Homeland Security Agricultural

 

To provide funding to protect the food supply and agricultural production. This is accomplished by providing federal assistance, through existing cooperative agreements, to four (4) national agricultural homeland security networks: the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), and the Pest Information Platform for Education and Extension (ipmPIPE).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.304
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 For Fiscal Year 2016: (A) National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): Six (6) applications were received and awarded. The NPDN awards totaled $3,032,200. (B) National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka FADI): For FY 2016, the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) will continue to support three multi-institutional homeland security networks via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and the Extension Disaster Education Network. All three (3) networks will continue to help prepare, prevent, detect, respond and recover from high-consequence disease threats and other disasters. During 2016, the NAHLN implemented a restructure plan that employs enhanced metrics and other semi-quantitative criteria to determine level-specific NAHLN membership eligibility. The agency is in the process of making 16 new awards to support NAHLN labs. While it appears that NIFA drastically reduced the number NAHLN Labs supported in FY 2016, investments were the same as the previous fiscal year (FY). The difference is that, due to the NAHLN restructure, there was a re-assortment of which NAHLN labs are funded by NIFA and which are funded by APHIS which collaboratively funds NAHLN. For FY 2016, NIFA is supporting a larger number of Level-1 labs (largest awards size under the NAHLN tier structure), hence the smaller number of total labs in FY 2016. (C ) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): This program continues to support three (3) multi-institutional homeland security networks via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and the Extension Disaster Education Network. The agency is in the process of making awards. EDEN’s allocation is anticipated to be $370,800. For Fiscal Year 2016: (A) National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): Six applications were received and awarded. The awards totaled $3,030,660 (B) National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka FADI): FADI: For FY 2016, the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) will continued to support three multi-institutional homeland security networks via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and the Extension Disaster Education Network. All three networks continued to help prepare, prevent, detect, respond and recover from high-consequence disease threats and other disasters. NAHLN: During 2016, NIFA disbursed $ 3,018,000 payment to states to the NAHLN. NAHLN implemented a restructure plan that employs enhanced metrics and other semi-quantitative criteria to determine level-specific NAHLN membership eligibility. The agency made 16 new awards to support NAHLN labs. While NIFA reduced the number NAHLN Labs it is supporting in 2016 (compared to 2015), investments are the same as the previous year. The difference is that, due to the NAHLN restructure, there was a reassortment of which NAHLN labs are funded by NIFA and which are funded by APHIS which collaboratively funds NAHLN. APHIS has a larger percentage of the total labs in 2016. For 2016, NIFA supported a larger number of Level-1 labs (largest award size under the NAHLN tier structure), hence the smaller number of total labs in 2016. Critical surveillance and suspect-sample testing was supported to address the mission of safeguarding public health, enhancing the health of all animals, and improving the economic well-being of livestock producers nationwide. Thousands of samples were processed testing for high-consequence livestock pathogens and tens of thousands of samples for some of more common disease organisms. Member laboratories have completed or maintained proficiency certification for several important endemic and foreign animal diseases, including: avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Johne's disease, classical swine fever, foot and mouth disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, leptospirosis, bovine leukemia virus, bluetongue, chronic wasting disease, and equine infectious anemia. (C ) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): The Extension Disaster Education Network project further integrated and expanded the Cooperative Extension System's educational role before, during and after a disaster, using the all-hazards approach adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the amount appropriated for this Program was $8,000,000. The amount available for awards was $7,680,000, after legislatively mandated set-asides. (A) National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): Six applications were received and awarded. The awards totaled $3,030,660. (B) National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka FADI): FADI: For FY 2017, the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) continued to support three multi-institutional homeland security networks via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and the Extension Disaster Education Network. All three networks continued to help prepare, prevent, detect, respond and recover from high-consequence disease threats and other disasters. NAHLN: During FY 2017, NIFA supported 16 laboratories (10 level 1 labs; 2 level 2 labs; and, 4 level 3 labs) with $4,278,540 payment to states. This amount represents an increase of $1,260,540 (from 2016) provided in the FADI appropriation and designated by Congress specifically for NAHLN. NIFA funded two new labs (MI; PA-Harrisburg) and 14 renewal labs in FY 2017. The Wyoming lab moved up from a level 3 lab (2016) to a level 2 lab (2017). Other labs being supported by NIFA in 2017 maintained the same level as in FY 2016. Critical surveillance and suspect-sample testing was supported to address the mission of safeguarding public health, enhancing the health of all animals, and improving the economic well-being of livestock producers nationwide. Thousands of samples were processed testing for high-consequence livestock pathogens and tens of thousands of samples for some of more common disease organisms. Member laboratories have completed or maintained proficiency certification for several important endemic and foreign animal diseases, including: avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Johne's disease, classical swine fever, foot and mouth disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, leptospirosis, bovine leukemia virus, bluetongue, chronic wasting disease, and equine infectious anemia. (C ) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): One award was made in the Extension Disaster and Education Network to Purdue University in the amount $370,800.
