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National Science Foundation
Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA)
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Contracts Branch
Cooperative Support Branch
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BFA Organization
Office of Budget, Finance, & Award Management
Budget Division
Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support
Division of Financial Management
Division of Grants & Agreements
Division of Institution & Award Support

Cooperative Support Branch

Branch Chief: William Kinser
Deputy Branch Chief: Eddie Whitehurst

CSB Staff


To provide dedicated support tailored to meet the award and administration needs of the cooperative agreements within the portfolio of large facilities.

CSB Responsibilities

The Cooperative Support Branch (CSB) is responsible for negotiation, award, administration, monitoring and oversight of complex cooperative agreements for Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC’s), major research facilities and other large facilities in various stages in the facilities lifecycle.

NSF-Supported Research Infrastructure

NSF is a primary supporter of forefront instrumentation, facilities and infrastructure for the academic research and education communities across all areas of science and engineering. NSF major research infrastructure investments provide state-of-the-art equipment and multi-user research facilities, such as distributed instrumentation networks, arrays, accelerators, telescopes, research vessels, aircraft, and earthquake simulators for research and education.

Terms and Conditions of NSF Cooperative Agreements

Federal Requirements For Grants and Cooperative Agreements

After 12/27/2014:

  • 2 CFR, Part 200 -Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200)

Prior to 12/26/2014:

  • 2 CFR, Part 220 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (OMB Circular No. A-21)
  • 2 CFR, Part 225 - Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular No. A-87)
  • Federal Domestic Assistance Program Information (OMB Circular No. A-89)
  • Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments (Circular A-102)
  • 2 CFR, Part 215 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular No. A-110)
  • 2 CFR, Part 230 - Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular No. A-122)
  • Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations (OMB Circular No. A-133)
  • 2 CFR, Part 176 - Requirement for Implementing Section 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards (2 CFR 176)

NSF Policies and Procedures

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