Scientific Cooperation and Research

To leverage resources with domestic and international counterparts in order to advance cooperative research, education, and extension in agriculture.

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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 under the Scientific Cooperation Research Program may be used for direct costs of conducting collaborative research projects with counterpart institutions in eligible countries.

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 may not be used to purchase general equipment whose use on this program is incidental.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education in the United States, including state cooperative institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries will be specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunities, and are generally nationals of an eligible beneficiary country.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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.

12372.

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 made available through the USDA/NIFA Office of International Programs and through the USDA ezFedGrants portal at https://grants.fms.usda.gov . Notices will not be posted on grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published in the Notification of Funding Opportunity.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

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.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Extensions may be authorized, but the agreement may not exceed five years.

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

Agreements are entered into with select institutions for a period of 2-5 years, depending on the nature of the program. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Periodic program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Periodic performance progress reports are required.

Periodic financial reports are required.

Participants must include a monitoring and evaluation component in the proposal, which is appropriate for the nature of the proposal.

Audits

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.

Records

Recipient must maintain all program and financial records for a period of 3 years after project closeout.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2900-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $240,000; FY 17 est $280,000; and FY 18 est $280,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Research projects from two to five years. Individual projects may not exceed $40,000 of program funding.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Timothy Sheehan 1400 Independence Ave. SW #3226, Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: tim.sheehan@fas.usda.gov 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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