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FSIS FERN Training Support Cooperative Agreement

Post Date

July 1st 2008

Application Due Date

July 11th 2008

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Food and Nutrition

Eligibility Categories


Must be a nongovernment, nonprofit organization.


  • Award Range:

    $None - $None

Grant Description

The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) currently comprises 150+ federal, state, and local government regulatory laboratories with varying capacities to perform threat agent testing. FERN has 41 cooperative agreements already in place which target state, local, and tribal FERN labs in an effort to augment the network’s microbiological, chemical, and radiological threat agent testing capacities. The current FERN cooperative agreement labs also focus on developing better diagnostic capabilities for threat agent testing within the Network partner laboratories. These current cooperative agreements enhance the ability to analyze for microbiological, chemical and radiological threat agents utilizing FERN methods and improve laboratory capacities for food defense assignments and outbreak response. In support of the network, FERN has established a training program conducted by FDA and USDA which provide numerous trainings opportunities for FERN partner laboratory personnel to enhance their technical expertise. This new proposed Training Support cooperative agreement will augment the current FERN Training program and expand the number of training opportunities with industry vendors via regional/national meetings. This new Training support cooperative agreement would support the purchase of equipment and supplies required in an effort to coordinate with the existing training program, and reimbursement of personnel expenses. [NOTE: The agreements do not support construction costs.]

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Agriculture

  • Office:

    Food Safety Inspection Service

  • Agency Contact:

    Michael Myers
    Staff Officer
    Phone 706-546-3664

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