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Great Rivers
Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit




Great Rivers CESU Director
Dr. Patrick Market
The School of Natural Resources
103 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-1496

Great Rivers CESU
Acting Research Coordinator
Dr. Tanya Shenk

Website Questions & Postings
Please contact
Dr. Patrick Market
See contact info above

Newsletter Communications
Elizabeth W. Prentice
GR-CESU Newsletter Editor
101 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

This page contains links, documents, instructions and assistance in planning and funding a project under the Great Rivers CESU. Before working on forms for a new agreement or to modify an existing agreement please contact Nicole Athearn by email at or by phone at 573-882-8155.

Required Documentation

Guidelines and Instructions

  • Guidelines for Completing a MWR CESU Cost Modification
  • Guidelines for Completing a MWR CESU No Cost Modification
  • Guidelines for Completing a MWR CESU Task Agreement
  • Standard Forms

    National Park Service (NPS)

    Indirect Cost Rate

    The current indirect cost rates for CESU projects are 10% for NRCS and 17.5% for all other federal agencies.

    Please see this link for the fact sheet on the indirect rate for CESU Partners:

    Faculty and Staff Expertise

    The Great Rivers CESU Faculty List is an Excel spreadsheet containing faculty members of the various partner institutions and their areas of study.

    Working with Federal Partners

    Individuals in non-federal partner institutions who have an idea for a CESU project may want to consult these descriptions in determining which federal agency is most likely to be interested in their idea.  In planning your project, please feel free to contact the person listed for each federal agency in the Managers Committee.