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Developing a Food Protection Rapid Response Team (RRT) (U18)

Post Date

March 14th 2016

Application Due Date

May 16th 2016

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Consumer Protection
Food and Nutrition

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

State Governments

State manufactured food regulatory programs with current FDA food safety inspection contracts (providing funding to State agency food protection regulatory programs) are eligible to apply for funding under this cooperative agreement. In addition, the State manufactured food regulatory program must also be enrolled in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS). State programs receiving funds through the current RRT FOAs (RFA-FD-15-020 and RFA-FD-13-006) are not eligible to apply. Competition is limited to these State manufactured food regulatory programs because the foundational work conducted under the current FDA food safety inspection contracts is necessary for the completion of significant improvements in a nationally integrated food safety system. State manufactured food regulatory programs must also be enrolled in the MFRPS. The MFRPS identifies the elements of a high quality regulatory program, which includes foodborne illness outbreak and response capabilities. The development, implementation, and sustainability of rapid response capabilities for food and feed emergencies will assist the State program in achieving conformance with the MFRPS. In addition, the MFRPS provides the foundation necessary for building, implementing, and sustaining rapid response capabilities. Foreign Institutions Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the HHS Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $None - $300000

Grant Description

The goal of these cooperative agreements is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national integrated food safety system by unifying and coordinating federal/state/local food/feed emergency response efforts including: 1) Strengthening the link among epidemiology, lab and environmental health/regulatory components; 2) Improving States' regulatory and surveillance food/feed protection programs to include using Incident Command System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) principles and a Unified Command structure to conduct integrated responses to all-hazards food/feed emergencies, rapidly identifying and removing tainted food from commerce, and conducting root cause investigations to inform future prevention efforts; and 3) Addressing supporting components, such as training, data sharing, data analysis, communications, continuous process improvement, and development of best practices and other resources to support national capacity/capability development. This will be accomplished through the provision of funding to support development of multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and will require extensive cooperation and coordination with FDA District Offices and other FDA program offices.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Health and Human Services

  • Office:

    Food and Drug Administration

  • Agency Contact:

    Daniel Lukash
    Grants Management Specialist
    Phone 240-402-7596

  • Agency Mailing Address:

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  • More Information:

    Full Announcemnet of RFA-FD-16-032

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