The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requests applications for nanomedicine development centers.
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.*
Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular scale for curing disease and/or repairing tissue. Nanomedicine is 1 of 9 major initiatives included in the NIH Roadmap. Because nanomedicine is an emerging biomedical discipline, NIH engaged the biomedical research community to help define and develop concepts and a framework to stimulate work in this field. A 2-year planning process resulted in the establishment of a collaborative national network of nanomedicine development centers (NDC). Each is unique in its goals, expertise, and approaches, and all are committed to working in a collaborative effort to address the vision of this initiative and jumpstart the field of nanomedicine.
The primary goals of this initiative are to characterize quantitatively the nanoscale components of the cell and precisely control and manipulate these molecules and supramolecular assemblies in living cells to improve human health, and to stimulate development of radically new technologies that might provide novel strategies and new insights for cell biological studies of intracellular molecular activity. Examples of topics of potential research interest include, but are not limited to, protein-protein interactions, intracellular transport, and biomolecular dynamics.
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Richard Fisher, National Eye Institute (NEI), 5635 Fishers Lane MSC 9300, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-451-2020; fax: 301-402-0528; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For a more detailed description of this RFA, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-06-007.html.
For more information on the NIH Roadmap, please visit the web site at: http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/.