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Cooperative Agreements

These Guidelines “are meant to serve as a guide to assist recipients of awards from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in fulfilling their responsibilities for the management of cooperative agreements” (p.iv). This publication includes the following sections: introduction; financial and performance reports; general cooperative agreement administration; allowability of costs; accounting systems and financial records; and “Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication.”

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NIC FY 2021 NIC Corrections History Preservation and Presentation

Eligibility

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.

NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 23, 2021.

Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered.

For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D: Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Donna Ledbetter, Technical Writer/Editor, National Institute of Corrections at dledbetter@bop.gov. Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to support@grants.gov. Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Applicants who experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/General@bop.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Grants.gov Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section.

   

Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement: 21AD03 Release date: July 7, 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This cooperative agreement will provide training and related assistance to Indian Country Jails in key areas of jail management. 

NIC FY 2021 Indian Country Jails-Training and Related Assistance

Eligibility

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations),  for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.

NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information. 

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 23, 2021.

Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered.
For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Michael Jackson Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections mpjackson@bop.gov Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to support@grants.gov. Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Applicants who experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/General@bop.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Grants.gov Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section.

Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement: 21JD13 Release date: July 7, 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 Leadership Initiative. Work completed under this cooperative agreement will result in the conversion of curriculum from Instructor Led Training (ILT) to Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), and the development of a virtual train the trainer curriculum for NIC’s Academy Division. This course will be used to build competency and capacity in the field of corrections in leadership development.

Goals

The goal of this project is to convert The Leadership Development for Supervisors face to face curriculum into a virtual training program and design/build The Leadership Development for Supervisors Training for Trainers using a research-based learning design framework in order to improve the effectiveness of the learning delivery as well as to create consistency in the layout and design of course materials.

Objectives

  1. Participate in a kick-off project team meeting using NIC’s virtual instructor led platform, and clarifying the deliverables, work products, and time frames for this project.
  2. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader for each of the identified curricula to gain understanding of the history, purpose, and objectives of each course to be audited.
  3. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the instructional materials for the courses, comparing each to a list of research-based standards and practices for adult learning design: specifically, the NIC Course Design Audit Checklist.
  4. Identify items of non-compliance from each audit and formulate recommendations for revision of the design, format, and layout of instructional materials for all courses.
  5. Consult with the Academy initiative team leader on the recommended revisions and draft a revision plan for work to be completed on each course.
  6. Complete all work identified in the revision plan for each course and submit draft course materials to the Academy team leader for review and approval.
  7. Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft of course materials for the two courses.

Deliverables

  1. Design Audits
    1. Completed Course Design Audit Checklists with auditor notes for each of the courses.
    2. Design and addition of highlighted areas in the face to face (ILT) curriculum in preparation for conversion to virtual (VILT) curriculum.
  2. Course Conversion:
    1. Conversion plans should identify work to be done in the design, format, and layout for the curriculum package.
    2. A first draft of the course materials package that includes the following materials at a minimum:
      1. Course overview and sample delivery agenda and formats.
      2. Course evaluation plan.
      3. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course).
      4. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide.
  3. Final Draft to include at a minium:
    1. Course overview and sample delivery agenda and formats.
    2. Course evaluation plan.
    3. Module overview(s) (if modules are a component of the course).
    4. Lesson plan(s) including all presentation visuals (PPT slides), participant learning materials/guide, and facilitator guide.
  4. Project Narrative which should include a comprehensive project summary report that includes a narrative description of the project including background, purpose, objectives, and results.

Questions and Answers

Following are the responses to questions received as of 7/28/2021 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Since the design of the initial Instructor-Led program(ILT), which competencies have the highest Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) learning gaps?
Answer: Not all competencies from the supervisor level profile from our competency model are addressed in the existing package, as some will be specific to a correctional agency's jurisdiction, such as a state or local corrections agency(criminal justice system). We believe that the existing package is solid. The focus of this Cooperative Agreement is the conversion of the existing package from instructor led training (ILT) to virtual instructor led training (VILT), and the development of a virtual Train the Trainer framework.

Question 2: Additionally, what is the target audience for the VILT?
Answer: First line supervisors in all state and local corrections settings across the United States.

