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Scientific Cooperation and Research

Scientific Cooperation Research Program
Number: 10.961
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
10.961 Scientific Cooperation and Research
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. 3319(a), 7 U.S.C. 3318(b), and 3291. Title 7, Agriculture, Chapter 64, Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching, Subchapter VIII, International Research, Extension, and Teaching, as amended on February 1, 2010., Public Law 095-113.
Objectives (050):
To leverage resources with domestic and international counterparts in order to advance cooperative research, education, and extension in agriculture.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements; DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds under the Scientific Cooperation Research Program may be used for direct costs of conducting approved research projects. Allowable expenses include travel for research, extension, and training purposes, supplies, equipment, and indirect costs necessary to implement the research projects. Funds may not be used to pay for tuition, sabbaticals, or expenses solely for conferences. Funds under the Scientific Cooperation Research Program may be used for direct costs of conducting approved research projects. Allowable expenses include travel for research, extension, and training purposes, supplies, equipment, and indirect costs necessary to implement the research projects. Funds may not be used to pay for tuition, sabbaticals, or expenses solely for conferences. FAS may enter into a Federal financial assistance joint venture agreement awarded under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 3318(b), which may include funds that are available for the necessary administrative expenses of agricultural research, extension, or teaching activities, as long as the source of funding does not place a restriction that would otherwise limit FAS from utilizing this authority. FAS may enter into a Federal financial assistance grant or cooperative agreement awarded under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 3291(a), whose primary purpose is international agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities. No funding is available for unsolicited proposals.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
U.S. institutions from the public, private, and academic sectors.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
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).
Credentials/Documentation (083):
This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circulars A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions and A-122, Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication procedures are available on the internet through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service website at: https://www.fas.usda.gov/ or through Grants.gov, a government wide internet portal for federal funding opportunity announcements on assistance awards. 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 : https://www.fas.usda.gov/ or through Grants.gov, a government wide internet portal for federal funding.
Award Procedure (093):
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists on an ongoing basis, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual request for applications 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, but the agreement may not exceed five years.
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 indivdual projects. Agreements are entered into with select institutions for a maximum of five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is phased according to the requirements of indivdual projects. Agreements are entered into with select institutions for a maximum of five years.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Participant must submit project reports quarterly. No cash reports are required. Progress performance reports are required quarterly and should provide detailed information on the status of the project (e.g. objectives accomplished, unforeseen barriers, and if needed, necessary changes to the scope of work) and a final Progress performance report is due after the project end date.. Federal Financial Reports, are required on a quarterly basis and a final financial report is due after the project end date. Participants must include a monitoring and evaluation component in the proposal. Monitoring and evaluation varies per project.
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 project closeout subject to conditions found in 7CFR 3015.21 and 7CFR3015.22.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $240,000; FY 14 est $278,496; and FY 15 est $278,496
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Research projects from two to five years. The approximate average per project is $40,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Sponsored six (6) new research projects with a regional focus that covered 5 countries. Fiscal Year 2014: Sponsored seven (7) new research projects with a regional focus that covered 5 countries. Fiscal Year 2015: Projected to sponsor seven research projects with a regional focus.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Federal financial assistance transactions are subject to legal requirements under 7 USC 3319(a), 3318(b), 3291, federal regulations in 2 CFR, and various legal requirements found in Executive Orders, the 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/TSED for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.