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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 5-9 June 2006

AGRICULTURE

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program--Revisions to Administrative Provisions

AGENCY: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.

SUMMARY: The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) proposes to update and make technical corrections to the administrative provisions for the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP). In addition, CSREES proposes substantive revisions to 7 CFR 3411.3(d), the "Eligibility requirements'' for NRICGP Postdoctoral Fellowships, New Investigator Awards, and Strengthening Awards, and to 7 CFR 3411.4(c)(8), Agency instructions to applicants preparing project budgets for NRICGP conference grants and postdoctoral fellowships. CSREES anticipates the proposed changes to the eligibility requirements would increase the impact of the Agricultural Research Enhancement Awards, while the proposed changes to the budget instructions would facilitate additional conference and postdoctoral fellowship awards.

DATES: The Agency must receive comments on or before August 7, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Erin Daly; United States Department of Agriculture; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, STOP 2299, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-2299. Comments may also be sent via electronic mail to .

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gail McLean at (202) 401-6060 or via electronic mail at .

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/E6-8704.htm

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request - New Project Data Form

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

SUMMARY: The New Project Data Form is a component of all grant proposals submitted to NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education. This form collects information needed to direct proposals to appropriate reviewers and to report the estimated collective impact of proposed projects on institutions, students, and faculty members. Requested information includes the discipline of the proposed project, collaborating organizations involved in the project, the academic level on which the project focuses (e.g., lower-level undergraduate courses, upper-level undergraduate courses), characteristics of the organization submitting the proposal, special audiences (if any) that the project would target (e.g., women, minorities, persons with disabilities), strategic foci (if any) of the project (e.g., research on teaching and learning, international activities, integration of research and education), and the number of students and faculty at different educational levels who would benefit from the project.

Respondents: Investigators who submit proposals to NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 2,500. Burden on the Public: 20 minutes (per response) for an annual total of 833 hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Hines at (703) 292-4414 or send email to . Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-5103.htm

Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment (13853)--Notice of Meeting

Date and Time: June 22, 2006, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 375. If you are attending the meeting and need access to the NSF building, please contact Joyce Grainger ) for a visitor's badge.

Contact: Joyce Grainger, BFA/BD, National Science Foundation, Room 407, Arlington, Virginia. Telephone: 703-292-4481.

Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director regarding the Foundation's performance as it relates to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

Agenda: Topics include retrospective accomplishments of NSF awards as they relate to performance indicators associated with the National Science Foundation's Ideas, Tools, People and Organizational Excellence (I, T, P, OE) strategic outcome goals; the quality and relevance of NSF award portfolios; and issues involving future AC/GPA performance assessment activity.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-5115.htm

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