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Research Project Description

Analysis of Animal Feed Safety Fellowship
Center for Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Rockville, MD


Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This project will provide the selected participant the opportunity: to be trained to investigate the standards for ingredients used in animal foods, to review the scientific basis for ingredients used in animal feed to determine whether these ingredients are generally recognized as safe (GRAS), and to learn to prepare documentation to support such determination. S/he will also have the opportunity to review the chemical descriptions and manufacturing information on ingredients, to recommend standards for chemical identity, composition, and physical, chemical, and biological properties to ensure the quality, purity, and strength of the feed ingredients.

The areas in which the selected participant will be trained include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying ingredients for an assessment of their GRAS status for an intended use in animal feed by assembling information found in a searchable, structured format.
  • Reviewing information collected from internal and public database searches for information on an ingredient’s use in animal feed prior to 1958 or information to support a determination that the use is GRAS if the ingredient was marketed after 1958.
  • Recommending standards for chemical identity, composition, and physical, chemical and biological properties to ensure the quality, purity and strength of these feed ingredients.

The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


A Master’s Degree in an area related to chemistry, biology, or veterinary medicine is required.  Degrees must have been earned within 5 years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of Please reference FDA-CVM-2013-0022 in all communications.