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Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship

Borlaug Fellowship Program
Number: 10.777
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.777 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship
Federal Agency (030):
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Authorization (040):
7 USC 3319j, added by the 2008 Farm Bill: Pub. L. 95-113, title XIV, Sec. 1473G, as added Pub. L. 110-234, title VII, Sec. 7139, May 22, 2008. National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 enacted as Title XIV of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, 7 U.S.C. 3319(a), 3318(b), and 7 U.S.C. 3291.
Objectives (050):
The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing U.S. based scientific training and collaborative research opportunities for entry- to mid-career- agricultural research scientists and policymakers from developing and middle income countries.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements; Direct Payments for Specified Use; Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
No funding is available for unsolicited proposals. Borlaug Progarm funds are used for projects involved with international training activities in agricultural research.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
The Borlaug Fellowship Program solicits proposals from U.S. land grant universities, USDA agencies, other U.S. government agency research facilities, not-for-profit institutions, and international agricultural research centers.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Technical assistance and research collaboration provided through these agreements benefit foreign governments and related agricultural institutions in their countries.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circulars A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; A-122, Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; and OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Program guidelines and detailed information on Borlaug Fellowship Program are available on the internet through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service website at:
Award Procedure (093):
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists that rate the qualifications of applicants and the merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual request for application to participate in this program.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Extensions may be authorized to complete the project activity of the award.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. Assistance is awarded through cooperative agreements, grants or cost reimbursable agreements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Agreements are entered into with selected institutions for a period of 1 to 5 years.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Mentor’s report and Fellow’s report are required. No cash reports are required. According to the Terms and Conditions of the agreement. Mentor reports and Fellow's reports are required. SF-425, Federal Financial Report, are required quarterly. Final reports are required at the end of the activity. Mentor reports and Fellow's reports are required.Final reports are required at the end of the activity.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Typically, a recipient must maintain all Program and Financial records for a period of 3 years after the final reports, subject to conditions found in 7CFR 3015.21 and 7CFR 3015.22.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 13 $1,089,077; FY 14 est $1,220,936; and FY 15 est $1,220,936
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$30,000 per fellow.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: 37. Fiscal Year 2014: 40. Fiscal Year 2015: 40.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Federal financial assistance transactions under 7 USC 3291, 3319(a), and 3318(b) are subject to various legal requirements that are codified in the U.S.C., parts of the CFR, Executive Orders, Treasury Financial Manual bulletins, and other legally binding sources.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Brian Guse Room 3008-S, Stop 1030, 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 2026902868
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Capacity Building and Development program area (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.