FSIS FERN Cooperative Agreement Program

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Funding Opportunity ID: 327639
Opportunity Number: FSIS-FERN-061020
Opportunity Title: FSIS FERN Cooperative Agreement Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.479
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USDA-FSIS
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Food Safety Inspection Service
Posted Date: Jun 10, 2020
Close Date: Jul 03, 2020
Last Updated Date: Jun 10, 2020
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $250,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $250,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) currently comprises federal, state, and local government regulatory laboratories with varying capacities to perform threat agent testing. The FERN division in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking to award a cooperative agreement for providing and maintaining, in its current active state, a secure communication and collaboration portal which will provide the FERN with capability, capacity and readiness data for the network member laboratories. In addition, this portal will provide for: (1) training event registration and historical tracking of attendees; (2) Just in time training with video and webinar capability to multi-agency participants; (3) proficiency test event registration and historical tracking of participants; (4) public webpage maintenance and enhancement; (5) FERN Storeroom online, secure ordering and inventory maintenance; (6) capability and capacity information available from first day of award date; (7) Activation management and results data entry database for all members during exercise and actual activation events; (8) FERN repository, including housing all FERN methods, operational SOP’s and other network documents, complete with search functionality for all capabilities of network; (9) FERN Calendar of events automatically populated from each network event scheduled within the website functional arena, (10) 24 hour helpdesk assistance and online management of user accounts, and each data set (1-10) will be organized with data output/reporting in the format and manner specified by FERN.
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