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Network Executive Committee

A Network Executive Committee will be established to serve as an advisory body to the Centers. The members of the Network Executive Committee will include the Principal Investigator for each Center, the NIAID Project Officer, and other NIAID scientific staff. Additional Federal and non-Federal experts, selected by the NIAID Project Officer, may participate in selected Executive Committee activities in an advisory capacity, when appropriate. A Network Executive Committee Chair shall be selected from among the non-Federal members of the Committee shortly after award. The Network Executive Committee shall meet annually and shall conduct conference calls on a biannual basis.

The Network Executive Committee shall be responsible for the following activities:

(a) Collaborative Activities

The Network Executive Committee shall be responsible for defining areas of collaboration among the Centers. This shall include determining how the expertise, facilities, and other resources of the Centers engaged in pathogenesis and host response research can contribute to critical public health information needs through the analysis of samples, the sharing of reagents and assays, and other collaborative activities.

(b) The NIAID Pandemic Public Health Research Response Plan

The Network Executive Committee shall be responsible for advising the Centers on how they can be used as a resource in the event of an urgent public health emergency involving the emergence and rapid spread of an influenza pandemic in humans.

(c) Annual Network Meetings

The Network Executive Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting an annual two-day meeting. Annual meeting participants shall include: the Principal Investigators and key scientific staff of the Centers, the NIAID contract and program staff, as well as representatives from other U.S. Federal agencies, including the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the NIAID scientific advisors as appropriate. These annual meetings shall provide for presentations on the progress, study results, and future plans of the Centers. In addition, these meetings shall serve as a means of identifying opportunities for collaboration among Centers.

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Last Updated May 01, 2012