Cochran Fellowship Program-International Training-Foreign Participant

To provide high quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that will assist eligible countries 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.

Examples of Funded Projects

Short-term training in such areas as pest risk assessment, meat and poultry inspection, food safety control methods and regulatory systems, organic certification, HACCP, veterinary epidemiology, and dairy herd management.

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

This program currently includes short term agricultural and trade-related training programs for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators in such technical areas as food safety, biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, agribusiness development and marketing. The program also strengthens local capacities in such commodity areas as dairy, livestock, poultry, horticultural products, grains, feeds and consumer ready products. The Cochran Fellowship Program trained 551 Fellows in 67 countries in FY06 and 706 Fellows in 70 countries in FY07.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Cochran Program solicits proposals from U.S.

institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and U.S.

agricultural trade and market development associations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


None. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-122. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No funding is available for unsolicited proposals.

The Cochran Program solicits proposals from U.S.

institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and U.S.

agricultural trade and market development associations.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications solicited by the Cochran Program should include a scope of work, budget, time frame and expected results. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals.




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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time





Extensions may be authorized.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects.

Post Assistance Requirements


Training evaluation reports may be required.


In accordance with the provisions of 7 CFR Part 3052, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," which implement OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Government, and Nonprofit 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 audits requirements for that year, except as noted in 7 CFR 3052.


Program and financial records are kept in the Department.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Reimbursable Agreements) FY 07 $1,500,000; FY 08 est $1,200,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$3,000 to $206,000 per project. Average: $19,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR 3015.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lynne Reich, FAS\Office of Capacity Building and Development, Cochran Fellowship Program, Department of Agriculture, Washington DC 20250-1031. Telephone: (202) 690-0880.

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 Develoment(FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.

Social Entrepreneurship

Rwanda as Social Entrepreneur Fund Beneficiary

The Republic of Rwanda has been picked as one of the six African countries as beneficiaries for a new fellowship fund program designed at supporting social entrepreneurs in tackling issues on food security.

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