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Raymond Harris
Program Officer
Office of Biodefense Research Affairs
harrisr2@niaid.nih.gov

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Resources

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Application and Approval Process

Step 1 – Discuss the potential request informally with the Program Officer

Contact the appropriate Product Development Specialist in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 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 investigator 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 investigator have 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, the Program Officer will invite you to submit a formal request for approval through the DMID Preclinical Services for Researchers site. The Program Officer 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.

Last Updated March 05, 2014