Retail Food Safety Regulatory Association Collaboration (U18) [Clinical Trial Not Allowed]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is announcing the availability of cooperative agreements to be awarded under Limited Competition to non-profit membership national retail food organizations/associations focused on retail food safety initiatives.

The intended


outcome of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to leverage the resources and strengths of national retail food safety organizations/associations to collaboratively advance retail food protection and reduce foodborne illness.

The resulting cooperative agreements will provide support to advance retail food safety by researching, identifying, and promoting strategies to promote industry's active managerial control (AMC) of foodborne illness risk factors.

AMC means the purposeful incorporation of specific actions or procedures by industry management into the operation of their business to attain control over foodborne illness risk factors.

It embodies a preventive rather than reactive approach to food safety through a continuous system of monitoring and verification.

This includes, but is not limited to, promoting the development and implementation of industry food safety management systems and prerequisite food safety culture necessary to achieve AMC of foodborne illness risk factors.

These cooperative agreements will also advance retail food safety by promoting implementation and full conformance of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) by state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) jurisdictions, supporting full adoption of the most recent FDA Food Code, enhancing communication, and sharing of best practices, and improving foodborne illness outbreak response.

Related Programs

Food and Drug Administration Research

Department of Health and Human Services

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Food and Drug Administration

Estimated Funding: $4,000,000

Who's Eligible

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Full Announcement for RFA-FD-22-008 on NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

Additional Information of Eligibility:
This opportunity is only available to national organizations/associations:1.

National organizations/associations that represent SLTT retail food regulatory programs or retail food/foodservice industries as a primary purpose.

National associations/organizations have the membership, resources, structure, and expertise necessary to build national consensus amongst state/local agencies and/or industry on key food safety issues.

They are the primary means for communication and collaboration on issues of national significance for SLTT retail food regulatory agencies and/or industry.

The outcomes are position statements, resolutions, and legislation that are uniformly supported by SLTT agencies and/or industry.


These national organizations/associations have a vested interest and share the FDA’s vision to leverage the resources and strengths of national retail food safety associations to collaboratively advance retail food initiatives and activities to reduce foodborne illness.


A principal purpose of the organization(s)/association(s) must be to facilitate harmonization of state standards and requirements in areas of FDA's responsibility to include retail food safety.

The association(s) should act as a leader and a resource to SLTT retail food regulatory agencies or industry in developing and implementing strategies to promote public health and consumer protection related to retail foods.

Additionally, the association(s) must have knowledge on the infrastructure, capacity, strengths, and needs of SLTT retail food regulatory programs and/or industry.

The association(s) must have successful experience in carrying out national efforts to build an integrated food safety system, which includes federal, SLTT agencies, and industry.

The association(s) must be comprised of regular members that are officials of SLTT regulatory agencies that administer retail food inspection programs in conjunction and in collaboration with the FDA and/or comprised of regular members from the retail food/foodservice industries.


Applicant associations must hold an information sharing agreement with FDA under 21 CFR 20.88(e) or be able to obtain an agreement prior to the start date of the award.

Information sharing is limited to pre-decisional information and only for the purpose outlined in this award.

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