Question 3: Are there additional positions and/or roles that have been added and/or omitted since the inception of the training?
Answer: No.

Question 4: I would like to review the Facilitator and Participant Guide of the current ILT, please email a copy of both the Facilitator and Participant guides.
Answer: Contact: llemaster@bop.gov

Question 5: Resource makes reference to sources that "all project team members should familiarize themselves," where can I gain access to these resources, i.e.,
Evidence-based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals, ATSD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, etc.
Answer: These resources are books that are available for purchase via Amazon and other providers.

 


Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 9, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2021. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to update the curriculum for the course, Management Development for Women and Minorities in Corrections.

Goals
This cooperative agreement aims to update the management development curriculum entitled: Management Development for Women and Minorities in Corrections. The updated curriculum will provide women and minorities the opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills vital to their development as effective managers and leaders in corrections.

Objectives
1. Assist participants in identifying challenges they face as women and minorities in corrections.
2. Assist participants in identifying their strengths and developing strategies for skill enhancement.
3. Describe the formal and informal rules and systems at work in the corrections environment and identify strategies needed to function effectively within this environment.
4. Assist participants with exploring different managerial and leadership styles, skills, and techniques and help them select the style(s) most appropriate for them.
5. Assist participants to analyze their agency, facility/unit, and immediate supervisor’s mission(s) and determine actions they can take to assist in mission accomplishment.
6. Assist participants with effective oral and written communication.
7. Assist participants with effective problem solving skills in simulated work situations.
8. Review the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the Stages of Life.
9. Explore conflict resolution, group dynamics, career anchors, ethics, and problem solving.
10. Assist participants to formulate a personal career development plan which will enhance their correctional management potential.
11. Show participant how to document work-related thoughts, successes, and challenges.
12. Review the experiences and words of wisdom from correctional administrators.

Deliverables
1. Participate in an initial meeting with the NIC project manager to discuss the Cooperative Agreement, scope, and all aspects of the work within 15 working days of the award. It is preferred that the meeting be in person at the National Institute of Corrections Washington, DC office, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the meeting be conducted on a virtual platform.
2. In June 2021, attend a two-day planning meeting at the National Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO) or other DOJ approved training site with a minimum of four instructors selected in partnership with NIC. The instructor fees (daily fees and travel costs) will be covered by the awardee. (It is preferred that the meeting be in person, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the meeting be conducted on a virtual platform).
3. Provide a draft facilitator and participant manual that includes presentation slides for each training module. The manuals are due no later than September 24, 2021.
4. Within ten days of receipt of the manuals, the awardee will participate in a virtual meeting with NIC project manager for a project update.
5. During the project update virtual meeting, the awardee must demonstrate how the training will appear on a virtual platform.
6. A training at the National Corrections Academy, scheduled for November 2021, will be considered the pilot of the updated curriculum. Final revision to the curriculum will be made based on observations by the curriculum developer, NIC project manager as well as instructors and participant feedback. (It is preferred that the training be in person, however, COVID-19 protocols may dictate that the training be conducted on a virtual platform).
a. NIC will host and conduct the training.
b. The curriculum developer will be present.
c. Program participants will be selected by the NIC project manager; and
d. The four program instructors, identified in #2 above, will be compensated by the awardee (daily fees and travel costs).
7. Within ten business days of the November 2021 training, the awardee will participate in a virtual meeting with the NIC project manager for a project update.
8. Provide a second draft of the facilitator and participant manuals that includes presentation slides for each training module. These manuals are due no later than January 28, 2022.
9. The NIC project manager will provide feedback no later than ten working days after receipt of the manuals.
10. In February 2022, provide NIC project manager a pre/post-test based on the information provided during the training in an effort to quantify the knowledge attained in the training. The instrument must be in a file that is compatible with electronic delivery and report generation.
11. In February 2022, provide an after-training Management Development Workbook for participants to document daily/weekly work related thoughts, successes and challenges, and experiences, as well as, words of wisdom from correctional administrators.
12. In February 2022, conduct a peer review of the curriculum by the subject matter experts who conducted the training. The peer reviewers’ fees will be covered by the awardee. This two-day meeting will be held at the NIC Washington, DC office.
13. The final facilitator and participant manuals, master training slides, training agenda, pre/post-tests, and Management Development Workbooks are due no later than May 27, 2022.
14. The awardee should include a program overview to use in conjunction with the training manuals. This overview should include a narrative description, background purpose, target population, course objectives, course content, delivery media, and resources/reference used.


