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Research Project: Development of Cooperative Research Interactions Between Rutgers University and USDA - ARS at the Philip E. Marucci Center in Chatsworth, NJ

Location: Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-023-007-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2022
End Date: Mar 31, 2027

The purpose of this NFCA is to carry out cooperative research and to establish understandings on the research relationship between two collaborators: (1) that part of the United States Department of Agriculture -– Agriculture Research Service (ARS) located at the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth, NJ (hereinafter referred to as “USDA_ARS”). The ARS worksite in Chatsworth is part of the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, which is within the ARS Northeast Area, and (2) a part of Rutgers, the State University (hereinafter referred to as RUTGERS), itself a public agency and instrumentality of the State of New Jersey. Both Parties share an interest in research, education and extension in agriculture and related fields.

Each Party will participate in planning, conducting and interpreting shared research and furnish such facilities, human resources and/or funds for defined cooperative research projects as is practicable and agreed upon as long as all terms are in compliance with the policies and regulations of each Party, this agreement, and the Lease Agreement 57-8042-20-003 (attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by reference, and shall be referred to herein as “LEASE AGREEMENT” not related to any separate plot lease agreements). It is also recognized that successful cooperation can only be achieved through mutual understanding and efficient administration of cooperative programs. Nothing in this NFCA will be construed as interfering in any way with the basic responsibilities of either Party for independent actions and missions. This NFCA serves as the broad umbrella for the development of collaborative research and education opportunities.