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Existing Grant & Cooperative Agreement Programs

 

 

Cooperative Agreements

Building an Integrated Laboratory System to Advance the Safety of Food and Animal Feed

The goal of this cooperative agreement program is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food and animal feed safety system by strengthening multi-disciplinary laboratory collaboration and equivalency. The advancement of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 laboratory accreditation for food and animal feed regulatory laboratories is a foundational component of building an integrated laboratory system for theadvancement of public health.  This cooperative agreement will help prepare food and feed regulatory testing laboratories seeking to achieve, maintain, and enhance ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by providing adult education and training programs.  In addition, the provision of funding will establish a formal platform to build an integrated laboratory community consisting of State and local food regulatory laboratories and regulatory program managers. The laboratory community will advance the sharing, equivalency, and acceptability of laboratory results in support of public health goals. Effective leveraging of resources and harmonization of efforts will require collaboration with relevant initiatives, including those of federal partners, national initiatives and associations, State, and local partners. 
  • Awards up to $1,500,000/year
 
Alliance for Advancing an Integrated Food Safety System
 
The goals of this limited competition cooperative agreement are to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food safety system by strengthening collaborations, improving the States regulatory and surveillance protection programs for manufactured foods, and providing assistance to State legislatures on key food safety issues. The work completed under this cooperative agreement includes:
 
  • Establishment of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA) and annual meetings to address the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS).
  • Conduct surveys of the capacity and capabilities of food regulatory programs (State, local, territorial, and tribal)
  • Tracking of state and local food Laws and Regulation, including those that extend beyond the requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and regulations enforced by FDA.
  • Develop Task Oriented Guidelines to Address Issues that can be adopted or into State/Local/Tribal food manufacturing programs.
  • Identify and Support pilot programs in  manufactured food programs as needed.
  • Build a network to serve as a learning exchange, subject matter expert registry, maintain topical index of regulatory guidance and program manager portal to support the MFRPS. 
  • Identify and coordinate training activities with FDA or other entities such as IFPTI or Cooperative Extension offices.
  • Update, enhance and improve a web based directory for food program managers including Federal, State, and local officials.
  • In support of FSMA, work with FDA to establish operational partnerships that assist in the capacity building of state and local agencies as well as establishing and implementing strategies for improving state and local food safety efforts.
  • Maintain a legislative tracking service to provide up to date information on legislation on key food safety and food infrastructure bills in state legislatures.
  • Provide a report/book of best practices for state legislators and policy makers to identify promising approaches by states to improve food safety based on research and review conducted by the association on approaches undertaken by states to address food safety. 
  • Hold meetings for state legislators to offer insights and observations on food safety to develop a best practices report. 
  • Publish reports, web briefs, newsletters and magazines geared to legislators on topics specific to food safety.
  • Provide technical assistance to state legislatures on committee testimony, bill drafting support and insight upon request by legislative leadership to provide expert advice on issues of concern to the state. 
  • Present at national food safety conferences on state legislative practices and food safety legislation. 
  • Serve as information clearinghouse on state legislative issues and provide insight and intelligence  to FDA of state legislative concerns regarding the food safety system including food borne illness outbreaks, recalls and regulatory changes. 
  • Awards up to $500,000
  • Grantees currently receiving funding are the Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). 

Development, Implementation, and Management of a Funding system to Advance Conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS)

The intended outcome of this Cooperative Agreement is the development, implementation, and management of a funding system in which State, local, tribal, and territorial retail food regulatory programs can apply and be subawarded funds for completion of projects and training to enhance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS or Retail Program Standards).  

The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) has been awarded this cooperative agreement and will be responsible for development, implementation and management of the funding system to administer and award funds to State, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions to facilitate long-term improvements and advancement of the Retail Program Standards.  
   
