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APHIS Announces Farm Bill Funding to Support Animal Disease Prevention and Management!

The 2018 Farm Bill established the opportunity for annual National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Enhancement funding. NAHLN laboratories are asked to develop projects that will build a network successful in providing early detection of significant animal disease, rapid response to the presence of a confirmed disease and appropriate recovery from an outbreak. Enhancement of the NAHLN is one of three programs that are supported through the 2018 Farm Bill Section 12101, Animal Disease Prevention and Management Program.

NAHLN Farm Bill Funding Opportunities

News Release
June 8, 2021: APHIS Announces 2021 Open Period for Farm Bill Funding Opportunities Supporting Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Activities.


All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time on August 6, 2021.

2021 NAHLN Farm Bill Funding Opportunity

APHIS will make available up to $2.5 million in funds to support NAHLN projects in 2021 that will (1) increase capacity for disease testing focused on currently approved protocols, test development and validation, and on rapid sequencing of emerging threats;  (2) increase capacity to handle surge samples through improving sample entry and tracking, laboratory information management systems (LIMS) enhancement, and electronic messaging of results; or (3) enhance laboratory emergency preparedness by developing local and regional cooperation for regulatory testing through targeted outreach and exercise.


2021 Joint NAHLN / NADPRP Funding Opportunity
APHIS is providing up to $5 million in funds in a joint NAHLN and NADPRP 2021 Funding Opportunity to support high-value projects to develop and/or evaluate point-of-care diagnostic tests to enhance the nation’s ability to quickly detect high-consequence foreign animal diseases (FADs) and accelerate response and containment efforts.

NAHLN Farm Bill Projects

A brief description of projects awarded since 2019 can be viewed by selecting the links below.

  • 2020 NAHLN Farm Bill Projects
    Summary: APHIS awarded $5.1 million for projects that enhance test method development for high consequence animal disease, emergency preparedness, data management and exercises/drills for laboratories.
  • 2019 NAHLN Farm Bill Projects
    Summary: APHIS awarded $5 million for projects that advance the capabilities, capacity, and readiness of the NAHLN laboratories.

More Information

Learn more about the organization, mission, and vision of the NAHLN.

NAHLN Activities
View VS Program diseases under NAHLN's scope, a list of NAHLN SOPs, information on NAHLN's IT and secure messaging, plus recent training and preparedness activities.

NAHLN Laboratories 
View lists of approved NAHLN laboratories, plus requirements for membership in the NAHLN and information about being a NAHLN lab.

 NAHLN Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Pilot Project

NAHLN-Related Publications
This section contains the NAHLN Quarterly newsletter, brochures, white papers, updates, and other NAHLN-related publications.

Surveillance and Preparedness Efforts 
NAHLN laboratories perform targeted surveillance and response testing for both endemic and foreign animal diseases.

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