Ruminant Feed Ban Support Project

To assist in an increased surveillance presence throughout the commercial feed channels to prevent the introduction or amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States.


Examples of Funded Projects

Florida Ruminant Feed Ban Enhancement Project; Nebraska Ruminant Feed Ban Support Project; Office of the Texas State Chemist BSE Prevention Program.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Regional office information will be provided in the application packet, if applicable.


Program Accomplishments

Enhancement of government infrastructure of animal feed safety and bovine spongiform encephalopathy prevention programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are awarded to eligible institutions in the name of the principal investigator for a discrete project.

Funds are to be used for location and visitation of firms involved in the manufacture, distribution and transportation of animal feed, and operations feeding ruminant animals in their jurisdiction, to verify compliance with the ruminant feed ban.

Visitations could include annual inspections of renderers, protein blenders and feed mills that manufacture animal feeds and feed ingredients utilizing materials prohibited under the ruminant feed ban that are not covered under existing FDA contracts and other agreements.

Funds can be used for inspections of salvagers of food and feed, and transporters of animal feed and feed ingredients, supplies, training, laboratory equipment for feed sample testing, and as a supplement to the annual State program appropriations.

Funds may not be used to replace annual State program funds for these purposes.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This cooperative agreement program is only available to State and Tribal Feed/BSE regulatory programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, State and Tribal Feed/BSE regulatory programs.

Credentials/Documentation

Applications must present a plan and furnish evidence that facilities, personnel and equipment are appropriate to carry out the plan. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and Executive Order 12372 as it applies.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms noted in the Request for Application (RFA) and or the Funding Opportunity Announcement published in the NIH Guide and as provided by the FDA through grants.gov, and as required by 45 CFR 72 must be used for this program. All applicants must complete the required forms through grants.gov for new competing continuations or competing supplemental research grants. The application packages are posted under the "APPLY" section of this announcement under http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All accepted applications receive a scientific review for technical merit and a recommnedation for approval by an appropriate initial ad hoc review group. All approved and scored applications compete for available funds on the basis of score, scientific merit and program analysis. Geographic distribution will be a consideration in the award selection process.

Deadlines

Applications will be due no later than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and/or NIH Guide.

Authorization

Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Public Law 107-188.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Renewals are available. Procedures are the same as for new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of support will depend on the nature of the projects. For those projects with an expected duration of more than 1 year, a 2nd or 3rd year of non-comptetive continuation of support will depend on 1) performance during the preceeding year and 2) availability of Federal funds.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

For continuing grants and cooperative agreements, an annual program progress report and an annual Financial Status Report as well as final program progress report are required.

Final program progress reports and Financial Status reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (e.g. most recent revision), "Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Records

All cooperative agreement documentation must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the final financial status report for the project period. Progress reports, expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the final financial status report for the project period. Financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records that are required by the terms of the grant or may be considered pertinent to a grant must be retained for 3 years from the date the grantee submits the final financial status report for the report period. See 45 CFR 74.53 and 92.42 for exceptions and qualification to the 3 year retention requirement. See 45 CFR 74.48 and 92.36 for record retention and access requirements for contracts under grants.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0600-0-1-554.

Obigations

FY 07 $2,000,000; FY 08 est $2,000,000; and FY 09 est. $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

An average of $250,000 total cost per award (direct and indirect) for up to 3 years.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR Part 52-Grants for Research Projects; 45 CFR Part 74 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Awards and Subawards to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospital, Other Nonprofit Organizations and Commercial Organizations; and certain grants and agreements with States, Local Governments and Indian Tribal Governments; 45 CFR Part 92-Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments; the HHS Grants Policy Statement (most recent revision); Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs as implemented through 45 CFR Part 100--Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional office information will be provided in the application packet, if applicable.

Headquarters Office

Jennifer Gabb, Division of Federal-State Relations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, HFC-150, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 1207, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 827-2899; E-mail: jennifer.gabb@fda.hhs.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applications will be reviewed for responsiveness by the Grants Management Staff and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). To be responsive, the application must be submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Register and/or NIH Guide notice. All responsive applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee. Each application will be scored and ranked based on the following criteria 1) availability of adequately trained staff; 2) detailed description of current feed regulatory program; 3) properly detailed budget that is intended to supplement State or Tribal appropriations; 4) accurate count of all feed facilities, etc., in the State or Tribal nation; 5) detailed description of how inspections are to be performed; 6) detailed descriptions of how current, non-inspected facilities will be identified and added to the State's inspection responsibilities: 7) ability to satisfy the reporting requirements; 8) provision of current funding level certification; 9) detailed methodology for program improvement; 10) justification for hiring new staff; and 11) detailed description of the enforcement of violative facilities; under the cooperative agreement all funding will be made by the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration or his designee.



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