Faculty Exchange Program

The Faculty Exchange Program assists developing countries to improve their university agricultural education, research and extension programs by providing a one semester training program at U.S.

Land Grant Agricultural Universities.




Related Programs10.777 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship; 10.962 Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: FEP hosted 21 international participants. Fiscal Year 2013: Approximately 8 international participants will be trained in FY 2013. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

No funding is available for unsolicited proposal.

Faculty Exchange Program funds are used to provide participant training at Land Grant Universities in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Faculty Exchange Program solicits proposals for U.S.

Land Grant Universities,.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Credentials/Documentation

This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circulars A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions; A-122, Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations; and OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Program guidelines and detail information on FEP are available by contacting staff through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/OCBD.asp. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists on an ongoing basis, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals. Selection criteria will be published with each individual request for application to participate in the program.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Act of 1977, as amended, and 7 U.S.C. 3291, and 7 U.S.C. 3319(a), Food Security Act of 1985, as amended, Public Law 99-198.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Other - Not Specified.

Renewals

Extensions may be authorized.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. Agreements are entered into with selected institutions for a period of 1 to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded through reimbursable agreements.
Post Assistance Requirements.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Mentor reports and participant reports are required.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report, are required quarterly.

Mentor reports and participant reports are required.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report, are required quarterly.

Mentor and Participants must submit final report.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Typically, a recipient must maintain all program and financial records for a period of 3 years after their final reports are submitted; in accordance with 7 C.F.R. § 3015.21 and 7 C.F.R. § 3015.22.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2900-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $100,000; FY 13 est $100,000; and FY 14 est $100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $20000-25000 per participant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal financial assistance transactions under 7 U.S.C. 3291, and 3319(a) are subject to various legal requirements that are codified in the U.S.C., parts of the CFR, Executive Orders, Treasury Financial Manual bulletins, and other legally binding sources.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Gerald Smith 1400 Independence Ave, SW, , Room 3234-S., Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: gerald.smith@fas.usda.gov Phone: 2026902868

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service"s Office of Capacity Building and Development program area (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposal, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.



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