Research With Special Considerations

Research With Special Considerations

Human Subjects

Here we offer advice and information to help you determine whether your research is considered human subjects, and if it is, how to understand and comply with regulations at all phases of application and award, including NIAID's requirements. You must follow NIAID’s process for Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials (IICTs).

Vertebrate Animals

If you are a principal investigator planning to use live vertebrate animals for research, research training, or biological testing, this page explains how to adhere to requirements, prepare a strong application, and manage your grant.

Select Agents

A select agent is a biological agent or toxin that has the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, animal or plant health, or animal or plant product. All domestic and foreign grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts that possess, use, or transfer select agents comply with NIAID and federal select agent policies as described here. 

Have Questions?

A program officer in your area of science can give you application advice, NIAID's perspective on your research, and confirmation that NIAID will accept your application.

Find contacts and instructions at When to Contact a NIAID Program Officer.