Christopher Columbus Fellowship Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To encourage and support research, study, and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Assistance is intended for the advancement of programs and individuals that pursue new discoveries.

Who is eligible to apply...

United States citizens may apply.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

None.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

WORK IN PROGRESS - The Frank Annunzio Award - The winner of the Frank Annunzio Award must be a living American whose "cutting edge" innovation will lead to creative work, process, product, or other achievement that will make a significant and beneficial impact on society. Only nominations in the field of Science/Technology will be accepted. All nominations are received online. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2004. Homeland Security Awards - The winners of the Homeland Security Awards are American individuals/companies that are making measurable and constructive contributions related to basic and/or advanced research in the area of homeland security which will result in a significant and positive benefit to society. Nominations in the following four fields will be accepted: Biological, Radiological, Nuclear; Border/Transportation Security; Emergency Response; and Information Sharing . The deadline for entries is May 14, 2004. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - Christopher Columbus Awards - Entries will be accepted from all 50 States, territories and possessions. All team entries must consist of a Christopher Columbus Awards Entry form (signed by the team members and the coach), a team-written section and the visual component. To enter, mail an original and two copies of the team's community solution to: Christopher Columbus Awards, 105 Terry Drive, Suite 120, Newtown, PA 18940. The deadline for the 2005 competition is February 17, 2005. National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - An entrant must be a winner of a national invention competition, a patent holder or have a product on the national market. All entrants must be American citizens between the ages of 6 to 19. Entries may be submitted to Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308. The deadline for the 2005 competition is January 15, 2005. $10,000 Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - The Freida J. Riley Teacher Award is limited to any certified classroom teacher who is presently teaching, or has previously taught full-time (grades K-12), in an accredited U.S. public, private, or charter school. The award will be presented to a teacher "working with a physical disability, dealing with an especially challenging educational environment, or who has performed a heroic act for his/her students." The award will not be given posthumously. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2005. Send applications to Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

WORK IN PROGRESS - Frank Annunzio Awards and Homeland Security Awards - All entries are screened by the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Foundation and a national Evaluation Committee. The Awards will be presented on October 11, 2004. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - The Christopher Columbus Awards have three judging phases. The finals and the Christopher Columbus Academy are held at the Walt Disney World Resorts, Orlando, FL, from June 19-23, 2004. National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - Inductees are chosen by a Student Board of Directors and the 2004 inductees will be honored at a banquet on May 1, 2004 in Akron, OH. Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - Applications are evaluated by a panel of national judges. The award will be presented on May 6, 2004, in Clarksburg, WV.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Contact the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation for deadlines.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Preapplication Coordination

In order to fulfill its mission, the Foundation has developed a Frontiers of Discovery program. WORK IN PROGRESS - The Foundation will present a $50,000 Frank Annunzio Award to a living American whose "cutting edge" innovation will lead to creative work, process, product or other achievement that will have a significant and beneficial impact on society in the Science/Technology field. All nominations are received online. Homeland Security Awards - The Foundation will present awards to American individuals/companies that are making measurable and constructive contributions related to basic and/or advanced research in the area of homeland security which will result in a significant and positive benefit to society in four fields: Biological, Radiological, Nuclear; Border/Transportation Security; Emergency Response; and Information Sharing. All nominations are received online. DISCOVER THE FUTURE - The Future program is accomplished through three separate programs. 1) Christopher Columbus Awards - The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national competition which asks sixth through eighth grade students to identify a problem in their community and then solve it using science and technology. The program is designed to foster curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills in youth with diverse backgrounds, interests and abilities. The students work in teams of three to four. The teams' entries are reviewed by a regional panel of judges who select 30 semi-finalist teams. The finalist judging selects eight finalist teams to compete in the national finals. The national judging is held at Walt Disney World Resorts(r), Orlando, FL. In addition, the finalists attend the Christopher Columbus Academy, a custom-designed program that takes the kids through a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Also, one of the teams wins the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant to take back to their community to make their idea a reality. This program is sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The program is managed by Media Management Services, Inc., 105 Terry Drive, Newtown, PA 18940, Attn: Stephanie Hallman. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 2) National Gallery for America's Young Inventors - The Christopher Columbus Foundation is affiliated with the Partnership for America's Future, Inc. and sponsors the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors. The purpose of the National Gallery is to "celebrate the learning, insight, creativity and workmanship of America's student inventors by recognizing and preserving their accomplishments for the inspiration of future generations." The National Gallery inducts up to six student inventors annually to honor their creative innovation. In order to be considered for induction, each entrant must be a winner of a national invention competition, a patent holder or have a product on the national market. All entrants must be American citizens between the ages of 6 to 19. Entries are judged by a national Student Board of Directors. The program is administered by the Partnership for America's Future, Inc., 80 West Bowery Street, Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308, Attn: Gay Evans. 3) $10,000 Freida J. Riley Teacher Award - The Freida J. Riley Teacher Award is another program sponsored by the Foundation through the Partnership for America's Future. The purpose of the Award is to identify and reward an American teacher who "has overcame tremendous adversity, or made an enormous sacrifice in order to positively impact students." The award is limited to any certified classroom teacher who is presently teaching, or has previously taught full-time (grades K-12), in an accredited U.S. public, private, or charter school. The award will be presented to a teacher who "is working with a physical disability; is dealing with an especially challenging educational environment, or has performed a heroic act for

