The new framework is intended to guide HHS funding decisions on proposed research that is reasonably anticipated to create, transfer, or use PPPs resulting from the enhancement of a pathogen’s transmissibility or virulence in humans.
Learn more about the new framework
The National Institutes of Health announced that it is lifting a funding pause dating back to October 2014 on gain-of-function (GOF) experiments involving influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.
Read the NIH Director's Statement
The National Institutes of Health has removed the funding pause on the provision of new or continuation funding for gain-of-function research projects.
Read the Official Notice
On January 9, 2017, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Recommended Policy Guidance for Departmental Development of Review Mechanisms for Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight.
View the Policy Guidance
Guiding principles and best practices for biosafety and biosecurity governance, get an overview of federal regulations, requirements and guidelines that relate to biosafety and biosecurity in the U.S., and more.
Learn more about the Guiding Principles for Biosafety Governance
Welcome to the S3: Science, Safety, Security website! Safe and successful scientific research protects the nation and the world from infectious diseases, terrorism, and environmental changes. This research ranges from discovering new antibiotics to investigating ways to make crops more drought resistant. Dedicated scientists conduct this research all over the country and the world in highly sophisticated laboratory facilities. The resources provided here will give you an introduction to Biorisk Management, which includes biosafety, biosecurity, biocontainment, and other topics related to biological organisms.
The Law & Policy section will give you a clear understanding of the many laws, regulations, policies, and guidance documents that exist around Biorisk Management. The Dual Use Research of Concern section contains the recent United States Government policies, recommendations, and educational materials on dual use research of concern. The S3 Newsletter provides news from around the government on biorisk management activities, conference summaries, and upcoming events.
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