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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

As part of a large Department of Health and Human Services solicitation of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications,  the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in technologies to improve predictivity in toxicology testing to support the goals and initiatives of Tox21. View more information on the NIEHS website.

SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources:

Next due date: January 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

NIEHS Offers Grants for Development of Culture Models

NIEHS is providing grants for development of novel in vitro systems using cells from experimental animal models typically used for toxicology testing. The intent is that these systems will replicate biological responses within the corresponding animal tissues or organs. When developed and validated, these systems will provide information needed to predict toxicity of chemical and drug candidates, enable comparisons with existing in vivo animal toxicity data, serve as newer assays for toxicology testing, and have the potential for reducing the numbers of animals used in toxicology testing.

These grants of up to $150,000 for Phase I awards and up to $1 million for Phase II awards are only available to U.S. small businesses. Applications will be accepted starting December 12, with an application due date of January 12, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow time before the due date to correct errors that may be found in the application.

Complete description of the funding opportunity on the National Institutes of Health website

For more information about this opportunity contact:
Dr. Daniel T. Shaughnessy [Send email], NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training

NIH Funding Resources

The 19th Annual HHS SBIR/STTR Conference will be November 7-9 at the Hilton Milwaukee Conference Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This meeting is designed to educate attendees about the SBIR and STTR programs, and how to develop competitive proposals and secure awards. More information about the meeting

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:

Challenge Supports Development of Biomedical Research Models

The Alternatives Research and Development Foundation is sponsoring the Alternatives in Research (AiR) Challenge. The AiR Challenge is intended to stimulate innovative research that advances medical progress using methods that do not involve animals. Up to five grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to projects that employ new or modified disease models, new uses of existing models, or new or modified techniques in biomedical research applications. Proposals will be judged by a scientific advisory committee on their scientific merit and feasibility, potential impact in their area of biomedical research, and their potential ability to replace or reduce the use of laboratory animals.

Only U.S. academic, government, or small business institutions are eligible for the AiR Challenge awards, and no proposals that use intact non-human vertebrate or invertebrate animals will be considered. Proposals are due December 15. More information is available on the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation website.

Toxics Accepting Applications for Postdoc Travel Award

The journal Toxics is accepting applications for a travel award from postdoctoral fellows or trainees involved in toxicology research. The award of 800 Swiss francs (approximately $800 U.S.) will support travel to an international conference in 2018 at which the awardee will give an oral or poster presentation.

Applicants should submit the following to by November 30:

  • A 500-word description of current and future work
  • CV including complete publication list
  • A description of the conference to be attended and the work to be presented
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or PI

Applications will be assessed by an evaluation committee chaired by Toxics Editor-in-chief Prof. Dr. David Bellinger. The winner will be announced in January 2018.