Cooperative Support Branch

Branch Chief: William Kinser

CSB Staff


To serve as professional, authoritative, collaborative business advisors on Federal financial assistance to enable and facilitate the success of NSF's Research Infrastructure for science and engineering.


The Cooperative Support Branch is responsible for negotiation, award, administration, monitoring and oversight of complex cooperative agreements and other arrangements in various stages in the award lifecycle.


The National Science Foundation 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 investments in major research infrastructure which provides state-of-the-art equipment and multi-user research facilities, such as telescopes, research vessels, aircraft, distributed instrumentation networks, arrays, accelerators, and earthquake simulators for research and education.



  • NSF Announced Video Tutorial to Recipients and Applicants on the NSF Financial Data Collection Tool for Major
    The National Science Foundation has issued a video tutorial to assist the community on how to prepare and submit the Financial Data Collection Tool for Major Facilities 2019. Per the requirements of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, Major Facilities must annually submit all expenditure information for active Cooperative Agreements and Cooperative Support Agreements in preparation for an incurred cost audit. (see Resources section)

  • OMB Guidance to Recipients and Applicants on section 889(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act
    The Office of Management and Budget issued Prohibition on Covered Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment to address common questions on the implementation of section 889(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2019, Pub. L. No. 115—232, for grants and loans through the updates to section 200.216 of Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR).

  • NSF Announced Guidance to Recipients and Applicants Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    The Foundation has issued guidance to the Community Regarding COVID-19. NSF has also issued additional guidance on NSF's implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandums, and provided Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on NSF Guidance.

  • NSF Announced Updated Terms and Conditions
    The Foundation has issued updated Award Terms and Conditions including updates to property which affect all Major Facilities. NSF has worked to create improvements internally to strengthen its oversight of Federally-owned and Recipient-titled property, while streamlining its approach in order to reduce level-of-effort for Recipients and the Agency. A set of NSF Property Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a Reference Table of Property Terms and Applicability for Major Facilities are available resources. Any questions or concerns with these changes should be directed to your cognizant Grants and Agreements Officer.




A drawing of a world map in the shape of a globe. All the National Science Foundation major facilities and infrastructures are encircling the globe with a line connecting the name of each facility or infrastructure with its location on the globe. There are 47 locations listed and include the Ground-Based Astronomy and Physics facilities, the National Center for Atmospheric Research facilities, the Academic Research Fleet, the International Ocean Discovery Program, National Ecological Observatory Network, the National Deep Submergence facility, the Large Hadron Collider, the Ocean Observatories Initiative, the National Geophysical Observatory for Geoscience facilities, and the U.S. Antarctic Program.