Past Solicitations
BAA 14-003 Call 0013
Wildlife Sustainability

The Agriculture Defense Branch of Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate is seeking information about the susceptibility of North American wildlife species to Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) and zoonotic diseases deemed tier 2 and 3 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide gap analyses and inform potential future projects. Additional information is sought for surveillance methodologies, diagnostic sampling, testing, and disease countermeasures used in wildlife species. We are also seeking information regarding vectorcompetence of North American arthropod species for High Consequence or Transboundary Foreign Animal Diseases and information on other diseases of wildlife with economic importance to agriculture or aquaculture.

Topics

TTA - 1 - Distribution, Susceptibility and Disease Persistence in U.S. Wildlife of High Priority Tier 2 and Tier 3 Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) and select zoonotic pathogens

Final report must include at least an analysis and evaluation of susceptible wildlife (free range, captive and farmed) populations within the U.S.; their distribution; proximity to livestock species; proximity to urban environments (for zoonotic pathogens); ability to either seroconvert or become infected, or both; ability to transmit the disease; and potential for the disease to persist within the population. Diseases of interest are categorized as Tier 2 or 3 that affect terrestrial,avian and/or aquatic species. Zoonotic pathogens of interest include: Glanders, Henipaviruses, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, Rift Valley Fever, Marburg and Ebola.

TTA - 2 - Competence of North American Arthropod Vectors for High Consequence or Transboundary Foreign Animal Diseases

Many of the high consequence foreign animal diseases are arthropod vectored which could aid in the transmission between and persistence of these diseases in wildlife and livestock populations, and potentially allow spillover into humans in the case of zoonotic diseases.DHS is interested in examining which arthropod vectors exist in North America that could be competent for HCADs and whether any diagnostic population screening tests are available for arthropods. Also of interest is a discussion of North American wildlife species that are known to be competent reservoirs of these HCADs.

TTA - 3 - Diseases of wildlife of economic importance to agriculture or aquaculture

There are many wildlife species that are not traditionally thought of as agricultural species, but directly or indirectly have significant economic impact on agriculture/aquaculture. DHS is interested in emerging or established diseases that could cause significant morbidity and mortality in these animal populations that could result in large economic consequences for agriculture/aquaculture. Example diseases include White Nose Syndrome of bats, Infectious Salmon Anemia virus and Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis of salmon.

Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
01/20/2016
Registration Deadline:
02/19/2016 02:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
02/19/2016 02:00 PM ET


Amendments and Q&As
amendment icon Amendment # 1
Posted Date 1/29/16
The purpose of this Amendment 1 is to Post Questions and Answers, dated January 29, 2016.



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