(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.
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