RADx℠ Tech and ATP Programs

The RADx Tech/ATP programs are components of the overarching RADx Initiative at NIH to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing. The RADx Tech/ATP innovation funnel was designed to compress the customary technology development timeline from years down to just months.  This was accomplished by employing, in parallel, expert teams to address technical, regulatory, clinical, and commercialization requirements. Launched on April 29, 2020, the RADx programs were able to validate, de-risk, scale up, manufacture, and deploy novel tests through a seamless pipeline by fall 2020.

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Program Dashboard

Summary data on proposals submitted to the RADx℠ Tech and ATP Programs.

  • 180 million tests produced 
  • 150 companies supported
  • 16 tests with FDA authorization
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The RADx Tech and ATP programs leverage the Point of Care Technology Research Network and joined with numerous other federal agencies, offices, NIH institutes, and contractors.

RADx Testing

Tests in Development

Descriptions of innovative point of care, home-based, improved clinical laboratory tests, and testing products that are increasing the capacity of testing in the U.S.

Learn about the COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator, a tool to help organizations plan for and demonstrate how testing and other mitigation measures can curb the spread of the virus. The tool includes a K-12 playbook to help provide guidance for school administrators and an Implementation Guide for any organization developing a testing strategy.

This webinar series hosted by POCTRN provides information on RADx Tech/ATP program activities.  Register for upcoming events or watch previous webinars.


View videos about RADx Tech/ATP programs, interviews with the NIBIB Director and more.

Information about studies to evaluate diagnostic tests being developed for COVID-19.

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Program Contacts

Current grantees contact Program Director on your existing award.

RADx℠ Tech programmatic or technical inquiries: info.radx@poctrn.org

All other RADx℠ Tech Applicants: RADxNIBIB@mail.nih.gov 

SBIR/STTR Applicants: NIBIB-SBIR@mail.nih.gov 

All others: COVID19NIBIB@nibib.gov 

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