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Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture

Objectives:

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.

Funding obligations:

(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

Program Accomplishments:

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.

Applicant Eligibility:

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Technical assistance provided through these agreements benefits foreign governments and related agricultural institutions in their countries.

Award Procedure:

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

Website Address:

http://www.fas.usda.gov.

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