FDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to add COVID-19 Capacity Building Grants to PAR-18-604 Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects (Vet-LIRN)
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Key Dates

Release Date:

February 2, 2022

Related Announcements

NOT-FD-22-016 - FDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to update NOT-FD-22-006 with new application due dates for COVID-19 Capacity Building Grants for PAR-18-604 Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects (U18).

NOT-FD-21-014 - FDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to add COVID-19 Capacity Building Grants to PAR-18-604 Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects (Vet-LIRN)

PAR-18-604 - Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects

Issued by

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


This Notice NOT-FD-22-006 supersedes NOT-FD-21-014.

The purpose of this notice is to inform potential applicants to the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), about a special interest in applications focusing on COVID-19 animal diagnostics.


This notice invites Vet-LIRN Network Laboratories to submit grant applications for Projects or Equipment, specifically related to work focusing on COVID-19 diagnostics in animals. Applications can be one year or multiple years. The maximum project period is three (3) years for COVID-19 applications.

Research Objectives

Examples of approaches that are encouraged include, but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Building testing and sequencing capacity
  • New detection methods, such as rapid detection techniques
  • SARS-CoV-2 variant detection through sequencing

Important note: examples of approaches that are not eligible for applications under this notice include:

  • Basic research on COVID-19 disease processes
  • Epidemiological or transmission studies of SARS-CoV-2
  • Proposals not related to diagnostics

Application and Submission Information

This notice applies to the application due dates listed below.

Application Due Dates:

April 15, 2022, July 11, 2022 by 11:59PM Eastern Time.

April 15, 2023, July 10, 2023 by 11:59PM Eastern Time.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the by the due date.

Applicants should be aware that on-time submission means that an application is submitted error free (of both Grants.gov and eRA Commons errors) by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the application due date.

Late Applications will not be accepted for this FOA

Submit applications for this initiative using the following funding opportunity announcement (FOA):

  • PAR-18-604: Vet-LIRN Network Capacity-Building Projects

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the funding opportunity announcement used for submission must be followed, with the following additions:

  • Applications must include ‘COVID-19’ in Field 11. Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project on the SF 424 (R&R) Cover Form

Applications nonresponsive to the terms of this NOSI will be withdrawn from consideration for this initiative.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Dr. Olgica Ceric
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
Telephone: 240-4025419
Email: olgica.ceric@fda.hhs.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Rene Vasquez
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Operations, Office of Finance Budget & Acquisitions

Office of Acquisitions and Grants Services, HFA-500

Food and Drug Administration
Telephone: 301-796-3546
Email: rene.vasquez@fda.hhs.gov

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