NIH accepting applications for chemical countermeasure research funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently accepting applications for a funding opportunity for exploratory projects in chemical threat countermeasures.

The NIH grant will fund projects that conduct translational research on therapeutics to reduce the mortality and morbidity caused by chemical agents. Those agents include sarin and VX, as well as toxic industrial chemicals such as cyanide and phosgene.

Chemical threat agents also include agricultural chemicals such as parathion and sodium fluoroacetate.

Projects supported by the NIH funding opportunity are expected to generate preliminary preclinical, screening and efficacy data that can enable the development of competitive applications for more extensive NIH support.

The funding opportunity requires that applicants closely follow the instructions for submission except where instructed to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements will be strictly enforced, and the NIH may delay or deny applications that do not comply with the instructions.

The application deadline for this year is Jan. 30. Letters of intent for the funding opportunity are required 30 days before the application due date.

The full funding opportunity expires at the end of January 2015. An advisory council review of the funding opportunity is scheduled for August of this year.

The funding opportunity was originally opened in December of 2012.

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