Fiscal Year 2018 In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the amount appropriated for this Program was $ 8,000,000. The amount available for awards was $7,680,000, after legislatively mandated set-asides. The Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) continued to support two of the three multi-institutional homeland security networks via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). All three networks continued to help prepare, prevent, detect, respond and recover from high-consequence disease threats and other disasters. NPDN: Six applications were been received and awarded. The awards totaled $3,030,660 EDEN: One competitive 5 year award was made to the Extension Disaster and Education Network (EDEN) in the amount $383,800. NAHLN: NIFA made 19 awards supporting National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories. Overall, NIFA supported 19 laboratories (11 level 1 labs; 3 level 2 labs; and, 5 level 3 labs) with $4,266,000 payment to states. This amount represents a stable amount from FY2017, maintaining the increase of $1,260,540 (from 2016) provided in the FADI appropriation and designated by Congress specifically for NAHLN. NIFA funded three new labs (NY; HI; TX-Texas Animal Health Commission) and 16 renewal labs in FY 2018. Award recommendations are being processed with start dates anticipated to be September 1, 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the amount appropriated for this Program was $ 8,000,000. The amount available for awards was $7,680,000, after legislatively mandated set-asides. The Food and Ag Defense Initiative (FADI) will continue to support the National Plant Diagnostic Network and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) via non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements. New cooperative agreements were established in 2016. FY 2019 represents the third award renewal cycle under the new cooperative agreement. All three networks continued to help prepare, prevent, detect, respond and recover from high-consequence disease threats and other disasters. NPDN: Six applications were been received and awarded. The awards totaled $3,030,660 EDEN: One award was made to the Extension Disaster and Education Network (EDEN) in the amount $383,800. NAHLN: NIFA plans to make 19 awards supporting National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories. Overall, NIFA will support 19 laboratories (12 level 1 labs; 3 level 2 labs; and, 4 level 3 labs) with $4,266,000 payment to states. This amount represents a stable amount from FY 2018, maintaining the increase of $1,260,540 (from 2016) provided in the FADI appropriation and designated by Congress specifically for NAHLN. Award recommendations are being processed. September 30, 2019 is the anticipated start date for the projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 The Food and Ag Defense Initiative (FADI) is unfunded in the President’s FY 2020 budget. NIFA will continue to support three multi-institutional homeland security networks via current non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and the Extension Disaster Education Network. NAHLN: It is anticipated that changes in lab membership from FY 2019 into FY 2020 will be minor since continuity is an important consideration in sustaining agrosecurity preparedness. Given the lack of funding for this program in the FY 2020 budget, the agency does not anticipate making any renewal awards.
Authorization
National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA), Section 1472, 7 U.S.C. 3318., 7 U.S.C. 3318
Homeland Security (Cooperative Agreements): Section 1484 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977., 7 U.S.C. 3351
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In accordance with section 1472(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, (NARETPA) applicant may be: State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or education institutions and organizations, Federal and private agencies and organizations, individuals, and any other contractor or recipient, either foreign or domestic, to further research, extension, or teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences of the Department of Agriculture.
Beneficiary Eligibility
In accordance with section 1472(c) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, (NARETPA) applicant may be: State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or education institutions and organizations, Federal and private agencies and organizations, individuals, and any other contractor or recipient, either foreign or domestic, to further research, extension, or teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences of the Department of Agriculture.
Credentials/Documentation
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, "Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) solicits proposals to fund existing and new cooperative agreements through a request for application process. All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
Award Procedure
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 - Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA's respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
Appeals
Not applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal year. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
How are proposals selected?
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2002, a panel of USDA scientists knowledgeable in the Nation's plant and animal disease diagnostic capability, recommended to the Secretary a plan of initiating a comprehensive national network of laboratories for the rapid detection and diagnosis of plant and animal diseases. The institutions selected by the panel for initial inclusion in the network were recommended using the following criteria: (1) Existing scientific capacity; (2) Existing laboratory capacity which could be modified to meet Biosafety Level 3 requirements; (3) Both animal and plant diagnostic capabilities; (4) Geographical location meeting one or more of the following requirements: located in an area with a high risk of disease/pest incursions; located in an area with high concentration of vulnerable agricultural activity; complements or supplements regional Federal laboratory activity or is in an area not effectively served by an existing Federal facility; (5) State-of-the-art communication and information technology systems. Must be capable of managing secure communications with other laboratories and central reporting unit; and (6) An effective outreach/extension system. These recommendations were utilized to select the original cooperative agreement recipients and are annually evaluated by USDA/NIFA in network planning. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
How may assistance be used?
