Updated PSEFMP FAQs

Q: How can I apply for this funding opportunity?

A: To apply for this funding opportunity please submit your application here: https://applyextension.smapply.io/ (Note: Link will not be active until September 16, 2019 at 8:00 am EST).

Q: How long does it take to complete an application?

A: The average time to complete an application is 45 minutes.

Q: Why do I have to submit an application to receive these funds?

A: As a requirement and stipulation of the cooperative agreement with the EPA based on the application that was submitted by eXtension Foundation and approved, to better manage, track and evaluate this program, an online application process was implemented with, administration of subawards, compliance of subrecipients and reporting of these funds with increased emphasis on accountability. Therefore anyone interested and eligible for this funding opportunity must submit an application. 

Q: I cannot log in to my SurveyMonkey Apply account.

A: If you are new to Survey Monkey Apply, you will need to register for a new account. After you have registered, you will need to verify your email in order to access the system. If you still have difficulties accessing the system after you have verified your email, please send an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org.

Q: Why do I have to submit a six and twelve month progress report?

A: As a requirement and stipulation of the cooperative agreement with the EPA based on the application that was submitted by eXtension Foundation and approved, to better manage, track and evaluate this program, eXtension Foundation has implemented an application process, administration of subawards, compliance of subrecipients and reporting of these funds with increased emphasis on accountability. Based on this process subrecipients must submit six (6) month and twelve (12) month progress reports for their project. Progress reports are submitted through the online application site.

Q: Do I have to submit a signed subaward agreement with my application?

A: Yes, an agreed to and signed subaward agreement must be uploaded into the application system. An application CAN NOT be submitted without this document and therefore will not be considered for review or funding. 

Q: How much is the subaward?

A: For 2020 each PSEP will be eligible to apply for a base amount of $17,200.00 USD plus an additional 5% of the funds that have been divided proportionally based on the percentage of the number of certified applicators in each state or territory. The number of certified applicators in a state or territory will be based on the most recent figures of certified applicators as supplied by the EPA. Total amount available to the state or territory will be available in the budget section of the application. You are encouraged to go to this section of the application first in order to see your total funding amount.

Q: Can I save my application for later if I am not ready to complete?

A: Yes, you may save and exit your application at any point during the process. When you reach a stopping point, just click “Save and Continue Editing”, and your progress will be saved up to that point. Please note your application will not be submitted for review until you click “Submit My Application”. 

Q: Does my institution have to be a Land Grant University?

A: Yes, to be eligible for this funding opportunity you must be affiliated with a Land Grant University. If you are not affiliated with a land grant university or have questions regarding eligibility, please send an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org.

Q: Can someone other than the PSEP coordinator complete the application?

A: Yes, someone other than the PSEP coordinator may complete the application. Please indicate within the “Institutional and Contact Information” section of the application if the individual completing the application is not the PSEP coordinator.

Q: How many goals/learning objectives do I need to choose?

A: Please choose one (1) goal/learning objective for your project.

Q: Do I have to create a brand new deliverable?

A: No, you can identify an existing deliverable used by your program, such as a fact sheet, a brochure, or Powerpoint presentation. You can choose to share what you already have in hand or create something new. NPSEC will be reviewing submissions for potential use in regional and national collaboration initiatives to support PSEP coordinators. 

Q: Can the funds be used for salaries?

A: Yes, these funds can be used for PSEP Coordinator and/or staff salaries. In the application please indicate what percentage (%) of the funds will be used for salaries and fringe benefits in the budget justification section.

Q: Do I have to submit a budget?

A: Yes, a proposed budget for the project will need to be submitted with your application. Additionally, you will need to report on your budget expenditures within your six (6) month and twelve (12) month progress reports. 

Q: Can the materials be produced in a language other than English (for example: Spanish)?

A: Yes, you may produce your materials in a language other than English. NPSEC can help facilitate the translation of these materials if necessary. 

Q: Will eXtension own the intellectual property or product developed?

A: No, eXtension will not own the intellectual property or product developed. The rights to these products will be with the PSEP and the institution. The program is making a non-public repository on Box.com available to sub-awardees, the advisory committee and others affiliated with this program so that all sub-awardees can see what others have developed.

Q: What is the purpose of the non-public repository?

