15 U.S.C. § 3707 : US Code - Section 3707: National Science Foundation Cooperative Research Centers

    (a) Establishment and provisions
      The National Science Foundation shall provide assistance for the
    establishment of Cooperative Research Centers. Such Centers shall
    be affiliated with a university, or other nonprofit institution, or
    a group thereof. The objective of the Centers is to enhance
    technological innovation as provided in section 3705(a) of this
    title through the conduct of activities as provided in section
    3705(b) of this title.
    (b) Planning grants
      The National Science Foundation is authorized to make available
    nonrenewable planning grants to universities of nonprofit
    institutions for the purpose of developing the plan, as described
    under section 3705(c)(3) of this title.
    (c) Terms and conditions
      Grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements entered into by the
    National Science Foundation in execution of the powers and duties
    of the National Science Foundation under this chapter shall be
    governed by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 [42 U.S.C.
    1861 et seq.] and other pertinent Acts.