreach and marketing to assess the viability of developing a commercial lionfish fishery in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to NOAA’s Headquarters at (202) 482-6090.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Grant Recipient: N/A -- Funds retained by FRA Grant Project Title: FY14 FRA-Led Multi-State Rail Planning Amount: $2,780,651 Additional Details:
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is utilizing authority provided under Section 192 of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-76) to retain $2,780,651 in funding made available to the agency to facilitate multi-state rail planning. Due to the complexities in coordinating among multiple states and other stakeholders, FRA is retaining these funds and leading the planning effort at the Federal level, rather than awarding funds to entities through a grant or cooperative agreement. In October 2014, FRA solicited statements of interest from states for participating in this FRA-led multi-state planning process. FRA is using these funds to engage stakeholders in both the Southeast and Midwest regions in forming more comprehensive regional governance organizations to sustain current planning work and develop a long-term passenger rail vision for their respective regions. Funding will also be utilized to enhance FRA’s passenger rail network planning tool with updated cost and trip table data, as well as new mapping and benefit-cost analysis features. These efforts will build off of the pilot Southwest Passenger Rail Study that was funded under similar authority in FY 2010 and released in October 2014.

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to DOT Office of Public Affairs 202-366-0660.