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Extramural Update

September 2009

Heindel, Jerry
Health Science Administrator Jerry Heindel oversees NIEHS grants in the Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contract Solicitation

As part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, on August 17 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Request for Proposals (RFP) SBIR Contract Solicitation in the Federal Register.

The NIH is accepting proposals from small business concerns with the research and development (R&D) expertise to conduct innovative research that will contribute toward meeting the program objectives of the agencies. The complete announcement may be found online(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-137.html) Exit NIEHS. The date of receipt for all proposals is November 9, 2009.

The NIEHS SBIR program is integrated into the overall research agenda of NIEHS with the goal of developing and commercializing technologies and products in the area of environmental health sciences that will reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes. The NIEHS program consists of both grant and contract opportunities. The NIEHS grants program, part of the NIH omnibus solicitation will be announced in January for 2010.

The NIEHS is currently seeking contract proposals that address the following needs:

  • Computer Assisted Sperm Analysis System
  • Development of Quantitative High-Throughput Screens For Environmental Toxicants that Induce DNA Damage
  • Development of Mid- to High-Throughput Toxicological Tests Using Model Organisms Integrated Prediction Systems to Support Environmental Toxicological Assessments
  • Incorporation of Metabolism into Quantitative High-Throughput Screening (HTS) Assays
  • Development of Quantitative High-Throughput Screens for the Detection of Chemicals That Modulate Gap Junctional Intercellular Communication
  • Monitoring in vivo Gene Expression Changes After Exposure to Toxicants in Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Development of Biomarkers for Assessment of Exposure to Molds

The SBIR program is a set-aside program for small business concerns to engage in Federal research and development with the potential for commercialization. This program was developed in 1992 to stimulate technological innovation, foster and encourage participation by minorities and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and to increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federally funded research, e.g. to translate basic science discoveries into commercial products.

The NIEHS SBIR program is part of the NIH/DHHS program and details including receipt dates, forms, program announcements and grantsmanship guidance can be found on the NIH SBIR website(http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm) Exit NIEHS.

The NIEHS contact is Jerry Heindel, Ph.D.



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