CRDF Global, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., has been awarded two subcontracts from Leidos in support of the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP).
CRDF Global will mentor and train researchers at government agencies and academic institutions in the Philippines and Jordan to write competitive research proposals for international funding and to write technical articles suitable for submission to peer-reviewed publications, according to an Oct. 8 company announcement.
These programs aim to build partnerships across human and animal health sectors and help the research community develop the skills and knowledge necessary to access available grant funding and communicate credible scientific findings.
“CRDF Global strongly supports the DTRA-BTRP mission of facilitating the security, detection, and surveillance of diseases caused by especially dangerous pathogens. We are proud to have the opportunity to continue to work alongside BTRP to strengthen safe and responsible global health research capabilities abroad,” said Deborah Harden, Senior Program Manager of CRDF Global’s DTRA Programs within the Global Health Division.
Harden recently joined CRDF Global with over two decades of experience in biological threat reduction and countering weapons of mass destruction initiatives, including serving in the US Air Force as the Deputy Division Chief for the Research and Development Innovation Office at DTRA, and at the Battelle Memorial Institute where she led DTRA- BTRP projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.