Cooperative Science Centers (CSC)
About CSC
From left to right: ECSC LAB and ISETCSC LAB.
About CSC
EPP established five Cooperative Science Centers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to advance collaborative research in the NOAA-mission sciences. The first four Cooperative Science Centers were established in 2001 and the fifth Center in 2006. The Center Director and Distinguished Scientist at each Center develop and lead key education and research activities.
CSC Goals
NOAA provides funding to eligible MSIs, on a competitive basis, to educate, train and graduate students in NOAA sciences, particularly atmospheric, oceanic, environmental, marine science, remote sensing and scientific environmental technology. The CSC goals are to:
  • Educate, train and graduate students, particularly from underrepresented communities, in NOAA sciences;
  • Increase graduation rates of students from underrepresented minority communities in NOAA sciences;
  • Impact NOAA and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce statistics by increasing the number of graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA sciences;
  • Contribute to NOAA’s mission by strengthening and building capacity in NOAA scientific and management areas at MSIs as well as building research experience in NOAA scientific areas; and,
  • Leverage NOAA funds to build the education, training and research capacity at the MSI.
General Information
About Cooperative
Science Centers
Education and
Science Forum
CSC 2006 Awards Final Report Format
CSC Awardee Resources
NOAA in America COMPETES Reauthorized (2010)
DOC Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual
New CSC Policy Handbook Version 2011
CSC Program
Performance Metrics
CSC Performance Reporting Definitions 2012
Student Scholarship Internship Opportunity (SSIO) Online System
NOAA Cooperative
Science Centers
The NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science
at Howard University (NCAS)
The NOAA Cooperative Center Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center at the City College of the City University of New York (CREST)
The NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center at Florida A&M University (ECSC)
The Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center at North Carolina A&T State University (ISETCSC)
The NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (LMRCSC)