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Research Project: Support Transfer of USDA Scientific Mission

Location: Operations

Project Number: 3022-32000-016-024-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Aug 22, 2023
End Date: Aug 21, 2024

USDA is in the process of transferring the diagnostic, training and research work currently conducted at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) in NY to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS. To fully stand up the scientific mission at NBAF, specific biological materials used at PIADC must be transferred to NBAF. USDA, ARS and APHIS have partnered with other Federal Agencies to leverage their unique expertise, personnel and assets to accomplish this transfer. USDA must reimburse our Federal partners for the costs they incur as a result of their support of our mission transfer.

The goal of National Program 103 (NP 103), Animal Health, is to protect and ensure the safety of the Nation’s agriculture and food supply through improved disease detection, prevention, and control. The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) will take over the mission of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and be the ARS lead facility for Foreign Animal Disease research. Furthermore, it will add new capabilities not found at PIADC. It will be the first facility in the United States with large animal capacity with biosafety level 4 (BSL4) containment capability. Further it will house a Biologics Development Module (BDM), an essential facility for scaling up research trials beyond initial laboratory scale experiments, to attract pharmaceutical companies to participate in further development of diagnostics, therapeutics and medical counter measures to foreign animal and particularly zoonotic diseases.