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

United States citizens will benefit.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Financial assistance from the Federal government provided directly to individuals, private firms, and other private institutions to encourage or subsidize a particular activity by conditioning the receipt of the assistance on a particular performance by the recipient. This does not include solicited contracts for the procurement of goods and services for the Federal government.

Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use

Financial assistance from the Federal government provided directly to beneficiaries who satisfy Federal eligibility requirements with no restrictions being imposed on the recipient as to how the money is spent. Included are payments under retirement, pension, and compensatory programs.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $50,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants) FY 03 648,892; FY 04 est $887,392; and FY 05 est $570,207.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

76-8187-0-7-502.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

None.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In 2003, the Foundation awarded the $50,000 Frank Annunzio Award for "cutting edge" innovation in the Science/Technology field. The Columbus Scholar was: James A. Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D., Diplomat A.C.V.P., John D. McArthur Professor, Department of Anatomy, University of Wisconsin Medical School and The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, for his research in the field of embryonic stem (ES) cells. Homeland Security Awards were presented in four fields. The Biological, Radiological, Nuclear award was presented to Frances Ligler, D.Phil., D.Sc., Naval Research Laboratory; Border /Transportation Security award was presented to Michael B. Cantor, Ph.D., WayPoint Research, Inc.; Emergency Response award was presented to Joany Jackman, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; and Information Sharing award was presented to Chief William Berger, J.D., Team Leader, National Self-Defense Institute Be 'S.A.F.E.R.' program. The $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant went to a team of students from A.M. Kulp Elementary School, Hatfield, PA for "SSS: Sensors Saving Students" a school bus sensor that will alert students that a car is passing the bus - this equipment would also take a picture of the car license plate so a ticket can be issued to the vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses. The inductees in the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors must have won a national invention competition, hold a patent or have a product on the national market. The 2004 inductees are: Hyeyeon Choi, The Effect of Supercritical Fluids on Polymer Thin Films; Joline Fan, Heat Transfer Enhancement of Drag Reducing Surfactants Using Ultrasonic Energy; Elena Leah Glassman, Brain-Computer Interface for the Muscularly Disabled; Vaishali Kiran Grover, Environmentally-Friendly Enzyme Based Antifouling Paint; Chandler Macocha, Wheelchair Backpack Helper; Sean Kshitij Mehra and Jeffrey Reitman, Using Nanoparticles to Enhance Polymer Properties for Improved Commercial Applications: Space Lubricants to Nanolithography. The 2003 Freida J. Riley Teacher Award was presented to Victor Hakopian, a special education teacher at Jean Parker Elementary School in San Francisco, California. Being disabled at a young age with a rare eye disease which left him legally blind, Victor had to overcome prejudice from his peers and society as well as family cultural beliefs. However, he learned that his destiny was in his own hands and he continually worked toward his goals. Victor promotes and expects excellence from his students as he inspires his students to have the confidence to take risks, and to know his classroom is a safe haven where they can do so.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Not applicable.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Not applicable.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Not applicable.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Not applicable.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Coins and Fellowship Foundation, Public Law 102-281, Title IV, 106 Stat. 139-145, 20 U.S.C. 5701-5708.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

None.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Judith M. Shellenberger, Executive Director, 110 Genesee Street, Suite 390, Auburn, New York 13021. Telephone: (315) 258-0090. Fax: (315) 258-0093.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: