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Research Project: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Workforce Development

Location: Office of The Director

Project Number: 3020-32000-012-01-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
End Date: Dec 31, 2020

Objective:
Develop the workforce needed to staff NBAF and fulfill the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit’s mission to detect and control foreign animal diseases. Resources will be provided for academic-related expenses and the research projects that will enable the trainees to successfully achieve the academic requirements for obtaining degrees in one of the seven core scientific disciplines: pathology, virology, immunology, entomology, epidemiology, microbiology, and computational biology.

Approach:
Identify D.V.M. candidates for further graduate education, which may include simultaneous enrollment in specialty residency programs. These training programs could also include post-doctoral students. A panel of scientists will monitor individual students’ progression through the program. The research work chosen for the training programs must be directly relevant to one of the following ARS research programs and projects: - Countermeasures to Control and Eradicate Foreign Animal Disease of Swine; - Intervention Strategies to Support the Global Control and Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV); - Ecology of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)in North America; - Rift Valley Fever Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, and Control Measures; and - Predictive Biology of Emerging Vector-Borne Diseases. The mechanism for training scientists in biodefense research will follow the guidance of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Depending on their academic level and prior experience, training opportunities will be provided to selected individuals from graduate degree training programs (M.Sc., Ph.D. or postdoctoral). Academic training will be tailored to the specific needs of the candidate and will be arranged at Mississippi State University or other qualified academic institutions.