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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Grants and Agreements
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Welcome to the Northern Plains Area Grants and Agreements Service Section. This page includes useful grants and agreements information, links and staff contact information. We’re here to help and encourage you to contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

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Grants and Agreements Documents
(All documents are in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat)

1. Decision Tree to Determine Appropriate Agreement Type

 

Purpose

Relationship / Benefit to ARS Programs

ARS Involvement During Performance

Use a Contract When:

Acquiring Service or Property

Direct Benefit/Use

No Involvement

Use a Grant When:

Transferring Anything of Value

To Support or Stimulate a Public Purpose

No Involvement

Use an Assistance Type Cooperative Agreement (ACTA) When:

Transferring Anything of Value

To Support or Stimulate a Public Purpose

Substantial Involvement

Use a Specific Cooperative Agreement  (SCA) When:

ARS is Paying and Mutual Interest and Contributions toward Research Effort exists

Direct Benefit to ARS in-house research

Substantial Involvement

Use a Research Support Agreement (RSA) When:

Procuring Service/Supplies Directly from a College or University

Direct Benefit to ARS in-house research

Substantial Involvement

Use a Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (NFCA) When:

Describing Research Work with No Obligation of Funds

Direct Benefit to ARS in-house research

Substantial Involvement

Use a Technology Transfer Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) When:

Receiving Funds under Federal Technology Transfer Act

Direct Benefit to ARS in-house research

Substantial Involvement

Use a Reimbursable or Trust Fund Agreement When:

ARS Receives Funds to Perform Research Work

Direct Benefit to ARS in-house research

Substantial Involvement

Each project involving cooperation must be assessed individually to ascertain the agreement instrument most appropriate for the project. 

Please contact either Jim or Marcie for assistance and examples of Statements of Work for Grants, Assistance Type Cooperative Agreements, Specific Cooperative Agreements, Research Support Agreements, Trust Fund Cooperative Agreements, or Reimbursable Agreements.

Please contact Dr. Bryan Kaphammer for assistance related to Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA’s) at Bryan.Kaphammer@ars.usda.gov or 970-492-7028.

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2.  Accepting Funds from Non-ARS Entities

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3. Competitive Grant Proposals involving funds coming into ARS (i.e., NIFA, NIH, etc.)

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4.  Competitive Grant Proposals for Research, No Funds to ARS activity (all funds to the Cooperator)

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5.  Incoming Agreements - Trust Fund or Reimbursable Cooperative Agreements (incoming funds to ARS)

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6.  Specific Cooperative Agreements (outgoing funds to a cooperating organization / institution: i.e., university)

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7.  Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (formerly known as an Individual Memorandum of Understanding)

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8.  Standard Cooperative Agreement (StCA)

A special purpose agreement between ARS and another party that defines a mutually beneficial relationship relative to the use of land, labor, equipment, facilities, livestock, or other resources.

  • There is no direct transfer of funding from one party to the other.
  • The agreement provides that the cooperator shall be compensated for losses suffered due to damage to the property of the owner which is used by ARS employees. ployees.
  • Contact the Agreements Section for an example (Contact Marcie Currie-Gross)
  • The Agreements Specialist is responsible for signing the StCA

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Customer Service Plan

The NPA Agreements Section is committed to assisting the Northern Plains Area scientists and administrative support staff in preparing and implementing cooperative agreements that support the mission of ARS and to make the various agreements related processes and data entry programs as expeditious as possible.  All awarded agreements will be legally and fiscally sound and in compliance with established extramural policies and procedures.

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The user-friendly URL for this page is: http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/grants

Last Modified: 11/13/2013
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