Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units

The Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network is a national collaborative consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local government agencies, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners, working together to support natural and cultural resource stewardship. The CESU Network has more than 375 partners, including 15 federal agencies, in 17 CESUs encompassing all 50 states and U.S. territories. The CESU Network serves as a platform to support scientific research, technical assistance, education and capacity building.

At the National Park Service funds are awarded to a CESU recipient organization under the following cooperative agreement options:

  • Stand-alone Cooperative Agreement –A Financial Assistance Awarding Officer can enter into a stand-alone cooperative agreement for a one time project with a definite period of performance. The agreement can be entered into either as a single source selection, in the case where the qualifications for such as listed in FAP&P 1443-2015-06 can be met, or part of a competitive selection process. Note that 2 CFR §200.203, Notices of funding opportunities states that the full text of the funding opportunity shall include "specific eligibility information, including any factors or priorities that affect an applicant's eligibility for selection," therefore competition can be limited to specific eligible recipients, i.e. – CESU partners.
  • Master Cooperative Agreement – A Financial Assistance Awarding Officer can choose to enter into a master cooperative agreement with a CESU partner, if the work will be done over a longer period of time, and/or as multiple tasks within the overall statement of work. A master CA can be entered into either as a single source selection in the case where the qualifications for such as listed in FAP&P 1443-2015-06 can be met, or part of a competitive selection process. Note that 2 CFR §200.203, Notices of funding opportunities states that the full text of the funding opportunity shall include "specific eligibility information, including any factors or priorities that affect an applicant's eligibility for selection," therefore competitions can be limited to specific eligible recipient, i.e. - CESU partners.

Last updated: August 22, 2018