Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms — such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses — arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. See the Request for Applications for details. Continue reading

Centers for Disease Control announces RFA for Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence

The Centers for Disease Control is sponsoring a funding opportunity for vector-borne disease regional Centers of Excellence.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish vector-borne disease (VBD) regional Centers of Excellence (COEs) aimed at building the capacity to address the problem of emerging and exotic vector-borne diseases in the U.S., including Zika virus infection. The specific goals of these centers are to: (1) conduct applied research to develop and validate effective VBD prevention and control tools and methods necessary to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks; (2) train a cadre of public health
entomologists with the knowledge and skills required to rapidly detect and respond to VBD threats in the United States; and (3) build effective collaborations between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, state, and local levels for VBD surveillance, prevention, and response. The ultimate objective is for these centers to help generate the necessary knowledge and capacity to enable appropriate and timely local public health action for VBD to be taken throughout the U.S., given significant regional differences in vector ecology, disease transmission dynamics and resources. Continue reading

Webinars on FY 2015 Centers of Excellence Implementation

The 2014 Farm Bill requires that NIFA give priority in competitive research and extension funding to Centers of Excellence in the food and agricultural sciences.

As part of its outreach effort, NIFA’s Office of Grants and Financial Management will hold two educational webinars to present information on the FY15 implementation of the Centers of Excellence Provision. The webinars will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST, Feb. 26 and March 5. Webinar access.

NIFA will be announcing a separate series of webinars to solicit stakeholder input on FY 2016 Centers of Excellence Implementation.

USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food. NIFA is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security program.

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