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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Mou Between USDA Office of the Chief Scientist & Us Dod Office of the Asst Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Programs Project Number: 0210-22310-004-63
Project Type: Memorandum of Understanding

Start Date: Apr 01, 2013
End Date: Mar 31, 2018

The purpose of this MOU is to strengthen scientific cooperation between the Participants in their activities that protect the Warfighter, public health and agriculture from CBR, and Infectious Disease (ID) risks. To this end, the Participants intend jointly to explore and coordinate scientific activities of Mutual Interest (broadly defined herein) that may be implemented by the mutual understanding of the Participants, and in conformance with their applicable respective regulations and policies.

The activities under this MOU will support a number of collaborative scientific efforts on a broad range of opportunities including (but not exclusively): 1. Biosurveillance-related activities, including research, to develop diagnostic tests that fulfill the range of needs required to strengthen health security as it relates to human and agricultural well-being. Specific activities could include invention of new tests, determination of accuracy of tests, and establishment of operational protocols for the use of the most appropriate diagnostic tests for each operational situation. 2. Perform collaborative research, science-based training, and expert consultation to improve prevention, response, and elimination of CBR threats to health security. 3. In general, cooperation may be effected through exchange of materials and information; exchange of scientists, specialists, and trainees; development of projects of mutual interest between USDA scientists and DoD scientists or partner scientists of other institutions; organization of symposia and workshops; and joint publication of studies and reports. To this end, the Participants may jointly explore and coordinate research activities of mutual interest, which would be implemented by mutual understanding, and in accordance with current authorities.

Last Modified: 11/28/2015
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