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Research Project: Cooperative Agreement on Institutional Biosafety Committee

Location: Office of The Director

Project Number: 5090-31320-005-04-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2017
End Date: Jul 14, 2022

Objective:
To utilize the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Freshwater Sciences (herein referred to as “UWM-SFS”) Institutional Biological Safety Committee (UWM-IBSC) to ensure compliance of USDA-ARS scientists with the National Institute of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) for the safe conduct of research employing recombinant technology, including protecting crops and livestock from pests and disease or improving the quality and safety of agricultural products, and research with biohazardous materials and toxins.

Approach:
USDA-ARS and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (the Cooperator) conduct research that employs recombinant DNA technology, synthetic nucleic acids and other potential biohazards (e.g., infectious agents, oncogenes, zoonotic pathogens, and biological toxins). To avoid conflict, ambiguity, and duplication of efforts regarding biosafety protocols, reviews, and record-keeping, USDA-ARS and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee desire to operate under a single set of rules/ guidelines that all employees (USDA-ARS and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) will follow at the USDA-ARS SFS-Dairy Forage and Aquaculture Research Unit.