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Chapter 26
Program Agreements/AIMS

The NPA encourages its scientists to submit proposals of high quality and merit that support the mission of ARS, add value to the research program, and supplement without detracting from the programs of the scientist and the Research Unit performing the work.

The scientist will contact the Area Agreements Office for procedural guidance.

Acronyms: See Chapter 22 for a comprehensive list of commonly used acronyms

References:

NPA PM PM-03-001 Performance Reports for Cooperative Agreements

NPA PM-06-003 Incoming Agreements (formerly called the ARS-425), Authorization to Apply for and Use Funds from Outside Sources

Cross Reference:

Chapter 16 - Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS)

Web Sites:

Grants and Agreements: http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/grants

ARIS manual: http://www.npstaff.ars.usda.gov/ARIS/Manual/

Related Links:

 

Calendars:

 

Points of Contact:

Cooperative Agreement Inquiries

Marcie Currie-Gross
Grants Management Specialist
USDA-ARS-WBSC, Budget, Fiscal and Agreements Office
Natural Resources Research Center
2150 Centre Avenue, Building D, Suite 310
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8119
Telephone: (970) 492-7022
Fax: (970) 492-7031
E-Mail: marcie.currie-gross@ars.usda.gov

 


Instrument Selection Criteria Chart
Marcie Currie-Gross, Grants Management Specialist
(970)492-7022 or marcie.currie-gross@ars.usda.gov

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 Project 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.


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