http://cesu.al.umces.edu
dennison@umces.edu

The CW CESU was established through a Cooperative Agreement (CA) among its partners. This CA allows the federal agency partners to easily and efficiently transfer funds to the university/research partners while remaining substantially involved in the project. To fund a project, a federal agency partner must issue a modification to the CA. This modification must be signed by the funding agency and the institution responsible for conducting the project. For more information about CESU Cooperative Agreements, go to the CESU Network website at http://www.cesu.org.



The objectives of the project must be consistent with the scientific objectives found in the CW CESU Cooperative Agreement (CA), Mission Statement and Strategic Plan (see About Us and Downloads pages).



UVA students sample surf zone fishes in a comparative study of surf and tidal pond fish communities.

All parties must agree to adhere to the criteria found in the CA regarding the substantial involvement of both federal and research/university partners and the 17.5% overhead rate. An elaboration on these criteria is contained in a supporting document entitled Project Criteria Information. Note that the overhead rate will increase from 15% to 17.5% effective May 1, 2004.

Federal agency collaborators MUST contact their CW CESU Technical Representative for project approval and guidance on how to proceed. All internal procedures for the federal funding agency must be followed.

The service provider or research/university collaborator MUST contact their own internal contracts and grants office to make sure their internal procedures are completed.

A project becomes official when the modification to the CA is signed by the collaborators from the federal funding agency and the research/university partner institution.


Each CW CESU partner has a Technical Representative (TR) who can answer questions regarding the appropriateness of and how to proceed with a project through the CW CESU. Their contact information, and that of the administrative person knowledgeable about the CW CESU Cooperative Agreement (CA), is contained in CW CESU Partner Administrative Contacts.

The CW CESU host office can also answer questions regarding pursuing a project through the CW CESU.
Interim Director
Dr. Raymond Morgan
(301) 689-7172
rmorgan@al.umces.edu

Primary Contact
Heather Johnson
(301) 689-7111
cwcesu@al.umces.edu
NPS Research Coordinator for the CW CESU
Dr. Walter Zachritz
(301) 689-7108
walter_zachritz@nps.gov

Mailing Address:
Appalachian Laboratory
301 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: (301) 689-7100
Fax: (301) 689-7200

The information presented below is general guidance for someone wishing to pursue a project through the CW CESU. This information is to be used in conjunction with instruction from the federal agency and research/university partner administrative officers.


1)

Consult the CW CESU Strategic Plan, Mission Statement, Cooperative Agreement (CA) and NPS Technical Representative (TR) or the NPS Research Coordinator to confirm that the project is appropriate for the CW CESU. Current contact information is given in the CW CESU Contact Information Table above. The NPS Research Coordinator will ask to see a written Scope of Work (or proposal) and budget before approval.


The UVA graduate student makes stream-flow measurements at Paine Run in the Shenandoah National Park, VA.

2)
The NPS Research Coordinator will instruct you on how to proceed. Steps will include:
a.
Once the project is deemed appropriate for the CW CESU, the NPS Research Coordinator issues a NPS Task Agreement. The partially completed Task Agreement is sent to the research/university collaborator.

b.
The collaborator signs the Task Agreement. The collaborator must also complete the paperwork required by his/her institutional contracts and grants office. This paperwork is sent back to the administrative contact at the NPS.

c.
The NPS executes the completed Task Agreement (or modification to the CW CESU CA), forwards it to the appropriate people at the research/university partner institution and transfers the funds. Work can then begin.

3)
Once work is completed, the project investigators must send a hard copy and a PDF file of the final report to the CW CESU office.


1)

Consult the CW CESU Strategic Plan, Mission Statement, Cooperative Agreement (CA) and USGS Technical Representative (TR) to confirm that the project is appropriate for the CW CESU. Current contact information is given in the CW CESU Contact Information Table above. The USGS TR may ask to see a written Scope of Work (or proposal) and budget before approval.

2)
The USGS TR and the USGS procurement official or other person knowledgeable about the CW CESU CA will instruct you on how to proceed. Steps will include:

a.
The USGS and research/university collaborators work together to prepare a proposal and fairly detailed budget.

b.
The research/university partner must complete Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance accompanying Standard Form 424a: Budget Information Form and any other paperwork their internal contracts and grants office requires.

c.
The researcher’s contracts and grants office sends the completed paperwork back to the USGS collaborator who must meet all of the USGS requirements associated with the CW CESU CA, including completion of a USGS Technical Evaluation of the proposal and DI-1 form.

d.
The USGS collaborator sends all of the completed paperwork to the USGS Office of Acquisition & Grants. After completion of the USGS protocol, a USGS Cooperative Project Award (i.e. modification to the CW CESU CA) is executed and sent to the appropriate persons at the recipient’s institution. Funds are transferred and work begins.

3)
Once work is completed, the project investigators must send a hard copy and a PDF file of the final report to the CW CESU office.


1)

Consult the CW CESU Strategic Plan, Mission Statement, Cooperative Agreement (CA) and BLM Technical Representative (TR) to confirm that the project is appropriate for the CW CESU. Current contact information is given in the CW CESU Contact Information Table above. The BLM TR may ask to see a written Scope of Work or proposal before approval.


AIRS students study one aspect of water quality management at the Garden, a UDC-owned 143-acre farm in Beltville, MD.

2)
The BLM Technical Representative (TR) and the BLM Assistance Officer will instruct you on how to proceed. Steps will include:

a.
Once the project is deemed appropriate for the CW CESU, the BLM TR will initiate a BLM Assistance Agreement (i.e. modification to the CW CESU CA).

b.
The Assistance Award is partially completed by the BLM TR and then forwarded to the research partner. The research/university partner completes the appropriate sections of the Assistance Award, a Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance and Standard Form 424a: Budget Information Form.

c.
The research/university partner must also complete any other paperwork required by their internal contracts and grants office.

d.
The BLM Assistance Agreement, SF 424, SF 424A and other research/university partner paperwork are sent back to the BLM TR, who reviews and forwards them to the BLM procurement office.

e.
The BLM Assistance Officer completes and signs the Assistance Agreement and obligates funds to the project. The paperwork is sent back to the research/university partner’s office of contracts and grants for the appropriate signatures.

f.
The package is returned to the BLM and funds are transferred.

g.
Work begins.

3)
Once work is completed, the project investigators must send a hard copy and a PDF file of the final report to the CW CESU office.


1)

Consult the CW CESU Strategic Plan, Mission Statement, Cooperative Agreement (CA) and DOD Technical Representative (TR) to confirm that the project is appropriate for the CW CESU. Current contact information is given in the CW CESU Contact Information Table above. The DOD TR may ask to see a written Scope of Work (or proposal) and budget before approval.

2)
The DOD Technical Representative (TR) and the procurement official or other person knowledgeable in the CW CESU will instruct you on how to proceed.


The CW CESU is a valuable partnership of natural and cultural resource scientists and managers committed to stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond. In the Experts section of this website, you can search a directory of experts from the CW CESU research/university partners that can help you with your proposed project. Please contact the CW CESU Host Office for further assistance.

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