Each CESU has an administrative structure that allows partners to work cooperatively and efficiently. These include the Cooperation and Joint Undertaking Agreement, a Federal Management Committee, a role and model, as well as strategic and annual work plans. Please inform Sharon Ziegler-Chong, Director of the HICP-CESU, of all the awards that have been awarded to the CESU Framework Contract. A copy of our 2019-2024 agreement can be found in the cooperation and joint venture agreement between HPI-CESU and the federal government (PDF). A cooperative framework agreement has been concluded between the University of Florida and several federal and regional authorities for research on the ecology, biology and management of fish, wild animals and their habitats, as well as for the restoration of these resources. As a general rule, the sponsor`s guidelines specify whether the proposal can be submitted under this programme and research contracts funded under this agreement are limited to 15% indirect costs. NOTE: While framework contracts do not have an indirect cost base, UF consistently applies an MTDC basis, in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) directive DOI-AAAP-0007. This directive describes that the only approved programs for rate differentials are the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network and the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program. In addition, for all derogations from the indirect cost rate negotiated by the federal government, the same basis should be used as indicated in the negotiated agreement on the indirect cost rate of the beneficiary.
Therefore, the MTDC base should apply to all work funded under one of the above-mentioned framework agreements. In cooperation between 12 federal agencies dedicated to the management of natural and cultural resources and 19 leading academic institutions, two non-profit organizations, a non-governmental organization and a public authority, nearly $130 million funded 982 projects (many involving students) under the PNW CESU Master Cooperative Agreement. There are 17 CESUs throughout the country and the University of Florida is a member of 3 which are the Gulf Coast, Piedmont-South Atlantic Coast and the Southern Caribbean. Each CESU has its own framework contract, signed by all members. The promoter`s guidelines specify whether the proposal can be submitted under a CESU and the work funded under these agreements is limited to 17.5% indirect costs. Federal, host and partner institutions are linked to individual CESUs through cooperation and joint venture agreements that address common costs (also known as indirect costs), cost sharing and other initial elements of cooperation projects. Cesu agreements allow each of the participating federal authorities to efficiently transfer funds and deploy staff to academic partners while retaining responsibility for Agency-sponsored activities within the CESUs. The federal authorities participate in the CESUs within the framework of their respective tasks and administrative structures. The federal authorities play an important role in the activities of the CESU and collaborate closely with host universities and/or partner institutions in the fields of research, technical assistance and education.
As several federal agencies collaborate with institutional agents, the potential for cost-sharing, improved efficiency, and cooperative activities is significantly increased. Inter-agency cooperation projects will be encouraged and facilitated by the CESU agreements. The nature and context of agency staff working with CESUs varies according to the Agency`s responsibilities and requirements. . . .