Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national, collaborative consortium of federal agencies, tribes, universities, state and local governments, and other partners that provide scientific research, technical assistance, and education on natural and cultural resource issues to federal
land management, environmental, and research agencies.

There are currently 17 CESUs throughout the country.

Each is comprised of a host university, multiple federal agencies, and additional academic and nonfederal partners.

The mission of the CESU Network is to: Provide resource managers with high-quality scientific research, technical assistance, and education; provide resource managers with solid natural resource information; deliver research and technical assistance that is timely, relevant to resource managers, and needed to develop and implement sound adaptive management approaches; ensure the independence and objectivity of research; create and maintain effective partnerships among federal agencies and universities to share resources and expertise; take full advantage of university resources while benefiting faculty and students; provide research, technical assistance, and educational functions within the context of cultural, social, biological, and physical sciences; enhance the ability of Federal natural and cultural resource managers to generate, acquire, synthesize, act upon, and articulate to the public sound research and scientific information; encourage professional development of federal scientists and enhance their ability to manage federal science resources efficiently.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Controlling Invasive Plants to Benefit Rough Popcornflower in Douglas County Oregon will curb encroachment of invasive native and non-native plants and shrubs that threaten to encroach on rough popcornflower habitat.

Fiscal Year 2018: Student Experience Program in Cultural Resource Management - Assist the Service with compliance on historic preservation legislation for Hart Mountain NWR and to provide experiential opportunities for America?s next generation of archaeologists and cultural resource managers.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects for research, studies, assessments, monitoring, technical/scientific assistance, and educational services having to do with natural science or cultural resources.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

http://www.fws.gov/offices/index.html.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of New Mexico $ 36,000   2018-08-012021-07-31
Oregon State University $ 20,921   2019-07-012020-12-31
The Research Foundation Of State University Of New York $ 11,498   2017-05-022020-10-31
New Mexico State University $ 138,633   2019-08-012020-07-31
Mississippi State University $ 10,000   2017-08-092020-01-30
University Of Arizona $ 317,547   2016-06-012019-09-30
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University $ 25,904   2015-08-152019-09-30
Montana State University, Inc $ 602,001   2015-07-012019-06-30
University Of Central Florida $ 142,602   2015-09-302019-05-31
Utah State University $ 13,985   2016-11-012018-12-21



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Program received 115 applications and issued 89 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates receiving 100 applications and issuing 70 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates receiving 100 applications and issuing 70 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

CESU awards can be used for research, studies, assessments, monitoring, technical/scientific assistance, and educational services having to do with natural science or cultural resources.

CESU projects can be funded only as cooperative agreements.

Partners must be approved partners of the CESU Network.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

.

Beneficiary Eligibility

University faculty; federal employees by accessing increased opportunities for interdisciplinary, multi-agency research projects related to federal resource management issues; any entity which may, will, or can benefit from the contemplated activity; students, researchers, experts, and instructors as members of the general public.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicant must be associated with a CESU Network institution. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements and complete application instructions are posted online at Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov. All applicants must submit a complete, signed Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance.

Award Procedures

Applications for funding will be reviewed and approved by USFWS staff based on the project-specific review criteria to be detailed in the funding opportunity posting. USFWS staff will notify applicants of review results by either issuing a fully executed Award either electronically or through the mail, or by sending written notification to the applicant that the application will not be funded.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §1531 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §2901 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C §703 et seq.; Coastal Barrier Resources Act, 16 U.S.C. §3501 et seq.; and Public Lands Corps Act - Public Lands Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1721-1726.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Typically within 180 days of proposal receipt.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None. Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

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

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms. Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

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

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictation additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $4,970,500; FY 18 est $4,000,000; and FY 19 est $4,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $4,970,500; FY18 $4,000,000; FY19 $4,000,000 FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 - $150,000 ($85,000).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. http://www.fws.gov/offices/index.html.

Headquarters Office

Anna-Marie York U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: SA , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: anna-marie_york@fws.gov Phone: 703-358-1881

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Merit review will be based on the relevance to program's objectives and uses.



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