The VTEUs, supported by the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) since the 1960s, comprise a consortium of contracts with academic centers and organizations that provides a ready resource for the conduct of clinical trials to evaluate promising vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics for infectious diseases.
VTEUs conduct a broad range of studies including Phase I, Phase II, and Phase IV clinical trials of bacterial, viral, and parasitic vaccines, therapeutics, and other biologics and drugs as preventive and therapeutic measures against infectious diseases in people of all ages and risk categories. VTEUs can also undertake a variety of other studies, including epidemiology studies and studies in international settings.
There are currently nine VTEU contract award sites.
The nine current VTEU contract award sites are:
Due to the high volume of requests received to conduct clinical trials in the VTEUs, DMID has developed criteria and a two-stage selection process for reviewing and determining whether to support proposed studies.
First Stage: The first stage is the preparation and submission of a study concept to DMID. Concepts may be proposed by VTEU investigators, DMID staff members, or members of the scientific community after consultation with relevant DMID staff; the early steps of this stage often involve extensive discussions between the potential collaborator and DMID. During this stage, relevant DMID staff will focus their review of the proposed concept on multiple aspects, including the evaluation factors described below. Please contact NIAIDOCRRPM@mail.nih.gov if you need assistance identifying the appropriate DMID staff contact.
Second Stage: After discussing and refining the concept with the submitter, relevant DMID staff will evaluate the proposal and determine if it meets the criteria to move forward to the second stage of the selection process. If so, the concept is then presented to the DMID concept review committee.
Users are required to enter into a Clinical Trials Agreement, as appropriate, which outlines roles, responsibilities, and expectations, including:
Last Updated March 23, 2016