Use of 3D Printing for Creation of Implantable Devices (R21/R33)

Use of 3D Printing for Creation of Implantable Devices (R21/R33)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health


General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-HD-17-002
Funding Opportunity Title: Use of 3D Printing for Creation of Implantable Devices (R21/R33)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 5
CFDA Number(s): 93.865 — Child Health and Human Development Extramural Research
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Posted Date: Jan 13, 2016
Creation Date: Jan 13, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Mar 17, 2016  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Mar 17, 2016  
Archive Date: Apr 17, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,750,000
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:


Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
County governments
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: See full announcement for complete details.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) grant awards to utilize 3D printing technologies to develop implantable devices and biodegradable scaffolds for long-term use that will adapt to the needs of growing children. This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for research planning activities and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase). Transition to the R33 depends on the completion of applicant-defined milestones, as well as program priorities and the availability of funds.
Link to Additional Information:
Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

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Grants Info

3D Printing Resources for UT Southwestern Affiliated Clients


The Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center was the proud recipient of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Chapter 2015 Emerging Technology Award. The purpose of the award is to encourage 3D printing literacy to our campus community through access to a 3D printer, supplies, and electronic resources, including the NIH 3D Print Exchange. This NIH website provides 3D printed models, tutorials and a learning community discussion board for troubleshooting.

The 3D printer is a Lulzbot Taz 5 with single and dual extruders. It can print via SD card or from the Cura driver program. The filaments currently available are:

  • ABS
  • HIPS
  • NinjaFlex (Regular and Semi-Flex)
  • PLA
  • PVA

3D printing projects are currently being accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Contact to schedule a 3D Print Orientation.