The FDA anticipates subaward funds will be made available through this funding system in three distinct categories:
 
  • Category 1 (Small projects): Awards of $500 - $3,000 for completion of small projects. Examples of small projects include, but may not be limited to, completion of a self-assessment of all nine Standards, completion of a verification audit confirming the results of the jurisdiction’s self-assessment which indicates that it meets one or more of the Standards, completion of smaller cost projects related to achieving a specific Standard's criteria such as developing a written quality assurance program (Standard 4) or a written compliance and enforcement program (Standard 6). 
  • Category 2 (Moderate Projects):  Awards of $10,000 - $20,000 for completion of more ambitious projects. Examples include, but may not be limited to, development and implementation of a computer software system that supports elements of the retail food inspection program, completion of foodborne illness risk factor studies, and implementation of comprehensive intervention strategies for reducing foodborne illness risk factors identified as priority areas.
  • Category 3 (Training Scholarships):  Awards of up to $2,000 in individual scholarships for travel to food safety training by FDA, CDC, or other entity that would support furtherance of the retail program.  Examples include, but may not be limited to, awards to pay for travel-related expenses to attend Program Standards Self-Assessment and Verification Audit workshops, training courses required in the Standard 2 curriculum, workshops on establishing a Field Training Plan, training courses related to the development and implementation of a foodborne illness risk factor study, and workshops on risk-based inspection methodology.

Projects proposed by the subawardees should target advancement of certain Retail Standards, requirements, or activities.  Programs applying for subawards must submit a proposal detailing the use and outcomes of the funds requested and a progress report at the conclusion of the project. Please click here to access the list of funding awardees for 2014.  

Feed Safety and Ruminant Feed Ban (BSE)

The goal of this Cooperative Agreement Program is to enhance, complement, develop and improve State/territory/tribal animal feed safety and surveillance programs. This will be accomplished through the provision of funding for additional equipment, supplies, funding for personnel, training in current feed testing methodologies recognized by FDA, participation in proficiency testing to establish additional reliable laboratory sample analysis capacity, and analysis of surveillance samples as well as State/territorial/tribal government compliance inspections. This will also require extensive cooperation and coordination with FDA District Offices to minimize duplication of inspections.
  • Awards up to $250,000
  • States currently receiving funding are: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington State.

 

Food Safety and Security Monitoring Projects (FERN Labs)

The cooperative agreements for Food Safety and Security Monitoring provide funding to Food Emergency Response Network laboratories, which are essential to intervention efforts. The FERN cooperative agreements are intended to target state, local, and tribal registered FERN labs to provide increased sample analyses in the event of food outbreaks or other large-scale food emergency events requiring surge capacity testing of implicated food samples and food products.  These samples could involve foods and/or environmental samples related to foods, and will be collected by Federal, State, or local agencies.  Numbers of samples and scheduling of samples will be done by the FERN National Program Office (NPO) in coordination with State/Local lab authorities.  Federal or State surveillance assignments will also be a source of samples for lab analysis. 
There are three key program areas under FERN:
  • Microbiology
    • Awards up to $250,000
    • States currently receiving funds are: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Washington State.
  • Chemistry
    • Awards up to $400,000
    • States currently receiving funds are: Arizona, California (UC-Davis), Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, California (DOPH), Ohio, Colorado, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
  • Radiological
    • Awards up to $250,000
    • States currently receiving funds are: Maryland, New York, Texas, Washington State, and Wisconsin.

 

Food Protection Rapid Response Teams Program

 
The Food Protection RRTs conduct integrated, multiagency responses to all-hazards food and feed emergencies in various states across the Nation. RRTs are developed through a multiyear cooperative agreement between FDA and State food regulatory partners. This cooperative agreement requires that these teams engage partners across disciplines and jurisdictions to build core capabilities and explore innovative approaches to response. The RRTs vary from each other in accordance with differences in government structures, geographies, laws, resources, etc.
 
RRTs draw on the resources and partnerships developed through these cooperative agreements to accomplish responses characterized by improvements in areas such as interagency communication, established plans and procedures, and jointly trained and exercised staff.
  • FY13 awards range from $150,000-$250,000
  • 18 States currently participate under this cooperative agreement.

 Learn more about the RRTs here2.

