Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants

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Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is issuing this request for applications (RFA) for applied research on innovative or improved methods to predict whether or not a pesticide protein is a food allergen. Research to characterize the key factors that influence human immune responses to dietary proteins is needed in order to better assess potential food allergy from genetically engineered plants. Proposals are requested on the role of dose, route of sensitization, and/or the physicochemical properties of ingested proteins and their influence on the development of immune sensitization, oral tolerance, or the elicitation of allergic symptoms. Also of interest is how the food matrix and gastrointestinal environment in which proteins are ingested may affect these immune responses. The overall aim of the research program is to improve safety assessment for genetically engineered plants by enhancing the ability to estimate the potency of unknown proteins relative to known allergenic and non-allergenic proteins. Because there is no single, definitive test for determining the allergenic potential of novel pesticide proteins in the diet, risk assessment associated with the regulation of foods derived from modern biotechnology currently uses a "weight-of-evidence" approach. The research will contribute to improved methods for assessing the potential dietary allergenicity of pesticide proteins in genetically engineered plants.
Federal Grant Title: Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants
Federal Agency Name: Environmental Protection Agency
Grant Categories: Environment
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2009-STAR-H1
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 66.509
CFDA Descriptions: Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Program
Current Application Deadline: Jan 07, 2010 Please refer to the full announcement, including Section IV, for additional information on submission methods and due dates.
Original Application Deadline: Jan 07, 2010 Please refer to the full announcement, including Section IV, for additional information on submission methods and due dates.
Posted Date: Oct 06, 2009
Creation Date: Oct 06, 2009
Archive Date: Feb 06, 2010
Total Program Funding: $1,700,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $425,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments - County governments - City or township governments - Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) - Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education - Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
See Section III of the announcement for additional eligibility information.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_star_biotech.html
Grant Announcement Contact
Susan Laessig, 202-343-9617.
Susan Laessig [laessig.susan@epa.gov]
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