1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
ARS will support the DTRA Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) mission in a global partnership network targeting biosecurity research and capacity building.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
ARS will support the DTRA Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) mission in a global partnership network targeting biosecurity research and capacity building. This support will focus on CBEP new engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries throughout the world. In addition the collaboration will meet CBEP biological threat reduction objectives by building critically needed scientific capacity with partner countries and relevant institutions by enhancing partnerships that address target pathogens on the select agent list. ARS will oversee the administration of this project outlined in this Statement of Work (SOW), including establishing sub agreements with partners for implementation and oversight, monitoring and evaluation of activities conducted under those agreements.
3. Progress Report:
This first quarter, the ARS Lead Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rieder, PIADC, discussed initial work plans with each PI from Makerere University, ARC-OVI, Ben Gurion University and UVRI. Assistance type cooperative agreements have been drafted with each collaborator after some additional discussion regarding how UVRI can incorporate surveillance under the current budget. Detailed work plans were provided to DTRA in early January in the agreed format including major milestones and research deliverables. Since then there has been a number of communications with DTRA and TRAC regarding the work plans. Approval for project 2 was given by DTRA on March 28th, however project 1 was not. Since the two projects are very much intertwined especially in the surveillance aspect, it was considered necessary to either resolve outstanding issues with project 1 so that it could also be approved, or elements of project 1 would have to be extricated and added to project 2 so that it could be effectively conducted. These issues were not resolved as of the end of September.