These funds are subject to the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 1301 requiring their use only for the purpose for which they were appropriated. Funding is limited to support for the four (4) aforementioned agrosecurity networks.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
Auditing
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F-Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in SS 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
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
In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, the term of a Cooperative Agreement under this authority may not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Additional Websites: http://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network http://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133 http://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader,
Office of the Director, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2201

Washington , DC 20250-2201 US
Policy@nifa.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 401-1112
Fax: (202) 401-6156
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1502-0-1-352
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$7,680,000.00; FY 19 est $7,680,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$7,680,000.00; FY 16$6,432,000.00; - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years. SPECIAL NOTE: Funding for FADI will support NPDN, EDEN, and NAHLN.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Capacity, Competitive, and/or Non-Competitive Request for Application (RFA). SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the following websites for further specific and pertinent details: National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): https://nifa.usda.gov/national-plant-diagnostic-network National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative https://nifa.usda.gov/national-animal-health-laboratory-network Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): https://nifa.usda.gov/extension-disaster-education-network
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA'S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant's circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 For Fiscal Year 2016: (A) National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): The IT & Data Management Center and 5 regional centers were funded. These centers enhance agricultural security by protecting the health and productivity of agricultural plants and natural ecosystems through the U.S. They provide a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern. Results are reported to appropriate responders and decision-makers. The centers have the appropriate laboratory infrastructure and training, they have developed an extensive network of first detectors and have enhance communication among public agencies and stakeholders in order to respond to and mitigate new outbreaks of pest and diseases of importance (B) National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka FADI): NIFA expects to fund 16 cooperative agreement applications supporting National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories. The NAHLN will continue its national surveillance for, and rapid response to, suspected or actual cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza, classical swine fever, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and other important animal diseases. These surveillance programs have been used to ensure early detection of high-consequence livestock disease, and to demonstrate freedom from foreign animal disease in support of international trade, resulting in increased trade income. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date. (C ) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): The scope of the Extension Disaster Education Network will continue to focus on using the all hazards approach to disasters adopted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The project emphasis is primarily to expand on the work already established with strategically positioning the network to expand its reach responding to increased disasters in the U.S. Pertinent details to be provided by Program at a future date.
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2017: (A) National Plant Diagnostic Network for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (NPDN): The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) which comprises of five regional hubs/centers and an IT data center provides a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern. These centers work closely with laboratories in their region and play a critical role in agricultural biosecurity by protecting the health and productivity of agricultural plants and natural ecosystems through the U.S. NPDN laboratories immediately report their findings to appropriate responders and decision makers. The centers have the appropriate laboratory infrastructure and training, they have developed an extensive network of first detectors and enhance communication among public agencies and stakeholders in order to respond to and mitigate new outbreaks of pest and diseases of importance. The laboratories associated with the network are involved in detection, diagnosis and reporting for diseases, insect pests and weeds including regulated pests and certain invasive species. In 2017, the NPDN laboratories successfully worked towards their goals. Over 680,000 samples were tested including samples from hosts infected with regulated pests that were identified and reported. The regulated pests were identified with very high accuracy (>99%). Additionally, the NPDN teams in the regions were involved in 2,147 publications and presentations that reached more than 850,000 stakeholders. Several of these publications were first reports of various pests in the concerned state. (B) National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka FADI): NAHLN: NIFA made 16 awards supporting National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories. The NAHLN has implemented national surveillance systems for highly pathogenic avian influenza, classical swine fever, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and other important animal diseases. These surveillance programs have been used, among other things, to demonstrate freedom from disease in support of international trade, resulting in increased trade income. These awards have allowed labs to continue to: (1) improve their systems for enhancing the quality, traceability, utility, and connectivity of diagnostic information (incoming, intra-laboratory, and outgoing), including enhancement of their Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) capabilities and the fitness of the resulting veterinary diagnostic records for use in any number of web-based (inter-laboratory) animal health management or reporting applications; (2) enhance Foreign Animal Disease preparedness and NAHLN testing capacities; and, (3) continue to improve and maintain vital staff training on foreign and emerging animal diseases. (C ) Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): As a result of Food and Agriculture Defense funding and in-kind support through FTEs from the Cooperative Extension System, EDEN accomplished the following: • Executed a national-level food and agricultural exercise for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute with focus on agrosecurity. • Developed the Community Capacity-Building Program for Drought Response. • Enhanced a youth preparedness project that FEMA gave national recognition to in 2015. • Funded support for Extension Community Development educators and specialists to develop a community-based disaster resilience program. • Hosted a national-level workshop for 1890 Institution specialists to establish priorities to enhance the 1890s delivery of disaster education. • Hosted a national level agrosecurity workshop to set priorities for projects and further involvement in the tactical sciences to protect U.S. food and agriculture enterprises.
