Department of Health and Human Services – Food and Drug Administration (FDA) : Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects

This opportunity uses the U18 Research Demonstration – Cooperative Agreements funding mechanism.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), invites applications for its Office of Research Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) network capacity-building projects call. This supports enhanced human and animal food safety by strengthening the capacity, collaboration and integration of food-safety laboratories and networks, thereby facilitating an effective and coordinated response to future human and animal food safety issues. Supported research and other related activities should support:

  • short term surveillance efforts;
  • training, quality assurance processes, proficiency evaluations and data sharing to support national capacity and capability development;
  • the identification and adoption of emerging technologies, and the harmonisation of analytical methods used by new equipment platforms;
  • method development and validation projects;
  • the purchase of equipment needed for testing or developing tests for food or feed-related samples;
  • emergency surge capacity testing during large-scale animal feed emergency events requiring testing of implicated diagnostic or animal food samples;
  • travel to network meetings to provide information to FDA on network projects.

Funding & Duration

Up to 20 awards are anticipated, each worth up to USD $225,000 (approx. AUD $313,000) per year.

The maximum project duration is five years; however, most projects are expected to be one year.


Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.

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