February 2, 2022
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
This Notice is a Request for Information (RFI) inviting comments and suggestions on NIAID’s key strategic approaches to advance research on, and vaccine development for, coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever).
Note: Review of this entire RFI notice is encouraged to ensure a comprehensive response is prepared and to have a full understanding of how your response will be utilized.
NIAID is developing a Strategic Plan for Research to Develop a Coccidioidomycosis Vaccine. The strategic plan will be structured around three areas of research vital to developing a vaccine for coccidioidomycosis.
Strategic Priority 1: Understand Coccidioides pathogenesis and host response
Strategic Priority 2: Develop vaccine strategies to prevent coccidiomycosis
Strategic Priority 3: Develop Tools and Resources
This RFI seeks input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research community and the general public regarding the above proposed framework.
NIH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics in Coccidioides research:
How to Submit a Response
All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website.
NIH encourages organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization or membership as a whole.
Responses (no longer than 500 words in MS Word or pdf format) must be received by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on April 5, 2022. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response.
Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public NIH websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.
This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or individual NIH Institutes and Centers to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of such information. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.
We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI document with your colleagues.