Citation: "79 FR 23360"
Document Number: "Docket No.
DATES: Important dates are as follows:
1. The application due date is
2. The anticipated start date is
3. The opening date is
4. The expiration date is
ADDRESSES: Submit the original paper application to
For more information on this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and to obtain detailed requirements, please refer to the full FOA located at http://www.fda.gov/food/newsevents/default.htm.
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-FD-1-005.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.103
FDA has supported the NCFST under six previously awarded cooperative agreements (53 FR 15736; 56 FR 46189; 59 FR 24703; 64 FR 39512; 69 FR 25405; and 74 FR 26408). NCFST was established by IIT to bring together the food safety and technology expertise of academia, industry, and
NCFST is structured so that representatives of participating organizations play a role in establishing policy and administrative procedures, as well as identifying long- and short-term research needs. With this organizational structure, NCFST is able to build cooperative food safety programs on a foundation of knowledge about current industrial trends in food processing and packaging technologies, regulatory perspectives from public health organizations, and fundamental scientific expertise from academia. This award will improve public health by continued support of an applied research, education, and outreach program related to the safety of food processing technologies and processed foods.
B. Research Objectives
FDA recognizes that food production and processing technology is rapidly changing, that globalization of the food supply is increasing, and that the number and nature of the hazards associated with foods is rapidly evolving.
C. Eligibility Information
Competition is limited to the
Since 1988, IIT has provided an environment in which scientists from diverse backgrounds such as academia, government, and industry have brought their unique perspectives to focus on contemporary issues of food safety. NCFST functions as a neutral ground where scientific exchange about generic food safety issues occurs freely and is channeled into the design of cooperative food safety programs. NCFST has become a center of cutting edge technologies, such as high pressure processing, cold plasma processing, pulsed electric field processing, pulsed light processing, high power ultrasound processing, microwave processing, and ultraviolet light processing. Additional research at NCFST is focused on multiple areas associated with food safety, including but not limited to, validating cleaning processes to reduce allergen cross contact; research on effective cleaning and sanitizing processes for contaminated nut butter lines; research on the effectiveness of post-harvest risk mitigation strategies for processing fresh produce; research on detection and recovery of viruses in foods; validating processes for C. botulinum control; and applications of nanotechnology.
This cooperative research will fill existing gaps in knowledge and expertise associated with improving the safety of foods and will provide fundamental food safety information in the public domain for use by all segments of the food science community in product and process development, regulatory activities, academic programs, and consumer programs. A particular use of the research data by both industry and public health agencies is in development of the scientific basis for preventive control programs. Food manufacturers will use the information in the design of preventive control programs for use in their plants to reduce or eliminate food safety hazards before they occur and enhance the safety of the final product. Public health agencies can design investigational techniques to appropriately target food safety systems used by those who manufacture, process, pack, or hold food.
In addition, IIT is the coordinator of the
While not a component of the cooperative agreement, an integral part of the NCFST cooperative research program is the ability to leverage and provide hands-on experience in food safety for the next generation of food safety scientists through partnering with IIT's academic degree program in food safety and food processing sciences. The program produces graduates with a foundation in food science and technology with specialization in food safety. Graduates from this program will manage quality control, safety assurance, and Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs in industry. They will design equipment and processes for use in the production and packaging of safe food products. In the public sector, regulatory and other public health organizations, these graduates will evaluate the adequacy of processing and packaging parameters to produce safe end products and they will manage regulatory and information programs enhancing the safety of the food supply and consumer knowledge about the food supply.
II. Award Information/Funds Available
A. Award Amount
B. Length of Support
The award will provide 1 year of support and include future recommended support for 4 additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the achievement of project and program reporting objectives during the preceding year and the availability of Federal fiscal year appropriations.
III. Paper Application, Registration, and Submission Information
To submit a paper application in response to this FOA, applicants should first review the full announcement located at http://www.fda.gov/food/newsevents/default.htm. (
* Step 1: Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) Number.
* Step 2: Register With System for Award Management (SAM).
* Step 3: Register With
Steps 1 and 2, in detail, can be found at http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/organization_registration.jsp. Step 3, in detail, can be found at https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/registration/registrationInstructions.jsp.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-09501 Filed 4-25-14;
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