Request for Information (RFI): Input on Draft Report from Working Group on Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research

Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-028

Key Dates

Release Date: December 7, 2018

Response Date: February 05, 2019

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Through this Request for Information (RFI), the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) is seeking input on the draft report by the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 2034(d) Working Group on Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research.


The RFI is a coordinated effort of the Director of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, to reduce administrative burden on investigators while maintaining the integrity and credibility of research findings and protection of research animals.

Section 2034(d) of the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) was enacted December 13, 2016, and requires that the NIH, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), complete a review of applicable regulations and policies for the care and use of laboratory animals and make revisions to reduce administrative burden on investigators. In carrying out this effort, the law requests that NIH seek input to identify ways to ensure regulations and policies are not inconsistent, overlapping, or unnecessarily duplicative.

NIH OLAW, USDA, and FDA formed a Working Group to: (1) identify overlapping regulations and policies; (2) take steps to reduce such identified regulations and policies; and (3) take actions to improve coordination, as directed by the US Congress.

Information Requested

Input is sought on the draft report of the Working Group and others within the federal government and the proposed recommendations to reduce the administrative burden associated with research activities with laboratory animals while maintaining appropriate protections and scientific integrity. The draft report is available at

How to Submit a Response

All responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically at by February 5, 2019.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in responses. 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 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 informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Telephone: 301-496-7163