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NOTICE OF CRITERIA FOR FEDERAL FUNDING OF RESEARCH ON EXISTING
HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NIH HUMAN
EMBRYONIC STEM CELL REGISTRY
Release Date: November 7, 2001
Office of the Director, NIH
On August 9, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. EDT, the President announced
his decision to allow Federal funds to be used for research
on existing human embryonic stem cell lines as long as prior
to his announcement (1) the derivation process (which commences
with the removal of the inner cell mass from the blastocyst)
had already been initiated and (2) the embryo from which
the stem cell line was derived no longer had the possibility
of development as a human being.
In order to facilitate research using human embryonic stem
cells, the NIH is creating a Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry
that will list the human embryonic stem cells that meet
the eligibility criteria. Specifically, the laboratories
or companies that provide the cells listed on the Registry
will have submitted to the NIH a signed assurance. Each
provider must retain for submission to the NIH, if necessary,
written documentation to verify the statements in the signed
The Registry will be accessible to investigators on the
NIH Home Page http://escr.nih.gov.
Requests for Federal funding must cite a human embryonic
stem cell line that is listed on the NIH Registry. Such
requests will also need to meet existing scientific and
technical merit criteria and be recommended for funding
by the relevant National Advisory Council, as appropriate.
Further guidance is accessible at http://grants.nih.gov/
Inquiries should be directed to the Deputy Director for
Extramural Research DDER@nih.gov.
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