Funding Opportunities for Test Method Developers
NICEATM and ICCVAM seek to facilitate development of test methods that replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals in testing and protect human health, animal health, and the environment. This page lists announcements of funding opportunities intended to support the development of alternative test methods. If you are aware of a funding opportunity that could be included on this page, please contact NICEATM.
SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations of the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is offering funding for small businesses developing technologies of interest to the Tox21 program. These technologies include improved or expanded testing methods for toxicity screening, computational approaches for predictive toxicology, and other technologies such as alternative or improved methods for fixing and preserving tissues. The funding is being offered as part of the 2018 Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control, and Food and Drug Administration for small business grant applications to support development and commercialization of innovative technologies. View more information on the NIEHS website.
SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources:
- Solicitation notices on NIH website (posted January 16, 2018)
- Program Descriptions and Research Topics and Appendix A (SBA approved topics for budget waivers)
View NIEHS section of funding announcement
- Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications
Next due date: September 5, 2018
For more information about this opportunity contact:
Dr. Daniel T. Shaughnessy [Send email]
NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training
POB 12233 (K3-12), Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 541-2506, Fax: (919) 541-4606
NIH Funding Resources
The NIEHS SBIR/STTR Program Staff encourages applicants to submit grants at least one week before the deadline and to take advantage of the following resources:
- NIH "All About Grants" Podcast on the Office of Extramural Research website
- NIH RePORTER Matchmaker: useful for an initial screen for matching your technology to an institute and a relevant study section for review. It is also a great place to better understand what types of technologies NIH institutes fund.
- NIH Grants Policy Statement: rules for applying for and accepting a grant
- Frequently Asked Questions about SBIR and STTR grants on the NIH website
- Frequently asked questions about SBIR/STTR grants in general
- Annotated SBIR/STTR SF424 application forms
- Program descriptions and research topics: contact the Program Officer of the relevant institution to confirm
- Webinar series for funding opportunities for environmental technologies
- NIH study section identifier, which allows you to search your topic of interest
- Application cover letters are optional but provide you an opportunity to designate an institute or study section.
- Rules for calculation of number of employees
- Registration and application instructions (allow six to eight weeks prior to application submission to complete this process)
- Top five eRA Commons errors
PISC Offers Award for Early-Career Scientist to Attend ESTIV2018
Early-career scientists are invited to apply for an award to attend the 20th International Congress on In Vitro Toxicology (ESTIV2018) in Berlin, October 15-18. The award, presented by the PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC), will cover the cost of conference registration and contribute towards travel and accommodation expenses.
Applications are welcomed from master's and Ph.D. students who have completed their first year of studies, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists who have been out of a postdoctoral program for less than three years. Applicants should submit abstracts to the conference, as only applicants whose abstracts have been submitted to and accepted by ESTIV will be considered by PISC for the award.
The application deadline is June 17, which is also the submission deadline for ESTIV abstracts. For more details and to apply, visit the PISC website.
CAAT Next Generation Humane Science Award
The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is accepting applications for the Next Generation Humane Science Award. This award is given annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encourage researchers who focus on replacing animal experiments. The 2018 award will provide a prize of up to $9,000 recognizing the work of one young scientist, or may be shared among two or more young scientists. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States working at U.S.-based institutions and have received Ph.D. or similar degrees no earlier than 2010. Complete application instructions are available on the CAAT website.
NEI Sponsors Competition to Develop In Vitro Retina Models
On February 13, the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge. This $1 million federal prize competition is designed to support development of lab-grown human retinas from stem cells. Organoids developed for the competition will mimic the structure, organization, and function of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.
In the current phase of the challenge, NEI will award up to $100,000 each to as many as six teams whose models best address the challenge’s scientific criteria. Participating teams must designate a captain who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Private entities participating must maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Federal offices or employees are not eligible to participate, and federal funds may not be used to develop submissions. Submission deadline is October 1; winners will be announced in December. Challenge details are available on the NEI website.