What do the NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards, Early Independence Awards, Transformative R01 Awards, Clinical and Translational Science Awards, and the Human Microbiome Project all have in common? They are just a few of the programs supported by NIH’s Common Fund. The Common Fund supports exceptionally innovative programs that are trans-NIH and are expected to take advantage of emerging opportunities quickly to catalyze progress in biomedical research. Since the subjects of these programs usually don’t fit into a single NIH institute or center (IC), they foster collaboration between ICs in innovative and high impact areas of science.
We are asking for input from internal and external stakeholders on proposed concepts to help us shape new Common Fund programs. We want you to weigh in on ideas for 2013 that have the potential to fundamentally change how we think about, support, or do research in a specific field, or even that create a new field all together. Take a look at the current Common Fund programs to see from where we have come and start thinking about where we should go.
I am always happy to hear your thoughts on the blog, of course, but the best way to participate in the brainstorming for the Common Fund is to provide your input by Wednesday, September 14 to http://commonfund.nih.gov/strategicplanning. I look forward to your ideas.