Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network and the Corps Civil Works Program
On 21 June 2005, Mr. Steve Stockton, Deputy Director, Civil Works signed an MOU authorizing the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program to join the CESU Network. This gave the Corps the ability to join the 17 individual units of the CESU Network.
The CESU Network provides opportunities for federal agencies, NGO’s and Universities to collaborate on research, technical assistance and education in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences needed to address natural and cultural resource management issues at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context.
Each CESU is composed of federal agencies, a host university, and partner institutions. CESU agreements allow each of the participating federal agencies to efficiently transfer funds and duty station employees to university partners through cooperative agreements while maintaining responsibility for agency-sponsored activities within CESU’s. CESU’s are organized around biogeographic areas and linked together in the CESU network.
To date the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has joined 11 CESU’s on behalf of the Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program under the authority of Title 10 U.S.C. 2358. A list of CESU’s ERDC has joined is provided below.
Any Corps office, with the appropriate authority, can participate in CESU activities and have work performed under a cooperative agreement by the four CESU’s for which the Corps is a member. See the FAQ’s for more information on how Corps offices outside ERDC can participate. The process for ERDC offices to initiate work with CESU’s is found under the “policy and procedures” button below.