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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institutes

Number: 11.432
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
11.432 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institutes
Federal Agency (030):
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Authorization (040):
Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C 1442; Department of Commerce Appropriation Act of 1999; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C 753a; Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C 44720(b); Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C 883d; National Climate Program Act, 15 U.S.C 2904; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 661; Cooperative Agreements/Reimbursement to Further NOAA’s Mission, 15 U.S.C 1540; National Climate Program Act, 15 U.S.C 2901 et seq; Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C 313.
Objectives (050):
To increase the effectiveness of research and develop innovative approaches to education in the environmental sciences by facilitating cooperation between government, university, and nonprofit research institutions.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Program authorizes funds to be used for research and development, education and training, advisory services and operational systems as they relate to specific NOAA programs. Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for cooperative agreements, are evaluated on an individual program basis. Most Cooperative Institutes (CIs) operate under a Memorandum of Understanding/Memorandum of Agreement and are geographically located near a NOAA Research laboratory or a NOAA facility. In addition, 118 Stat. 71 (2004) authorizes the Secretary to designate (delegated to the Under Secretary of NOAA) CIs to use the personnel, services, or facilities of such organizations for research, education, training, and outreach to further NOAA's mission under a cooperative agreement.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Single or multiple non-federal public and private non-profit universities, colleges and research institutions that collectively offer accredited graduate level degree-granting programs in NOAA related sciences.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Organizations with interests in support of the NOAA mission to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the nations' economic, social, and environmental needs.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for agreements with educational institutions, A-87 for State and local governments, and A-122 for nonprofit institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The standard application forms as furnished by the agency and required by OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-110 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. An environmental impact assessment is 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. Proposals for new cooperative agreements are solicited with an announcement in the Federal Register. These announcements include specific information for proposal submission. All proposals are subject to the requirements of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-110, as applicable.
Award Procedure (093):
Accepted applications are subject to peer review by a review panel assembled by the Cooperative Institute Program Manager. All applicants are notified whether or not their proposal was funded.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Initial awards are for 5 years; renewals may be made for a period of up to 5 additional years, based upon the availability of funds and the results of an extensive scientific and administrative review, typically occurring in the fourth year of the first 5-year award..
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Generally, five years with funding approved on individual and group proposal basis throughout the 5 years in accordance with DOC approval. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As described in Standard Terms and Agreement.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
In accordance with applicable report or announcement published in the Federal Register and/or Federal Funding Opportunities in . . . .
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):
Recipients are expected to maintain complete records for each cooperative agreement to insure funds are used for the purposes that the cooperative agreement was made. Records must be retained for 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $1,048,265; FY 13 est $1,063,493; and FY 14 est $1,659,073
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Total annual funding at current Cooperative Institutes ranges from $1,300,000 to $30,000,000. Average funding is $10,000,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. OAR, Philip Hoffman - CI Director, NOAA Research, R/LCX2, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11308, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: 301-734-1090. E-mail: NESDIS, Ingrid Guch, Chief, Cooperative Research Programs Division, World Weather Building, Suite 701, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746. Telephone: (301) 763-8282 x152. E-mail: NMFS, Kathleen Jewett, 2725 Montlake Blvd East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097. Telephone: (206) 860-3208. E-mail:
Headquarters Office (152):
Philip Hoffman OAR: Dr. Philip Hoffman, CI Director NOAA Research, R/LCX2,1315 East-West Highway, Room 11308, Office: (301) 734-1090 Cell: (301) 452-3013 Fax: (301) 713-1459 E-mail:, NESDIS: Ingrid Guch, Chief, Cooperative Research Programs Division, World Weather Building, Suite 701, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746 Office: (301) 763-8282 x152 Fax: (301) 763-8108 E-mail:, NMFS: Kathleen Jewett, 2725 Montlake Blvd East Seattle, WA 98112-2097 Office: (206) 860-3208 Fax: (206) 860-3442 E-mail:
, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 734-1090.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals are subject to peer-review evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into primary consideration scientific merit and application to the mission goals of NOAA.