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Funding News - Applications Sought for Interdisciplinary Research Consortium

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) encourage applications for interdisciplinary research consortium.

This request for applications is an NIH Roadmap Initiative. The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments. All NIH institutes and centers participate in Roadmap Initiatives.*

In addition to the biological sciences, biomedical research often involves participation by other scientific disciplines, including the behavioral, quantitative, social, computational/information, engineering, and physical sciences.  Distinct disciplinary perspectives represent significant sources of strength to the overall research endeavor because each discipline has its own intellectual history, experimental and analytical approaches, and theoretical context that produce a unique way of thinking about a problem.  Nevertheless, as scientific capabilities move forward, increasingly sophisticated questions arise, and these often require a blending of perspectives from multiple disciplines.

The purpose of this announcement is to support interdisciplinary approaches to solve significant and complex biomedical problems, particularly those that have been resistant to traditional approaches.   Applications for this announcement must hold the promise of leading to new research approaches to improving human health.   Interdisciplinary consortia are expected to identify an important biomedically relevant problem, evaluate why previous approaches have not worked, justify why the proposed interdisciplinary approach will work, identify the methods that will keep the interdisciplinary team focused and coordinated, and propose a timeline.



For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Greg Farber, National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 960, MSC 4874, Bethesda, MD  20892-4874; telephone:  301-435-0778; fax: 
301-480-3659; e-mail:; or Dr. Michael Huerta, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7202, MSC 9645, Rockville, MD  2089209645; telephone:  301-443-3563; fax:  301-443-1731;

*For a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at:
For more information on the NIH Roadmap, please visit the web site at: