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FSIS FERN Training Support Cooperative Agreement

Post Date

November 25th 2008

Application Due Date

January 9th 2009

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Food and Nutrition

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations.


  • 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 agreement does not support construction costs or funding for the travel or lodging of participant FERN lab attendees to attend the training workshops. Travel/lodging funding for the cooperator’s immediate staff to coordinate the training workshop will be funded under this cooperative agreement. The travel/lodging costs for participating FERN lab attendees will be funded from a different source.]

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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