Cooperative Agreement Law and Legal Definition

A cooperative agreement is an agreement in which the Federal Government provides funding or a thing of value authorized by public statute and the government plays a substantial role.

A cooperative agreement is a form of assistance. It reflects a relationship between the U.S. Government and a recipient. Cooperative agreements are used when the government's purpose is to assist the intermediary in providing goods or services to the authorized recipient, rather than to acquire an intermediary's services, which may ultimately be delivered to an authorized recipient. [Trauma Serv. Group v. United States, 33 Fed. Cl. 426 (Fed. Cl. 1995)]