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Federal Grants Announcement - $18.6 Million in Grants

June 22, 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 $18,632,830 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 Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy 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: Maternal Stress and the Gut-Brain Axis in African American Infants
Amount: $738,378
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:136506

Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: A Multilevel Analysis of Partner Violence
Amount: $78,747
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:136509

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Targeting beta-catenin to disrupt the T memory stem cell reservoir
Amount: $892,484
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:136536

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: National Ebola Training and Education Center
Amount: $4,242,396
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:137403

Grant Recipient: Morehouse School of Medicine
Grant Project Title: Discovering novel biomarkers predictive of Tubal infertility caused by Chlamydia
Amount: $141,500
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:136537

Grant Recipient: Morehouse School of Medicine
Grant Project Title: Replicating Evidence Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B)
Amount: $1,249,999
Additional Details: https://hhsgrants.econsys.com/apex/f?p=103:210:0::NO:210:P210_GRANT_ID:137229

 

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: I-Corps: Knowledge Access for Design Ideation in Bioinspired Invention
Amount: $50,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1546967

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Collaborative Research: SI2-SSI: Removing Bottlenecks in High Performance Computational Science
Amount: $600,000
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1449723  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Applications of Harmonic Analysis to Function Theory and Operator Theory
Amount: $180,001
Additional Details:   https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1500509

Grant Recipient: Pointivo, Inc.
Grant Project Title: SBIR Phase I: Automatic Generation of As-Built BIM Models Using a Single Video Camera
Amount: $150,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1519971

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: SHF: Small: New Frontiers in Constraint-Based Program Analysis
Amount: $450,000
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1526270  

Grant Recipient: AdeptDC co.
Grant Project Title: SBIR Phase I: Real-time Software-based Cooling Optimization for Data Centers
Amount: $150,000
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1520096  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Exposing and Mitigating Cross-Channel Attacks that Exploit the Convergence of Telephony and the Internet
Amount: $900,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1514035

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: P2C2: Signatures of the Toba Super-eruption in Borneo Stalagmites
Amount: $434,467
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1502830

Grant Recipient: Emory University
Grant Project Title: Engineering the regioselectivity of Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases
Amount: $405,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1506405

Grant Recipient: Sanguina, LLC
Grant Project Title: STTR Phase I: Development of a novel patient-operated, color-based, disposable diagnostic self-test for anemia
Amount: $225,000
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1521263

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: UNS: Strained Turbulence and Mixing in Flows of a conducting fluid in a magnetic field
Amount: $300,383
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1510749  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: UNS: Engineered Protein-Inorganic Self-Assembly to Control Enzyme Performance and Recovery
Amount: $300,404
Additional Details: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1510551

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Biological Physics of DNA Bending
Amount: $437,923
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1517507  

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Grant Project Title: Conference Grant: Student Travel Awards for IEEE RFID-TA 2015, Tokyo, 16-18 September 2015
Amount: $6,750
Additional Details:  https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1545862

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

Department of Transportation (DOT)
Grant Recipient: Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
Grant Project Title: FY 2015 Section 405(f) Motorcyclist Safety Grants
Amount: $20,407
Additional Details:
Section 405(f) of MAP-21 authorized $681,863 to support Motorcyclist Safety through grant funding in FY15
The Section 405(f) Motorcyclist Safety grants will provide the States $681,863.06 in FY 2015 to support Motorcyclist Safety programs based on identified problems.

Grant Recipient: Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
Grant Project Title: FY 2015 Section 405(c) State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants
Amount: $180,500.46
Additional Details:
Section 405(c) of MAP-21 authorized $6,592,342 to support State Traffic Safety Information Systems through grant funding in FY15.
The Section 405(c) State Traffic Safety Information Systems grants will provide the States $6,591,342 in FY 2015 to support State Traffic Safety Information Systems.

Grant Recipient: Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
Grant Project Title: FY 2015 Section 405(b) Occupant Protection Grants
Amount: $207,364.38
Additional Details:
Section 405(b) of MAP-21 authorized $7,273,205 to support Occupant Protection through grant funding in FY15
The Section 405(b) Occupant Protection grants will provide the States $7,273,205 in FY 2015 to support Occupant Protection programs based on identified problems.

