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Frequently Asked Questions: 2022 NADPRP Funding Opportunity

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) has announced the 2022 competitive funding opportunity for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). Established in the 2018 Farm Bill, the NADPRP allows APHIS to collaborate with animal health partners to implement high-value projects to help prevent the introduction and spread of foreign and emerging animal diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture. Funded proposals are managed via cooperative or interagency agreements. In the 2022 NADPRP funding opportunity (USDA-APHIS-10025-VSSP0000-23-0002), APHIS VS invites eligible entities to submit proposals for projects in the topic areas listed below:

Topic 1.  Develop, Enhance, and Exercise State and Tribal Animal Disease Outbreak Emergency Response Plans
Topic 2. Support Livestock1 and Poultry Biosecurity
Topic 3.  Enhance Depopulation, Carcass Disposal, and Decontamination Capabilities
Topic 4.  Support Animal Movement Decisions in a Disease Outbreak
Topic 5.  Enhance Animal Disease Traceability for a Disease Outbreak
Topic 6.  Support Outreach & Education on Animal Disease Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Topics
Topic 7.  Develop and Deliver Training & Exercises for Animal Agriculture Sector Responders
Topic 8.  Commodity-Specific Topics, including (a) projects to advance the development of sheep and goat vaccines, and (b) projects to prevent and prepare for foreign and emerging aquatic animal diseases.

Funding Opportunity

How much funding is available through this opportunity?

APHIS will make available up to $17 million in funds to support NADPRP projects in 2022.

Who can apply for funds?

  • States (including State departments of agriculture, State animal health officials, and State emergency agencies)
  • Universities (including land-grant colleges and universities, non-land-grant colleges of agriculture, Tribal colleges, and veterinary colleges)
  • State, regional, or national livestock, poultry, or aquaculture producer organizations with direct and significant economic interest in livestock, poultry, or aquaculture production
  • Veterinary organizations recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations
  • Federal agencies

Can someone from the private sector apply?

No. However, a private sector entity may contribute to or collaborate on a proposal submitted by an eligible applicant and could be supported through a subaward or contract. The proposal should describe the necessity and added value to engage private sector collaborators to accomplish the proposed activities. 

May a foreign entity apply?

No. However, a foreign entity may contribute to an eligible domestic entity’s proposal. The proposal should describe the necessity and added value to engage foreign collaborators to accomplish the proposed activities.

How much funding does APHIS expect to award to individual applicants?

APHIS anticipates that most 2022 NADPRP awards will range from $25,000 to $500,000. The average NADPRP award is about $200,000.

Are there limitations on what Farm Bill Section 12101 funds can be used for?

NADPRP funds cannot be used for construction, promotional materials, or project activities typically supported through APHIS VS umbrella and traceability agreements. See the full funding opportunity announcement, the Guidelines for Use of Funds APHIS Veterinary Services Farm Bill Cooperative Agreements and 2 CFR Subpart E, Cost Principles for details about allowable and unallowable uses of NADPRP funds.

Application Information

When are applications due?

Applications must be received through ezFedGrants by September 9, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Where can I find application materials?

The full funding opportunity announcement, including the instructions for applicants, can be found on the ezFedGrants (eFG) website and the Grants.gov website by searching CFDA number 10.025 or Funding Opportunity Number USDA-APHIS-10025-VSSP0000-23-0002. Information is also available on the USDA APHIS NADPRP website.

What should I do first to apply for NADPRP funds?

We urge interested applicants to complete the following activities as soon as possible: (1) register and maintain an advice account with the System for Award Management (SAM), (2) create a USDA eAuthentication account, and (3) establish an ezFedGrants (eFG) Account. Instructions are available on NADPRP's Here’s How to Get Ready Now web page

How do I apply for funds?

Non-federal applicants must submit all application materials electronically using ezFedGrants (eFG). Federal applicants (only) must submit their application materials via email to VS.NADPRP@usda.gov.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes. An entity may contribute more than one proposal and collaborate on multiple project proposals. However, applicants should realistically consider their ability to successfully complete multiple projects in the same time frame.

I have several different proposal ideas for projects that support the 2022 funding priorities. Should I combine them into one big proposal and application package?

No. Applicants are encouraged to submit separate application packages for separate projects. This helps reviewers score each project on its individual merits and improves the likelihood of funding.

When should the project start and end? How long will I have to complete the project?

We recommend that cooperators plan for project start dates between March 1 and May 1, 2023, but flexibility may be allowed to accommodate specific project needs. A project’s duration will depend on the nature and scope of the project, but all projects must end no later than 24 months after the start date.

Can an application submitted in the eFG system be modified or amended after it is submitted?

After the applicant’s Signatory Official signs and submits an application in eFG, it may be modified or amended in eFG before the application due date. To modify or amend an application, send an e-mail to VS.NADPRP@usda.gov and request that your application be “returned”.  After it is returned, only the application creator can edit the application. The application must be resubmitted prior to the application deadline to be considered.

Funding Priority

What are the funding priorities?

In 2022, APHIS will only consider project proposals that clearly, directly, and strongly support one of the animal disease preparedness and response topics described below. Detailed information about each topic is provided in the full funding opportunity announcement; applicants are strongly encouraged to read the details about each topic before submitting their application package.  

