Partnership Agreements to Develop Non-Insurance Risk Management Tools for Producers (Farmers)


To develop risk management tools (risk management tools do not include insurance products, plans of insurances, policies, modifications thereof or any related material) for the U. S. agriculture producers with an emphasis on specialty crop(s) producers, livestock producers, rangeland producers and producers of underserved commodities currently covered by section 196 of the Agricultural Market Transition Act (7 U.S.C. 733).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Risk Management Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Section 522(d) of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000; 7 U.S.C. 1501 section 522(d), Public Law 106-224, 7 U.S.C 36 sec. 1522(d) , Public Law 106-224, 7 U.S.C 36 sec. 1522(d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Proposals are invited from all qualified public and private entities. Eligible applicants include all colleges and universities, Federal, State, local government agencies, Native American Tribal Organizations, nonprofit and for-profit private organizations or corporations, and other entities. Individuals are not eligible applicants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The research partnerships will result in the development of non-insurance risk management tools to be utilized by agricultural producers to assist them in mitigating the risks inherent in agricultural production.
Although an applicant may be eligible to compete for an award based on its status as an eligible entity, other facts may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal assistance under this program (e.g., debarment and suspension; a determination of non-performance on a prior contract, cooperative agreement, grant or partnership; a determination of a violation of applicable ethical standards). OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject (as applicable) to the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-21, A-87, A-102, A-110, A-122, A-133 and FAR, Part 31. Eligible applicants submit proposals according to published guidelines (generally in the Federal Register). Objectives will vary for the research proposals solicited and funded each year. Application procedures and guidelines may change each year. See the yearly Request for Applications (RFA) for specific guidelines.
Award Procedure
Project funds for successful applicants are awarded to recipients based upon a merit review (panel) of all applications that meet the objectives outlined in the RFA announcement. The evaluation of each application will be conducted by a panel of not less than three independent reviewers. The panel will be comprised of representatives from USDA, other federal agencies, and others representing public and private organizations, as needed. The panel will examine and score applications based on the evaluation criteria and weights contained in the RFA. After assigning points based upon the evaluation criteria and weights, recommended applications will be listed in rank order and presented, along with funding level recommendations, to the Manager of FCIC, who will make the final selection and funding decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally about 60 days from the deadline listed in the Request for Applications.
Not Applicable.
No provision is provided in this program for a renewal.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The availability of research partnership monies (variable) is announced on a yearly basis. The partnership agreements are for the development of non-insurance risk management tools for use directly by agricultural producers. Each partnership agreement recipient must demonstrate non-financial benefits from the partnership agreement and the partner must agree to substantial involvement of RMA in the project. Indirect costs must be limited to ten percent of the total direct costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress reports. FS-269. via progress reports, site visits, and regular correspondence such as phone and e-mail.
No audits are required for this program.
Recipients will maintain (at its place of business) all records required by the agreement and the respective OMB circulars.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding will normally be available for projects that will begin in September and will continue for up to one year. Method of releasing federal funds is through the submission and certifying of the SF-270 on an as needed basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: None.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. RMA has three Regional Offices serving potential applicants in targeted states. A listing may be obtained from the RMA web site or RMA Headquarters.
Headquarters Office
Young Kim 1400 Independence Ave. SW
USDA South Building, Room 6717-S
Stop 0808, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0808 Email: Phone: 2027201416
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is announced as a Request for Applications at and the RMA web site, along with specific information on obtaining an application package.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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