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Cooperative Research Units Program

CRUP
Number: 15.812
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.812 Cooperative Research Units Program
Federal Agency (030):
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Cooperative Research Units Act, Public Law 86-686, Sec. 1, Sept. 2, 1960, 74 Stat. 733, as amended by the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978, Public Law 95-616, Sec. 2, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3110.
Objectives (050):
To work in partnership with States and universities to address the information needs of local, State, and Federal fish, wildlife, and natural resource agencies through research, technical assistance, and education.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Authority is limited to research with an educational component conducted through one of 40 Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units and their host universities. Awards are limited to information needs related to fish, wildlife, ecology, and natural resources of interest to program cooperators and partners. Funds are for discretionary activities.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Universities hosting Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units established under authority of the Cooperative Research Units Act of 1960.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Federal, State and local governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, State institutions of higher education, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proposed research application responsive to the instructions issued by the USGS. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Requires each research project to be conducted in collaboration and cooperation with USGS personnel stationed at Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, and cooperating agency representatives. Discussions to determine interest and appropriateness of research projects for a Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are required before proposals are submitted. 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. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110, or its successor, and the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 401, Subpart C. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
Notification of an award is by receipt of a Research Work Order document from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Up to 3 months.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
All projects have a limited duration not to exceed 5 years.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Project duration may not exceed 5 years. Funds are released as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual and final financial reports are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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):
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $17,951,413; FY 13 est $18,000,000; and FY 14 est $18,000,000 - Research Work Orders funded with reimbursable funds provided by other Federal programs. No funds appropriated to the program are set aside or are separately identifiable for project grants. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$5,000 to $1,501,733; average $54,730.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: est. 350. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Provided to each of the 40 universities participating in the Cooperative Research Units Program.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Kevin G. Whalen, Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Units, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 303, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: kwhalen@usgs.gov Phone: (703) 648-4062 Fax: (703) 648-4269.
Website Address (153):
https://www.coopunits.org
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals must address natural resource and environmental issues of concern to federal agencies and be acceptable to local program cooperators and universities hosting Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. The Unit Leader of each Unit must determine this before the Unit and its host university submits a proposal to USGS. Projects must be for research and have educational components for graduate training, including post-doctoral fellows.