Cooperative agreements are a federal assistance agreement mechanism used when there will be substantial programmatic involvement by the federal agency. Project goals are developed by the agency and there is a high level of coordination and collaboration with the agency during the course of the project.
Some examples of substantial agency involvement may include federal personnel:
- Participating on committees central to the project.
- Participating in protocol design or development.
- Coordinating or participating in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
- Coordinating or training project staff.
- 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 federal resources to the project.
- Helping with management and technical performance.
Cooperative Agreement is a project type on the eGC1 in SAGE.
Examples adapted from: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/when-cooperative-agreement