 

Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS)

 The MFRPS allows for the development of risk-based food safety programs by establishing a uniform basis for measuring and improving the performance of State manufactured food regulatory programs in the United States. By achieving and sustaining conformance with these program standards, Federal and State programs can better direct their regulatory activities toward reducing foodborne illness hazards in food plants. Consequently, the safety and security of the United States food supply will improve. Achieving and sustaining conformance with the program standards will require comprehensive self-assessment on the part of a State program and will encourage continuous improvement and innovation. FDA recognizes that the time required for full conformance of the program standards will vary between States. However, all State manufactured food regulatory programs will be expected to implement strategic plans to ensure continuous improvement and demonstrate that they are moving towards full conformance. State manufactured food regulatory programs receiving funds under this cooperative agreement willbe expected to achieve significant to full conformance by Year 5 of the cooperative agreement. Eligible entities include state manufactured food regulatory programs with current FDA food safety inspection contracts or those that agree to enter into a food contract with FDA at the earliest possible date. There are currently two cooperative agreement programs under MFRPS:

  • MFRPS CAP 
    • Awards up to $300,000/year
  • ISO 17025 Laboratory Accredidation CAP 
    • Awards up to $300,000/year (seek accreditation); $150,000/year (maintain accreditation)
  • States currently recieving funds are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee,  Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

 

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for State Food Testing Laboratories

The intended outcome of this cooperative agreement is for microbiological and chemical food analyses performed on behalf of State manufactured food regulatory programs to be conducted within the scope of an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory and the goal of achieving a nationally integrated food safety system to be further advanced. This will be accomplished by preparing the primary food testing laboratories for State manufactured food regulatory programs to achieve and maintain ISO/IEC 17025:2005 laboratory accreditation. Currently accredited laboratories will also be prepared for accreditation enhancements. Increased laboratory analyses from ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited labs, as would be accomplished through this cooperative agreement, will in effect serve to increase the analytical capacity for FDA and enhance efforts to protect the food supply. Data generated by recipient laboratories will be made available for consideration of FDA enforcement actions as well as for surveillance purposes and during response to foodborne outbreaks through eLEXNET. Laboratory accreditation will also assist State manufactured food regulatory programs in achieving conformance with the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS).

  • Awards of up to $300,000/year for laboratories seeking to obtain ISO/IEC 17025:2005 acceditation
  • Awards of up to $150,000/year for currently accredited laboratories seeking to maintain and increase the scope of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 laboratory acceditation

 

Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS)

The intended outcome of this cooperative agreement is to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system by assisting retail food regulatory programs in achieving conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS or Retail Program Standards). The Retail Program Standards apply to the operation and management of a retail food regulatory program that is focused on the reduction of risk factors known to cause or contribute to foodborne illness and to the promotion of industry action to achieve active managerial control of these risk factors. Under the cooperative agreement, the state, local, territorial, or tribal jurisdiction would implement a continuous program improvement/enhancement strategy (strategic plan) using the FDA VNRFRPS. The strategic plan may include implementing individual standards that have not yet been met, pursuing enhancements to implemented standards, or developing innovative intervention strategies designed to reduce the occurrence of contributing risk factors associated with foodborne illness. The strategic plan should identify the timeframes, personnel and other resources required for implementation. The goal of developing and sustaining the FDA VNRFRPS is in concert with long-term goals to: enhance the food inspection, food safety and foodborne illness response programs; increase the programs' ability to inspect and obtain compliance in their jurisdiction involved in retail food regulation; and verify compliance with state, local and tribal laws and regulations, food defense, and other food protection requirements in support of the state, local, territorial, and tribal program and the FDA Food Safety Initiative. Eligible entities include state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies with primary regulatory responsibility for retail food establishments, or those government agencies with substantial involvement and control over such agencies. In addition, the retail food regulatory agency must be enrolled in the VNRFRPS and have completed a current self-assessment against the Retail Program Standards as required by Standard 9.

