International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture

The International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) is a public-private partnership created by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to advance research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture. ICASA’s research promotes the judicious use of antibiotics, advances animal health and welfare, and increases transparency in food production practices.

Funding Opportunities
ICASA is issuing a call for research concepts related to metaphylaxis, an approach to controlling infectious diseases in beef cattle and pigs. The pre-application deadline for the Metaphylaxis Call for Letters of Intent is June 17, 2020.
To apply, please visit the Grants Submission portal.

ICASA issued its first call for Letters of Intent to develop, improve and/or validate animal-health monitoring or rapid in-field, pen-side or animal-side diagnostic tools. The deadline to apply is now closed.


Antibiotics are extremely valuable tools for preventing, treating, and controlling disease in livestock production. Maintaining the efficacy of antibiotics is a highly complex issue, affecting both human and animal health, and it is a top priority for livestock producers. The responsible and judicious use of antibiotics is key to addressing this challenge.


ICASA’s investment in research creates practical solutions, such as new technologies and management practices that promote judicious use of antibiotics, produce healthier livestock, and improve animal welfare.


ICASA accelerates innovation and improves antibiotic stewardship by building partnerships critical to making advances across the supply chain. The Consortium collaboratively investigates the underlying causes of animal health issues, and develops practical solutions, including advanced tools and management practices.
The Consortium is an extraordinary opportunity to improve animal health and welfare and reduce the need for unnecessary antibiotics in animal agriculture.

ICASA supports the development of tools and management solutions to improve animal health and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. Projects may include:

  • Development of diagnostic tests and management approaches that enable a more targeted approach to metaphylaxis

  • Diverse approaches to reducing diseases that are major drivers of antibiotic use

  • Precision monitoring technologies that improve health, welfare and stewardship

ICASA offers a mechanism for leveraging private-sector investments in animal health and stewardship projects. Participant contributions are used to calculate the available funding on a per project basis. Participants guide decisions on new projects and directions for the Consortium.



Management Practices


ICASA is the first research consortium to bring together participants representing all stages of the U.S. livestock supply chain. The Consortium’s founding participants include: Advanced Animal Diagnostics, the Beef Alliance, Cactus Research, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, HyPlains Feedyard, JBS USA, McDonald’s, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Pork Board, the Noble Research Institute, Pipestone, Tyson Foods, US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and Veterinary Research and Consulting Services.


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Tim Kurt, DVM, PhD

Scientific Program Director


Kashyap Choksi, Ph.D.

Director of Scientific Partnerships

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