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NIH Announces Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01)

July 6, 2012—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) June 29 announced a funding opportunity for the 2013 NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards, formerly known as the Transformative Research Project (TR01). This Common Fund initiative supports unconventional high risk/high impact projects with strong potential of creating new or shifting existing clinical, basic, and/or behavioral/social science paradigms through the development of highly innovative therapeutic and diagnostic tools and technologies, or preventative strategies. Applications should be relevant to the NIH mission and could be submitted by individuals or teams.

The NIH is piloting a novel approach to the applications process: applicants are expected to focus on innovation strategy and significance without an expectation of submitting any preliminary data.  Awards will support budgets up to $25 million total costs per year for up to five years. The deadline for submitting Transformative Research Project applications is Sept. 21, and letters of intent are due by Aug. 21.  The instructions can be found in the RFA-RM-12-017.


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