SHIC Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program RFP Round 2 Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the second round of research proposals for the Swine Health Information Center’s Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program is April 28, 2023. SHIC is seeking research proposals to investigate cost-effective and innovative technologies, protocols, or ideas to enhance biosecurity during the wean-to-harvest phases of pig production. Funding for the selected proposals will be provided by SHIC, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, and Pork Checkoff.

The updated research priorities for the second round of solicitation continue to focus on site and transportation aspects of Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity. The priorities cover five targeted areas: 1) personnel biocontainment and bioexclusion, 2) mortality management, 3) truck wash efficiency, 4) alternatives to fixed truck wash, and 5) packing plant biocontainment. SHIC seeks novel tools in all five areas with a goal of comprehensive biosecurity enhancement.

The proposal template and instructions for completion and submission can be found on the SHIC website. Deadline for proposal submission is 5:00 pm CDT, April 28, 2023. Questions can be directed to Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected] or (515) 451-6652 or Dr. Megan Niederwerder at [email protected] or (785) 452-8270.

SHIC, FFAR, a non-profit organization established in the 2014 Farm Bill to build public-private partnerships that fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges, and Pork Checkoff anticipate release of all research project results as they are made available.

SHIC, launched by the National Pork Board in 2015 solely with Pork Checkoff funding, continues to focus efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response to novel and emerging swine disease for the benefit of US swine health. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages sharing of its publications and research. Forward, reprint, and quote SHIC material freely. SHIC is funded by America’s pork producers to fulfill its mission to protect and enhance the health of the US swine herd. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected].

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement US Department of Agriculture’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment. Connect: @FoundationFAR