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Cesu Master Cooperative Agreements


A copy of our 2019-2024 agreement can be accessed in the cooperation and joint venture agreement between HPI-CESU and the federal government (PDF). A master`s agreement has been reached between the University of Florida and several federal and regional authorities for research into the ecology, biology and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats, as well as the restoration of these resources. As a general rule, sponsorship guidelines determine whether the proposal can be submitted under this program and research contracts funded under this agreement are limited to 15% indirect costs. Please inform Sharon Ziegler-Chong, Director of IPCH-CESU, of all awards awarded under the CESU Master Contract. In cooperation between 12 federal agencies dedicated to the management of natural and cultural resources and 19 leading academic institutions, two non-profit organizations, an NGO and a public agency, nearly $130 million funded 982 projects (many with student participation) under the PNW CESU Master cooperation agreement. Federal institutions, hosts and partners are linked to CESUs through cooperation and joint venture agreements on overhead (including indirect costs), cost-sharing and other initial elements of cooperation. The CESU agreements allow each of the participating federal authorities to transfer funds efficiently and deploy staff to university partners, while retaining responsibility for agency-sponsored activities within the CESUs. There are 17 CESUs throughout the country and the University of Florida is a member of 3 that are the Gulf Coast, the Piedmont-coast of the South Atlantic and the South Caribbean. Each CESU has its own master`s contract, which is signed by all members.

The guidelines for sponsors specify whether the proposal can be submitted under a CESU and whether the work funded under these agreements is limited to 17.5% indirect costs. NOTE: Although the management agreements do not contain an indirect cost base, the UF systematically applies an MTDC database in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Interior`s DOI-AAAP-0007 directive. This directive states that the only diversion authorization programs are the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network and the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program. In addition, all derogations from the indirect cost rate negotiated by the federal government must be used on the same basis as that identified in the negotiated agreement on the recipient`s indirect cost rate. The MTDC base should therefore be applied to all work funded under one of the master`s contracts described above. Federal authorities participate in CESUs as part of their respective functions and administrative structure. The federal authorities are significantly involved in the activities of the CESU and work closely with host universities and/or partner institutions in the areas of research, technical assistance and education.

The collaboration of several federal agencies with institutional staff significantly increases the potential for cost-sharing, efficiency improvements and cooperative activities. Cooperation projects between agencies are encouraged and facilitated by the agreements of these agreements. The nature and context of agency staff working with CESUs vary depending on the Agency`s responsibility and requirements. Some people may be researchers, others may be scientific administrators or specialists in resource/environmental management. Federal public servants stationed at a host university can conduct research; Act as mediators in providing research, technical assistance and education to federal managers and partners in the area of resources/environment; Involve the faculties and skills of host universities in common activities; Teach advanced courses and to work on postgraduate committees.