Proposals Requested for Cooperative Agreement to Train Healthcare Providers

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications from eligible parties to manage a cooperative agreement to help educate the medical community on how to recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions. The long-term goal of the project is to achieve improved health for communities at risk for overexposure to pesticides through outreach, technical assistance and training to increase knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks.

This is a national environmental and occupational health effort solicited by doctors, clinicians, and state health departments. With this award, EPA seeks to build on the progress of the previous project titled “From the Fields to the Exam Room: Integrating the Recognition, Management and Prevention of Pesticide Poisonings into the Primary Care Setting.” The publication “Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning” was an earlier product of the initiative. Continue reading

EPA Solicits Proposals for the Field Implementation Meeting Support Cooperative Agreement

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for one or more cooperative agreements to manage a Field Implementation Meetings Support program. EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five fiscal years (2017 through 2021).

The cooperative agreement will provide financial assistance to one or more eligible applicants to organize and facilitate dialogue and collaboration on pesticide safety programs, mainly the Certified Applicator regulation and the agricultural Worker Protection Standard. Both regulations aim to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among handlers, applicators, bystanders and the public.

EPA must receive proposals through Grants.gov no later than – 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 12, 2017. View more information on this Request for Applications (EPA-OPP-2017-002).

USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2017 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016. Continue reading

Grants for Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

(FSMA) Compliance (U01) Application Due Date(s)

April 21, 2016, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-16-002.html

 Purposes and Principles

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), is announcing the availability of a limited competition Cooperative Agreement.  The estimated amount of funds available for support of this cooperative agreement is $1,500,000 (direct and indirect costs) for fiscal year 2016.  It is anticipated that at least an additional two (2) years of support may be available, depending on annual appropriations and successful performance.

The intent of this cooperative agreement is to fund entities that have active working relationships with local food producers, processors, or enterprises and/or organizations that have demonstrated experience developing and providing science-based, culturally specific food safety training, education and outreach, for local food producers and processors, with an emphasis on those that are involved in diversified, sustainable, organic and identity-preserved agricultural operations; beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers; value-added farm businesses and small-size processors; and direct and intermediate supply chain participants.  Subcontracts to other organizations that meet the intent noted above are encouraged.  It is expected that applicants will specifically include collaboration between and among national and regional food safety leaders; relevant diversified, sustainable, organic and identity-preserved agricultural businesses or organizations; colleges, universities and related land grant cooperative extension programs; and  regional and local food sector organizations, among others, in order to reach the intended audience.  In addition, applicants are expected to collaborate with the established FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Alliances. Extensive cooperation and coordination with FDA CFSAN and other FDA program offices, the National Coordination and Regional Centers (established under the “National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance Program”), and FDA’s FSMA partners at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Federal organizations that have a vested interest in food safety among local food producer stakeholders is also expected.

The primary objective of this cooperative agreement is to develop and provide training, education, and outreach, and to facilitate identification of appropriate technical assistance resources for local food producers and processors related to applicable federal preventive controls regulations under FSMA, especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.  In addition, consideration should be given to local food producers not currently subject to the regulatory requirements but that have conveyed an interest in or have identified economic incentives to comply (i.e., marketplace requirements to comply or business growth outlooks) with such regulations.

EPA Solicits Proposals for a Project to Analyze and Present the Economics of Integrated Pest Management in Schools

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for a cooperative agreement to provide financial assistance to an eligible organization to research and analyze the economics of integrated pest management in K-12 public and tribal schools in the United States. This will include highlighting such issues as:

  • the costs and/or savings associated with transitioning from regularly scheduled pesticide applications to an IPM program,
  • the economics of reduced pesticide applications,
  • the economic impacts on school districts from absenteeism related to asthma incidence at school, and
  • if feasible, energy savings realized from pest exclusion activities.

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EPA Solicits Proposals for the National Farmworker Training Cooperative Agreement

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement that supports national farmworker training aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides for agricultural workers, their families and the agricultural community. This training will help ensure that farmworkers are aware of the strengthened protections they are afforded under the final worker protection standards that EPA expects to release in September 2015. To implement the program, EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five years.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 8, 2015

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