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NIH commitment to transparency on research involving potential pandemic pathogens
NIH takes the need to ensure the safety of the public very seriously. We believe the HHS Framework process strikes the right balance of rigorous oversight with the advancement of the important science necessary to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
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View the NIH statement
Guiding Principles for Biosafety Governance:  Ensuring Institutional Compliance with Biosafety, Biocontainment, and Laboratory Biosecurity Regulations and Guidelines
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.
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Learn more about the Guiding Principles for Biosafety Governance
Two Research Projects Reviewed Under Department of Health and Human Services Framework for Guiding Funding Decisions about Proposed Research Involving Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogens
Under the HHS P3CO Framework, the HHS P3CO Review Group determined that, in the case of both research proposals, the research is acceptable for HHS funding with recommended changes to increase the potential benefits while decreasing risks; suggested changes were included as terms and conditions of the awards.
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NIH Lifts Funding Pause on Gain-of-Function Research
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.
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Read the NIH Director's Statement
Notice Announcing the Removal of the Funding Pause for Gain-of-Function Research Projects
The National Institutes of Health has removed the funding pause on the provision of new or continuation funding for gain-of-function research projects.
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Read the Official Notice