Food Allergy Research Consortium & Statistical Center
(11 October 2004)
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases invites applications to establish a food allergy research consortium, a collaborative research program designed to develop new approaches to treat and prevent food allergy. Applications are also invited to establish a statistical and clinical coordinating center to support the clinical research projects undertaken by the consortium. The goals of the program are to: develop immune intervention strategies for preventing and treating food allergy; identify the mechanisms of development, loss and reemergence of oral tolerance; determine the molecular and functional characteristics of food allergens; determine the role of the gastrointestinal tract in development and loss of oral tolerance. This solicitation will use the NIH U01 single project and NIH U19 multi-project cooperative agreement, assistance mechanisms. The NIAID intends to commit approximately $3.6 million in 2005 to fund two to three new grants for the food allergy research consortium, and $0.9m in 2005 to fund one new grant for the SACCC. An applicant may request a project period of up to five years. Domestic and foreign for-profit and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. RFA-AI-04-034. Closing date Letters of intent 16th November; full proposals 16th December, 2004.