BRAG is also jointly funded by USDA-ARS, USDA-NIFA, and the USDA-Forest Service.
These agencies contribute funds to the USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants program by withholding at least 2 percent from research projects on biotechnology within their respective agencies.
Risk assessment research is defined as the science-based evaluation and interpretation of factual information in which a given hazard, if any, is identified, and the consequences associated with the hazard are explored.
Research funded through the BRAG program will be relevant to risk assessment and the regulatory process.
Resources such as the Office of the General Counsel and other offices within the University are available to provide legal, financial and other support to assist international project teams in finding solutions for implementing their service and research goals.
The International Research Committee consists of Officers of Instruction and/or Officers of Research and representatives from the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, the Finance Division, and the Office of the EVP for Research.Awards totaling ,129,457 were made to the 13 research and 1 conference proposals that were highly ranked.The success rate (in terms of number of research proposals funded compared to the total number of research proposals submitted) was approximately 35%.Through a series of questions, the project officer will determine whether the project requires further review.The goal is to identify only those types of international projects that might need special assistance (e.g., a project requiring a long-term formal presence in another country or one operating within a country that is subject to export sanctions).The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. In 2002, Section 7210 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U. The BRAG program also supports conferences and workshops that bring together scientists, regulators, and other stakeholders to review the science-based data relevant to risk assessment or risk management of GE organisms released into the environment.The USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants (BRAG) program was established in 1992 in response to authority provided in Section 1668 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U. BRAG is co-administered by NIFA and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).However, the process runs most efficiently when information is provided in a timely manner since significant lead time is often required, as for example, to acquire certain types of export licenses or to file necessary registrations with a foreign government when setting up an office in that country.After the project has been funded, a more extensive post-award review will occur.The Procedures also will assist the University in the development of a database of information relating to international projects, so that information can be more easily collected and shared.If a sponsored project proposal involves international research or service, the principal investigator or departmental administrator responsible for the proposal should notify the appropriate project officer in Sponsored Projects Administration as early as possible.