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Funding Opportunities

Reduction and Refinement Awards

One of the ways CAAT promotes the “R” of refinement is through our Reduction and Refinement Awards. The focus of these awards is to improve housing, handling and/or experimental situations for laboratory animals. These grants are intended for those who actually work hands-on with the animals, such as laboratory and animal technicians. For more information and a list of past AWE award winners, please visit the award page.

Research Grants Program

CAAT’s research grants program is the centerpiece of our work to develop alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical research and product safety testing, providing critical seed money for scientists interested in developing alternative methods. To date, the Center has funded over 300 grants (including renewals) for a total of more than $6 million. At its annual fall meeting, CAAT’s Advisory Board members review applications to the research grant program, allowing members the opportunity to consider cutting-edge research and technology in its early stages of development.  For 2008/9, CAAT awarded eleven grants relating to refinement, developmental toxicology, immunotoxicology, and translational toxicology. The CAAT research grants program costs approximately $250,000 per year and is funded entirely through contributions from companies and foundations.

CAAT Program Projects

CAAT program projects offer a more focused mechanism than individual grants for furthering specific areas of interest. Program projects generally are funded by a single sponsor for a minimum of three years in a research area of interest to the sponsor. Under the program project, a minimum of three applications are funded per year, and the investigators are required to attend project meetings twice a year with sponsor representatives, CAAT staff, and Johns Hopkins faculty. These workshops take the form of informal, interactive laboratory meetings where information is exchanged, progress reported and future direction discussed. These workshops have, in the past, fostered collaborations among the investigators that ultimately resulted in joint publications and the establishment of long-term relationships.

A CAAT program project costs $200,000 per year, for a minimum of three years. Previous program projects focused on the areas of allergic contact dermatitis, neurotoxicity, and corneal wound healing.

Student Support

In order to meet the needs of industry and government agencies, CAAT has developed a new academic research training program called the CAAT Scholars. This unique initiative allows post-doctoral fellows to work in selected laboratories throughout the University to focus on developing methods that are mechanistically based.  The CAAT Scholars Program will train a new breed of toxicologist, skilled in translating basic research and discovery into practice—i.e. translational toxicology. These scholars will be trained to identify examples of translational research that will contribute to the public health solutions of tomorrow.

CAAT's full roster of academic programs can be found here.

Planned Giving

Charitable gifts reward donors in many ways. There is the satisfaction of supporting an important cause, the excitement of seeing your gift lead to positive change, and, in many cases, tangible financial benefits to you and/or another beneficiary, through tax advantages and the receipt of a lifetime income stream from the donated asset. Methods of philanthropy include:

  • Charitable gifts of cash or appreciated securities
  • Gifts of stocks and bonds
  • Gifts of closely held stock
  • Gifts that provide income
  • Gifts of real property
  • Gifts through bequests

For more information on planned giving opportunities for CAAT, please visit the Johns Hopkins Gift Planning site.

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