FSIS FERN Cooperative Agreement Program

The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) currently comprises federal, state, and local government regulatory laboratories with varying capacities to perform threat agent testing.

The FERN division in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking to award a cooperative agreement

credit:


for providing and maintaining, in its current active state, a secure communication and collaboration portal which will provide the FERN with capability, capacity and readiness data for the network member laboratories.

In addition, this portal will provide for:
(1) training event registration and historical tracking of attendees; (2) Just in time training with video and webinar capability to multi-agency participants; (3) proficiency test event registration and historical tracking of participants; (4) public webpage maintenance and enhancement; (5) FERN Storeroom online, secure ordering and inventory maintenance; (6) capability and capacity information available from first day of award date; (7) Activation management and results data entry database for all members during exercise and actual activation events; (8) FERN repository, including housing all FERN methods, operational SOP’s and other network documents, complete with search functionality for all capabilities of network; (9) FERN Calendar of events automatically populated from each network event scheduled within the website functional arena, (10) 24 hour helpdesk assistance and online management of user accounts, and each data set (1-10) will be organized with data output/reporting in the format and manner specified by FERN.
Related Programs

Food Safety Cooperative Agreements

Department of Agriculture


Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Food Safety Inspection Service

Estimated Funding: $250,000


Who's Eligible





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-20-036.html

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U. S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-20-036.html

Contact:


Agency Email Description:
FSIS Office

Agency Email:


Date Posted:
2020-06-10

Application Due Date:


Archive Date:
2020-08-02



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