Cooperative Research and Training Programs ? Resources of the National Park System

To support coordinated cooperative research, technical assistance, education and training, and usable knowledge development to inform science-based management of the National Park System.



To establish and maintain cooperative study units, in partnership with federal, state, and

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local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education, to facilitate multi-disciplinary science and integrated information products related to the resources of the National Park System.



To maintain a comprehensive network cooperative study units as will provide full geographic and topical coverage for research, technical assistance, and educational activities related to the resources contained in units of the National Park System and their larger regions.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Awards were made to universities and nonprofits to conduct research, technical assistance, or education projects relevant to the NPS system.

Fiscal Year 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.


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.cesu.org Dr. Thomas E.

Fish National Coordinator Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network 1849 C Street NW, Room #2723 Washington, DC 20240 Email: Tom_Fish@nps.gov Phone: (202) 208-5972.
Website Address

http://www.cesu.org


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 15,000   2018-06-012023-09-30
University Of South Carolina $ 5,000   2018-10-012019-12-31
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 197,754   2016-09-162019-05-31
Southern Utah University-$ 737   2011-01-012015-12-31
University Of Tennessee-$ 1,017   2011-09-152013-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Over 500 awards were made to universities and non-profits to conduct projects relevant to the NPS system. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, public/private nonprofit organizations, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, public/private nonprofit organizations, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and individuals (including members of the general public).

Credentials/Documentation

Applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated scientific research, technical assistance, or educational functions within the context of cultural, social, biological, or physical sciences as applicable to NPS park management or programs. Prospective CESU Network nonfederal and federal partners follow a procedure which is outlined at the program?s website. If applying as a nonprofit organization, proof of nonprofit status will be required. Examples of prior work in technical areas related to research, technical assistance, or education on public lands (e.g., National Park) may be required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application coordination will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if 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. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, and points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to announcements on grants.gov are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

54 U.S.C. §100703 Cooperative Study Units; 54 U.S.C. §100702 Research Mandate; 54 U.S.C. §100704 Inventory and Monitoring Program; 54 U.S.C. §100705 Availability for System Units Scientific Study; 54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 U.S.C. §101702(b) Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs; 54 U.S.C. §101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority; 54 U.S.C. §101702(d) Cooperative Agreements for System Unit Natural Resource Protection; 54 U.S.C. 200103(g) Research, Information, and Education Programs and Activities; 16 U.S.C. §1723(c) Public Land Corps Program; and 42 U.S.C. §5121 et seq. Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Some projects may be conducted on a predetermined cost share basis. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is provided on a project basis and available appropriations. A project may last from 3 months to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For further information, please contact the regional office.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.

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

Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1036-0-1-303 - Operation of the National Park System; 14-1042-0-1-303 - NR&P.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $45,304,275; FY 17 est $40,000,000; and FY 18 est $40,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $5,000.00 - $970,000.00 Average: $48,500.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. http://www.cesu.org Dr. Thomas E. Fish National Coordinator Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network 1849 C Street NW, Room #2723 Washington, DC 20240 Email: Tom_Fish@nps.gov Phone: (202) 208-5972.

Headquarters Office

Dr. Thomas E. Fish Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network 1201 Eye Street NW, Room 844, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Tom_Fish@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-1825

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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