The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) has announced the establishment of the Alan and Helene Goldberg In Vitro Toxicology Grants program (formerly CAAT Grants Program). The program was renamed in 2019 to honor the Founding Director (Emeritus) of the center, Alan M. Goldberg, and his wife, Helene Goldberg (BSPH, MPH 1981). Alan is a professor of toxicology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and was director of CAAT from its founding in 1981 until 2008. He then served as a Pew Commissioner on the study of the Impact of Industrial (US) Farm Animal Production on issues of public health, environment, animal welfare, and social justice, and was a coauthor of the Pew report Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America. He is currently principal of the Global Food Ethics Project at Johns Hopkins University, where he is developing a framework for ethical food systems. His new book, Feeding The World Well: A Framework for Ethical Food Systems, will be released this July from Johns Hopkins University Press.

The grants program is a centerpiece of CAAT's work, providing initial funding for scientists to develop alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical research and product safety testing. To date, the center has funded over 300 grants (including renewals) for a total of more than $6 million.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is soliciting projects that focus on the implementation of the NAS Report: Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in the following areas:

  • Proposals Relating to Toxicology: Maximum grant amount is $40,000. The objective should be to significantly reduce or replace laboratory animals. Examples of acceptable projects could include: providing mechanistic understanding of in vitro responses to toxicants in human cells, development of AOPs, or conducting systematic reviews. Consideration should be given to the translation of this new method to evaluate/predict health outcomes.
  • Proposal Relating to Refinement:  See Science-Based Refinement Awards – funded separately.

Although relatively small individually, these grants offer critical seed money that allows researchers to demonstrate the value of a particular area of study so they can gain support from the NIH and other sources.

Deadline: April 20, 2020.
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