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  NIH: Limited Competition: Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research [IDeA-CTR][U54] PAR-11-229>

NIH established the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program in 1993 to enhance biomedical research activities in states that have had historically low NIH grant funding success rates. The program currently supports competitive research in 23 states and Puerto Rico through two major initiatives: Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Thus far, the COBRE and INBRE initiatives have enabled and continue to foster the development of capacity and infrastructure that allow many investigators in IDeA states to compete successfully for more traditional NIH funding, particularly in areas of basic biomedical research. While the progress achieved by IDeA investigators in basic research has been significant, tremendous challenges and opportunities remain for pursuing activities aligned with NIHís growing interest and focus on clinical and translational research. The proportion of research activity currently supported by the IDeA Program that focuses on developing clinical and translational research capabilities is relatively small (15%). It is critical that the many advances in basic biomedical science research emerging from IDeA states be translated into better patient care and improved public health by fostering partnerships between basic and clinical scientists in IDeA institutions and among other NIH-funded programs. This funding opportunity encourages applications from IDeA states to develop Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR).

USC may only submit one application in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by July 25, 2013. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

NIH indicates that a letter of intent is due on August 30, 2013 and a full proposal is due by September 27, 2013. For more information:
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