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FDA FERN Cooperative Agreement Continuation Program (U18)

Post Date

April 20th 2015

Application Due Date

June 29th 2015

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Food and Nutrition

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $10000 - $240000

Grant Description

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications from institutions/ organizations for inclusion into FDA's Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) Cooperative Agreement Program for Microbiological, Chemical, and/or Radiological laboratories. The FERN cooperative agreements are intended to target state, local, and tribal FERN laboratories to provide increased analytical capacity and expertise (including method development and validation) in the event of food outbreaks or other large-scale food emergency events requiring surge capacity testing of implicated food samples. These samples could involve foods and/or environmental samples related to foods, and will be collected by Federal, State, or local agencies. Selected labs with potential sample collection capabilities may be tasked with sample collection activities in support of this program. Numbers of samples and scheduling of samples will be determined by the FERN National Program Office (NPO) in coordination with grantees. Federal or State surveillance assignments will also be a source of samples for lab analysis. The FDA estimates that the analysis of up to 480 emergency response and surveillance samples per year may be needed. These cooperative agreements will also be utilized to implement standardized analytical results through the usage of standardized methods, equipment platforms (funded through this cooperative agreement) analytical worksheets, and electronic reporting. Each lab should have a quality management system in place to ensure data quality. Laboratories will be encouraged to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation or adopt a quality system comparable to this international standard. Grantees will also be involved in small-scale, short-term method development and method validation projects as directed by the FERN NPO. Matrix extension assignments are also required and can have the potential of requiring rapid turn- around times to respond to food outbreaks.

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