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Animal-Based PEDV & Deltacoronavirus RFP

Animal-based Research for
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)
and Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV)
Request for Proposals
DEADLINE:  Tuesday, April 22 – 5:00 pm CST

PEDV and PDCoV research needs/priorities:

  1. Evaluate the INDEL PEDV strains compared to the initial highly virulent strains and determine if they are cross-protective.  

  2. Study of the basic pathogenesis and characterization of PDCoV in pigs of different ages (neonates, weaned piglets and adults):
    1. Describe the pathogenesis of PDCoV
      1. The infectious dose of PDCoV
      2. The incubation period for PDCoV
      3. Clinical signs for PDCoV
      4. Duration of  shedding post-infection
      5. Determination of carrier state

  3. Development and standardization of PDCoV viral propagation techniques and bioassay methods for diagnostic testing. 

  4. Determine the survivability of PDCoV in/on various substrates (including feed and feed ingredients) and at various temperatures. 

  5. Develop, validate and continue to analyze PEDV and PDCoV antibody-based diagnostic tests for serologic, oral fluid monitoring, evaluation of immune status and for surveillance. 

  6. For herds with previous exposure to PEDV and PDCoV, determine the duration of immunity and ability to protect the herd at the next farrowing. Determine if this protection is age/parity dependent. 

  7. After an initial outbreak, determine the type of immune protection sows provide to piglets:
    1. Evaluate if protection is age/parity dependent.
    2. Develop protocols for optimizing lactogenic immunity.
    3. Evaluate and define the B cell responses in mammary tissue and in the gut that might be protective. 

All proposals need to be completed within 6 months of funding and bi-weekly updates will be required in a format that can convey progress and information to the pork industry. 

Proposals must be submitted in the required format provided with the RFP in order to be considered. Proposals that do not directly address the targeted priorities will not be considered for funding. Final funding decisions will be made by the National Pork Board Swine Health Committee.  Further enquiries regarding this solicitation can be directed to Lisa Becton by email lbecton@pork.org or by phone: 515-223-2791. 

Instructions & Format for
RFP - PEDV Live Animal - Spring 2014

Proposals must be EMAILED to:
Bev Everitt at beveritt@pork.org




DEADLINE:  Wednesday, May 21st – 5:00 p.m. CDT

The National Pork Board is soliciting research proposals dealing with:

ANIMAL WELFARE - Animal Welfare 
HUMAN NUTRITION - Human Nutrition 
PORK SAFETY – Pre-Harvest
PORK QUALITY - Pork Quality
Please read carefully the individual solicitation descriptions for project proposals.  If you have questions related directly to the description of a specific solicitation, contact the staff member listed in charge of the program area.  For questions on the submission process, contact Bev Everitt at beveritt@pork.org or 515/223-2750. 


ANIMAL WELFARE Sherrie Niekamp sniekamp@pork.org 515-223-3533
HUMAN NUTRITION Adria Sheil-Brown abrown@pork.org 515-223-2632
PORK SAFETY & QUALITY  Steve Larsen slarsen@pork.org 515-223-2754
SWINE HEALTH – General Lisa Becton lbecton@pork.org 515-223-2791

To be considered for committee review, all proposals must be submitted via the website by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 21st.  See www.pork.org for links.  Proposals will be reviewed by both technical advisors and pork producers prior to the committee selection meetings.  Final funding is subject to approval by the National Pork Board and USDA. 


  • Proposal selection will occur in July 2014.
  • Notification of grant awards will be done in August 2014.
  • Project funding will begin October 1, 2014.
  • Requests for second-year funding must be resubmitted. 

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Requests For Proposals

Each year the National Pork Board solicits research proposals dealing with pork production (environment, swine health) and pork products (quality, safety & nutrition). The documents below list specific areas of solicitation and serve as a record of research funding priorities for the past three years. Please contact the National Pork Board for more information on our research solicitation process.

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