In August I let you know about an upcoming collaboration opportunity allowing extramural researchers to use the amazing resources of the NIH Clinical Center and collaborate with intramural researchers here at NIH. I’m happy to announce that the official funding opportunity announcement (FOA) was published Wednesday: Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (PAR-13-029). Twelve NIH institutes will participate in this cooperative agreement program, as will two NIH director’s offices. The FOA goes into detail about the specific research priorities of the program, but start planning now. The first submission date is February 20, 2013 and extramural investigators must have a collaborating investigator in the NIH intramural research program.
The NIH Clinical Center has also put together a great website for you to learn more about what’s going on at the Clinical Center that may be of interest to you. The “Collaborator’s Toolkit” on the right side of the page contains several notably helpful tools – a guide on how to find a collaborator and initiate a collaboration, a directory of available resources (e.g., biomedical specimens, equipment, unique data sets) and more.
We hope you find this opportunity as exciting as we do. I’m looking forward to seeing the creative ideas and outstanding scientific research that results when extramural researchers and intramural researchers join forces!