Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Available discretionary funds are contingent on annual appropriations.
Work products, where appropriate, are to be made available for use by other government agencies and accessible by the general public.
State, local and tribal government agencies; academic institutions and non-profit organizations.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Academic institutions; State, local and tribal government agencies; and non-profit organizations are invited to submit brief proposals (two to four pages) for cooperative agreements in any of the areas described in the request for proposals along with an SF-424. These proposals will be reviewed by FSIS. The criteria used by FSIS to assess proposals are listed for each cooperative agreement program area in the request for proposals. Cooperators whose proposals are selected for further project development will need to discuss and reach agreement with FSIS on project details to permit establishment of a cooperative agreement. Unlike typical Federal grants, cooperative agreements involve a Federal agency's active participation with the cooperator during both project development and project execution. Work products, where appropriate, are to be made available for use by other government agencies and accessible by the general public. All proposals should address the following points: * Project description, including specific goals, timeline, and deliverables; * Description of national public benefit expected, including expected utility of work products, for example, training manuals, CDs, and videos; * Projected costs, including cooperator contributions; * Projected performance measures; * Primary contact, principal investigator, and other likely participants, and; * All work products may be freely reproduced and distributed by FSIS.
Cooperative agreement awards are made upon selection through a competitive process directed by the relevant FSIS program area. The program area identifies the awardees to the FSIS Administrative Services Division, which prepares and executes required documentation.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Public Law 108-7, Sec. 713, 117 Stat. 39.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Generally from 30 to 90 days from the deadline listed in the request for proposals.
Renewals or extensions may be available under extraordinary circumstances if approved prior to the closing date of the initial agreements.
Formula and Matching Requirements
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
Generally, funding will be available for projects up to one year. Multi-year projects will be considered, but they are subject to annual renewal and may be affected by changes in FSIS' annual budget. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable.
Cash reports are not applicable.
The cooperative agreement will specify the submission of performance progress reports, A comprehensive final report is required which documents all activities conducted within the partnership.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
The cooperative agreement will specify the frequency of submission of performance progress reports, which will not be more frequently than quarterly or less frequently than annually.
A comprehensive final report is required which documents all activities conducted within the partnership.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Recipients are subject to audit by the Office of the Inspector General, USDA, as set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133, or in Federal Acquisition Regulations.
The recipient will maintain at its place of business all records required by the partnership agreement and the applicable OMB Circulars.
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $3,000,000; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 est $3,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
9 CFR 301-592, Inspection Regulations. Guidelines and literature can be found on FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov.
Regional or Local Office
Dr. Robert Phillips, Senior Microbiologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, FERN Staff, 950 College Station Road, Athens, Georgia 30605 Phone: (706) 546-2349.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria used by the application review panel for recommending awards are listed in the request for proposals.
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