NIH Simplifies Vertebrate Animal Section of Grant Applications to Reduce Duplication

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced October 13, 2015 that the requirements of the Vertebrate Animals Section (VAS) of grant applications, cooperative agreements and contract proposals have been changed (NOT-OD-16-006) along with some features of 2016 grant application guidance, forms and instructions (NOT-OD-16-004). The VAS changes are designed to remove redundancy with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review while meeting the requirements of the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

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