The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of about US$750,000 in research funds for fiscal year 2002. The FDA is formally making a request for applications for funding, which must be received by 30 May 2002. These funds will be used to support collaborative research efforts between the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and scientists and to complement and accelerate ongoing research in five project areas in order to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness and to protect the nations's food supply, food additives, and dietary supplements.