Questions and Answers

Following are the responses to questions received in response to the above solicitation:
      
Question 1: Is there are specific number of classes or time frame (hours, days, etc.) for the deliverables and objectives for the curriculum?
Answer: There will be one pilot training for the developed curriculum.  The curriculum should be for a 40 hour class on the subject matter. The details of each deliverable is stated in the solicitation.      
    
Question 2: Is this a new grant opportunity?
Answer: Yes, this is a new grant opportunity.

Question 3: What specifically are you seeking in the vendor to supply this curriculum?    
Answer: The vendor should be able to develop curriculum which will assist women and minorities develop their management skills.  The vendor should be able to speak to the needs women and minorities as they pursue management positions.
    
Question 4: Is the awardee only responsible for design and development of the curriculum? Please clarify.
Answer: The expectations for the awardee are listed under the Deliverables section of the solicitation.
    
Question 5: Under the Deliverables section, it states… “In June 2021, attend a two-day planning meeting at the National Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).” Is it safe to assume that given everything that is going on with COVID.19, this meeting will be virtual?
Answer: Due to COVID-19 and our current travel restrictions, we will probably meet virtually for the June planning meeting.
    
Question 6: Do you anticipate that subject-matter experts (SMEs) will be needed to assist with the development of this project? If so, can you provide an estimate of how many?
Answer: The awardee is responsible for the development of the curriculum.  
    
Question 7: For budget purposes, I want to clarify that only four (4) program instructors are needed for this project.
Answer: Yes, the project calls for 4 instructors
    
Question 8: “A training at the National Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO), scheduled for November 2021.” What is the likelihood of this training being virtual (asking for budget purposes and COVID-19)?
Answer: It is hoped that by November, the federal travel ban will be lifted.


Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 16, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. The purpose of this solicitation is to support the development, enhancement, and sustainability of nationwide correctional healthcare leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience.

Goals

The goals of this professional development training program are to develop and enhance competency-based leadership skills, as well as, enhance healthcare knowledge for state and large urban system Healthcare Administrators of Corrections. The training programs will focus on collaborative and sustainable approaches to organizational management.

Objectives

  • Provide support to newly appointed state and large urban correctional healthcare administrators in their new leadership role and provide support with the multiple complexities inherent in correctional healthcare that accompany changes of command;
  • Provide a safe and confidential training environment where correctional healthcare leaders may candidly discuss challenges and experiences involving their organization, both internal and external, and;
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to share information, engage in networking and mentoring relationships, as well as, thoughtfully review emerging healthcare issues and trends that are impacting the field of corrections.

Deliverables

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the list deliverables during the project period. Please refer to pages 8-9 in the cooperative agreement for more information.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 17, 2021

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the development and distribution of an educational podcast series highlighting issues and research of pertinent interest to state and local governments and their stakeholders, particularly criminal justice agencies responsible for the management and/or supervision of adult correctional populations.

NIC FY 2021 NIC Corrections Podcast Series Eligibility

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.

NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 23, 2021

Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered.

For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Donna Ledbetter, Technical Writer/Editor, National Institute of Corrections at dledbetter@bop.gov. Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to support@grants.gov. Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Applicants who experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/General@bop.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Grants.gov Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section.

   

Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement: 21AD02 Release date: July 7, 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This project applies social learning theory to the development of a community of practice based on the Structured Decision Making Framework (SDMF) model. Its purpose is to improve the application of the SDMF model and bridge the gap between new and old knowledge for community participants.

Eligibility

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations(including faith-based,community,and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education(including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.

NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on August 13, 2021.

Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered.

For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Robbye Braxton, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections at rbraxtonmintz@bop.gov. Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to support@grants.gov. Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Applicants who experience unforeseen Grants.gov technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/General@bop.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Grants.gov Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section.

Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement: 21CS29 Release date: July 1, 2021

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