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In Vitro Assessment for Antimicrobial Activity

What services are provided?

The In Vitro Assessment for Antimicrobial Activity program tests antimicrobial activity of products against microbial pathogens and vectors, including those derived from clinical specimens.

Services include screening products for antimicrobial activity and developing and performing or providing in vitro assays for

  • Bacteria and fungi
  • Viruses
  • Parasites and vectors
  • Toxins

Note: Resources are limited and intended to fill critical gaps and are not to be the sole source of product development. Preliminary data to support program participation are required.

Eligibility Criteria and Preliminary Data Required

You may request services if you are an investigator in academia, a not-for-profit organization, industry, or government worldwide. You need not be a grantee of NIAID or another National Institutes of Health Institute or Center. However, you must have appropriate preliminary data to support advancing the product you wish to have studied to the requested stage of the product development pathway.

Email invitro@mail.nih.gov to discuss the preliminary data required in order to derive meaningful data from the studies you propose.

Assurances to Requestors

A Non-Clinical Evaluation Agreement (NCEA), with an attached Service Request Form (SRF), between NIAID and the requestor will be required. The NCEA protects the requestor’s intellectual property and ensures confidentiality.

The contract establishes confidentiality for all information flowing from NIAID to the contractor. Therefore, additional material transfer agreements between the requestor and the contractor are not needed. All information provided to the contractor will be treated as confidential.

Application and Approval Process

Step 1 – Discuss the potential request informally.
Email invitro@mail.nih.gov to discuss your preliminary data and the suitability of your proposed studies for support. Your request will be evaluated as follows:

  1. Are the proposed studies within the DMID/NIAID mission?
  2. Are the proposed studies within the scope of and/or technology provided by awarded contracts?
  3. Are a sufficient quality and/or quantity of product available?
  4. Is the proposed work supported by other funding sources/available from other sources?
  5. Has the requestor previously used DMID resources for assessment of the same or similar product? (Repeat use of DMID resources may be undertaken with strong justification.)
  6. Are preliminary data adequate to support the request to advance the product to the next step in the product development pathway?
  7. What is the likelihood that services will contribute significantly to the eventual development and/or evaluation of a product of high quality?
  8. What is the purported public health impact?
  9. What improvements in health benefits are offered beyond current measure(s)?
  10. Does the requestorhave a plan for advancing the product beyond completion of the services requested?

Informal requests are reviewed and approved at the branch/office level, where they are considered in relation to branch/office priorities.

Step 2 – Submit a formal proposal (by invitation only).
If your proposal is judged to be promising, DMID staff will invite you to submit a formal request for approval through the DMID Preclinical Services for Researchers site. DMID staff will provide instructions for establishing the NIH account required to access this site, instructions for submitting your request, and a brief description of what to expect next.

Formal requests are reviewed and approved by the DMID senior leadership, where they are considered in relation to division priorities.

Requestor Requirements

Requestors must update DMID staff on all on-going studies and development status involving submitted compound(s). Requestors must also provide abstracts, draft publications, press releases, and other materials prior to submission to journals, conferences, or other public release of information. Communications should acknowledge the role that access to preclinical services provided by the In Vitro Assessment for Antimicrobial Activity program played in furthering the research being reported.

Last Updated April 20, 2016