Cooperative Agreement for CESU-affiliated Great Lakes Northern Forests Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

US Geological Survey is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU Partner for a research project that will target filling gaps in the application of RT-QuIC to support CWD management and research.

Specifically, the project will support U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) efforts to establish a 1) bank

of well-characterized reference samples that are available for USGS CWD research and the wider research community to ensure proper assay functioning, 2) identify optimal tissues for ante-mortem sampling, 3) determine biological relevance of RT-QuIC results, 4) optimize extraction methods and the assay for detection of prions from incinerator products generated during carcass disposal, and 5) evaluate the effectiveness of incineration for inactivating prions.
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U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection

Department of the Interior

Agency: Department of the Interior

Office: Geological Survey

Estimated Funding: $1,000,000

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This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.

CESU’s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education.

Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Great Lakes-Northern Forest CESU and contain a recognized soil science/chemistry department with documented expertise in CWD and prion research.

Additionally, demonstrated experience in using RT-QuIC to detect prions from environmental samples and assessing effectiveness of inactivation methods for prions adhered to contaminated surfaces is essential.

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