Agreement Approved by DTRA and DOS BEP for ARS Partnership for FMD Research in Uganda, September 2013
ARS executed an agreement the first week of September 2013 between the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), under the scientific leadership of Drs. Elizabeth Rieder and Luis Rodriguez of PIADC. This agreement provided over $2 million in funding from the Department of Defense Cooperative Biosecurity Engagement Program (CBEP) to conduct a vaccine matching study with Makerere University (Uganda) and Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (South Africa); and to develop a diagnostic using camel antibodies with the Ugandan Virus Research Institute and Ben Gurion University (Israel). The ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) helped shepherd this agreement, which represents the first research project approved for ARS by DTRA under CBEP.