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FDA Opens Grant Funding Application Period for Animal Drugs for Minor Uses and Minor Species

Sponsors with Designated MUMS animal drugs or their research partners encouraged to apply, must meet other eligibility requirements

November 15, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced an open period for applications for grants to support the development and approval or conditional approval of new animal drugs intended to treat uncommon diseases (minor uses) in major species (horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens) or to treat minor species (MUMS). The individual award amount has been increased to a single funding level up to $250,000. 

The Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004 (the MUMS act) provides innovative ways to bring products to market for these small populations and is designed to help veterinary pharmaceutical companies and others overcome the financial roadblocks they face in providing animal drugs for a limited market. Before this legislation, veterinary pharmaceutical companies and others would rarely attempt to bring such drugs to market. 

Grants awarded through the MUMS program support the FDA’s continuing mission to assure that safe and effective animal drugs are available for a wide range of species and conditions.  

MUMS grants have been awarded to support product development for a wide range of indications.  They have funded many studies for products to treat fungal and bacterial diseases in various fish species, a few for treatment of cancers in dogs, and some to support development of drugs for horses, pheasants, and goats. 

To date, the MUMS grant program has provided more than $4 million in support of 57  studies.

This is Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number PAR-18-827. The deadline to submit applications is January 17, 2020, through www.grants.gov or the NIH ASSIST system.  

The complete FOA is available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-827.html

More information about the MUMS grant program and how to apply for MUMS grants is available at:

Issued by FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine.
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