NIH Approach to Shortage of Nonhuman Primates for COVID-19 Research Studies

Funding News Edition: October 08, 2020
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Investigators around the country are planning research studies on COVID-19 pathology, treatments, and preventions that require nonhuman primate (NHP) models. The demand for access to NHP models and resources at the National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) or similar facilities supported by NIH’s Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is set to outstrip supply.

To manage the limited availability of NHP models and prioritize the most promising COVID-19 studies, NIH is assembling an Expert Panel to provide programmatic recommendations to ORIP on the urgency and timeline for public health impact of each study. ORIP will then convey those recommendations to the Research Advisory Committee at each NPRC or the NHP Facility Director.

If you are planning a COVID-19 research project requiring NHP models and have already secured a source of funding, submit study information to the Expert Panel by completing the form at COVID-19 NHP Study Information Portal. All information submitted through the portal will be treated as confidential and proprietary to the submitter and will not be shared outside of NIH.

See the September 11, 2020 Guide notice for complete details. Address questions to

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