FDA Funding Opportunity

(Note: The information below was previously emailed to MHOA email recipients) 

The Advancing Conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Cooperative Agreement Cohort 3funding opportunity has posted.  

The link is below. There are a few minor changes from the previous FOA.  

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-17-007.html

Additional info from U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

The Advancing Conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Cooperative Agreement Cohort 1 ends June 30, 2017. Our time for initiating a new funding opportunity was limited. We had to move fast to create a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a Cohort 3.  We want to notify you of this action and provide information on minor changes to the FOA.

First, awards made under this FOA will be for three years versus five years. We have aligned these awards to end with Cohort 2 on June 30, 2020. Currently, the NRFT is evaluating retail funding and this information will be used to develop a funding model for the program. The three year time frame serves as a bridge for our retail programs as we determine the future funding model.  

Second, funding will remain at $70,000 a year with one restriction – the FOA will restrict Cohort 2 from applying.  This change prevents agencies from having two cooperative agreements for advancing conformance with the Retail Standards. The change will also allow more jurisdictions to access and utilize this funding opportunity.  

Finally, the funding opportunity will require a completed Program Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Form, or equivalent forms, for each standard to document the current status as part of the progress reporting requirements. This new reporting requirement allows FDA to measure progress and analyze the success of the funding opportunity.

While the new FOA continues FDA’s efforts to assist retail regulatory programs in conformance to the Retail Standards, it is not a substitute for the full evaluation of retail funding and a future funding model.  We look forward to the NRFTs evaluation of the entire retail standards current funding and the development of a future funding model in preparation for 2020 funding activities.