Topic 1.  Develop, Enhance, and Exercise State and Tribal Animal Disease Outbreak Emergency Response Plans
Topic 2. Support Livestock1 and Poultry Biosecurity
Topic 3.  Enhance Depopulation, Carcass Disposal, and Decontamination Capabilities
Topic 4.  Support Animal Movement Decisions in a Disease Outbreak
Topic 5.  Enhance Animal Disease Traceability for a Disease Outbreak
Topic 6.  Support Outreach & Education on Animal Disease Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Topics
Topic 7.  Develop and Deliver Training & Exercises for Animal Agriculture Sector Responders
Topic 8.  Commodity-Specific Topics, including (a) projects to advance the development of sheep and goat vaccines, and (b) projects to prevent and prepare for foreign and emerging aquatic animal diseases.

For all priorities, applicants are encouraged to develop proposals that:

  1. Focus on preparedness and response for emerging and foreign animal diseases.
  2. Address significant known gaps, problems, and areas of concern in preparedness for FAD and emerging animal diseases that have been identified and documented at local, State, Tribal, and national levels through exercises and events, including COVID19.
  3. Build on scientifically based innovation, existing tools/techniques, and findings from projects previously funded by NADPRP.
  4. Help States, industry groups, and other stakeholders address corrective actions that have been identified through animal disease response events or exercises.
  5. Provide benefit to as many sectors of the livestock industry as possible and address the needs of different livestock operation sizes, even if the specific project targets a specific species.
  6. Address the needs of high-risk, underserved, non-traditional, niche, Indian Tribe, or hard-to-reach audiences.

Cooperative Aggrement

Will NADPRP agreements impact APHIS VS’ umbrella agreements or Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) agreements with States and Tribes?

No. APHIS VS’ NADPRP agreements with States and Tribes will be distinct and separate from other APHIS VS agreements that are funded with appropriated funds, such as umbrella agreements with States.

What is competitive funding and how does it work in a cooperative agreement?

In the NADPRP program, proposals are awarded based on a competitive process where a team of experts evaluate the merits the proposals using pre-determined criteria. Funding is based on the merits of the proposal and application package, and recipients are not pre-determined. Final decisions are made by USDA.

When cooperative agreements are awarded through a competitive process, applicants must submit a complete and polished proposal because there is no opportunity for modifications or discussion with cooperators during the review process. After projects are selected, projects are funded through cooperative agreements, which means there will be substantial involvement between the Federal awarding agency and the recipient entity in carrying out the activity funded by the Federal award.

Is cost sharing required?

No.

What is the limit on indirect costs (administrative costs)?

Applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Use of Funds for detailed information and guidance on calculating indirect costs for their project budget and financial plan. Indirect costs are capped at 10% of the project’s total costs

Proposal Review and Notification

How are proposals reviewed and who reviews them? Who makes the final decision?

Application packages that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be evaluated by a team of subject matter experts nominated by APHIS VS and by the NADPRP Consultation Board. To avoid potential conflicts of interest, reviewers may have no association with projects they are reviewing. In the event of a real or perceived conflict of interest, a reviewer shall recuse themselves as appropriate. The review team may seek counsel from additional subject-matter experts as appropriate. Proposals are scored based on the merits of the application relative to the evaluation criteria, which are listed in the funding opportunity announcement. USDA considers the review team’s recommendations in making final funding decisions.

Will partial funding of a proposal be considered?

Yes. Based on reviewer recommendations, APHIS may award less than the requested amount of funds to a project. In these cases, applicants may accept or decline the award that is offered. If applicants accept a reduced funding level, applicants will submit a revised application that addresses reviewer concerns and aligns with the lower award amount. APHIS will provide additional guidance to applicants in these situations.

When and how will I find out if my proposal is funded, and when will funds be awarded?

APHIS will publish the Spending Plan and List of Projects resulting from this funding opportunity and notify applicants of their award status promptly after the spending plan is approved by USDA. Applicants will be notified by email and through the publication of the NADPRP spending plan on the USDA APHIS NADPRP website.  APHIS anticipates announcing awarded projects in early 2023.

Equipment and Inventions

What happens with equipment purchased under a funded project after the project has ended?

It is VS’ intention to have Recipients retain equipment purchased through NADPRP funded projects as long as the requirements and conditions set forth in 2 CFR § 200.313 and the General Terms and Conditions for APHIS Cooperative Agreements and Grants are met. 

If I invent something unique with NADPRP funds, who owns it when the cooperative agreement ends?

The Bayh-Dole Act, Public Law 96-517, is followed when intellectual property (IP) is developed under a federal award.  Bayh-Dole allows the cooperator to take ownership of their developed IP if they elect to do so. It also permits the federal funding agency (e.g., APHIS) to retain a nonexclusive, nontransferable, irrevocable, paid-up license to use the developed technology – or have someone else use for or on behalf of the U.S. government – for government purposes.

Additional Information

Is there a website with more information?

The USDA APHIS NADPRP website includes all information and links related to this funding opportunity.

Whom can applicants contact regarding questions about NADPRP and the 2022 funding opportunity?

For all questions about this funding opportunity and about the NADPRP program, please send an email to VS.NADPRP@usda.gov. You may also contact the following APHIS VS program staff: Julie Wallin, NADPRP Program Coordinator, Julie.e.wallin@usda.gov, 970-494-7258.


1Livestock is defined as “all farm-raised animals” (Animal Health Protection Act, 7 USC Ch. 109).

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