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Cooperative Research Units Training Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior


To provide financial support to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to introduce a culturally diverse group of students, primarily undergraduates, to the fields of freshwater fisheries and aquatic sciences and train them for careers in the natural resources professions.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $150,000; FY 10 est $150,000; FY 11 est $150,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

To provide MSIs with funds to offer training opportunities supporting the program objectives in accordance with an approved budget, plus appropriate amount for indirect costs. Grantees must agree to administer the grant in accordance with the regulations and policies governing the grants program of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$100,000 to $180,000; average $150,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are normally awarded in, but not restricted to, 12 month budget periods. Project duration may not exceed 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Applicant Eligibility:

Accredited 4-year Historically Black College or Universities (HBCUs) under Title III Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1060 et seq.) with program studies in the freshwater fisheries and/or aquatic sciences.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Undergraduate, graduate, or professional students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as regular students; who maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the eligibility standards and practices of the grantee institution.

Award Procedure:

A panel of CRU scientists and program managers that may include external peers will review the proposals. All proposals will be evaluated and rated in accordance with established criteria. Final award determination will be made by the CRU project officer. Notification of an award is by signed grant document from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Kevin G. Whalen, Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, MS 303 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703) 648-4062 Fax: (703) 648-4269.

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