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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. 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

Next due date: January 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:

Nominations Open for International 3Rs Prize

Nominations are now open for the International 3Rs Prize, which recognizes highly original or innovative primary research papers that advance replacement, refinement, or reduction of animal use in any area of medical, biological, or veterinary research. Papers published in the last three years by academic or industry laboratories anywhere in the world are eligible for consideration.

The National Centre for the Replacement Reduction & Refinement of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is a UK-based scientific organization dedicated to replacing, refining, and reducing the use of animals in research and testing. Every year the NC3Rs highlights outstanding and original research with a high 3Rs impact through its International 3Rs Prize. This award, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, consists of a £28k prize grant and a £2k personal award, to be presented in London in March 2019.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 5

DoD Environmental Research Program Invites Funding Proposals

The DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking environmental research and development proposals for funding beginning in FY 2020. SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. SERDP invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Funded projects will be selected through a competitive process. The Core Solicitation provides funding opportunities for basic and applied research and advanced technology development. The SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation provides funding opportunities for work that will investigate innovative environmental approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. SERDP Core pre-proposals are due January 8, 2019. SEED proposals are due March 5, 2019.

NCATS to Fund Tissue Chips to Model Opioid Use Disorders

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has released a notice of intent to publish a funding opportunity announcement for tissue chips to model nociception, addiction, and overdose. This funding will support creation and testing of human-based microphysiological systems, also known as “tissue chips,” that can model the mechanisms or effects of nociception/pain-relevant signaling, addiction, or opioid use disorders.

The notice of intent is being provided in advance to allow potential applicants time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The funding opportunity announcement is expected to be published in early December, with application due dates planned for February 2019. It is anticipated that institutions eligible for this funding will include public and private higher education institutions, nonprofits, small businesses, and U.S. state, local, and tribal governments.

CAAT Awards to Recognize Work to Replace, Reduce, and Refine Animal Use

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering two awards to recognize and support investigators who are working to replace, reduce, and refine animal use. Applications for both awards are due December 31.

  • The Next Generation Humane Science Award is presented to acknowledge and encourage early-career researchers who focus on replacing animal experiments. The 2018 award will provide a prize of up to $9,000 recognizing the work of one scientist, or may be shared among two or more scientists. Factors considered in the evaluation of applications include the potential of the work to replace animal experiments and be used in a regulatory context. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents working at U.S.-based institutions and have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees no earlier than 2010.
  • The Science-based Refinement Awards support projects to refine animal use by enhancing animal welfare or reduce animal use by (for example) identifying applications where animal models lack reproducibility and translational value. Two grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to animal welfare scientists, veterinarians, or animal care technicians working to enhance animal welfare, or to researchers who conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses of animal studies.