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 2020 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 July 14, 2020)
- Program Descriptions and Research Topics
- Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications
Next due date: April 5, 2021
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
- 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
Apply by April 9 for Free Inhalation Tissue Models
PETA Science Consortium International e.V. (PETA-SCI) is teaming up with MatTek Life Sciences to offer EpiAlveolar™ and EpiAirway™ tissues that can be used to test chemicals, drugs, nanomaterials, and pathogens. EpiAlveolar models the lower respiratory tract and includes primary human alveolar epithelial cells, pulmonary endothelial cells, and fibroblasts, while EpiAirway models the upper respiratory tract and comprises normal, human-derived tracheal/bronchial epithelial cells. The awardee will be selected based on their proposal’s scientific merit and impact on replacing animal tests, and will receive $10,000 U.S. redeemable for EpiAlveolar or EpiAirway tissues. Researchers from any sector are encouraged to apply, and the competition is open to applicants worldwide. More information is available on the PETA-SCI website; apply by April 9.
Apply by April 30 for IFER Graduate Fellowships
The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is accepting applications for graduate fellowships. These one-year grants of approximately $12,500 support projects by master’s and Ph.D. students in the sciences. Relevant projects address 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 for up to three years, depending on student progress and availability of funds. Special consideration 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 or dogs in research. Applicants must be beginning or beyond their second year of graduate school as of September 2021. Applications are due Friday, April 30.
NCATS Funding Use of Tissue Chips to Support COVID-19 Research
NCATS has issued two Notices of Special Interest to support research in collecting and examining data on the risks and outcomes for COVID-19 infections using MPS or tissue chips. Such work is expected to advance the translation of research findings into diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. Applications for both opportunities will be accepted on a rolling basis from May 15, 2020, through January 25, 2022.
- NOT-TR-20-016 announces the availability of one-year administrative supplements for investigators and institutions funded through existing grants of the NCATS MPS program. Proposals should address how the work will contribute to advancing translational research for COVID-19.
- NOT-TR-20-017 announces the availability of competitive revisions for investigators and institutions funded through existing grants of the NCATS MPS program. Proposals should address development of MPS models for COVID-19, the use of MPS for rapid detection of COVID-19 infection, or the use of MPS to evaluate potential therapeutics for COVID-19.