FDA’s Pediatric Device Consortia grant funding supported by the Office of Orphan Products Development, has made approximately $2.5 million available to fund two to four new awards. The grants non-profit consortia will be awarded up to $1,500,000 in total cost (direct costs plus indirect costs) per year.
The development of pediatric medical devices currently lags 5 to 10 years behind the development of devices for adults. Children differ from adults in terms of size, growth, development, and body chemistry adding to the challenges of pediatric device development. The need to develop medical devices for children is important as well as adapting existing adult devices to use for children.
The grants are available to any domestic, public, or private, nonprofit entity including state and local units of government. Go to the January 19th Federal Register for more information with the full RFP available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html. The application is due on May 2, 2011.
For further information, call Linda Ulrich or Debra Lewis at the Office of Orphan Products at (301) 796-8660 or (301) 827-7175.