Cooperative Research Units
To work in partnership with States and universities to address the information needs of local, State, and Federal fish, wildlife, and natural resource agencies through research, technical assistance, and education.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Est. 225 177Fiscal Year 2018
est 190Fiscal Year 2019
est 210Fiscal Year 2020
Cooperative Research Units Act, Public Law 86-686, Sec. 1, Sept. 2, 1960, 74 Stat. 733, as amended by the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978, Public Law 95-616, Sec. 2, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3110.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Universities hosting Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units established under authority of the Cooperative Research Units Act of 1960.
Federal, State and local governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, State institutions of higher education, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Proposed research application responsive to the instructions issued by the USGS.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Requires each research project to be conducted in collaboration and cooperation with USGS personnel stationed at Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, and cooperating agency representatives. Discussions to determine interest and appropriateness of research projects for a Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are required before proposals are submitted.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Notification of an award is by receipt of a Research Work Order document from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 3 months.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals must address natural resource and environmental issues of concern to federal agencies and be acceptable to local program cooperators and universities hosting Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. The Unit Leader of each Unit must determine this before the Unit and its host university submits a proposal to USGS. Projects must be for research and have educational components for graduate training, including post-doctoral fellows.
How may assistance be used?
Authority is limited to research with an educational component conducted through one of 40 Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units and their host universities. Awards are limited to information needs related to fish, wildlife, ecology, and natural resources of interest to program cooperators and partners.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
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
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. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Units, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 303
Reston, VA 20192 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$13,191,682.00; FY 19 est $14,000,000.00; FY 20 est $14,000,000.00; - Research Work Orders funded with reimbursable funds provided by other Federal programs. No funds appropriated to the program are set aside or are separately identifiable for project grants.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000 to $721,603; average $52,081.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Provided to each of the 40 universities participating in the Cooperative Research Units Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
No current data available. Development and assessment of Adaptive Management methods; lamprey and salmonid migration and survival past dams; grasslands birds following Hurricane Katrina; king rail habitat models; risk of fish disease introductions; biomarkers of fish endocrine disruptors; effects of commercial harvest on shovelnose sturgeon; human disturbance effects on warbler behavior; fish an amphibian conservation genetics, invasive species control techniques; use of UAV systems for natural resource management; climate change and water management effects in ridge-slough mosaics; hierarchical soil nutrient mapping for improved ecosystem change detection; endangered/threatened species research; factors effecting spread of CFWD; effects of contaminates and toxins on fish; blood fractions as indicators of protein balance in reindeer and caribou, modeling the dynamics of avian influenza in wild birds; assessment of wildlife vulnerability to energy development.Fiscal Year 2018
Development and assessment of Adaptive Management methods; research, education and training in the proper application of species distribution models to the management and conservation of plant and animal species; grasslands bird distribution following disturbance; development of Landscape Health Index (LHI) for Missouri Priority Geographies; avian habitat models; risk of fish disease introductions; biomarkers of fish endocrine disruptors; effects of commercial harvest on shovelnose sturgeon; habitat management effects on warbler distribution; association of flow regime with fish and invertebrate assemblages in Caribbean streams and rivers; fish and amphibian conservation genetics, invasive species control techniques; use of UAV systems for natural resource management; climate change and water management effects on wildlife;; endangered/threatened species research; factors effecting spread of Chronic Wasting Disease; effects of contaminates and toxins on fish; Ecology of ornate diamondback terrapins; White Nose Syndrome effects on bat distribution; assessment of wildlife vulnerability to energy development.Fiscal Year 2019
No current data available.Fiscal Year 2020
No current data available.