Release Date:  May 11, 1999


National Center for Research Resources

The purpose of this notice is to inform the scientific community that a limited 
competition RFA is being issued. The National Center for Research Resources 
(NCRR) is requesting cooperative agreement applications from the five current 
participating institutions in the NCRR-supported Chimpanzee Biomedical Research 
Program (CBRP) to provide continued support for the Program.  The existing CBRP 
was established in 1986.  The recipient organizations have a responsibility 
to maintain colonies of chimpanzees that are, have been, or may be used in 
NIH-sponsored research.  

The success in producing chimpanzees exceeds the anticipated research need 
for these animals.  Programmatic and financial factors have indicated the need 
to consolidate the existing program.  The demonstrated capabilities of the 
currently supported institutions make them uniquely qualified to compete for 
this continuation support.  The funded sites will coordinate with a separately 
funded institution responsible for the development and maintenance of the 
chimpanzee database and will help assure the continued appropriate use of 
chimpanzees in biomedical research.

The funded sites will be coordinated by the Chimpanzee Management Plan (ChiMP) 
Office based in the Comparative Medicine area of the NCRR.  The proposed 
initial period of support is for five (5) years.  The level of currently 
available annual funding is approximately $4.2 million.   


For further information, contact:

Dr. John D. Strandberg
Comparative Medicine Area
National Center for Research Resources
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 6030
Bethesda, MD 20892-7965
Telephone: (301) 435-0744
Fax: (301) 480-3819

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