Grant Recipient: Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
Grant Project Title: FY 2015 Section 405(d) Impaired Driving Countermeasures
Amount: $647,656.11
Additional Details:
Section 405(d) of MAP-21 authorized $23,781,644 to support Impaired Driving Countermeasures through grant funding in FY15
The Section 405(d) Impaired Driving Countermeasures grants will provide the States $23,781,644 in FY 2015 to support Impaired Driving Countermeasures based on identified problems.

Grant Recipient: Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
Grant Project Title: FY 2015 Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety Grants
Amount: $1,111,807
Additional Details:
Section 402 of MAP-21 authorized $38,834,438 to support state highway safety programs through formula grants each year.
The Section 402 formula grants will provide the States $38,834,438 in FY 2015 to support highway safety programs based on identified problems.

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to Carmen Hayes at the DOT Regional Office at (404) 562-3766.

Department of Labor (DOL)
Grant Recipient: Georgia workforce agency
Grant Project Title: Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments program
Amount: $1,242,663
Additional Details:
The Unemployment Insurance program is designed to provide temporary assistance to eligible claimants during a period of jobless while they look for new employment. To help expedite their re-employment, the U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $80 million to 47 state workforce agencies, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, to provide re-employment and eligibility assessments as well as implement the new Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments program. 
The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in American Job Centers.  The assessments include the development of an individual re-employment plan for each claimant, access to labor market information that is appropriate to the claimant’s location, job skills and employment prospects, a complete review of the claimant’s eligibility for UI benefits, and referrals to re-employment services or training provided by the American Job Center. This is the eleventh year that the Labor Department has awarded grants through this initiative.
Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to Lauren Carter at Carter.Lauren.A@dol.gov.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Grant Recipient: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Grant Project Title: Georgia Coastal Management Program Cycle 18
Amount: $2,289,000
Additional Details:
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awards a grant to the National Ocean Service (NOS) for the Georgia Coastal Management Program Cycle 18. NOAA is providing ongoing funding through the National Coastal Zone Management Program to the State of Georgia to help administer the state’s federally approved coastal management program. The National Coastal Zone Management Program, under the Coastal Zone Management Act, is an important voluntary federal-state partnership that protects, restores, and responsibly develops our nation’s coastal communities and resources by balancing economic development, coastal uses, and natural resource protection. NOAA’s investment of $2,289,000 is leveraging $1,996,000 in state, local, and private funds. These funds will support jobs and provide continued assistance to the Georgia coastal management program to address many important coastal issues in the state including coastal hazards, public access, land conservation, water quality, and coastal community development. For example, one project will improve disaster resiliency in the eleven-county coastal region of Georgia by identifying priority communities, developing a Community Rating System (CRS) public information toolkit and conducting outreach and training. The funding also will support two of the most at-risk communities for flooding, where property owners are among the most economically disadvantaged in the region, allowing the county and city to complete all the necessary steps to become a full participant in the CRS program. The award also supports ongoing coastal policy, planning, permitting, enforcement, water quality monitoring, technical assistance, and communication and outreach programs and activities. The funds also support the final year of a multi-year initiative working with local communities on post-disaster redevelopment planning, specifically targeting communities for one-on-one technical assistance to identify and implement disaster resilience projects.

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

Dept. of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Grant Recipient: Georgia Institute of Technology
Grant Project Title: High Efficiency Generator Based on Sodium Thermo-Electro-Chemical Conversion
Amount: $1,000,000
Additional Details:
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology will lead a team in developing a modular CHP system using a reverse flow-type combustor to generate heat, and a thermo-electro-chemical converter to convert the heat to electricity. One of the team’s key innovations is to use a two-stage heat exchanger that allows for improved heat utilization. In addition, this design results in more efficient energy conversion at lower temperatures and increases the lifetime of the system components.

Any questions regarding this notification should be addressed to Peder Maarbjerg at the DOE Office of External Coordination at (202) 287-6155.
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