Fiscal Year 2018 NAHLN: The NAHLN has implemented national surveillance systems for highly pathogenic avian influenza, classical swine fever, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and other important animal diseases. These surveillance programs have been used, among other things, to demonstrate freedom from disease in support of international trade, resulting in increased trade income. EDEN: As a result of Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative funding and in-kind support through FTEs from the Cooperative Extension System, EDEN accomplished the following: • Enhanced and expanded partnerships for collaboration with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, National Plant Diagnostic Network, Animal Disease Biosecurity Coordinated Agricultural Project team, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Regional Rural Development Centers, and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. • Conducted literature reviews relating to disasters for determining gaps in research; • Invested in new or updated Extension products; • Developed protocols for regional listening sessions; • Enhanced communication methodology; • Redesigned website to support the work of the network; and • Supported the 1890 EDEN Advisory Council with grant funding to increase engagement of minority institutions in EDEN. NPDN: The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) which comprises of five regional hubs/centers and an IT data center provides a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern. These centers work closely with laboratories in their region and play a critical role in agricultural biosecurity by protecting the health and productivity of agricultural plants and natural ecosystems through the U.S. The centers have the appropriate laboratory infrastructure and training, they have developed an extensive network of first detectors and enhance communication among public agencies and stakeholders in order to respond to and mitigate new outbreaks of pest and diseases of importance. NPDN laboratories located at the land grant universities or other partner organizations are involved in detection and diagnosis of diseases, insect pests and weeds including regulated pests and invasive species. Their findings are reported immediately to appropriate responders and decision makers. In 2018, the NPDN laboratories successfully worked towards their goals. Over 650,000 samples were tested including samples from hosts infected with regulated pests that were identified and reported. The regulated pests were identified with very high accuracy. Additionally, the NPDN teams in the regions were involved in 2,575 publications and presentations that reached more than 1,224,041 stakeholders. Several of these publications were first reports of various pests in the concerned state.
Fiscal Year 2019 NAHLN: In FY 2019, NIFA expects to fund 19 cooperative agreements supporting National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratories. The NAHLN will continue its national surveillance for, and rapid response to, suspected or actual cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza, classical swine fever, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and other important animal diseases. This includes support for the current Exotic Newcastle Disease outbreak in California. These surveillance programs have been used to ensure early detection of high-consequence livestock disease, and to demonstrate freedom from foreign animal disease in support of international trade, resulting in increased trade income. Additional focus to improve Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and messaging capabilities across the NAHLN is anticipated. The EDEN Coordinating Institute will: • Guide public affairs effort for EDEN; • Conduct listening sessions on a regional basis to determine priorities and gaps in services; • Manage project analysis and evaluation; • Launch new national website platform for coordinating informational resources and support for delegates and points of contact. • Supervise sub-contracts for project management; • Monitor disaster trends to guide EDEN in disaster communications and response; • Work with EDEN leaders to establish further partnerships for delivering food and agriculture and all hazards education; and • Expand work with 1890 EDEN Advisory Committee to continue increasing minority institutions engaging in disaster preparedness. NPDN: The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) which comprises of five regional hubs/centers and an IT data center provides a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern. These centers work closely with laboratories in their region and play a critical role in agricultural biosecurity by protecting the health and productivity of agricultural plants and natural ecosystems through the U.S. The centers have the appropriate laboratory infrastructure and training, they have developed an extensive network of first detectors and enhance communication among public agencies and stakeholders in order to respond to and mitigate new outbreaks of pest and diseases of importance. NPDN laboratories located at the land grant universities or other partner organizations are involved in detection and diagnosis of diseases, insect pests and weeds including regulated pests and invasive species. Their findings are reported immediately to appropriate responders and decision makers. In 2019 six awards have been made and we anticipate the NPDN laboratories will continue fulfill their function and provide diagnoses of pests and diseases with high levels of accuracy.
Fiscal Year 2020 FADI: The Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative (FADI) is not funded in the President’s FY2020 Budget. While we expect to continue to support three multi-institutional homeland security networks via existing non-competitively awarded cooperative agreements: The National Plant Diagnostic Network, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and the Extension Disaster Education Network. The agency does not expect to renew any of the current NAHLN or NPDN awards in the current budget scenario. More specific details to be provided by Program in next year’s report. EDEN is strategically planning for continuing to address disasters through education. Funding level will determine how and whether the network is able to expand to further combat reducing the impact of disasters through education. The following are projected: • Manage a competitive grants program for sub awards to achieve disaster preparedness initiatives; • Maintain, develop, and implement systems for a more holistic approach to communication across the network; • Coordinate review of website content; • Identify evaluator to conduct external evaluation. • Facilitate growth of the 1890 Land Grant University membership and participation in EDEN; • Collaborate with Agrosecurity Coordination subcontract team; • Encourage and promote collaboration with internal stakeholders and external partners; • Enhance the network’s outreach capability to expand connections within and outside of Extension; and • Continue project analysis and evaluation.

 


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