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Determining When to Use a Cooperative Agreement

Use this tool to assess whether NIAID staff involvement requires using a cooperative agreement to fund an extramural reseach project. For more, staff can go to Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Cooperative Agreements Staff Portal.

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Normal Staff Involvement

The following are examples of activities that would not call for a cooperative agreement.

  • Ensuring compliance with general legislative, regulatory or administrative assistance policy requirements.
  • Approving receipt plans before award.
  • Conducting site visits, if needed, to ensure project performance is adequate.
  • Evaluating scientific progress.
  • Providing technical assistance at the PI's request.
  • Facilitating interactions among grantees, e.g., organizing and holding meetings.
  • Temporarily intervening in unusual circumstances to correct deficiencies in a project.
  • Closely monitoring high-risk institutions.
  • Reviewing performance after completion.

Substantial Staff Involvement

The following are examples of activities that would call for a cooperative agreement.

  • Participating on committees, such as steering committees and sub-committees, central to the activity.
  • Participating in protocol design or development.
  • Helping to select contractors or other project staff.
  • Coordinating or participating in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Coordinating or providing training of project staff in awardee institutions.
  • Participating in selection and approval of data analysis mechanisms.
  • Approving a stage of a clinical trial or other collaborative project before the next stage starts.
  • Coauthoring papers.
  • Providing Institute resources, including contractors.
  • Helping with management and technical performance.

Last Updated April 18, 2016

Last Reviewed April 19, 2010