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Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard 2022-2023 Cooperative Agreements Varies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) is announcing the availability of up to $3 million in funds in the Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard (AMR Dashboard) to support projects in the topic areas listed below.Topic 1. Develop antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools that can securely track the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant microbes in domesticated animals. The dashboard tool must also include the following elements:a. Ensure similar confidentiality protections to the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act.b. Must be able to track phenotype and/or genotype of microbes.c. This could include dashboards that help us identify new research questions and perspectives on antimicrobial resistance in domesticated animals.Topic 2. Identify and/or develop methods for protecting confidentiality of data related to antimicrobial resistance in domesticated animals.a. This could include developing statistical approaches to improve confidentiality of antimicrobial resistance data in domesticated animals.Topic 3. Identify data user needs and preferences for antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools.2a. This could include necessary elements for using antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools to monitor trends in antimicrobial resistance patterns in domesticated animals.b. This could include preferences for visualizing antimicrobial resistance data in domesticated animals for different intended audiences, such as domesticated animal owners/producers, veterinarians, diagnostic laboratories, or the general public.Topic 4. Explore aspects of data management for antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools.a. This could include data acquisition, data transfer, data flow, data storage, data aggregation, and data analysis.
Methyl Bromide Transition Program $500,000.00

The Methyl Bromide Transition Program (MBT) addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Methyl bromide has been a pest and disease control tactic critical to pest management systems for decades for soilborne and postharvest pests. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.
Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program $550,000.00

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.
Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities $732,920.00

The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private, non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations.
Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program $325,000.00

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies needed to maintain agricultural productivity and healthy communities.
Development and Implementation of Healthy Meals Incentives School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants $50,000,000.00

In June of 2022, the USDA launched the Food System Transformation framework which aims to build a more resilient food supply chain, create a fairer food system, and make nutritious food more accessible and affordable for consumers, with a particular focus on equity. Under this RFA, the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grant Cooperative Agreement will reflect FNS’ commitment to encourage the offering of healthier food products in the marketplace for school meals through engagement with the food industry and incentivizing innovation and partnerships. Increasing access to nutritious and appealing foods for kids is critical to the success of strong school meal standards. The selected Cooperator(s) will collaborate with food industry partners to support school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and community partners. The goal of this RFA is to select a Cooperator or Cooperators who will implement and manage the School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants. The Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards for SFAs, the Healthy Meals Incentives Sub-Grants for Small and/or Rural SFAs, and the Healthy Meals Summits were released under another RFA and are not included herein. The School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants described in this RFA were created to focus efforts to stimulate innovation in strengthening the availability of and access to nutritious food products in the K-12 school food marketplace. In addition, these sub-grants will support a more resilient food system through expanding manufacturing and purchasing capacity at the local and regional level. This, in turn, increases equitable access to healthy food products both in schools and in communities by way of support for agricultural producers, growers, and processors impacted by COVID-19. The School Food System Transformation Challenge Sub-Grants will support collaborative projects between school districts, food producers, suppliers, distributors, and/or community partners to stimulate innovation in strengthening the availability of and access to nutritious food products in the K-12 school food marketplace.
Cochran Fellowship Program – U.S. Dry Beans Processing, Promotion, and Marketing for Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras $140,000.00

The Cochran Fellowship Program’s Latin America and Caribbean Region is requesting the design and delivery of a training program for a cohort of up to seven Fellows from Costa Rica and seven Fellows from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras for a total of 14 Fellows.BACKGROUNDSince 1984, the U.S. Congress has made funds available to the Cochran Fellowship Program for training agriculturalists from middle-income countries, emerging markets, and emerging democracies. Training opportunities are for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators working in agricultural trade and policy, agribusiness development, management, animal, plant, and food sciences, extension services, agricultural marketing, and many other areas. Individuals selected for Cochran trainings come from both the public and private sectors. All training occurs in the United States. Training programs are designed and organized in conjunction with U.S. universities, USDA and other government agencies, agribusinesses, and consultants. The Cochran Fellowship Program is part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. Since its start in 1984, the Cochran Fellowship Program has provided U.S.-based training for over 19,000 international participants from 126 countries worldwide.SCOPEThe program should provide participants with a thorough understanding of the different varieties and uses of U.S. dry beans. In particular, USDA notes an opportunity to introduce dry bean products as ingredients in processed foods.The program should provide the Fellows an overview of the U.S. dry bean industry showcasing the quality, nutritional value, and versatility of U.S. dry beans. Topics should provide an overview of U.S. dry beans including variety and quality. The program should expose Fellows to the dry bean supply chain, farming practices and technology, storage, processing, grading, and inspection procedures. Additional topics should include U.S. dry bean market trends and practices, use of dry beans, and ingredients for processed products. The training program should include visits to farms, processing facilities, and retailers as well as a meeting with the U.S. Dry Bean Export Council. The program should occur in the Spring in time for Fellows to observe the dry bean planting season. The objective of the program is to educate the Fellows on U.S. dry beans, their varieties, and their uses. The goal of the program is to increase the Fellows’ capacity for understanding applications of agricultural research, extension, and teaching; and to increase trade linkages between Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the United States.LEARNING OBJECTIVESThe recipient will ensure that the Fellows increase their knowledge in the following areas:• Production and supply chain• Dry bean varieties• Quality specifications• Nutritional value of U.S. dry beans• Using dry beans as ingredients• Dry bean consumer products• Market and retail trends• New product development
Building Research Capacity in Global Tobacco Product Regulation Program (U18) Clinical Trials Not Allowed $400,000.00

The following organization is eligible to apply:The World Health Organization (WHO)As FDA seeks to proactively work with other countries and identify research and evaluation opportunities that will impact FDA’s ability to successfully implement the Tobacco Control Act, further collaboration with WHO is anticipated. With the financial support from the U.S. FDA, WHO is uniquely qualified to undertake these activities, given its mandate, wide access to data, participation of member states, and access to worldwide regulatory expertise.
USDA APHIS American Rescue Plan: SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Varies

This funding opportunity is provided to carry out the animal health provision as described in Section 1001 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). Through this provision, APHIS will provide funds to address gaps in surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in animals, determine susceptibility of target species to SARS-CoV-2, understand transmission mechanisms in different animals, develop and optimize SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics and surveillance strategies for multiple species, and develop prevention and intervention strategies. Additional details about this funding opportunity, including additional information for applicants, are available on the USDA APHIS… website. APHIS will make available up to $25,000,000 in funds to support SARS-CoV-2 in Animals projects in 2023. In this funding opportunity, APHIS is seeking proposals for projects that address the funding priority topics described in the General FOA, Section A.2. Funds will be awarded to eligible entities described in the General FOA, Section C. An eligible applicant may submit multiple proposals for this funding opportunity, requesting up to $5,000,000 per proposal for SARS-CoV-2 in Animals activities. Applicants who wish to submit multiple proposals must submit each proposal as a separate proposal package.
USDA APHIS American Rescue Plan: SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Tribal Funding Opportunity Varies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the availability of up to $5,000,000 in funds provided by the American Rescue Plan to Tribes, Tribal Nations, and organizations working on their behalf to support projects in the priority areas below: 1. Address gaps in surveillance and investigation activities for SARS-CoV-2 in animals, including farmed animals, captive wildlife, free-ranging wildlife, and companion animals. 2. Expand knowledge of species susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 to improve understanding of potential roles or routes of transmission. 3. Develop surveillance tools and strategies for the rapid detection and characterization of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to support an early warning system to prevent or limit future SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks. 4. Identify effective interventions, and other measures to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at the human-animal interface and/or impacts to the food supply.