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. In addition, both organizations are committed to the protection of 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
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
- 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 NIH, CDC, and Food and Drug Administration. This funding is available 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: April 5, 2019
For more information about this opportunity, contact:
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 – 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 calculating number of employees
- Registration and application instructions (this process can take six to eight weeks and should be initiated well before the deadline)
- Top five eRA Commons errors
ARDF Grants Available, Application Deadline May 1
The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) awards grants to support research projects that develop alternative methods to advance science and replace or reduce animal use. ARDF is currently accepting applications for this year’s grants, with proposals due May 1.
The maximum grant is $40,000. While preference will be given to U.S. applications, proposals are welcome from any nonprofit educational or research institution worldwide. Proposal reviews, coordinated by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, will evaluate scientific merit and feasibility and the potential to reduce or replace the use of animals in the near future. Proposals in the fields of research, testing, or education will be considered. Projects may not use intact non-human vertebrate or invertebrate animals. Preference will be given to projects that use:
- In silico and in vitro methods with human cells or tissues
- Pathway-based approaches as exemplified by the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and A Strategy
Graduate Fellowships Available from IFER
The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is accepting pre-proposal applications for 2019-2020 Graduate Fellowships. These are one-year grants of typically $12,500 for projects that support development, acceptance, and implementation of innovative methods that advance science and refine, reduce, or replace the use of animals in research, testing, or education. Grants are renewable annually for up to three years, depending on student progress and availability of funds. Special consideration and additional financial support may be given to proposals that are likely to replace the use of animals in research, and for projects that are likely to refine, reduce, or replace the use of nonhuman primates in research. Applications are due Tuesday, April 30.