Updated 7/9: (See questions and answers below)
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC for an 18-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2013. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve convening a working group with the purpose of identifying key areas of gender-informed knowledge specific to women that will both inform a future research agenda and define a project that would further incorporate these keys areas into NIC initiatives and provide further guidance for policymakers and practitioners in their management of this population. The audience for this project is quite broad, representing all aspects of corrections (jails, prisons, and community corrections), the research and academic community, other Federal agencies, state and local entities and other related stakeholders that have an interest in this population. The deliverables from this solicitation will be based on research and theory and are meant to provide a medium to inform NIC initiatives as well as more generally the corrections field, with the goal of improved system and individual outcomes. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division.
DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) has been merged to the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov. Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.
Questions and Answers:
Question: Do/would I have to have permission and letters of support of all those that are on the work team, does that come later, or does just the PI need to provide a list of people/information as to whom they might think would be the best person to serve in the workgroup? …..experts are identified throughout the meetings which would mean that no information is necessary...but I could be misinterpreting that.
Answer: The project team members (p 8) are those individuals that are part of the team from the organization/agency/entity that will be responding to this solicitation. If it is a single individual and not a group, then that would be the project team member. The subject matter experts (p 6) would be those individuals who will come together and represent the topic areas in the planning session. It could very well be that project team member(s) could also be considered subject matter experts. For submission of the proposal - you need only provide information on the project team members.
Question: Is the focus solely on adults or would there be interest in research and practice with girls?
Answer: Focus is specific to adult women.
Question: The announcement states the project should begin no later than September 15, 2013, but what is the earliest date the project can be started?
Answer: Given the closing date of July 9, 2013, the full review and award process – on or about September 1, 2013.
Question: For budgetary purposes what is the current daily TA (technical assistance) rate for NIC consultants?
Answer: The current daily rate for consultants delivering Technical Assistance is $400/day.
Question: Can the NIC Academy (National Correctional Academy located in Aurora, Colorado) be used for conferences and webinars if that was cost effective?
Answer: NIC will assist awardee in using the NIC Academy for conferences, if that is convenient geographically/financially for the awardee. Awardee will be supported by NIC for required webinar use.
Question: If we need assistance in constructing a webinar series can we indicate that we will ask for assistance from the training academy?
Answer: Yes, NIC will provide instruction in planning for and delivering a webinar using the NIC technology.
Question: Solicitation indicates the audience for project deliverables is broad. In addition to NIC’s traditional correctional constituents, is there a particular interest informing Federal Interagency work such as the DOJ hosted Federal Reentry effort as well?
Answer: Yes. In addition to traditional correctional constituency, NIC would also have an interest in contributing to other Federal initiatives, particularly in work that would impact justice-involved women.
Question: The first deliverable listed on page 6 is "an annotated bibliography highlighting the emerging research applicable to the management of justice-involved women." There also is reference to preparation of a "record of the meeting," the on-site meeting of researcher and practitioner experts. However, there is no specific request in the solicitation for a summary of the emerging research that might update the earlier Consensus Project document. Is it accurate to conclude that the annotated bibliography is the desired product and not a summary of the emerging research or preparation of a future research agenda?
Answer: An annotated bibliography is one of the deliverables and would include the citation information specific to the article/document/publication noted as well as a brief explanation or summary. The development of a future research agenda is not one of the deliverables, rather information that could inform or contribute to the development of such a project down the road.
Question: As far as I can tell the application only requires a budget broken out by a budget category, ie. Personnel, fringe, travel, etc. Do you need us to provide any more detail than that?
Answer: The mandatory budget requirements are noted in the Grant Application Package on grants.gov Use that as the guide. If there are further detailed questions about Federal financial forms, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. He manages the financial aspects of NIC’s cooperative agreements. In addition to the required budget forms, proposal reviewers will be looking at items noted in the solicitation..does the budget submitted in your proposal supports proposed activities to carry out objectives of the solicitation.
Question: Is NIC expanding its scope to research endeavors or does NIC envision wanting to influence funding priorities for other agencies that do sponsor criminal justice research or program evaluation?
Answer: NIC is not expanding their scope around research with regard to this project, but would like to offer information that could inform a future research agenda.
Question: Does the award include the technical costs of the webinar recording?
Answer: NIC utilizes web-ex technology and the awardee will be able to use the NIC platform in both delivery of a webinar with content resulting from this cooperative agreement as well as communicating with project partners and NIC without additional cost.
Question: Being a collaboration, will NIC assist with other cost factors (i.e., print production, IT, etc.)?
Answer: We can assist in limited print production and assist with some IT capacity (ex: webinars).
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