A: The repository is for informational purposes only. All work that is placed in the repository should be clearly copyrighted by the institution and/or author. Those with access to the repository do not have the right to modify or distribute the copyrighted work. 

Q: What is NPSEC’s role with the non-public repository?

A: NPSEC may contact the owner of items in the repository to explore interest in working with NPSEC to modify, enhance, market, sell or distribute the item, under an independent and separate agreement negotiated between the owner of the product and NPSEC.

Q: Why is the sharing of a deliverable a requirement?

A: EPA accepted eXtension Foundation’s application, including the requirement to produce at least one product/deliverable that could be “shared” with other PSEPs. The word “share” in terms of the intent of the award only means to make available for other PSEPs to see what others have developed. This is intended to facilitate the potential collaboration that may occur if PSEPs are aware of what other PSEPs are developing, or have developed. This information also helps to reduce duplication of effort, thereby maximizing the impact of the funding. The word “share” in no way implies a forfeiture of intellectual property, or the rights of the developer to determine how one’s original work is controlled, used or distributed. 

Q: Is there a place on the application where collaboration between PSEPs can be indicated?

A: Yes, under the “Sub-award Work” section of the application there is a question to indicate if collaboration will occur between PSEPs.

Q: If I collaborate with another PSEP(s) on the sub-award project/program resulting in one deliverable, how should that deliverable be shared? 

A: If PSEPs choose to collaborate on one deliverable, at the end of the sub-award term one of the PSEP coordinators should be responsible for uploading the deliverable to the Box.com site. In the progress report for both sub-awardees, it should be clearly stated who is responsible for uploading the deliverable and describe in detail the collaboration that took place for the deliverable. A shared deliverable should be a significant product.

Q: If I collaborate with another PSEP(s) resulting in one deliverable, do we both get credit for meeting the requirements of the sub-award?

A: Yes, both will receive credit for meeting the requirements of the sub-award with the one shared deliverable. A shared deliverable should be a significant product.

Q: If I collaborate with another PSEP(s) resulting in one deliverable, should we both upload the deliverable to the Box.com site at the end of the sub-award term?

A: No, please designate one PSEP coordinator to upload the deliverable to the Box.com site. In the final progress report for both sub-awardees, it should be clearly stated who is responsible for uploading the deliverable and describe in detail the collaboration that took place for deliverable. A shared deliverable should be a significant product.

Q: Are PSEFMP funds only PRIA funds?

A: The funds for 2020 are half PRIA and half discretionary funds. This may not be the case in the future, however. Depending on EPA’s budget and priorities, we could have less or no discretionary funds. 

Q: Do I have to work with NPSEC?

A: No, you do not have to work with NPSEC. It is not required, nor will it impact your ability to obtain funding. 

Q: What if I decide to work with NPSEC?

A: If you decide to work with NPSEC to distribute the product you submit to eXtension’s non-public informational repository, you and your institution will negotiate the terms of that agreement directly with NPSEC.

Q: How can I evaluate the success of my program?

A: Within the application you will be asked to select between one (1) benchmark in which you plan to evaluate your project. When your project is complete, you will use that benchmark to evaluate the success of your project. Additionally, with the submission of your progress reports and feedback from eXtension, project success will be clear. 

Q: What if my project includes a deliverable this is not listed in the application?

A: If your project includes a deliverable that is not available in the predetermined list, please select “Other”. You will then be able to enter the deliverable you wish to include in your project.

Q: Can I apply for more than one subaward?

A: No, each Land Grant University and PSEP coordinator can only apply for one sub-award.

Q: When will I know if my application is approved or declined?

A: When your application is approved or declined, you will receive an email with instructions on next steps. The application system will open on September 16, 2019. The first round of reviews will happen on September 27, 2019; second round on October 28, 2019 and the final round will be completed on November 22, 2019. The application system will close to applicants on November 15, 2019 at 8 pm EST. Subaward notification will be announced December 13, 2019.

Q: When will I receive the funds for my program after my application is approved?

A: Subrecipients will receive funds between January 3 – 15, 2020.

Q: Can I change parts of my project after my application is approved?

A: Changes to the budget are allowed to the extent defined in the subaward agreement. Changes to your project or commitments require prior approval. Please email Tira Adelman at tiraadelman@extension.org detailing the changes you wish to make. 

Q: Can I change my budget?

