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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Egg Industry Center announces 2015 Research Requests for Pre-proposals
The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)—H5N2 outbreak is taking a devastating toll on the poultry industry, and the sustainable supply of affordable poultry meat and eggs to consumers. Research is urgently needed to better understand the etiology and transmission of the disease and to explore effective means of intervention, mitigation and prevention.
Therefore, the Egg Industry Center’s 2015 Request for Proposal (RFP) is designated to address HPAI-related issues. The overarching goals of the RFP are a) to determine the etiology and mode of transmission of the virus, and b) to explore mitigation means to reduce its spread and prevent it from reoccurrence.
Specific research areas include:
Determine the genotype of the virus (H5N2)
Determine how the virus is transmitted from farm to farm and within a farm
Determine the airborne concentration of the virus that will cause infection of the birds
Explore new mitigation and preventative strategies
Investigate alternative euthanasia methods for large flocks in an emergency situation like this.
Due to the current AI crisis, projects with a one-year timeline or less are appreciated, but not required.
Pre-proposal content (maximum of 2 pages, 12 Times New Roman font)
A descriptive title of project
Name of principal investigator
PI’s affiliation and contact information
Co-investigators and affiliations
Estimated project timeframe (begin and end) and fund request (Note: EIC does not fund indirect cost)
Statement of the issue: Clear statement of the current issue and/or research questions the project will address
Project objectives: Clear, concise and complete statement of the specific project objectives
Methodology: Brief description of how the data will be collected, analyzed and interpreted
Expected outcomes and values to the stakeholders: Clear description of the expected results and their value to the egg industry and consumers
Pre-proposals must be received by COB June 3, 2015. Submit pre-proposal electronically to Lesa Vold at firstname.lastname@example.org Also, any questions may be submitted through Vold’s email.
Pre-proposals will be evaluated for relevance to the identified topics, scientific merit, potential impact, qualifications of the project personnel and appropriateness of the timeline and proposed budget. An invitation for full proposals for funding rests with the EIC Board of Directors, and this decision will be determined by the end of July.