Release Date:  January 20, 2000

NOTICE:  OD-00-016

National Institutes of Health

Nanotechnology is emerging as a new field enabling the creation and 
application of materials, devices, and systems at atomic and molecular 
levels and the exploitation of novel properties that emerge at the 
nanometer scale.  Many areas of biomedicine are expected to benefit 
from nanotechnology  including sensors for use in the laboratory, the 
clinic, and within the human body; new formulations and routes for drug 
delivery; and biocompatible, high-performance materials for use in 
implants.  Examples of  potential uses of nanotechnology in biomedicine 
include the early detection and treatment of disease and  the 
development of “smart”, rejection-resistant implants that will respond 
appropriately as the body’s needs change.

The NIH Bioengineering Consortium 
( with this notice 
encourages applications for research in the general areas of 
nanoscience and nanotechnology as related to  1) the development of new 
research tools for elucidating biological principles essential for the 
design and implementation of nanostructured materials for use in 
biomedicine, and 2)  the transfer of nanotechnology advances in other 
fields of science and engineering to develop new ways to help prevent, 
detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disorders.

Existing NIH solicitations affording opportunities for funding 
nanotechnology and nanoscience research related to biomedicine are 
listed below:  

Bioengineering Research Grants (PAR-99-009)

Bioengineering Research Partnerships (PA-01-024)

SBIR Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (PA-00-018)

Innovative Approaches To Developing New Technologies (PAR-98-047)

Small Business Innovation Research Advanced Technology: NIAID (SBIR-AT-
NIAID)  (PAR-98-073)

Innovative Technologies for the Molecular Analysis of Cancer: Phased Innovation 
Award (PAR-99-100)

Innovative Technologies for the Molecular Analysis of Cancer: SBIR/STTR 
Initiative (PAR-99-101)

Novel Technologies for Noninvasive Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment of 
Cancer (BAA N01-CO-07013-32)

It is not necessary for applicants to wait for specific program 
solicitations.  The NIH accepts grant applications for research 
projects that are relevant to its mission.  Grant application forms can 
be obtained from your organization’s office of sponsored projects or at  

For information, contact Jeffery Schloss, Ph.D.; Division of Extramural 
Research; National Human Genome Research Institute; Building 31, Room 
B2B07, MSC 2033; Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2033; Phone: 301-435-5538; 
Fax: 301-480-2770; e-mail:

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