EGRP News Flash - January 13, 2010

NIH Director's Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas

Under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act” or “ARRA”), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established a program entitled “NIH Director’s Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas.” This trans-NIH program will support projects that address research endeavors in specific areas that will benefit from significant three-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond this period. The research supported by the program should have high short-term impact and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery.

This limited competition Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from domestic (United States) institutions/organizations proposing to develop and implement critical research innovations in one or more of the following five thematic areas:

  1. Applying Genomics and Other High Throughput Technologies;
  2. Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments;
  3. Using Science to Enable Health Care Reform;
  4. Focusing on Global Health; and
  5. Reinvigorating the Biomedical Research Community.

Applicants may propose to address either a specific disease- or technology-related research question relevant to the mission of one or more participating Institutes and Centers, or propose the creation of a unique infrastructure/resource designed to accelerate scientific progress in the future.

Up to $80 million of NIH ARRA funds will be obligated by September 30, 2010 to support requests submitted in response to this RFA. Only applications with budgets greater than $500,000 total costs per year for a project period of three years are expected to be considered.

Letters of intent are due on February 15, 2010 and the application due date is March 15, 2010. On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant’s institution/organization).

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) contact for all research-related questions/inquiries for this RFA is Jerry S.H. Lee, Ph.D., Office of the Deputy Director; Tel.: 301-496-1045; e-mail:

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