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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Program anticipates receiving 150 applications and issuing 100 awards. Program received 115 applications and issued 89 awards.Fiscal Year 2018
Program received 94 applications and issued 72 awards.Fiscal Year 2019
Program anticipates receiving 100 applications and issuing 70 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
Program anticipates receiving 100 applications and issuing 70 awards.
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.; Public Lands Corps Act - Public Lands Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1721-1726; and Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, P.L. No:114-322, Sec. 5005.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Applicant must be associated with a CESU Network institution.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
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.
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
How are proposals selected?
Merit review will be based on the relevance to program's objectives and uses.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available after program funds are appropriated and allocated to program. Funding must be spent during the award period of performance, which is specific to each project. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike MS: SA
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$4,635,714.00; FY 19 est $3,800,000.00; FY 20 est $4,000,000.00; FY 17$4,970,500.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 - $150,000 ($85,000)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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. 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
Build a comprehensive, collaborative and integrated remote sensing program for the Great Lakes System where time and elevation is included to provide a 4-D representation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.Fiscal Year 2019
Monitor Florida bonneted and tri-colored bats.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that provide scientific research, technical assistance, and education on natural and cultural resource issues to federal land management, environmental, and research agencies.