RFI: FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs: Division of Comparative Medicine and Division of Construction and Instruments Programs.
PURPOSE: Through this Request for Information (RFI), the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) invites feedback from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public on the scope of its programs and possible future directions to maximize benefits of animal model research. Individual investigators are strongly urged to reply. Specific organizations, such as advocacy or professional groups are encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership as a whole.
Responses to this RFI Notice are voluntary. The submitted information will be reviewed by the NIH staff and may be made available to the public. Submitted information will not be considered confidential. Responses are welcome from associations and professional organizations as well as individual stakeholders.
This request is for information and planning purposes and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation of the Federal Government or NIH. No awards will be made based on responses to this Request for Information. The information submitted will be analyzed and may be used in reports or presentations. Those who respond are advised that NIH is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of your comments, or provide comments on your submission. No proprietary, classified, confidential and/or sensitive information should be included in your response. The NIH and the government reserve the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any future solicitation(s).
BACKGROUND: The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) within ORIP has a long history of supporting research and resource programs which enable scientists to develop, characterize, and improve models of human disease involving animals, cells, and bioinformatics. DCM also sponsors mentored individual and institutional research training, educational programs, and early career development programs for scientists with a veterinary degree. Information about these programs can be found at http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/CM/index.
The Division of Construction and Instruments (DCI) within ORIP supports improvements of laboratory infrastructure by enabling access to state-of-the-art shared instruments and by modernizing animal research facilities. The most recent Program Announcement for the Program of “Developing and Improving institutional Animal Resources (G20)” can be found at http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-251.html. The Program provides funds to renovate animal research facilities and to purchase equipment to ensure controllable and safe environments, to ease of maintenance, and to facilitate up-to-date standard of care.
INFORMATION REQUESTED: Please provide your perspective on any of the following topics as they relate to the mission and program areas of DCM/ORIP (http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/CM/index)and DCI/ORIP (http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/orip/diic/non_arra), with the aim of directing the major objectives of ORIP for the next five years. Comments can include but are not limited to the following areas:
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