This month, The National Institutes of Health will be accepting its first round of applications for a new funding opportunity focused on supporting collaborative translational research projects.
First announced last fall, this U01 research program– Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center– is designed to provide extramural (non-NIH) investigators a mechanism to establish collaborations with NIH intramural investigators and to take advantage of the unique research opportunities available at the NIH Clinical Center.
It is being offered by 12 NIH institutions and is intended to facilitate the translation of basic biological discoveries into therapeutic candidates for clinical testing.
With the creation of this funding opportunity and the establishment of NIH’s newest Center, NCATS, NIH continues to push forward its vision to transform the translational process for the benefit of patients. Recognizing the critical advancements that have been made in the understanding of basic disease biology, the agency continues to look for ways to infuse new and innovative thinking into not only the scientific discovery process, but also the process of getting important new medicines from discovery to patient.
We are excited to see the increased focus on collaboration– for entry to the program, extramural research projects must have a collaborating investigator in the NIH Intramural Program as well as a “Collaboration Plan”– and eagerly await the first crop of awardees.
Fully utilizing the NIH Clinical Center was one of the recommendations that FasterCures had put forward in 2008 through its blue-ribbon task force focused on the NIH Intramural Research Program led by Nobel Laureate and FasterCures board member Dr. David Baltimore. In fact, of the five recommendations the task force presented, three have been acted on, with outcomes that will save lives by shortening the time it takes to turn breakthroughs into medical solutions.
To learn more about the application process for this grant program, watch the pre-application webinar or visit the official announcement page.