The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Program authorizes funds to be used for research and development, education and training, advisory services and operational systems as they relate to specific NOAA programs.
Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for cooperative agreements, are evaluated on an individual program basis.
Most Cooperative Institutes (CIs) operate under a Memorandum of Understanding/Memorandum of Agreement and are geographically located near a NOAA Research laboratory or a NOAA facility.
In addition, 118 Stat.
71 (2004) authorizes the Secretary to designate (delegated to the Under Secretary of NOAA) CIs to use the personnel, services, or facilities of such organizations for research, education, training, and outreach to further NOAA's mission under a cooperative agreement.
Single or multiple non-federal public and private non-profit universities, colleges and research institutions that collectively offer accredited graduate level degree-granting programs in NOAA related sciences.
Organizations with interests in support of the NOAA mission to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet the nations' economic, social, and environmental needs.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is required.
An environmental impact assessment is 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.
Accepted applications are subject to peer review by a review panel assembled by the Cooperative Institute Program Manager. All applicants are notified whether or not their proposal was funded.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Department of Commerce Appropriation Act of 1999; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C 753a; Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C 1442; Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C 313; Cooperative Agreements/Reimbursement to Further NOAA?s Mission, 15 U.S.C 1540; National Climate Program Act, 15 U.S.C 2904; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 661; National Climate Program Act, 15 U.S.C 2901 et seq; Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C 883d; Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C 44720(b).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.
Initial awards are for 5 years; renewals may be made for a period of up to 5 additional years, based upon the availability of funds and the results of an extensive scientific and administrative review, typically occurring in the fourth year of the first 5-year award..
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, five years with funding approved on individual and group proposal basis throughout the 5 years in accordance with DOC approval. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As described in Standard Terms and Agreement.
Post Assistance Requirements
In accordance with applicable report or announcement published in the Federal Register and/or Federal Funding Opportunities in Grants.gov.
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 expected to maintain complete records for each cooperative agreement to insure funds are used for the purposes that the cooperative agreement was made. Records must be retained for 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
(Project Grants) FY 16 $223,530,030; FY 17 est $234,706,532; and FY 18 est $246,441,858
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Total annual funding at current Cooperative Institutes ranges from $1,300,000 to $30,000,000. Average funding is $10,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Candice Jongsma, Ph.D. OAR: Dr. Candice Jongsma, CI Director NOAA Research, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11350, Office: (301) 734-1177 Fax: (301) 713-1459 E-mail: Candice.Jongsma@noaa.gov. NESDIS: Satya Kalluri, Chief, Cooperative Research Programs Division, NCWCP Building, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, 5830 University Research Ct. 2nd Floor, #2612, College Park, MD 20740-3818, Telephone: 301-683-3510, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. NMFS: Julie Whitaker, 1842 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176 Honolulu, HI 96818, Office: (808)725-5355 E-mail: Julie.Whitaker@noaa.gov.
Candice Jongsma, Ph.D. Candice Jongsma, Ph.D. OAR: Dr. Candice Jongsma, CI Director NOAA Research, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11350, Office: (301) 734-1177 Fax: (301) 713-1459 E-mail: Candice.Jongsma@noaa.gov. NESDIS: Satya Kalluri, Chief, Cooperative Research Programs Division, NCWCP Building, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, 5830 University Research Ct. 2nd Floor, #2612, College Park, MD 20740-3818, Telephone: 301-683-3510, E-mail: email@example.com. NMFS: Julie Whitaker, 1842 Wasp Blvd., Bldg 176 Honolulu, HI 96818, Office: (808)725-5355 E-mail: Julie.Whitaker@noaa.gov. , Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 734-1177
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposals are subject to peer-review evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into primary consideration scientific merit and application to the mission goals of NOAA.