The STEC CAP Grant

The goal of the STEC CAP grant is to reduce the occurrence and public health risks from eight targeted serogroups/serotypes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC-8 ) in beef using a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) platform.

This U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) grant, titled Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) in the Beef Chain: Assessing and Mitigating the Risk by Translational Science, Education and Outreach, seeks to significantly advance evidence- and action-based beef food safety knowledge to protect public health.

This project is targeting the eight most important STEC serotypes that cause human illness in the U.S.

The three Core Pillars of this project are pre-harvest, post-harvest and consumer research, and all three of these initiatives feed directly into the framework of our project, that being a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) across the beef chain continuum.

The QMRA is the STEC CAP's centerpiece and is what drives all research, education and extension activities. This USDA-NIFA grant focusing on STEC in beef was awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and includes 15 participating institutions and 51 collaborators.

Additionally, wide representation from the beef production and processing industry, beef industry technology providers, wholesale/retail/food service sector, academic and regulatory experts, and consumer advocacy organizations are involved as research and education contributors or technical advisors as members of our Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) and/or Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB).

This grand effort to understand and control STEC throughout the beef system is a public-private partnership designed to generate advanced scientific understanding of STEC and to utilize this knowledge throughout the entire beef production to consumption continuum.Information included on this website details more specifically the defined goals and activities, and the various programs and participants, of the STEC CAP grant.

Information included on this website details more specifically the defined goals and activities, and the various programs and participants, of the STEC CAP grant. Watch this video to understand the STEC CAP's purpose further.

UNL Press Release
KSU Press Release
Awards Program PDF

Tri-Fold Brochure

Project Director and Executive Management Team



Rodney A. Moxley
, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Veterinary Med. & Biomedical Sciences – PD


Harshavardhan Thippareddi, University of Georgia


Randall K. Phebus, Kansas State University, Animal Science & Industry, Food Science Institute


Daniel L. Gallagher, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering


John B. Luchansky, USDA Agriculture Research Service Eastern Regional Research Center


Jill Hochstein
, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Project Manager

Co-Project Directors

Daniel Thomson, Kansas State University, Beef Cattle Institute, CVM
Michael W. Sanderson, Kansas State University, Clinical Sciences, CVM

 Management Plan (PDF)


Acknowledgement Statement to use:  
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number #2012-68003-30155.