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									US Meat Export Federation Request for Proposals

Funding: $50,000.00

Funding Period: January 1, 2010-December 31, 2010

Potential Country Specific Import Requirements for Animal / Product
Traceability and the Impact on U.S. Red Meat Exports
Countries continue to enact new or intensified animal identification programs
each year. Currently, three top U.S. red meat export markets (Japan, EU and
Hong Kong) require some form of an animal identification program but there is a
strong likelihood that the U.S. could be required to comply with additional, more
comprehensive animal identification programs – possibly from birth to retail
package - in the near future. For instance, Korea and Japan are each planning
mandatory domestic programs that exporters may be asked to comply with in
order to maintain market access. In the event a foreign market's domestic animal
identification program requirements become mandatory for U.S. red meat export
access, the export programs could change dramatically, seriously impacting U.S.
competitiveness in the export markets and further impacting the U.S. domestic
market. Based on assumptions of the following two scenarios; please develop
and submit an RFP on the impact to US exports and domestic production:
(1)U.S. has a mandatory animal identification program (NAIS)
(2) U.S. has a voluntary animal identification program

The RFP should address the following:
(A) What would the (U.S. export verification) programs look like for each market,
based on assumed changes in x country’s requirements for both domestic and
imported meat? (USMEF will provide direction on the specific markets)
(B) What options are available for U.S. producers/processors to meet the new
requirements?
(C) What would be the costs associated with meeting the new requirements and
identify the least cost scenario if applicable.
(D) Would the other major suppliers to the market face the same challenges as
the U.S. or would the competition benefit from certain advantages?
(E) How would the costs associated with meeting additional requirements affect
both U.S. exports and the U.S. market?


(RFP#: 2010-1)
USMEF Research Request for Proposals
General Information and Instructions

Background
Over the past few years implementation of international Sanitary and
Phytosanitary Measures SPS trade barriers has increased significantly. Some
US trading partners use SPS barriers as a method to regulate the flow of imports
while others use them as a strict protectionist measure for domestic agricultural
production. SPS barriers are rarely based on sound science, though posed as a
means for consumer protection. International trade standards, set for example
by CODEX, OIE and WTO, are science based and are meant to serve as
importing guidelines. Several countries incorporate these guidelines into their
domestic and/or import regulations but others use their sovereign right to set
certain regulations without consideration of international standards or sound
science. As countries continue to adopt non-science based, trade-distorting
standards and requirements, it is necessary to understand the trade implications
of the existing and expected standards in an effort to move countries toward the
adoption of international, science based standards. A stronger peer reviewed,
science base in support of these international standards will strengthen
international standards and provide additional scientific information for
international negotiations and fair trade.

Currently USMEF works closely with NPB and NCBA in developing technical
research needs on an industry wide basis. A considerable amount of this
research is “generic” and can be used to supplement market programs and
market access needs in many markets in the US and the world. There is a need
for more specific technical research that will augment international standards and
negotiations toward the adoption of these international standards.


Objective
Solicit technical proposals from research institutions based on defined knowledge
needs resulting from specific current and/or expected barriers to U.S. red meat
exports to foreign markets.

Funding

Funding for these research projects will be through the USDA/FAS Market
Access Program (MAP). Recipients will be required to follow the USDA
regulations for MAP funding. The regulations can be found at,
http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/map.asp
Available funding will be based on approved allocations from USDA/FAS.
Participating researchers will be notified of available funds prior to January 1 of
the funding year.

Funds will be awarded on January 1 and the final invoices and finished report
must be completed by February 28 of the following year.
Funding, Proposal and Final Report Timeline

December 4, 2009 Research proposals submitted to USMEF. USMEF reviews
                 and selects proposals

December 11, 2009 Recipient notified the research proposal has been accepted

December 18, 2009 Research agreement between USMEF and the research
                  institution completed

January 1, 2010    Research Funding Awarded to recipient – sign contract

February 28, 2011 Research must be completed from previous year funding.
                  Final Report and all invoices must be completed and
                  submitted to USMEF.


   Proposal Format
      1. Cover Page (see attached)
      2. Objectives of the research
      3. Benefit to the industry and international market
      4. Research project description
              a. Experimental Design
              b. Statistical analysis
              c. Procedures to achieve the objectives
              d. Brief Literature review
              e. Quality Assurance/Control Plan
      5. Schedule/ Timeline
      6. Value of the proposed research
      7. Project Budget
              a. Personnel
              b. Contracted Services
              c. Assay and testing Fees
              d. Travel
              e. Supplies
              f. Shipping, Handling and Mailing Expenses
              g. Other
      8. Letters of Cooperation
      9. Researchers Curriculum Vitae
              a. Related Projects
      10. Institutional Certification
USMEF Contact

Paul Clayton
U.S. Meat Export Federation
1855 Blake Street Suite 200
Denver CO, 80202
PH: 303-226-7331
Email: pclayton@usmef.org

Contracting Procedures
  1. Proposal recipients will receive notification their proposal has been
      accepted on December 1, 2009
  2. Recipients will follow the USMEF contract template to conduct the
      research. Template will be provided once notification of acceptance has
      been sent.


Publication Procedures
  1. Interim report/update is due June 1, 2010.
  2. The final report must be submitted to USMEF on February 28, 2011
  3. All research must be submitted to an appropriate peer reviewed journal
      within 30 days after the final report is submitted to USMEF.
  4. USMEF has exclusive rights to publish the final report
  5. The research institution may publish (i.e. University publications,
      Experiment Station reports etc.) the final report (or parts) 90 days after the
      USMEF publication.
         US Meat Export Federation Research Proposal (cover page)


RFP Number: 2010-1

Proposal Title:

Requested Amount:


Principle Investigator:

Institution:

Address:

Phone:

FAX:

Email:


Co-Investigators

Institution:

Address:

Phone:

FAX:

Email:


Institution Contracts/Grants Administrator

Institution:

Address:

Phone:

FAX:

Email:

The Principle Investigator certifies they have read and understand the rules and regulations
for use of funds from the USDA FAS Market Access Program (MAP).

Signed: __________________________________

								
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