BIODEFENSE AND EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES - ADDENDUM 
TO PA-03-080

RELEASE DATE:  May 8, 2003 

NOTICE:  NOT-AI-03-034 (see Notice of Inactivation NOT-AI-04-016)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
 (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/default.htm)

PURPOSE

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is amending 
PA-03-080 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-080.html to 
include basic research on the newly recognized Severe Acute Respiratory 
Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus.

Scope of Research

While the long term public health significance of SARS is not known, its 
recent emergence, ease of transmission, and disease severity warrant an 
immediate response from the biomedical research community.  To this end, 
NIAID is amending PA-03-080 to include support for basic research on SARS 
as an emerging infectious disease.  This amendment permits the submission 
of proposals to conduct basic research on SARS coronavirus including, but 
not limited to, the following areas: pathogenesis, immunity, treatment, 
prevention and diagnosis.  Details of the scientific priorities addressed 
in this notice are available at: 
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/biodefense/rfalplat.htm.  Investigators are 
strongly encouraged to review this information prior to submission.

NIAID will continue to assess its SARS research program and will inform 
the biomedical community should future initiatives replace this program 
announcement in soliciting SARS grant applications.

INQUIRIES

We encourage your inquiries concerning this notice and welcome the opportunity 
to answer questions from potential applicants.  

o   Direct inquires regarding SARS programmatic issues to:

Linda Lambert, Ph.D.
Program Officer
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Rm 5051; 6610 Rockledge Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: 301/496-5305
FAX: 301/496-8030
E-mail: LL153p@nih.gov

Christopher Taylor, Sc.D.
Program Officer
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Rm 5045; 6610 Rockledge Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: 301/496-5305
FAX: 301/496-8030
E-mail : ctaylor@niaid.nih.gov

o   Direct inquiries regarding biodefense programmatic issues to:

Sam Perdue, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Rickettsial and Related Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Room 4115; 6610 Rockledge Dr.
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: 301/402-5083
Fax: 301/402-2508
Email: sp189u@nih.gov


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