The CounterACT Program is a trans-NIH effort, utilizing expertise across the 27 Institutes and Centers, involving specific partnerships with the NEI, NIAID, NIAMS, NICHD, NIEHS, NIDA and NINDS to execute the overall NIH Medical Research Program Directed Against Chemical Threats.
The civilian chemical threat spectrum includes chemical warfare agents (e.g., sarin, chlorine, sulfur mustard), toxic industrial chemicals (e.g., cyanide, hydrogen sulfide), pesticides (e.g., parathion, brodifacoum), pharmaceutical-based agents (e.g., opioids), and other chemicals. These agents are included on the current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Threat Risk Assessment (CTRA) list that NIH uses for the CounterACT program, which is for USG official use only. Applicants are strongly urged to contact the Scientific/Research staff listed below to determine if their proposed threat agent(s) is of interest to the NIH CounterACT program. Applications that propose research on chemical threats that are not included on the CTRA list will not be selected for funding.