BOX 6-10 NIH Criteria for Establishing Center Programs

  • The scientific opportunities and/or public health needs that the program would address have high priority.
  • The center would provide an organizational environment that would facilitate activities that are most effectively undertaken by teams of investigators working in close proximity. The activities include:
  • Multidisciplinary collaborations for problems that require diverse scientific backgrounds.
  • Multi-investigator teams capable of a scope of activities not possible with other funding mechanisms.
  • Translating the results of basic research into clinical practice.
  • Complementing existing and stimulating new investigator-initiated applications for research project grants.
  • Training of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, physician-scientists, nurses, and other health professionals in cross-disciplinary or translational research.
  • Attracting experienced researchers into a new area of research.
  • Networking with other centers in the program to conduct coordinated research beyond the capacity of any single center.
  • The centers would provide critical research resources needed for productive research that are difficult or too expensive to develop in most individual laboratories.
  • The centers would build the infrastructure to promote the institutional development of a field of research.

From: 6, The Necessary Environment for Research and Development

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