A: Yes, budget changes are permitted. However, you may not change more than 10% between line items and no greater than 25% of the total subaward amount.

Q: Can my budget include indirect costs?

A: Yes, indirect funds can be included in your budget. These costs should be based on your institution’s pre-negotiated federal rate. The institution has the option to reduce or waive the indirect rate.

Q: What if I miss the application deadline?

A: If an application is not received by the deadline:

  1. The applicant receives an email through the application system advising that the deadline for submission has passed
  2. If the applicant still wishes to submit an application, they have 3 days to respond and explain with just cause the reason for missing the submission deadline
  3. Appeals will be presented to advisory committee Co-Chairs who will make a decision relative to the appeal
  4. All decisions of the Co-Chairs are final
  5. If the application is approved for late submission, the applicant will receive an email advising of the decision and next steps

Q: What can I do if my application is declined?

A: If an application is declined, you may appeal to the advisory committee:

  1. If an applicant wishes to appeal the committee’s decision, they will have have 3 days to respond, with a justification for reconsideration, including changes intended to make in response to the advisory committee’s reasons for declining the application
  2. Appeals will be presented to the advisory committee Co-Chairs who will make a decision relative to the appeal
  3. All decisions of the Co-Chairs are final
  4. If the application is approved, an email will be sent to the applicant advising of the appeal decision and next steps

Q: Can I serve as a member of the advisory committee?

A: Yes, applicants will have the ability to serve on the Program Review Committee. If an applicant is interested in serving as a member of the Program Review Committee, they should select this option in the professional development opportunity in the “Commitments” section of the application.  If you have any additional questions regarding the Program Review Committee please send an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org.

Q: What if I have unused funds as the end of my project?

A: There are two options if there are unused funds:

  1. Project is complete but underspent:
    1. If the project has been completed and all reports have been received and approved, the remaining unused funds must be returned to eXtension Foundation. 
  2. Project is incomplete:
    1. If the project has not been completed and there are unused funds, sub-awardees  may request a No Cost Extension (NCE) for their project. 
    2. NCE requests will be considered on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed. 
    3. If you would like to request a NCE please send an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org

Q: What information do I need to have on hand when completing the application?

A: In this application, you will be asked to provide PSEP coordinator contact information, program goal/objective, deliverable, a budget with budget justification, Office of Sponsored Programs contact information, A133 audit information and a signed subaward agreement. Please remember that this application can be saved and exited at any time in case you do not have all the information needed. You can also add a collaborator to help enter information to your application.

Q: Will I have an opportunity to provide feedback on the application process and the PSEFMP?

A: Yes, the eXtension Foundation always welcomes your questions, concerns and feedback about our processes and procedures. You are encouraged to provide these at any time and can do so by sending an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org. Additionally, through the course of the year, you may be asked to participate in surveys regarding these matters. Your participation in these surveys will be invaluable in ensuring eXtension Foundation creates and maintains a user friendly process.

Q: Will there be training opportunities for using the application site?

A: Yes, there will be multiple trainings made available for using the application site. The first training will be held on September 16, 2019 at 11 am EST and 3 pm EST. Additional trainings will be held on September 17, 2019 at 2 pm EST; September 18, 2019 at 3 pm EST; and September 19, 2019 at 2 pm EST. If you are unable to attend any of the trainings, you may view the recorded presentation at your convenience. Additional trainings will be scheduled on an as needed basis. If you would like to request a training please send an email to Tira Adelman at tiraadelman@extension.org

Q: Will there be trainings throughout the year on utilizing the application site and reporting expectations?

A: Yes, there will be multiple training sessions throughout the year on utilizing the application site and reporting expectations. Email announcements will be sent in advance advising of the dates and times of the trainings. Additionally, Zoom invites will be sent to your email. All trainings will be recorded and made available to view at your convenience. 

Q: Who is on the advisory committee?

A: The advisory committee will be comprised of individuals from NPSEC, eXtension Foundation, EPA, APPCO, AAPSE, PERC and the PSEP community.

Q: What does the advisory committee do?

A: Members of the advisory committee will ensure PSEFMP resources are developed, utilized and shared. The advisory committee will be comprised of two (2) committees, a compliance review committee and program review committee.

