Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China

To facilitate mutual cooperation in agricultural research, education, and extension between the United States and China.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

Applicant Eligibility


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.


Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. institutions from the public, private, and academia sectors.


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

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notices of Funding Opportunity will be distributed through the USDA/NIFA Office of International Programs and on the USDA ezFedGrants portal at . They will not be posted on

Award Procedures

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 Notice of Funding Opportunity.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended, Title XIV, Part I, Section 1458, Public Law 95-113, 91 Stat. 1015, 7 U.S.C 3291.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

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

Short term exchange visits for approximately two weeks. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Participants must submit a final report.

No cash reports are required.

Participants must submit a final progress performance report.

Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) are required quarterly.

Participants must submit a final financial report.

Participants must include a monitoring and evaluation component in the proposal.

Monitoring and evaluation varies per project.

Participants must submit a final report.


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 must maintain all program and financial records for a period of 3 years after the final report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)) FY 16 $371,979; FY 17 est $385,000; and FY 18 est $385,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Exchange visits last approximately two weeks. Average cost per participant is $6,800.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Timothy Sheehan 1400 Independence Ave. SW #3226, Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-690-1940

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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