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FSIS FERN Cooperative Agreements

Post Date

March 15th 2010

Application Due Date

April 23rd 2010

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Food and Nutrition

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


Current State, Local, or Tribal FERN member laboratories with active status. The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) integrates the nation's food-testing laboratories at the local, state, and federal levels into a network that is able to respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination of food. Please visit for more information regarding FERN including eligibility requirements and how to become a member. (note: if you’re not already a FERN member you are not eligible for this funding opportunity)


  • Award Range:

    $None - $None

Grant Description

The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) currently comprises federal, state, and local government regulatory laboratories with varying capacities to perform threat agent testing. The FERN division in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking to award up to 25 cooperative agreements targeting state, local, and tribal FERN labs to augment threat agent testing capacities and expand the number of member laboratories able to perform threat agent testing for the Network. The agreements will enhance the ability to analyze for microbiological and chemical threat agents utilizing FERN methods and improve laboratory capacities for food defense assignments and outbreak response. The agreements will support FERN threat agent method training, the purchase of equipment and supplies required by the selected methods, and reimbursement of personnel expenses. These CAP awards are for the purpose of enhancing and expanding the capacity and capability of the participating laboratories to be able to analyze various food matrices for microbiological and chemical threat agents to quickly and accurately respond to any potential threats to the nation’s food supply.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Agriculture

  • Office:

    Food Safety Inspection Service

  • Agency Contact:

    Michael Myers
    Staff Officer
    Phone 706-546-3664

  • Agency Mailing Address:

    contact email

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