  1. Compliance Review Committee – this committee will review applications for compliance and fundability.
  2. Program Review Committee – this committee will review applications after funding has been distributed to sub-awardees, for the purpose of potential collaboration among PSEPs

Q: What will happen with the projects/products PSEPs develop and submit with the award?

A: The program plans to make a non-public repository on Box.com available to sub-awardees, the advisory committee and others affiliated with this program so that all sub-awardees can see what others have developed that can be of assistance to other PSEP coordinators if agreed upon by both parties. Applicants can identify a deliverable used in their program such as a fact sheet, a brochure, or Powerpoint presentation. Applicants can choose to enhance and share a product they already have or create something new. Program partner NPSEC will review materials in the repository and will reach out to sub-awardees individually to discuss distribution or enhance of materials regionally and nationally.

Q: What will happen with unspent funds that are returned?

A: Unspent funds that are returned will be added to the award pool for the next year of funding.

Q: What will happen with funds for PSEPs that were not awarded?

A: Unawarded funds from states that did not apply will be added to the award pool for the next year of funding.

Q: What will happen with funds when an application is declined?

A: If an application is declined, the funds will be added to the award pool for the next year of funding.

2020 eX Funding Opportunity Announcement

The eXtension Foundation (eX) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) for 2020. This opportunity is made available through a cooperative agreement (X8-83698001) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education, and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. The National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) will continue to support as an unfunded collaborator with eX to lead the professional development part of the project and to assist PSEPs in enhancing some of the educational products they develop as part of the expectations attached to the funding.

Requirements of sub-awardees for this program to receive funding are as follows:

  • agree to share one educational deliverable for the purposes of enhancing PSEP programs both regionally and nationally. 
  • submit progress reports every six (6) months using a standard online webform. 
  • attend a minimum of one 1-hour training webinars for the reporting system. Anticipated dates are: January 31, 2020 at 3 pm EST; May 6, 2020 at 1 pm EST; September 30, 2020 at 3 pm EST and December 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.  

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this funding applicants must be affiliated with a U.S. Land Grant University. Only one application per state or territory will be eligible for funding and preference will go to 1862 Land Grant Universities. Please contact psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org if you have any questions regarding eligibility.

Funding Period

The funding period for this subaward will be January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Funding Available

Each PSEP will be eligible to apply for a base amount of $17,200.00 USD plus an additional 5% of the funds divided proportionally based on the percentage of the number of certified applicators in each state or territory. The number of certified applicators in a state or territory will be based on the most recent figures of certified applicators as supplied by the EPA. Additional amounts available to the state or territory will be listed in the budget section of the application. Payments to successful sub-awardees will be made January 3 – 15, 2020.

Key Dates:

Application System Opens: Monday, September 16, 2019 at 8 am EST

First round of reviews: September 27, 2019

Second round of reviews: October 28, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8 pm EST

Final round of reviews: November 22, 2019

Sub-award Notification Announcement: December 13, 2019

Funds distributed by: January 15, 2020

Application Review Process: 

eX will use a multi-step approach in the receiving and review of applications for this program. Each application will be reviewed by eX and an advisory committee including representatives from NPSEC, AAPCO, AAPSE, PERC and the PSEP community for eligibility, compliance, completeness and potential collaboration. 

Application Submission

In an effort to make the application process as streamlined and user friendly as possible, applicants will be able to download, sign, scan, and upload the sub-award agreement from the application site. Applications that have not been signed will not be considered for funding. The average time for completion of an application is 45 minutes.

Applications for this funding opportunity can be accessed at the following link on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 am EST: https://applyextension.smapply.io (Note: Link will not be active until September 16, 2019 at 8:00 am EST).

Online Application System Training:

PSEPs will receive an invitation for optional training via Zoom for September 16, 2019 at 11 am and 3 pm EST for the online application system. During training, eX will provide a step by step walk through of the application site, application and submission. For those who are unable to attend the training, it will be recorded and sent via email to view at your convenience. Additional training sessions will also be held the same week.

Applicants with any questions please send an email to psefmp-helpdesk@extension.org

About eXtension Foundation

The United States Cooperative Extension System, with funding from Cooperative Extension directors and administrators, and USDA-NIFA, shares resources and tools through eXtension that enables the Extension workforce to scale up its local and national impact. eXtension is an integral part of the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and is organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization. Its Board of Directors represents the five regions of Cooperative Extension, ECOP, and USDA-NIFA.

