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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

Research mission

Kansas State University and its Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, are jump-starting some of the research planned for NBAF. 

The BRI — a biosafety level-3 facility — has started research on NBAF diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, classical swine fever and African swine fever.

K-State BASEIn 1999, Kansas State University launched a food-related bio/agro security program that led to the construction of the BRI a few years after Sept. 11. Because BRI research can address preharvest threats to food animals and food crops as well as postharvest threats to America’s food supply, Kansas State University was well-positioned to launch NBAF research when Manhattan was the site selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Learn more about Kansas State University's Bio/Agro Security Enterprise

Kansas State University’s BRI provides state-of-the-art biocontainment infrastructure to allow NBAF research to begin well in advance of NBAF becoming operational.  Work began in 2014 on the zoonotic foreign animal diseases Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis; it expanded to the non-zoonotic threats classical swine fever and African swine fever in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Accelerating NBAF Research

Learn what Kansas State University's BRI is working on to protect America's crops, livestock and food, plus public health as well.

Numerous university, state and federal organizations have partnered to help NBAF transition to Kansas. These collaborators are providing valuable resources and expertise as the facility becomes operational. 

University collaborators

Biosecurity Research Institute

The Biosecurity Research Institute is a biosafety level-3 facility that provides scientists with a safe and secure location to study high-consequence pathogens affecting plants, animals and food products. The institute is jump-starting some of the research planned for NBAF. 

National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center administers programs that help protect America’s food supply and address the preparation and response to threats involving the agricultural economy. The center unites biosecurity researchers with federal, state and local agencies to provide a response to emerging agricultural threats.

K-State Research and Extension

K-State Research and Extension is a partnership between Kansas State University and federal, state and county government, with offices in every Kansas county. K-State Research and Extension is dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.

Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization

The Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization is dedicated to the start-up and expansion of technology-based, high-growth enterprises and enables the commercialization of university and underutilized corporate intellectual property.

K-State Olathe

The university's Olathe campus is a leader of adaptable, interdisciplinary and innovative education, research and public/private engagement in the Kansas City area. It is bridging the university with global and local community, government and industry partners.

State and regional collaborators

Kansas Department of Agriculture

In June 2014, the Kansas Department of Agriculture moved its headquarters to the university's research park, which is adjacent to NBAF. The new location builds collaboration on research, agricultural issues affecting the state and joint outreach to the Kansas agricultural community.

Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

Kansas State University and Manhattan help anchor the world’s largest concentration of animal health companies that stretches from Columbia, Mo., to Manhattan. These animal health companies in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor generate more than a third of the global sales for the $19 billion animal health industry.

Federal collaborators

U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases

The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases develops countermeasures for emerging high-priority animal diseases that can spread to humans. The center partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research