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After EERE selects an application for award negotiations, the selectee receives a selection notification letter that will describe the negotiation schedule, identify additional forms that the selectee needs to submit, and explain any issues that need to be negotiated between the selectee and EERE. Additional reviews may be required, such as the review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.

EERE strives to negotiate awards within 60 calendar days after the selectee is notified of selection. The selectees must designate primary and backup points of contact with whom EERE will conduct award negotiations. If a selectee is selected for award negotiations, it is not a commitment to issue an award. It is imperative that the selectee be responsive during award negotiations and meet negotiation deadlines. Not being responsive may result in EERE canceling further award negotiations and rescinding the selection.

To download the forms typically required during the negotiation process, visit the Forms page.

Cooperative Agreements

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The outcome of successful award negotiation is generally an award instrument called a "cooperative agreement."

Through cooperative agreements, EERE provides financial support to stimulate the development and deployment of renewable and energy efficient technologies authorized by federal statute. Under cooperative agreements, the government and recipients share responsibility for the project direction.

EERE has substantial involvement in all projects funded through cooperative agreements. The FOA will specify EERE's substantial involvement in each project. Below are examples of EERE’s substantial involvement:

  1. EERE shares responsibility with the recipient for the management, control, direction, and performance of the project.
  2. EERE may intervene in the conduct or performance of work under this award for programmatic reasons. Intervention includes the interruption or modification of the conduct or performance of project activities.
  3. EERE may redirect or discontinue funding the project based on the outcome of EERE's evaluation of the project at that the Go/No-Go decision point.
  4. EERE participates in all major project decision-making processes.