Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-139
Release Date: August 10, 2015
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This Notice announces a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Memorandum of Understanding
NIH and NSF operate under a MOU to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in activities funded by the NSF. The agreement provides a framework to enhance communication and harmonize the agencies' efforts while reducing regulatory burden to supported institutions. The MOU is posted at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/mou_nsf.htm.
Impact on NSF-supported institutions
Effective October 1, 2015, institutions receiving NSF support must:
What OLAW will do
OLAW is responsible for administration and implementation of the PHS Policy. The Policy requires institutions to establish and maintain proper measures to ensure the appropriate care and use of all animals involved in research, research training, and biological testing activities. Institutions receiving PHS funding through grants, contracts or cooperative agreements for research involving vertebrate animals are required to comply with the PHS Policy.
For questions or further information, contact:
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health