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Request for Applications
Lake Erie Coordinated Science and Monitoring

Great Lakes National Program Office
Lake Erie Coordinated Science and Monitoring Request for Applications

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Answers to questions we have received

Q.1.  How many applications do you expect to receive in response to this program?
A.1. We can only guess as to the number of applications, but would not expect more than 3 or 4 per topic.

Q.2.  I understand that leveraged funds will be considered in the review process, how much of a percentage is considered a substantial amount? Is there a preference for cash or in-kind contributions?
A.2.  There is no target for the match and there's no preference between cash and in-kind.

Q.3. I am working with a consortium of universities and principal investigators.  We would like to submit a group of proposals which would collectively address all of the topic areas.  The proposals would each stand alone, but may have linkages with each other.  We intend there to be a synergy, such that the combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts.  Is that permitted?
A.3. Yes, so long as the respective proposals are submitted individually for the applicable topics of the Request for Applications.  The Request for Applications states that: “Applicants may submit one or more proposals for any or all of the topics below; however, each proposal should be submitted separately.”  Such collaboration is also encouraged pursuant to criterion F in Section V.

Q.4. Can you tell me if measurements of phosphorus in tile drains would also qualify for "runoff" or is the request only interested in surface runoff?
A.4. We are considering tile drainage phosphorus measurements to be included as runoff.

Q.5. Can you tell me if manure is considered fertilizer or is the request only interested in inorganic soil amendments?
A.5. We are considering manure to be included as a nutrient amendment/fertilizer.

Q.6. Based on the wordings like “… tributary waters entering Lake Erie, …” and “each such component must follow the rivers to the lake”, Section I.C. seems to request applications for the river/lake interaction areas. But the example given was dealing with LE tributaries (above the interface area). Could you please clarify this RFP?
A.6. The focus of this Request for Applications is to determine the current relative importance of soluble and particulate phosphorus from tributaries to the bioavailability of phosphorus in Lake Erie.

Q.7. Where can I find the historical information for Section I.C.?
A.7. See the cited article (DePinto, J.V., Young, T.C., Martin. S.C. 1981. Algal-Availability of Phosphorus in Suspended Sediments from Lower Great Lakes Tributaries. J. Great Lakes Res. 7(3):311-325) to find the available historical information on this subject.

Q.8. We have an approved QA Plan from Region 5. Instead of re-doing a 250 page QA Plan for this project, can we organize the submittal so that we describe those parts which are unique to this proposal and reference the
existing QA Plan for those parts which are generic?
A.8. That would be acceptable, so long as it is clear how each required QA element is met by your proposal, you clearly reference the applicable section of the approved QA Plan, and you submit a copy of the approved QA Plan with your proposal.


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