No questions of a “sensitive” nature are asked. We intend to release the project abstracts and primary investigators for awarded/funded projects only.
Frequency of Collection:Annually.
Affected Public:Research investigators at accredited institutions of higher education.
Respondent's Obligation:Voluntary (necessary to receive benefits).
Estimated Number and Description of Respondents:We expect to receive approximately 65 applications and award 7 grants per year.
Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Hour” Burden:We estimate the public reporting burden to be 72 hours per response. This includes 60 hours per applicant to prepare and submit the application; and 12 hours (total) per grantee to complete the interim and final technical reports.
Annual Burden Hours:3,984.
Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost”:We have not identified any “non-hour cost” burdens associated with this collection of information.
Public Disclosure Statement:The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501,et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Comments:We are soliciting comments as to: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.
Dated: August 22, 2012.
John E. Schefter,
Water Resources Research Act Program Coordinator.