Cooperative Research and Training Programs Resources of the National Park System

To develop adequate, coordinated cooperative research, offer training programs and/or develop information products and to create, through cooperative agreements, cooperative study units to conduct multidisciplinary research to provide a solid science basis for the management of the National Park System

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or the larger region of which parks are a part as necessary to form the basis of sound park management.

To establish cooperative study units to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop integrated information products on the resources of the National Park System, or the larger region of which parks are a part.

The establishment of a comprehensive network of such college and university based cooperative study units as will provide full geographic
and topical coverage for research on the resources contained in units of the National Park System and their larger regions.

(16 USC 5933).

To more effectively achieve the mission of the National Park Service; to enhance
management and protection of national park resources by providing clear authority and direction for the conduct of scientific study in the National Park System and to use the information gathered for management purposes; to ensure appropriate documentation of resource conditions in the National Park System; to encourage others to use the National Park System for study to the benefit of park management as well as broader scientific value; to encourage the publication and dissemination of information derived from studies in the National Park System.

The objectives of the units (cooperative ecosystem study units) are to:
• Provide resource managers with high-quality scientific research, technical assistance, and education;
• Provide resource managers with solid natural resource information;
• Deliver research and technical assistance that is timely, relevant to resource managers, and needed to develop and implement sound adaptive management approaches;
• Ensure the independence and objectivity of research;
• Create and maintain effective partnerships among federal agencies and universities to share resources and expertise;
• Take full advantage of university resources while benefiting faculty and students;
• Provide research, technical assistance, and educational functions within the context of cultural, social, biological, and physical sciences;
• Enhance the ability of Federal natural and cultural resource managers to generate, acquire, synthesize, act upon, and articulate to the public sound research and scientific information;
• Encourage professional development of federal scientists and enhance their ability to manage federal science resources efficiently.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Dr. Thomas E.

National Coordinator
Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network
1849 C Street NW, Room #2723
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-5972.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: Information Not available New Program. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Administrative Requirements for Department of the Interior Financial Assistance Awards at 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F must be followed.

The Secretary of Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States.

Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.

Contact the Headquarters Office for more information.

All awards require the application of the appropriate Cost Principles for Federal Financial Assistance, as specified for each type of organization.

(2 CFR 220, 225, or 230).

For further information, please contact the regional office.