In 2004, the NOAA Science Advisory Board conducted a review of agency research activities, which recommended, in part, that NOAA develop an agency-wide policy for managing all Cooperative Institutes and bring these institutes under a common procedural structure. In response, NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-107 was issued and became policy in September 2005. This order sets forth the basic principles of NOAA Cooperative Institute management and authorizes a NOAA Cooperative Institute Handbook to detail the procedures for implementing the agency-wide policy. NOAA’s Grants Management Division and Science Advisory Board play critical supporting roles.
NAO 216-107 also assigns primary management responsibilities to three organizational units within NOAA:
- Cooperative Institute Committee – The Cooperative Institute Committee is a standing committee of the Research Council that is responsible for establishing and reviewing all procedures pertaining to Cooperative Institutes, implementation of Cooperative Institute policy, and the provision of aggregate financial and performance information on Cooperative Institutes upon request of the Research Council or any other NOAA office.
- Line Office – The Line Office to which the Cooperative Institute is assigned during the establishment process has the primary responsibility for administering the Cooperative Institute award, including oversight of the initial Cooperative Institute competition, monitoring of Cooperative Institute performance, processing funding to the Cooperative Institute throughout the award period, and managing the review renewal process.
- Research Council– The Research Council reviews recommendations from NOAA Line Offices or Goal Teams for establishing Cooperative Institutes, designates the Line Office responsible for maintaining the Cooperative Institute, approves review guidelines for Cooperative Institute renewals, and otherwise provides general oversight of the NOAA Cooperative Institute program.