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FDA funding opportunity - In February 2018, FDA revised its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for research and development to support regulatory science and innovation. MCM-related research submissions are encouraged under area 7: Facilitate Development of Medical Countermeasures to Protect Against Threats to U.S. and Global Health Security. The current BAA announcement will remain open until further notice, but proposers are encouraged to submit white papers by March 29, 2019 for fiscal year 2019 awards. More about MCM-related extramural research
  • July 15, 2019: From HHS - ASPR Next Innovation Day - ASPR Next is a new program to spur innovation in the development of new technologies and products that can be used to provide lifesaving care in austere circumstances. To kick off this initiative, ASPR is bringing together partners to discuss ways to develop cutting-edge technologies to save lives when disaster strikes. ASPR is looking for partners to us address issues in nine areas of interest to disaster response stakeholders, including medical countermeasure dispensing.  ASPR Next Innovation Day will be held on August 7-8, 2019 in Washington, DC and online. Register by July 26, 2019.

  • May 29, 2019: From HHS - HHS Seeks to Expand its Network Innovation Accelerators into More States -  Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for organizations to provide specific biotechnology innovators with the technical and entrepreneurial support needed to accelerate development of their products. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET July 23, 2019.

  • April 18, 2019: From NIH - Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasure Product Development Support - The NIAID Radiation/Nuclear Countermeasures Program (RNCP) supports extramural research to develop safe and effective radiation medical countermeasures and biodosimetry methods and/or devices for clinical use under emergency situations. The purpose of this contract is to advance the development of candidate medical countermeasures (MCMs), including biodosimetric approaches to determine radiation exposure. We anticipate that studies supported by this contract will advance candidate MCMs toward eventual FDA approval or licensure for acute radiation syndrome (ARS) or delayed effects of acute radiation exposure (DEARE). Respond by August 19, 2019.

  • February 22, 2019: NIAID has posted a BAA for research areas including: Development of Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasures, Development of Therapeutic Products for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, and Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.

  • December 3, 2018: From NIH - Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge names five finalists - Selected entrants will receive $100,000 to further develop and test prototypes to improve detection of drug-resistant bacteria or differentiate between a bacterial and viral infection. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a rising public health threat and cause at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to CDC. Drug resistance can also erode the effectiveness of drugs provided as part of a medical response to bioterrorism, such as an anthrax attack. NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are each contributing $10 million to the Challenge. The Challenge also was developed with technical and regulatory expertise from the CDC, FDA, and NIH Office of the Director.

  • May 1, 2018: Slides are now available from FDA Sentinel Industry Day 2018 - also see FDA's Sentinel Initiative

  • November 6, 2017: The HHS Office of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking proposals for the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases that threaten the U.S. civilian population. Respond by October 31, 2019.

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