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Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China

SCEP
Number: 10.614
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.614 Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China
Federal Agency (030):
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Authorization (040):
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. 3318(b), 7 U.S.C. 3319(a), and 7 U.S.C. 3291. Title 7, Agriculture, Chapter 64, Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching, Subchapter VIII, International Research, Extension, and Teaching, as amended on February 1, 2010.
Objectives (050):
To facilitate mutual cooperation in agricultural research, education, and extension between the United States and China.
Types of Assistance (060):
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used for direct costs of conducting approved agricultural exchanges. Allowable expenses include travel for research, extension, training, and indirect costs associated with hosting Chinese Exchange Visitors.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
U.S. Institutions of higher-learning, and public and private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is agriculture, natural resources management and/or rural development (including those located in U.S. territories).
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
U.S. institutions from the public, private, and academia sectors.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 with detailed application procedures are available on the internet through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service website at : http://www.fas.usda.gov/.
Award Procedure (093):
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists who rate the qualifications of applicants and the merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual "Request for Expression of Interest" for participation in the 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):
Not Applicable.
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):
Short term exchange visits for approximately two weeks. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Participants must submit a final report. No cash reports are required. Participants must submit a final progress performance report. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report, are required quarterly. Participants must submit a final report. Participants must include a monitoring and evaluation component in the proposal. Monitoring and evaluation varies per project. Participants must submit a final report.
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 report, subject to conditions found in 7CFR 3015.21 and 7CFR3015.22.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 13 $426,217; FY 14 est $297,250; and FY 15 est $297,250
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Exchange visits last approximately two weeks. Average cost per participant is $5,500.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Hosted six (6) teams from China and deployed six (6) U.S. teams to China. Fiscal Year 2014: The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China is expected to host eight (8) exchange teams from China and deploy eight (8) U.S. teams to China. Fiscal Year 2015: The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China plans to host eight (8) exchange teams from China and deploy eight (8) U.S. teams to China.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Federal financial assistance transactions are subject to 7 USC 3291, 3318(b), 3319(a), 2 CFR, Executive Orders, Treasury Financial Manual bulletins, and other legally binding sources.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Corey Pickelsimer 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Stop 1088, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: corey.pickelsimer@fas.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-0303
Website Address (153):
http://www.fas.usda.gov
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.