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NIH announces funding opportunity for transformative research

November 2011

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The Transformation Research Awards icon reflects the divergent thinking the program hopes to foster in the field of biomedical research. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

NIH will accept applications for 2012 NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards through Jan. 12, 2012, with letters of intent due Dec. 12, 2011. The program is funded through the NIH Common Fund.

Highlights of the awards include the following:

  • Exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research
  • Basic, clinical, or behavioral studies
  • The NIH Common Fund intends to commit $25 million dollars in FY 2012 for this initiative
  • Up to one-third of the budget will be reserved for project exceeding $1 million in direct costs per year.

Applicants should read the instructions in RFA-RM-11-006( Exit NIEHS. Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the Transformative Research Award initiative is available( Exit NIEHS.

Additional questions about the Transformative Research Award initiative or application process should be directed to

The NIH Common Fund( Exit NIEHS encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs, and is managed by the NIH Office of the Director, in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

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