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:
Start up activities for two foot-and-mouth disease research projects had been stalled as the statement of work for project 1 was finally approved by DOD early in the fiscal year. However, additional approvals, including animal care and use and biosafety were not finalized until the agreement had expired. In addition, it was deemed appropriate to terminate this agreement and fund the two projects under a new agreement: “Research and Development of Countermeasures to Support the Control of FMDV in Uganda,” Dr. Elizabeth Rieder, PI (PIADC). This is the final report of this agreement.