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Funding News - Translational Research: NINDS Cooperative Program Applications Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites applications for the NINDS Cooperative Program in translational research.*

Translational research is the process of applying ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic scientific inquiry to the treatment or prevention of human disease. This program includes only activities directly focused on therapy development necessary to begin clinical testing. Projects will typically include either an assay that has demonstrated relevance to a neurological disorder or candidate therapeutics that have a significant effect in a disease model.

The NINDS Cooperative Program in Translational Research is implemented through three coordinated cooperative agreement mechanisms: 1.) Translational research conferences are used flexibly to meet the needs of research communities with translational research efforts at different stages of development. All meetings must have a translational research focus and be directly relevant to a clinical intervention for a neurological disorder; 2.) Single-component translational research projects focus on a single problem or approach in therapy development for a neurological disorder. The research is focused on a neurological disorder or a group of closely related neurological disorders; and 3.) Multi-component translation research projects support research programs that take a multidimensional or comprehensive approach to therapy development. These projects support interdisciplinary teams of investigators who are dedicated to translational research focused on a neurological disorder or a group of closely related neurological disorders.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Thomas Miller, Program Director, Technology Development Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2139, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1779; fax: 301-402-1501; e-mail:

*For a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: