Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives


The encouragement of research on the national economic impact or value of all types of cooperatives in the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Title lll, Public Law 109-97, as amended, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2006, Division B, Title lll, Chapter 8, Section 3801, Public Law 109-148., Title lll, Part B, Section 3801.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of Higher Education, including consortia of academic institutions, research foundations maintained by a college or university, or private nonprofit organizations funded by a group of colleges or universities, are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public or private colleges or universities.
Applicants must provide a budget supporting the work plan that details all sources and uses of funds during the project period. Applicants are required to verify matching funds, both cash and in-kind such that USDA can verify all representations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. USDA will solicit applications on a competitive basis by publication of a notice in the Federal Register and through the Federal Web site. Unless otherwise specified, applicants must file an original and two copies of the proposal and all required forms or as otherwise instructed in the annual announcement. An applicant must submit Form SF-424, Form SF-424A, Form SF-424B, and other information as directed. Each proposal must contain the following elements and any additional elements published in the announcement: (1) Title Page; (2) Table of Contents; (3) Executive Summary; (4) Eligibility Discussion; (5) Proposal Narrative including, but not limited to: (i) Project Title; (ii) Information Sheet; (iii) Goals of the Project; (iv) Work Plan; (v) Proposal Evaluation Criteria; (6) Certification of Judgment; and (7) Verification of Matching Funds.
Award Procedure
Qualified academic institutions must submit their application to the Rural Development-Cooperative Programs National Office where it will be reviewed and scored on a competitive basis as described in the annual solicitation for proposals. If selected for an award, the applicant must complete the objectives as defined in the approved proposal.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days after the application is filed with the Rural Development-Cooperative Programs.
Applicants may appeal any adverse decisions to USDA's National Appeals Division.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
An REIC cooperative agreement is to be used to conduct research on the national economic impact of all types of cooperative organizations. The research is to include development of methodology and collection and analysis of data as well as describing the economic impacts. Indirect costs are restricted to no more than 10 percent of the direct cost. Direct costs are not to include construction or fixed assets.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
The recipient will maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that agreement funds are used for authorized purposes. Records will also be maintained by the Rural Development-Cooperative Programs National Office and Rural Development Budget Office according to USDA and Agency record-keeping requirements.
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
The cooperative agreement funds will be dispersed quarterly on a reimbursement basis over a period of up to two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Deputy Administrator of Coopertativ 1400 Independence Ave, mail stop 3250, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: 202-720-7558
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 12 Not Available; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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