Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China
To facilitate mutual cooperation in agricultural research, education, and extension between the United States and China.
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 (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)
Fiscal Year 2014: The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China hosted eight (8) exchange teams from China and deployed eight (8) U.S. teams to China. Fiscal Year 2015: The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China plans to host eight (8) exchange teams from China and deploy eight (8) U.S. teams to China. Fiscal Year 2016: The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with China plans to host eight (8) exchange teams from China and deploy eight (8) U.S. teams to China.
National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 enacted as Title XIV of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977, 7 U.S.C. 3318(b), 7 U.S.C. 3319(a), and 7 U.S.C. 3291. Title 7, Agriculture, Chapter 64, Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching, Subchapter VIII, International Research, Extension, and Teaching, as amended on February 1, 2010.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
U.S. Institutions of higher-learning, and public and private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is agriculture, natural resources management and/or rural development (including those located in U.S. territories).
U.S. institutions from the public, private, and academia sectors.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. Program guidelines with detailed application procedures are available on the internet through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service website at : http://www.fas.usda.gov/.
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists who rate the qualifications of applicants and the merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual "Request for Expression of Interest" for participation in the program.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
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 program area (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?
Funds may be used for direct costs of conducting approved agricultural exchanges. Allowable expenses include travel for research, extension, training, and indirect costs associated with hosting Chinese Exchange Visitors.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Participants must submit a final report. No cash reports are required. Participants must submit a final progress performance report. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report, are required quarterly. Participants must submit a final report. Participants must include a monitoring and evaluation component in the proposal. Monitoring and evaluation varies per project. Participants must submit a final report.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients must maintain all program and financial records for a period of 3 years after the final report, subject to conditions found in 7CFR 3015.21 and 7CFR3015.22.
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
Short term exchange visits for approximately two weeks. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Corey Pickelsimer 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Stop 1031, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)) FY 14 $297,250; FY 15 est $297,250; and FY 16 est $300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Exchange visits last approximately two weeks. Average cost per participant is $6,500.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal financial assistance transactions 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, and Treasury Financial Manual bulletins.
Examples of Funded Projects