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:
- Solicitation notice on NIH website (June 5, 2017)
- 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: 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.
For more information about this opportunity contact:
Dr. Daniel T. Shaughnessy [Send email], NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training
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
Grants Available for Space Station Research Projects
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund new opportunities for conducting research onboard the International Space Station.
- The NIH-CASIS Coordinated Microphysiological Systems Program for Translational Research in Space promotes the development of tissue chips to study human physiology in space and to assess biomarkers, bioavailability, efficacy, and toxicity of therapeutic agents prior to entry into clinical trials. Information about this grant opportunity is available on the NIH Grants website. Proposals are due January 16, 2018.
- The NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Tissue Engineering on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth is accepting proposals for research projects in the field of biomedical engineering, including development of validated models of tissues and organ systems that can support development and testing of medical interventions. Information about this grant opportunity is available on the NSF website. Proposals will be accepted between January 30 and February 12, 2018; a required preliminary feasibility review form is due to CASIS by January 5.
A free informational webinar discussing both opportunities will be presented Thursday, December 14, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
CAAT Young Scientist Award: Deadline Extended to December 31
The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University is offering the Next Generation Humane Science Award to young scientists to acknowledge and encourage research to replace the use of animals in experiments. The 2017 award will be a prize of up to $9,000 to recognize the work of one young scientist, or the prize may be shared among two or more young scientists.
Applicants’ research must be focused on the replacement of animals used in experimentation. To be eligible for the award, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident working at a U.S.-based institution and have received a Ph.D. or similar degree no earlier than 2012.
The application deadline has been extended to December 31: apply on the CAAT website.
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.