Cooperative Science and Education Program


To support through grants and cooperative agreements, enduring partnerships between the Federal government and institutions of research and higher education for cooperative science and education on marine issues, especially living marine resources and their habitat, that confront local, regional, and national resources managers; also, to award grants and cooperative agreements to develop innovative approaches and methods for marine and estuarine science and education.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Department of Commerce Appropriation Act of 1999.
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 661
Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. 753a
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for assistance are State, U.S. territorial, and private institutions of higher learning and education, especially universities and colleges, with which the National Marine Fisheries Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has entered into, or may enter into, an enduring partnership for purposes of research and education on the marine environment. Also included are private and public research organizations affiliated with institutions of higher learning, and national and international organizations and programs dedicated to marine and estuarine research, education, and outreach.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This program benefits Federal, State, and interstate marine resource conversation and management agencies; U.S. and foreign commercial and recreational fishing industries; conservation organizations, academic institutions; international and Indian Tribal treaties; private and public research groups; consumers; and the general public.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. Refer to program guidelines
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
Award Procedure
Proposals are initially evaluated by the appropriate NMFS Science and Research Center, and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national or regional research and education goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects approved for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Office of Federal Assistance for review and approval.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval time is expected to range from 90 to 150 days, which includes processing of the award through the NMFS and NOAA.
Not applicable.
Grants and cooperative agreements are approved on an annual basis, but may be continued beyond the first segment, subject to approved time frame and scope of work, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected following consultation between NMFS fisheries centers scientists and universities with established memoranda of understanding or agreement, and subject to availability of funds. Proposals may be reviewed by coordinating or technical committees, based on joint determination by these reviewers and in consideration of the informational needs of the State regional and Federal marine resource management agencies, and on peer-review comments related to the technical quality of the proposal. All proposals must comply with all OMB, DOC, and NOAA grants policies and procedures.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used by recipients to support a wide variety of research and higher education projects on high-priority marine and estuarine resource issues, especially resources and/or their habitat currently under, or proposed for future Federal or interjurisdictional management.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. The Department's financial assistance standard terms and conditions generally require that financial and performance reports be submitted semi-annually.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.
Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three (3) years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.
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
Awards are normally for a 12 month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12 months or may be completed in less than 12 months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Program contacts: Alaska: Mr. James M. Coe, Deputy Director, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Pt. Way NE., Bldg. 4, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. Telephone: (206) 526-4000. Fax: (206) 526-4004. E-mail: Northeast: Dr. Ken Sherman, Chief, Office of Marine Ecosystem Studies, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 28 Tarzwell Drive, Narragansett, RI, 02882. Telephone: (401) 782-3211. Fax: 401-782-3201. E-mail: Northwest: Dr. Robert Iwamoto, OMI Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097. Telephone: (206) 860-3200. Fax: (206) 860-3442. E-mail: Southeast: Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Telephone (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364. Southwest: Dr. Richard Neal, Deputy Science Director, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92038-1508. Telephone: (858) 546-7066. Fax: (858) 546-7003. E-mail:
Headquarters Office
Jeffrey Kulnis
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, 1 20910 US
Phone: 301-427-8771
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$262,903.00; FY 23 est $311,537.00; FY 24 est $343,000.00; FY 21$302,534.00; FY 20$324,300.00; FY 17 est $263,771.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16$263,771.00; - FY22 is actual and FY23 and FY24 are estimates based on a percentage increase of prior year funding
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Summer Internships
Fiscal Year 2016 Summer Internships
Fiscal Year 2017 Summer Internships


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