Unit Cooperators

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit exists by cooperative agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). The WMI serves as a liaison among Unit cooperators nation-wide and as an independent voice for the Units on Capitol Hill. Research funds are provided annually by the ADFG, and through grants and contracts obtained by Unit scientists and cooperating faculty. Agencies of the U.S. Departments of Interior and Defense are primary sources of federal research funds for the Alaska Unit.

Cooperator Support: The Key to Success

UAF, ADFG, and USGS each make substantial financial contributions to the continuing operation of the Alaska Unit. This partnership is the key to the success of the Unit: each of the partners bears part of the cost but receives the whole of the benefit. The benefit comes as products: research published in peer-reviewed journals; students trained as entry-level professionals; and technical assistance provided by recognized experts.

  • UAF annually provides administrative funds for Unit business operations, including the salaries and benefits of UAF support staff. UAF/IAB also provides laboratory and storage space in support of Unit research projects. In recognition of the contributions of ADFG and USGS to this partnership, UAF substantially reduces the indirect costs (overhead) charged to Unit grants and contracts.
  • The ADFG Divisions of Sport Fish and Wildlife Conservation provide funds annually for support of Unit operations and research projects. In addition, ADFG also provides funding and in-kind support of graduate students, often as part of its own operations. This arrangement gives agency-based experience to students.
  • USGS pays the salaries and benefits of the Unit scientists located at the Alaska Unit. In addition, a modest operating fund may be provided annually.