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Subject: Californian Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement
This Operating Guidance Memo transmits a copy of the California Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement.
The Californian Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) is associated with a national network of CESUs. The CESUs have been established to provide research, technical assistance, and education to federal land management, environmental and research agencies, and their potential partners. The CESU is cooperative in that multiple federal agencies and universities are among the partners in this program. Ecosystem studies involve the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences needed to address resource issues and interdisciplinary problem solving at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context. Resources encompass natural and cultural resources.
Participating federal agencies will provide scientific staff, administrative support funds (for assistance beyond the basic support provided by the universities), and project funds for specific research projects and technical assistance. Federal agencies will contribute research scientists and/or other professionals to be located and working at the University. Federal personnel are supervised and supported by their respective agencies, through existing administrative systems.
The following entities are partners in the California CESU:
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Geological Survey–Biological Resources Division
National Park Service
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
U.S. Forest Service
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (HOST)
(UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UC-Los Angeles, UC-Merced,
UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Santa Cruz)
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
Office of the President has signed for the University of California and is acting as host of the Californian CESU. However, the Berkeley campus, College of Natural Resources, will establish a Californian CESU Administrative Office.
The purpose of the CESUs is to create additional opportunities for interdisciplinary and multi-agency research, technical assistance, and education, and to do so with minimum administrative procedures. The Californian CESU Cooperative and Joint Venture Agreement will operate much like a Master Agreement. Individual projects funded under the CESU will not reiterate general terms.
Any of the participating partners may submit a proposal to a federal agency under the CESU so long as the project fits within the CESU objectives and federal cooperative participation can be demonstrated.
1. The effective date of this Agreement is July 2, 2003. It runs for five years until July 1, 2008.
Bureau of Land Management: BLM # BAA033001
Bureau of Reclamation: USBR# 3FC810873
U.S. Geological Survey–Biological Resources Division: USGS-BRD # 03HQAG0012
National Park Service: NPS # H8C07030001
U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA FS # 03-JV-11272150-307
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: NASA # NCC2-1403
7. Projects performed under this Agreement will be subject to indirect cost recovery of 15% of total direct costs for all federal CESU sponsors, except the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service, which is prohibited by law from paying indirect costs. Indirect costs class waiver number 02R-150 is applicable to CESU funded projects.
8. The 15% overhead limit applies to total direct costs whether they are incurred by a partner, or by a subcontractor. When a subcontract is contemplated, the 15% will apply to the subcontractor'’ total direct cost. The CESU partner making the subcontract is not allowed to charge 15% on the first $25,000 of the subcontract as normally permitted by OMB Circular No. A-21.
c/o University of California
College of Natural Resources
ATTN: Californian CESU Administrative Office
101 Giannini Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3100
Or by email attachment to: email@example.com
Additional information about the CESU can be found on-line at http://www.cesu.org/. Questions regarding the California CESU may be directed to the California CESU Administrative Office at UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, Barbara Lane, (510) 643-2203.
|Refer: Barbara Lane
(510) 643-2203 mailto:Jorge.Ohy@ucop.edu
David Mears, Director
Director, Research Administration