Establish Projects through the RM-CESU - Guidelines for agency managers or researchers:
A. Verify that your project is appropriate for the RM-CESU agreement. The Executive Committee Member for your agency can give final approval (see agency contacts)
B. Contact your agency's procurement or contracting officer for necessary paperwork, specifying that you will be using the RM-CESU agreement:
National Park Service
- Contact Kathy Tonnessen, NPS Research Coordinator, email@example.com, 406-243-4449 or Pei-Lin Yu, NPS Cultural Resouce Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-243-2660 to initiate paperwork.
- IMR: After reading Roles & Responsibilities, you will need to complete the IMR task agreement cover sheet (including project scope of work, schedule and budget), Justification of use of Financial Assistance, SF424, SF424A, and SF424B; and then e-mail to Kathy Tonnessen or Pei-lin Yu for approval.
- WASO: please use the WASO task agreement cover sheet,; Justification for Use of Financial Assistance and Budget Worksheet.
- You will need to fill out a Purchase Request form to obligate the funds in FBMS. Please see the attached "Example Purchase Request form" that identifies the IMR agreements office under the Code PIM. For WASO task agreements, please contact Debi Reep, (email@example.com) NRSS, to get instructions on how to do a purchase requisition
- RM-CESU NPS Completions Report Template
Bureau of Land Management Contact
Lori Anderson, Grants Management Officer, BLM-Montana State Office, 406-896-5196 or Lori_Anderson@blm.gov
Ruth Ann Raisanen, Contract Specialist, BLM-Colorado State Office, 303-239- 3605 or Ruth_Ann_Raisanen@blm.gov
Chris Shaver, Lead Grants Management Officer, BLM-Idaho State Office, 208-373-3915 or Christine_Shaver@blm.gov
Robert Tichac, Contract Specialist, BLM-Wyoming State Office, Robert_Tichac@blm.gov
US Geological Survey Contact
Faith D. Graves, 703-648-7356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The institutional partner (university) submits a proposal along with an SF-424 and an SF-424A to the USGS cost center for funding. Typically proposals are developed through close consultation between a USGS scientist and a member of the university faculty. The USGS principal investigator submits a requisition request to the cost center.
- If approved, the cost center forwards the proposal with an official DI-1 to HQ Office of Acquisition and Grants. The proposal is then funded through a Research Cooperative Project Award from USGS to the university under authority of a Master CESU Agreement. Research Cooperative Project Awards should be processed through the administrative officer of the originating USGS cost center in accordance with delegated procurement authority.
USFS- Rocky Mountain Research Station Contact:
Cindy Gordon, 970-498-1172 or email@example.com
Bureau of Reclamation Contact:
Lindsey Naft, 406-247-7684 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Resources Conservation Service Contact:
CESU Procedures -- Doris Washington, National CESU/Center of Excellence Coordinator at 501-210-8910 or email@example.com
Cooperative Agreement procedures -- Christopher Watkins, Grants and Agreement Specialist at 817-509-3509 or firstname.lastname@example.org
US Army Core of Engineers-Civil Works Contact:
Deannda Sontag, Contract Specialist, ERDC Contracting Office Deannda.S.Sontag@usace.army.mil
Department of Defense Contact:
Jack Mobley, 817-886-1708, email@example.com
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region: Tammy Mayne or Patrick McKenney; FW6_CGS_FA@fws.gov
Alaska Region: Rich Primmer, 907-786-3611; Rich_Primmer@fws.gov
C. For additional questions, contact your agency representative or the RM-CESU Coordinator
Establish Projects through the RM-CESU - Guidelines for faculty:
A. Verify that your project is appropriate for the RM-CESU agreement. The Executive Committee Member at your institution can give final approval (see University contacts)
B. Complete necessary agency paperwork (see agency contacts above)
C. Contact your institution's grants/research personnel for necessary internal paperwork, specifying that you will be using the RM-CESU agreement.
D. For additional questions, contact your university representative or the RM-CESU Coordinator.
Identify Appropriate Faculty to Collaborate on a CESU Project:
If you do not know who you would like to work with as experts for your research, education, or technical assistance project, there are several routes for identifying appropriate partners:
A. Contact the RM-CESU Executive Coordinator at the University of Montana: Lisa Gerloff, 406-243-5346; firstname.lastname@example.org
B. Search the Expertise Directory.
C. Contact the RM-CESU representative at the institution you are interested in working with.
D. If you are working on an NPS project, contact the Intermountain Region Research Coordinators: Kathy Tonnessen, NPS Research Coordinator, email@example.com, 406-243-4449 or Pei-Lin Yu, NPS Cultural Resouce Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-243-2660
Partnership in the RM-CESU
Becoming a partner in the Rocky Mountains CESU requires several steps in a process that may take several months to over a year to complete:
- Establish initial contact with the RM-CESU Executive Coordinator at the University of Montana: Lisa Gerloff, 406-243-5346; email@example.com to begin dialog regarding enrollment as a new partner
- Submit a formal letter of interest and application to the Chair of RM-CESU Executive Committee, Jim Burchfield, via the Executive Coordinator.
- If a majority of the Executive Committee agrees that the nomination appears to have merit, an invitation will be extended to the the proposed new member to attend the fall Executive Committee meeting. This meeting is required. It provides an opportunity for the proposed new member to make a presentation to the committee addressing the components of the application and to answer questions about its interest in the CESU and what it can bring to the CESU to strengthen it.
- The Executive Committee then considers the proposal and determines whether or not to accept the potential partner as a partner. Acceptance is by super majority (2/3rds or greater).
- An amendment to the RM-CESU MOU is prepared and the Executive Committee members (one per partner) sign the amendment acknowledging their acceptance of the new partner.
- The signed amendment is forwarded to the National CESU Council for ratification.
- Upon ratification by the RM-CESU Council the new partner takes a seat on the Executive Committee and all partners receive a copy of the amendment.