FOA: Spermatogenic Stem Cell Culture Systems to Preserve and Restore Reproductive Capacity in Males
Amount: Limited to $300,000/year (direct costs) and should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum period of support is three years.
Application Deadline: June 5, 2018
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from the scientific community to support outstanding research in the area of spermatogenic stem cell (SSC) biology. The overarching goal is to increase the chances that couples may have biological offspring without using conventional assisted reproductive modalities (i.e., IVF, ICSI). A focal point of the initiative is on the development of new techniques to culture and expand these cells over an extended period of time. Another area of study includes methods to eliminate malignant cells from SSC cultures following chemotherapy/radiation treatment. Also, spermatogenic stem cells from human adults could have a major impact on drug development and toxicity testing as animal-based systems do not sufficiently mirror the situation in humans.