International Guidelines for Biosecurity Ethics

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Funding Opportunity ID: 324965
Opportunity Number: SFOP0006533
Opportunity Title: International Guidelines for Biosecurity Ethics
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.901
Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-ISN
Agency Name: Department of State
Bureau of International Security-Nonproliferation
Posted Date: Feb 28, 2020
Close Date: May 28, 2021
Last Updated Date: Feb 28, 2020
Award Ceiling: $125,000
Award Floor: $45,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The purpose of this award is to develop a draft document containing “Ethical Guidelines for Biosecurity” to supplement existing codes and similar ethical documents that already exist for biological scientists. Such guidelines would help to strengthen the norms and practices that exist nationally and internationally against the misuse of the life sciences for biological weapons purpose, thus helping to prevent creation and use of biological weapons by non-State actors and national governments. Ultimately, such guidelines would incorporate input from the biological science community and be supported both by Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) States Parties and by relevant professional organizations. This project will be executed in coordination with the Office of Biological Policy Staff (BPS) and WMDT. BPS manages a wide range of policy issues at the intersection of national security, public health, and science and leads U.S. Government participation in activities related to the BWC. The guideline development process would take place under the aegis of the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP), a global network consisting of 111 national science academies, which would select the technical experts to participate, in close cooperation with the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).
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