Environmental Factor, September 2011, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIH seeks new ideas for Common Fund Programs
NIH leadership is reaching out to internal and external scientists and stakeholders for ideas about new research programs for 2013, to be supported by its Common Fund(http://commonfund.nih.gov/index.aspx) , a mechanism enacted into law by Congress through the 2006 NIH Reform Act with the goal of accelerating discovery. NIH is accepting input through Sept. 14 at its strategic planning website(http://commonfund.nih.gov/strategicplanning/) .
The Common Fund supports cross-cutting, trans-NIH programs that require participation by at least two NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination. The Fund supports exceptionally innovative programs that are inherently high risk but have the potential for high payoff by catalyzing research across all of NIH and in the biomedical research community.
The requirements for the Common Fund encourage collaboration across the ICs while providing the NIH with flexibility to determine priorities for Common Fund support. NIH wants to know about ideas that have the potential to fundamentally change how we think about, support, or do research in a specific field, or to create a new field altogether.