State & Local Governments, Tribes, and Territories currently recieving funds are: 

  • CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
  • CONNECTICUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • CUYAHOGA COUNTY DISTRICT BOARD OF HEALTH, OHIO
  • COUNTY OF FULTON, GEORGIA (1 year award)
  • GEORGIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
  • HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS (3 year award)
  • HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA (1 year award)
  • IOWA STATE DEPT/ INSPECTIONS AND APPEALS
  • ILLINOIS STATE DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  • INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
  • KERN COUNTY DEPT/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, CALIFORNIA
  • KANSAS STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
  • LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES, CALIFORNIA
  • CITY OF LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
  • MICHIGAN STATE DEPT OF AGRICULTURE
  • MILWAUKEE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WISCONSIN
  • MINNESOTA STATE DEPT OF AGRICULTURE
  • MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
  • MULTNOMAH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, OREGON
  • CITY OF NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS
  • COUNTY OF OLMSTED, MINNESOTA
  • OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY/PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES (1 year award)
  • PUEBLO CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, COLORADO
  • RHODE ISLAND STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
  • SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPT/HEALTH SERVICES, NEW YORK
  • SOUTHWEST UTAH PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
  • TENNESSEE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
  • TEXAS STATE DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • VIRGINIA STATE DEPT/ AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SRVS
  • COUNTY OF WASHOE, NEVADA
  • WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
  • YELLOWSTONE CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPT, MONTANA
  • ALASKA STATE DEPT/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • ALABAMA STATE DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  • ARIZONA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • BEAR RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT, UTAH
  • CITY OF BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
  • BOULDER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, COLORADO
  • CALHOUN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, ILLINOIS
  • CINCINNATI HEALTH DEPARTMENT, OHIO
  • COLORADO STATE DEPT/PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
 

 Building the Capacity of Food Safety Entities to Protect Public Health in Response to a Notification under Section 1008 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or a Recall of Foods (FSMA Emergency Response)

The intended outcome of this cooperative agreement is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food safety system by building the capacity of food safety entities to take appropriate action, including planning and otherwise preparing to take such action, to protect the public health in response to a notification under section 1008 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or a recall of food under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Food safety (unintentional contamination) and food defense (intentional contamination) are both ongoing issues. FDA feels it is critical that these programs be integrated to the maximum extent possible to ensure the most efficient use of resources and optimize the response to any type of threat to the food supply. The definition of food is for both human and animal consumption. Incidents affecting the human food supply will often impact animal feed and vice versa. Applicants may pursue a variety of projects to enhance their ability to protect public health in response to a notification under section 1008 or a recall of food under the FD&C Act. In addition, collaborations are encouraged with relevant entities such as FDA Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), the CDC Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) Sites, FDA Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network, FoodNet, Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net), FDA Food Protection Task Forces, Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) Emergency Response Workgroup, or the Council for Improved Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR). Eligible entities include food safety programs that are either State, local, tribal, territorial, or non-profit food safety training entities that collaborate with one or more institutions of higher learning.

 

Building the Capacity of State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Food Regulatory Agencies to Undertake Examinations, Inspections, and Investigations and Other Food Safety Activities Under Section 702 of the FD&C Act (FSMA Inspections)

The intended outcome of this cooperative agreement is to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food safety system by building the capacity of state, local, tribal, and territorial food safety agencies to undertake examinations, inspections, and investigations and related food safety activities under section 702 of the FD&C Act. Applicants may pursue a variety of projects to improve the capability and capacity for food safety agencies to protect public health by undertaking examinations, inspections, and investigations, and other related food safety activities under section 702. The outcome of the work provided under this cooperative agreement would include advancing an integrated national food safety system this as well as meeting provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Additional outcomes include measurable improvement in the capability and capacity for food safety agencies to protect public health and the development of strategies that result in the measurable improvement of the capability and capacity for food safety agencies to protect public health by undertaking examinations, inspections, and investigations and other related food safety activities under section 702 that can be shared and duplicated on a national basis by other food safety agencies as well as the metrics and/or tracking systems to assess the improvement in capacity. Eligible entities include food safety programs that are either State, local, tribal, territorial, or non-profit food safety training entities that collaborate with one or more institutions of higher learning.

