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Cooperative Agreement

A legal instrument (award) of financial assistance between a sponsor and a recipient. The purpose is to transfer something of value to carry out a public purpose and not to acquire property or services. It is not cash, subsidy or a loan. There is substantial involvement, as defined by the sponsor, in implementation of the cooperative agreement.

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

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