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Cooperative Agreement (sponsored award type)

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