Office of Food Safety: Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeks to re-compete its Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs and continue it as the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs. FNS administers USDA nutrition assistance programs including the NSLP, SBP, CACFP, SFSP, and others. 

Research focusing on food safety related to these programs, and schools, in particular, is limited. The school environment is complex and continues to change and expand. Not only are school foodservice personnel involved with the school nutrition program, but administrators, teachers, and volunteers may also be actively involved. Thus, the total school environment must be considered when addressing food safety questions. 

The Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs, hereafter referred to as the Center, will provide leadership in advancing food safety research and practices within USDA FNS nutrition assistance programs. The Center will conduct research and use innovative techniques to disseminate research results to effectively address the food safety needs of Child Nutrition Program stakeholders. To achieve its mission, the Center will be comprised of an interdisciplinary team that promotes the use of best practices and collaboration among stakeholders.

The current Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs has laid the foundation for a holistic research approach to determine how new initiatives and emerging science affect food safety in Child Nutrition Programs. There is a clear need for multidisciplinary research, both basic and applied, that draws expertise from fields such as foodservice management, food safety, food microbiology, agricultural production (both livestock and plants), education, psychology, sociology, research design, and statistics to examine food safety in the school, child care, and adult feeding environments. FNS envisions that the Center will continue to address current food safety research needs identified by FNS. The Center personnel, working cooperatively, will demonstrate flexibility in addressing these needs, and provide the level of staffing necessary to deliver relevant and timely results.

Deadline: Jun. 26, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Competition for the one cooperative agreement award to continue the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs is open to institutions of higher education. 



Amount Description

The total amount of funds to be awarded to the one cooperative agreement designee is $1.8 million, contingent on the availability of Federal funds. A total of $600,000 will be disbursed at the anticipated time of award (09/01/2017). Additional $600,000 disbursements will be made after completion of the first and second years of the cooperative agreement, respectively. Prior to each disbursement of funds, the Center will provide project proposals and corresponding budgets to FNS OFS. Additional funding beyond the $1.8 million will be contingent on the successful performance of the Center and the availability of funds with the option to extend the cooperative agreement for an additional 3 year period not to exceed a total of 6 years of performance. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 26, 2017