This federal aid program is managed by:
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
To provide high quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible countries to meet the food needs of their domestic populations; and to strengthen and enhance trade linkages between eligible countries and agricultural interests in the United States.
(Salaries) FY 09 $530,444; FY 10 est $1,300,000; FY 11 est $1,000,000 - Primarily reimbursable agreements with Universities and some procurement through the private sector((taken from IAFTS and IAS reports).
Uses and Use Restrictions:
No funding is available for unsolicited proposals. Cochran Program funds are used for projects involved with international training activities, including course development and/or evaluation.
Examples of Funded Projects:
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Short term training as described in prior fiscal years. Emerging topics include such areas as biofuels, climate change, and intellectual property rights. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Estimated number of Cochran Fellows to be trained in FY 2011 is approximately 500 from 70 countries. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Types of Assistance:
Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Range: $700 to $204,000 Average: $31,000.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded by means of cost-reimbursable cooperative agreements or on occasion purchase orders.
The Cochran Program solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, U.S. agricultural trade and market development associations, and on occasion private consultants.
Technical assistance provided through these agreements benefits foreign governments and related agricultural institutions in their countries.
All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals.
Contact Info for Headquarters Office:
Scott J. Lewis 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Scott.Lewis@fas.usda.gov Phone: 2026901734 Fax: 2026900349