About National Pesticide Safety Education Center

NPSEC seeks to strengthen the national system of university extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs by improving the quality, consistency, and accessibility of educational offerings, promoting collaboration and leveraging of educational resources and learning assessment tools, and increasing revenue generation. NPSEC does not receive any EPA funding under the EPA eXtension Foundation cooperative agreement. 

2019 PSEFMP Subawards Announcement

On September 4, 2018, eXtension Foundation announced the second year of funding from EPA cooperative agreement, to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education, and training for certified applicators of restricted used pesticides. An online application process was utilized in order for PSEP coordinators to submit applications, provide review of those applications, award applications, and provide post award services including ongoing communication with awardees and submission of progress reports.

Approximately 90% (51/57) of all eligible PSEPs submitted applications by the December 1, 2018 deadline. This is an increase of almost 7% over the applications received for the 2018 funding opportunity. Out of the applications received 50 were funded. This is an increase of four applications over last year.

● Fifty (50) states/territories applied and received funds: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

● Six eligible PSEPs did not apply for this funding opportunity: Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, District of Columbia, Indiana, Michigan, Micronesia, and Wisconsin.

● At this time it is unknown why the six eligible programs did not apply for these funds. Follow up will occur with these programs to determine their reasons for not applying, and solicit feedback on changes we can implement to encourage them to apply for next year.

● Institutional indirect cost rates ranged from 0 – 52%. More than half of the sub-awardees’ indirect rates were 26% or less. Each university has a “College and Universities rate agreement.” Neither the eXtension Foundation nor the EPA can override a cost rate agreement a university has negotiated with another federal agency. That rate must be used with all federal agencies. It was at the PSEP’s discretion to request a lower institutional indirect cost rate with their Contract Office.

● Average time for PSEPs to complete the online application was 45 minutes. This is a decrease of eleven minutes from the previous year.

eXtension Foundation funded 50 subrecipients, distributing a total of $983,856.90. Within 30 days of the advisory committee’s decision, 90% of the funds were distributed to sub-awardees. To reach a funding formula for subawards, a base figure representing approximately 95% of the total funding received for Year 1 was established. The Advisory Committee decided that each subrecipient, regardless of the number of applicators present in the state/territory, would receive this base amount. The remaining 5% was prorated on the percentage of each sub-recipient’s average applicator count of the total (data provided by EPA). The final amounts available to each sub-recipient ranged from the $18,750.00 to $22,775.00. The average sub-award was $19,400.00. Any unawarded funds are added to the funding available for fiscal year 2020.

We look forward to the products that are slated to be produced from these programs for this year of funding.

  • 2 with the focus of Application Technology
  • 11 with the focus of Applicator Safety
  • 18 with the focus of Certification and Training – General
  • 1 with the focus of Pollinator Protection
  • 4 with the focus of Re-certification
  • 10 with the focus of Specific Product Use or Category Training
  • 4 with the focus area of Other

The topic of Certification and Training – General remains our largest topic area with 18 programs using this as their primary focus, with a Powerpoint presentation provided as the shareable deliverable.

Online Community and Deliverable Share Guide

PSEFMP Online Community and Deliverable Share Guide

One requirement for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) to receive these funds is to produce at least one deliverable that could be shared with other PSEPs. eXtension Foundation has created a non-public repository available to sub-awardees, the advisory committee, and others affiliated with the PSEFMP only. The repository is for information purposes only. All work that is placed in the repository should be clearly copyrighted by the institution and/or author. Those with access to the repository do not have the right to modify or distribute copyrighted material.

There are two avenues for which PSEPs can “share” their deliverable to the repository. If you are interested in what other PSEPs have created and shared, then utilizing the Box.com option is the best choice for you. On Box.com, you will be able to upload your deliverable but also view what other PSEPs have created and shared.

If you are not interested in what other PSEPs have created and shared, and only want to share your deliverable, the Word Press site is the best option for you. On the Word Press site you will be able to upload your deliverable quickly and easily without the need for creating an account or logging into a site. The deliverables uploaded via the Word Press site will be uploaded directly to the Box.com site, and therefore other PSEPs who choose to use Box.com will have access to view your deliverable.

Provided here is a step-by-step guide for “sharing” and viewing the deliverables produced from PSEPs on both the Box.com site and Word Press site