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Overview Information

Sponsoring Organizations

All awards will be contracted by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL), a member of the Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Center for POCTR for STDs).


Expression of Interest (EoIs) applications are required and open to all applicants. EoIs will be evaluated to determine from which applicants full proposals will be invited. Only invited full proposals will be accepted and reviewed.

Expression of Interest forms, invited full proposal forms, and associated PDF files may be accessed by clicking on the Apply Now button. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be time-stamped by the submission system prior to or at the cut-off date and time listed in Key Dates for Application and Anticipated Award Deadlines. Please note that all deadlines are in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The Center will not consider proposals which are in the process of submission but not yet submitted prior to the cut-off and not stamped as received in time. Information that is relevant to your organization’s intellectual property should be marked “Business Sensitive” or “Proprietary.” Classified information or markings such as the word “Sensitive” alone must not be used in any part of the submission.

Mechanism of Support

The Center will issue one of two types of awards depending upon the receiving entity. A cost no fee contract will be awarded to non-profits and universities, while a fixed costs contract will be issued to commercial and for-profit entities. All sub awards to successful applicants will use funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), under the authority of the parent grant mechanism administered under the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network Centers U54. All NIH guidelines, terms, and conditions of award stated in this parent RFA apply to this funding opportunity. Foreign entities may apply to this solicitation as permitted by NIH.

Funds Available

A total of $150,000 USD is available for sub awards to support improvements to POCT for STDs. The Center may award up to three $50,000 USD sub awards with a period of performance not to exceed six months. A second award for a recipient who successfully completes their first award will be considered, if needed. The amount of total funding available for a recipient in a 12 month period will not exceed $100,000 USD.


Applications from all sources, including domestic or foreign, public or private, and non-profit or for-profit, will be considered. Awards under this solicitation may be made only to NIH-eligible applicants. Details regarding specific requirements can be found in the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards. Foreign parties (governments, universities, corporations, or individuals) will be screened against the various US government restricted party lists as required by NIH guidelines.

Solicitation Policies

Please note that secondary subcontracts under this funding program are not permitted.  However, proposals that split award funding directly between two institutions are permitted.  Each co-applicant institution must submit budget information under the same proposal submission. Proposals accepted for award may be required to provide additional budget information.

Animal studies and human clinical trials may not be proposed under this solicitation. Testing of human clinical samples is only permitted with the use of de-identified clinical materials provided by Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions under their institutional research approved protocols. The need for de-identified clinical material should be noted in the proposal and associated with a specific task. Applicants should contact the Center to discuss use of clinical samples prior to submission of their application.


Questions regarding this solicitation may be sent to: POCT-STD@jhuapl.edu up to 48 hours before the submission date and time. Please include the words “Solicitation POCT4STD” in the subject line and allow up to 48 hours for responses.

Alternatively, contact one of the individuals listed below including the words “Solicitation POCT4STD” in the subject line.

Technical Point of Contact:  
Name: Joany Jackman, Ph.D.
Title: Lead Investigator, Pre-clinical Core


CoLab/Submission Concerns Point of Contact: 
Name: Gretchen Armington, MA 
Title: JHU Center for POCTR for STDs Project Administrator 

Financial Point of Contact:  
Name: Victoria Murray
Title: Subawards Contracts Officer


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