National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institutes


To increase the effectiveness of research and develop innovative approaches to education in the environmental sciences by facilitating cooperation between government, university, and nonprofit research institutions.

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
Cooperative Agreements/Reimbursement to Further NOAA’s Mission, 15 U.S.C. 1540
Public Law 108-7
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations with interests in support of the NOAA mission to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage the Earth's systems to meet the nations' economic, social, and environmental needs.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Contact Headquarters for information.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission.
Not applicable.
Initial awards are for five years; renewals may be made for a period of up to five additional years, based upon the availability of funds and the favorable results of an extensive scientific and administrative review, typically occurring in the fourth year of the first five year award.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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 via a financial assistance award and include substantial involvement by Federal partners. In addition, 118 Stat. 71 (2004) authorizes the Secretary to designate (delegated to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmospheres) 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In accordance with applicable report or announcement published in the Federal Register and/or Notice of Funding Opportunities on
Not applicable.
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 three years; records shall be retained beyond the three year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
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.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, five years with funding approved on individual and group proposal basis throughout the five years in accordance with Department of Commerce approval. As described in Standard Terms and Agreement
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Cooperative Institute Administration Office 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-6233 Office: 301-734-1180 Fax: 301-713-1459 Email:
Headquarters Office
Cooperative Institute Administration Office
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA
Phone: 301-734-1180
Fax: 301-713-1459
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$290,854,113.00; FY 23 est $331,973,676.00; FY 24 est $360,000,000.00; FY 21$242,433,485.00; FY 20$175,500,000.00; FY 18$191,810,833.00; FY 19 est $177,830,148.00; FY 17 est $234,706,532.00; FY 16$223,530,030.00; -
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
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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