EGRP News Flash - April 29, 2008

Request for Information: Ideas for NIH Common Fund / Roadmap Initiatives

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives is seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, and the general public about innovative and cross - cutting initiatives to be funded through the NIH Common Fund. The Common Fund / Roadmap supports programs that address fundamental knowledge gaps, develop transformative tools and technologies, and/or foster innovative approaches to complex problems. These programs are supported for a limited duration of 5-10 years. Collecting ideas is an initial step in the process of identifying a new cohort of Common Fund / Roadmap programs for Fiscal Year 2011. The NIH expects to spend $30 - 50 million per year from within the currently projected budget for new 5-year initiatives.

Because NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) regularly collaborate in areas of shared interest, the IC Directors and the NIH Leadership developed specific criteria for Common Fund / Roadmap programs. Primary among these criteria is that the programs are expected to have exceptionally high impact and to transform the way research is conducted. All Common Fund / Roadmap programs are relevant to multiple diseases. All ideas should meet the following criteria for new trans-NIH strategic initiatives:

  • Is the proposed initiative truly transforming - could it dramatically affect how biomedical and/or behavioral research is conducted over the next decade?
  • Will the outcomes from the proposed initiatives synergistically promote and advance the individual missions of the Institutes and Centers to benefit health?
  • Does the proposed initiative require participation from NIH as a whole and/or does it address an area (s) of science that does not clearly fall within the mission of any one IC or OD program office?
  • Is the proposed initiative something that no other entity is likely or able to do, and is there a public health benefit to having the results of the research in the public domain?

Responses will be accepted through Friday, June 2, 2008. Please limit your response to 1 page. To submit a response, please e-mail

Access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for details: NOT-RM-08-014External Web Site Policy.

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