Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination Center (RM1 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for national Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination (BTDD) Centers. The BTDD program supports the development of technologies once their feasibility has been established and the dissemination of these technologies to the wider biomedical research community. The program encourages investigators to propose projects that address any of the biomedical research areas within the mission of NIGMS. The Centers are required to make their technologies available to the research community in a sustainable manner, to provide user training, and to disseminate the Center’s technologies and results. Centers should be at the leading edge of their field with respect to both technology development and engagement of the relevant research community. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIGMS staff at least 10 weeks priorto the application due date to ascertain whether the proposed project is appropriate for an NIGMS BTDD Center.


  • Letter of Intent: 30 days prior to the due date
  • Application Due Dates: May 26, 2020; January 26, 2021; May 26, 2021; January 26, 2022; May 26, 2022; January 26, 2023​

PAR-20-104 Expiration Date: January 27, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

NIGMS PD(s)/PI(s) holding a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA ) are eligible to apply. They must maintain 51% research effort toward their MIRA, and 3 person months' effort toward the BTDD. The BTDD award can only provide support in a MIRA PD/PI's laboratory for late-stage technology development and dissemination efforts .

Amount Description

The maximum budget that may be requested is $850,000 in direct costs per year,excluding equipment and consortium F&A costs. Applications requesting more than this amount will not be reviewed. Because of the technology-intensive nature of these Centers, there may be a need to acquire specialized equipment. Equipment requests are expected to vary with the nature of the technology development projects proposed. Funds for such specialized equipment may be requested in excess of the $850,000 operating limit if well justified.

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years. NIGMS will not support a BTDD center for more than 15 total years (2 renewals), including support for previous P41 BTRR Centers.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 26, 2021