Taconic invites scientists in the nonprofit sector to apply for a grant to support their research. Grants are awarded in the form of Taconic animals to support a specified research project. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis, and the list of animal models available for grants will change with each cycle. We anticipate awarding 3-5 grants per cycle. Those applicants who do not receive a grant will receive a discount towards a future purchase.
For awardees seeking larger grants from funding agencies, Taconic can provide a letter of support describing the grant award and our support for the research project.
Grant review criteria
Applications will be evaluated based on scientific merit, technical feasibility, choice of appropriate animal model(s), and the applicant's biosketch.
The grant program is open to academic, government and nonprofit researchers in North America and Europe. Proposals will be accepted from PIs, graduate students, post-docs and staff scientists. Applications from junior scientists should include a letter of support for the project from that scientist's group leader.
Assistance in project planning
The success of a project rests in part on selection of an appropriate animal model for the scientific question. Taconic's Field Application Scientists are available to consult with you. To schedule a complimentary scientific consultation, fill out this form
The deadline to submit an application for this cycle is May 31, 2021. Grantees will be notified by June 30, 2021.
Confidentiality and Publicity
Information contained in grant applications will be held confidential by Taconic. Scientists who accept a grant agree that Taconic may use the grantee's likeness, name and a mutually-agreed upon project title for publicity purposes.
Taconic animal models available in the current grant cycle
While Taconic will accept applications for any project involving these models, priority areas of interest are listed for each model. Projects aligned with these areas are encouraged. Each application may request one or more models from the list.
Grant award groups and anticipated individual award value ranges are as follows.
NASH award group
— anticipated individual award values of $15-50K
NOG Portfolio award group
— anticipated individual award values of $12-100K
Humanized immune system models award group
|Model||Priority research areas|
|CIEA NOG mouse®
||Novel humanized models, the application of humanized mice to study of immuno-oncology and human immunological mechanisms|
|hIL-2 NOG||CAR-T cells, tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and other immuno-oncology applications, application of humanized mice to study of human immunological mechanisms|
|hIL-6 NOG||Human monocytes and macrophages in immuno-oncology applications, application of humanized mice to study of human immunological mechanisms|
|hIL-15 NOG||Human NK cells in immuno-oncology applications, application of humanized mice to study of human immunological mechanisms|
|NOG-EXL||Functionality of human myeloid cells, antigen presentation and antigen-restricted T cell response, characterization of human NK cells in humanized mice, applications of humanized mice to immuno-oncology, autoimmune disease and immunotoxicology|
— anticipated individual award values of $45-150K
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) models award group
— anticipated individual award values of $12-50K
|Model||Priority research areas|
|Il10 Knockout (BALB/c) at Excluded Flora health standard (excludes Germ Free mice)
||Novel therapeutic approaches for inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory mediators, colitis biomarkers, imaging, disease mechanisms, host-microbial interactions|
|Rag2 Knockout (C57BL/6)|