Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant
To provide high quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible countries to meet the food needs of their domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2014: There were 515 Cochran International Fellows trained from 69 countries. Fiscal Year 2015: The projected number of Cochran Fellows to be trained in FY 2015 is approximately 600 from 65 countries.. Fiscal Year 2016: The projected number of Cochran Fellows to be trained in FY 2016 is approximately 650.
The legislative authority for the Cochran Fellowship Program is provided in Section 1543 of the Agriculture Development and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.Code 3293) as amended in 1996. National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended, and 7 U.S.C. 3291, 3319(a), and 3318(b).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The Cochran Program solicits proposals for training in improved agriculture technics from U.S. institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, U.S. agricultural trade and market development associations, and private consultants.
Technical assistance provided through these agreements benefits foreign governments and their related agricultural institutions.
This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200, as adopted by USDA through 2 CFR part 400. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications solicited by the Cochran Program should include a scope of work, a budget and a budget narrative, a time frame, and expected results. This program is subject to the provisions of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR Part 200, as adopted by USDA through 2 CFR part 400.
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Extensions may be authorized.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service's Office of Capacity Building and Development (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.
How may assistance be used?
No funding is available for unsolicited proposals. Cochran Program funds are used for providing training to international exchange fellows to improve agricultural production in their home countries. Funds are also used for course development and/or evaluation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Training evaluation reports may be required. Participant evaluations and development of post-training action plans are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. FAS shall require cooperators to report on a quarterly basis the status of funds, using the SF-425, Federal Financial Report, as approved in the budget for the agreement. And, an itemization of actual dollar amounts in line with the approved budget that are expended on the project during the reporting period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
No audits are required for this program.
Program and financial records are kept in the Department of Agriculture.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded primarily by means of cost-reimbursable agreements, but also cooperative agreements, grants, and/or joint venture agreements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Avis Watts-Massenburg 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Room 3239 S., Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Avis.Watts-Massenburg@fas.usda.gov
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $4,072,288; FY 15 est $4,100,000; and FY 16 est $4,100,000 - Obligations made primarily through cost reimbursable agreements with Universities and Land-grants..
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Training activities last approximately two weeks. Average cost of each project is $52,500.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal financial assistance transactions under 7 USC 3293, 3318(b) and 3319(a) are subject to the provisions of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR Part 200, as adopted by USDA through 2 CFR part 400, Executive Orders, Treasury Financial Manual bulletins, and other legally binding sources.
Examples of Funded Projects