 

Grants

 

Food Protection Task Force Conference Program

Food Protection Task Force meetings foster communication and cooperation and collaboration within the States among State, local, and tribal food protection, public health, agriculture, and regulatory agencies. The meetings should: (1) Provide a forum for all the stakeholders of the food protection system—regulatory agencies, academia, industry, consumers, State legislators, Boards of Health and Agriculture, and other interested parties; (2) assist in adopting or implementing the Food Code and other food protection regulations; and (3) promote the integration of an efficient statewide food protection/defense system that maximizes the protection of the public health through prevention, intervention and response including the early detection and containment of foodborne illness.
  • Awards up to $10,000
  • States currently receiving funds are: Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

Learn more about the Task Forces here.

 

Innovative Food Defense Program

The Innovative Food Defense Program (IFDP) grants are designed to generate food defense tools and resources that are easily replicated and can complement, aid in the development of, or improve State, local, Tribal and territorial (SLTT)  food defense programs. The known overlap between food safety (unintentional contamination) and food defense (intentional contamination) is extensive and the pool of resources available is often the same.  As the Food Safety Modernization Act recognizes the evolution of the relationship between food safety and food defense, it is critical that these programs be integrated to the maximum extent possible in order to ensure the most efficient use of resources, as well as to optimize response to an incident or event.  

  • Recipients were awarded up to $100,000.

  • North Carolina, New Mexico and Somerset County, NJ were awarded the IFDP grant in FY2011.

  • View previous accomplishments by grantees under the Innovative Food Defense Grant Program.

  • For more information on the IFDP, please visit the Food Defense Oversight Team's website.  

 

Small Science Conference Grants (FDA-Wide Program)

Grant funds are awarded to host an annual scientific conference, seminar, workshop, or symposium with a topic of interest and relevance to the FDA Center supporting the grant.

  • Awards up to $25,000
  • Associations currently receiving funds are: National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), National Egg Regulatory Officials (NERO), and Conference for Food Protection (CFP).

The goals of this limited competition cooperative agreement are to facilitate long-term improvements to the national food safety system by strengthening collaborations, improving the States regulatory and surveillance protection programs for manufactured foods, and providing assistance to State legislatures on key food safety issues. The work completed under this cooperative agreement includes

a.  Establishment of the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (MFRPA) and annual meetings to address the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS).
b.  Conduct surveys of the capacity and capabilities of food regulatory programs (State, local, territorial, and tribal)
c.  Tracking of state and local food Laws and Regulation, including those that extend beyond the requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and regulations enforced by FDA.
d.  Develop Task Oriented Guidelines to Address Issues that can be adopted or into State/Local/Tribal food manufacturing programs.
e.  Identify and Support pilot programs in  manufactured food programs as needed.
f.  Build a network to serve as a learning exchange, subject matter expert registry, maintain topical index of regulatory guidance and program manager portal to support the MFRPS. 
g.  Identify and coordinate training activities with FDA or other entities such as IFPTI or Cooperative Extension offices.
h.  Update, enhance and improve a web based directory for food program managers including Federal, State, and local officials.
i.  In support of FSMA, work with FDA to establish operational partnerships that assist in the capacity building of state and local agencies as well as establishing and implementing strategies for improving state and local food safety efforts.
j. Maintain a legislative tracking service to provide up to date information on legislation on key food safety and food infrastructure bills in state legislatures.
k.  Provide a report/book of best practices for state legislators and policy makers to identify promising approaches by states to improve food safety based on research and review conducted by the association on approaches undertaken by states to address food safety. 
m.  Hold meetings for state legislators to offer insights and observations on food safety to develop a best practices report. 
n.  Publish reports, web briefs, newsletters and magazines geared to legislators on topics specific to food safety.
o.  Provide technical assistance to state legislatures on committee testimony, bill drafting support and insight upon request by legislative leadership to provide expert advice on issues of concern to the state. 
p. Present at national food safety conferences on state legislative practices and food safety legislation. 
q.  Serve as information clearinghouse on state legislative issues and provide insight and intelligence  to FDA of state legislative concerns regarding the food safety system including food borne illness outbreaks, recalls and regulatory changes. 
Awards up to $500,000
Grantees currently receiving funding are the Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).