Types Of Cooperative Agreements

Important conclusions 1. Grants and cooperation agreements are very similar. 2. The differences lie in the details of implementation (i.e. cooperation agreements are concluded with “substantial participation” by the federal authority). 3. There are also legal implications of these different agreements, so read the agreements carefully and discuss them with lawyers. Both cooperation agreements and grants “transfer anything of value from the federal agency or Pass Through to the non-federal agency to fulfill a public purpose.” Beneficiaries of a cooperation agreement must apply for and obtain prior authorization to hold a conference. This could have implications for research activities, including proposed working group meetings, roundtable events, and target groups that meet the definition of a “conference” as defined by the DoJ Directive. See “Conference Approval, Planning and Reporting” in the OJP Financial Guide.

[Note 1] Essential participation means that after the award, scientific or program collaborators support, direct, coordinate or participate in project activities. Generally speaking, responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the supported project lies with the beneficiary in the implementation of the funded and approved proposal and budget as well as the award conditions. Responsibility for monitoring and diverting the project rests, if necessary, with NIJ. Moreover, substantial participation is more of a relative notion than an absolute approach. How NIJ participates in a cooperation project will depend on the circumstances. For example, the review of the NIJ and the approval of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation plans of the successful candidates; The review and approval of the NIJ is required at the end of one phase of the work before proceeding to the next phases; Review and approval of subcontracting or subcontracting; and joint action and cooperation or participation between NIJ and the winner in the implementation of certain technical activities related to the implementation of the funded project. There is a direct economic link between risk and price. The lower the risk, the lower the price….

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