The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is establishing a new research consortium "Microphysiological Systems for Modeling Diabetes." This consortium will support the development and validation of human tissue chips that closely mimic the normal physiology of key metabolic tissues, including the pancreatic islet, liver, skeletal muscle, and white adipose tissue. An essential feature of this consortium will be a
multidisciplinary approach that brings together basic science experts and physician scientists in stem cell biology, bioengineering, computational
biology, pharmacology, liver biology, islet biology, adipose biology, metabolism and diabetes.
To establish the consortium, NIDDK intends to commit up to $3 million per year for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2019, and up to $6 million per year for Fiscal Years 2020 through 2022 to fund 2-3 awards. Eligible institutions include U.S.-based higher education institutions, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and government entities.
Letters of intent are due February 20, 2018; applications are due March 20, 2018. Complete funding information is available on the NIH Grants website at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-17-035.html. Helpful information about applying for NIH grants is available on the NICEATM
website at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/pubhealth/evalatm/resources-for-test-method-developers/funding-opportunities/index.html.