The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) is soliciting proposals to address priorities for African swine fever (ASF) research in Vietnam. SHIC, with active support from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), received a grant from USDA’s Foreign Animal Service division to fund a multi-phase project including swine health field projects in Vietnam, creating the basis for this call for proposals. The Center is interested in supporting US-based researchers with research memorandums of understanding or direct contacts with university or pork production animal health researchers in Vietnam. The objective of these researchable priorities is to help Vietnamese pork production respond and recover from the ASF epidemic and to help US pork producers learn lessons about ASF epidemiology and management, in preparation should the virus enter the US.
There is a pool of approximately $1,000,000 available for the research, averaging $100,000 per project, but individual projects should be expected to be lower or higher. Collaborative projects demonstrating the most urgency and timeliness of completion, as well as efficient use of funds, will be prioritized for funding. Please respond with your priority topic(s) of interest via email to [email protected] by March 4, 2020, if you intend to submit a proposal. Details on proposal format and requirements are posted on the SHIC website. The deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 PM CST, March 30, 2020. Contact Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected] or (515) 451-6652 with questions.
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