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Flexible Funding Model (FFM) – Infrastructure, Development, and Maintenance for State Manufactured Food Regulatory Programs Cooperative Agreement Program

Flexible Funding Model (FFM) – Infrastructure, Development, and Maintenance for State Manufactured Food Regulatory Programs Cooperative Agreement Program

What is the Flexible Funding Model (FFM) Cooperative Agreement Program?

The intended outcome of this cooperative agreement program is to advance efforts for a nationally integrated food safety system (IFSS) by supporting Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS), Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Food Protection Task Force (FPTF) programs, as well as special projects supporting these programs.

Applicants must refer to the Eligibility Section of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to determine which funding track they should apply for: MFRPS Development or MFRPS Maintenance. Within each track, applicants applying for more than one funding options should include activities supporting the appropriate funding options, as outlined in the Schematic of the Flexible Funding Model document. Further information on eligibility for each of the funding options, maximum budget per program area and other administrative considerations, can be found in the document mentioned above.

Please see below for additional information: 

Flexible Funding Model Resources

Which states are currently enrolled in the FFM Cooperative Agreement Program?

MFRPS map 12-14-18

United States may displaying 40 FDA funded FFM cooperative agreement states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA*, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC*, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV*, WY

  • Total of 43 awardees

    • CA - 2 state agencies (Dept of Health and Dept of Ag)

    • SC - 2 state agencies (Dept of Health and Dept of Ag)

    • WV - 2 state agencies (Dept of Health and Dept of Ag)

Is funding available to assist states in the implementation of the FFM Cooperative Agreement Program?

More information about this funding program can be obtained by viewing the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Awards up to $640,000 per year will be given, based upon funding levels and options selected. Programs may receive up to 5 years of funding, based on performance and availability of funds.

Application Due Dates:

  • March 1, 2018, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • December 1, 2018, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • December 1, 2019, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • December 1, 2020, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

  • December 1, 2021, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

How does the FFM Cooperative Agreement Program integrate with FoodSHIELD?

The FFM Cooperative Agreement Program uses the FoodSHIELD website to facilitate federal/state communication and collaboration in the development and implementation of this program. All state personnel actively involved in the FFM Cooperative Agreement Program should register for a FoodSHIELD account and join the MFRPS, RRT and/or FPTF Workgroups in FoodSHIELD as it relates to your respective track awards in your program. Click here to register for a FoodSHIELD account.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the FFM Cooperative Agreement Program?

For more information on this program. please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements. Please visit the Office of Partnerships Contacts webpage to obtain a downloaded version of the staffing roster. 

General questions can be directed to OP.Feedback@fda.hhs.gov