Food Safety Cooperative Agreements


To reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses associated with meat, poultry, and egg products and to protect the food supply. FSIS is authorized to use cooperative agreements to reflect a relationship between FSIS and cooperators to carry out educational programs or special studies to improve the safety of the nation's food supply. Also, FSIS has been directed to further develop the Food Emergency Response Network, a network of Federal, state and local laboratories that provides the nation the analytic capabilities and capacity it needs to cope with agents threatening the food supply.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 108-7, Sec. 713, 117 Stat. 39
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local and tribal government agencies; academic institutions and non-profit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Academic institutions; State, local and tribal government agencies; and non-profit organizations are invited to submit brief proposals (two to four pages) for cooperative agreements in any of the areas described in the request for proposals along with an SF-424. These proposals will be reviewed by FSIS. The criteria used by FSIS to assess proposals are listed for each cooperative agreement program area in the request for proposals. Cooperators whose proposals are selected for further project development will need to discuss and reach agreement with FSIS on project details to permit establishment of a cooperative agreement. Unlike typical Federal grants, cooperative agreements involve a Federal agency's active participation with the cooperator during both project development and project execution. Work products, where appropriate, are to be made available for use by other government agencies and accessible by the general public. All proposals should address the following points: * Project description, including specific goals, timeline, and deliverables; * Description of national public benefit expected, including expected utility of work products, for example, training manuals, CDs, and videos; * Projected costs, including cooperator contributions; * Projected performance measures; * Primary contact, principal investigator, and other likely participants, and; * All work products may be freely reproduced and distributed by FSIS.
Award Procedure
Cooperative agreement awards are made upon selection through a competitive process directed by the relevant FSIS program area. The program area identifies the awardees to the FSIS Administrative Services Division, which prepares and executes required documentation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally from 30 to 90 days from the deadline listed in the request for proposals.
Not applicable.
Renewals or extensions may be available under extraordinary circumstances if approved prior to the closing date of the initial agreements.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used by the application review panel for recommending awards are listed in the request for proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Available discretionary funds are contingent on annual appropriations. Work products, where appropriate, are to be made available for use by other government agencies and accessible by the general public.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The cooperative agreement will specify the frequency of submission of performance progress reports, which will not be more frequently than quarterly or less frequently than annually. A comprehensive final report is required which documents all activities conducted within the partnership.
Recipients are subject to audit by the Office of the Inspector General, USDA, as set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133, or in Federal Acquisition Regulations.
The recipient will maintain at its place of business all records required by the partnership agreement and the applicable OMB Circulars.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, funding will be available for projects up to one year. Multi-year projects will be considered, but they are subject to annual renewal and may be affected by changes in FSIS' annual budget. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Robert Phillips, Senior Microbiologist,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, FERN Staff,
950 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30605 US
Phone: (706) 546-2349.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$3,000,000.00; FY 19 est $3,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,000,000.00; FY 17$3,000,000.00; FY 16$3,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
9 CFR 301-592, Inspection Regulations. Guidelines and literature can be found on FSIS website at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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