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Research Project: Memorandum of Understanding Between the USDA, Agricultural Research Service and the USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service

Location: Foreign Animal Disease Research

Project Number: 3022-32000-064-010-M
Project Type: Memorandum of Understanding

Start Date: Sep 24, 2020
End Date: Sep 23, 2025

This Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) serves to define the basis in which the agencies agree to cooperate to support mission objectives, and under separate negotiated agreements conduct cooperative research programs, exchange materials and information. ARS and APHIS will cooperate during a Foot-and-Mouth Disease or other foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.

USDA, ARS and USDA, APHIS are currently engaged in and have independent interests within the broad scope of foreign animal diseases with shared focus on, but not limited to; African Swine Fever, Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, Classical Swine Fever and Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus. Both agencies intend to encourage and facilitate direct contacts among appropriate institutions and specialists and work toward long-term cooperation in agricultural surveillance research and the development of diagnostics for surveillance programs and emergency response. Specifically, participants will work together to aid in the development and deployment of rapid accurate diagnostics in the face of a FAD outbreak, and collaboratively identify avenues for research utilizing diagnostic isolates and sera from FAD outbreaks. These collaborative activities shall be subject to the mutual agreement of the parties and shall be described in and subject of individual work delineating arrangements between participants. Collaborative research projects between the participants will be conducted under a joint research project negotiated under a separate research agreement.