USDA Seeks to Fund Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard Development


Addressing antimicrobial resistance is important to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), along with the agricultural and public health sectors. Antimicrobials are some of our most critical tools for treating serious infections and saving the lives of people and animals. That's why APHIS is making up to $3 million in cooperative agreement funding available to create antimicrobial resistance dashboards.

These tools, developed through public-private partnerships, will be used to improve access to information on antimicrobial resistance in domesticated animals, USDA said in a release. 

“Public-private partnerships are an essential part of achieving our goals at APHIS,” Administrator Kevin Shea said. “The dashboard tools developed through these cooperative agreements will help us better understand antimicrobial resistance in livestock, poultry, and companion animals, which ultimately helps protect public health.”

The antimicrobial resistance dashboards are being created to monitor trends in antimicrobial resistance patterns, detect emerging resistance profiles, and better understand relationships between antimicrobial use and animal health management practices and antimicrobial resistance.

The projects will support APHIS’ goals of:
•    Developing antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools that can securely track the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant microbes in domesticated animals.
•    Identifying and/or developing methods for protecting data confidentiality of these dashboards.
•    Identifying data user needs and preferences for antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools.
•    Exploring aspects of data management for antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools.

Who is Eligible?
Eligible applicants include state departments of agriculture; Tribal entities; offices of state animal health officials; nonprofits; institutions of higher education; state or national livestock, poultry, or aquaculture producer organizations with direct and significant economic interest in livestock, poultry, or aquaculture production; state, national, allied, or regional veterinary organizations or specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

All dashboard tools will be required to provide data protections similar to the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act, USDA noted.  

The funding announcement will be open through February 20, 2023, for a total of 90 days. APHIS will post opportunities to and the agency will accept applications using the ezFedGrants system.

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