With regard to cooperation agreements, a significant participation is expected between the IJ and the winner. The fellow is required to cooperate with the NIJ Grant Manager, who is the authorized representative of NIJ, who is responsible for the proper management of the prize. In addition, an NIJ scientist is responsible for collaborating with the recipient`s researchers on substantive issues related to the award – support, advice, coordination and participation in project activities to ensure success. The NIJ scientist may also publish and be present with the recipient`s investigators as representatives of the NIJ. Here, for example, is a cooperation agreement of the Department of Geological Survey of the Interior (USGS). This is a cooperative funding opportunity for research and technical assistance, which is provided in the form of a cooperation agreement and not a grant. The laureate will work closely with USGS staff and researchers to improve scientific computing and visualization capabilities through the search for new large-scale computer tools, methods and data management techniques. A cooperation agreement is a type of project in which joint action or cooperation between the federal allocation agency and the recipient during the implementation of the project is deemed necessary or desirable for a successful implementation of the project. A cooperation agreement can be a highly specialized research award, in which federal employees are among the relatively few experts in this field.

In this case, the award can be defined as a “cooperation agreement,” since federal officials and non-federal recipients will conduct the joint research in one way or another. The main difference between a purchase contract and a cooperation contract is that a cooperation contract allocates money to another agency to fulfill a public purpose with the participation of the federal state. In a purchase agreement, the federal government buys a product or service from another company. Both cooperation contracts and grants “transfer value from the federal awarding agency or pass-through-unit to the non-federal agency to fulfill a public purpose.” In the case of cooperation agreements, it is likely that the OMB PRA will need to be reviewed and approved if the NIJ plays an important role in the design, development of methodology and analysis of data collection. Given that the amount of NIJ participation at the time of submission may not be clear, applicants proposing research involving more than nine (9) advisorys should consider that an authorization of the PRA OMB is necessary and take this information into account when developing the application, including the proposal , the research plan, the timetable and the budget.