Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research

NIH recently published a Guide Notice (NOT-OD-19-128) announcing requirements for research involving human fetal tissue (HFT). These changes will apply to competitive applications for grants and cooperative agreements submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2019 and R&D contract proposals submitted to solicitations issued after September 25, 2019. 

The requirements include:

  • specific justification of HFT use within applications or proposals,
  • additional details regarding procurement and costs, and
  • information about how the applicant/contract offeror will use HFT in the research.

Applications and proposals involving HFT that fall within a fundable scoring range will be assessed for policy compliance by an ethics advisory board comprised of scientists and bio-ethicists.

Trainees and fellows may not independently propose research using HFT. However, trainees and fellows can still conduct HFT research if it is part of a mentor or sponsor’s award and meets all policy requirements.

For more information, including detailed application instructions, see the full Guide Notice.

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