Apr 09

The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-224, 31 USC 6301 and following) establishes the fundamental distinctions between purchase contracts, grants and cooperation contracts. This cooperation is programmatic and can offer benefits (for example. B technical and specialized expertise) that would otherwise not be available to the recipient. Ultimately, cooperation agreements provide support and establish relationships between organizations and the sponsor, in which both parties pursue commonly declared goals or activities. In a cooperation agreement, NIJ is a partner of interest in research efforts. [Note 1] Significant participation means that scientific staff support, guide, coordinate or participate in project activities after the scientific or program staff are awarded. In general, the cost of cooperation agreements indicates that the responsibility for the implementation of the supported project rests with the recipient of the implementation of the funded and approved proposal and budget, as well as the conditions for allocation. Responsibility for monitoring and diverting the project, if any, rests with the NIJ. Moreover, substantial participation is a more relative than absolute concept. NIJ`s participation in a cooperation project will depend on the circumstances. Examples of this include the review and approval of IJ`s implementation, monitoring and evaluation plans; The necessary review and approval of the IJ after completion of a phase of work before it passes the next phases; IJ`s verification and authorization of subcontracting or sub-subsidy; joint actions and cooperation or participation, such as between the NIJ and the laureate, in carrying out certain technical activities involved in the implementation of the project.

In terms of grants, federal government participation in data collection is generally very low. As a result, verification and release of the PRA are generally not necessary. However, there are exceptions where the information survey is considered “conducted or sponsored” by an agency as part of a federal grant. The PRA will only then apply to grants: at the Grants.gov, of course we have public subsidies, but you will also find many “cooperation agreements” in the search for funding opportunities. This is because cooperation agreements and subsidies are very similar, but with a big difference. With a grant, the scholarship holder has a high degree of autonomy. While fellows are still required to report regularly on the status of studies, among other grants, there are administrative requirements and participation in the NIJ is much lower. The NIJ may opt for discretionary grants in the form of grants or cooperation agreements. While many of you are familiar with subsidies, you may not be familiar with cooperation agreements.

Cooperation agreements are just another tool to support crime and quality justice research. The cooperation agreements allow us to make full use of the expertise of NIJ scientists and to support innovative research.

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