Created by on 1/18/2011 12:00:00 AM

On January 16, 2010, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Task Force released a “straw model” of the proposed reassignments of current NCRR programs and is seeking comments. This comes just over one month after the Scientific Management Review Board issued recommendations to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the creation of a new center for translational research, now being called the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). NCATS would house trans-NIH translational research support and coordination programs currently located within the NIH Director’s Common Fund, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the NCRR. In addition, the new center would house the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), which was authorized as part of the recent health care reform legislation but has yet to be implemented. NIH has also decided to dissolve NCRR and reassign its programs to other institutes/centers. The proposed reassignments are as follows:


1.      Clinical and Translational Research Awards would be transferred to NCATS

2.      Non-primate model organism programs, beam line and mass spectrometry P41 grants (Biomedical Research Technology Centers [BRTC]), Shared Instrumentation Grants , and High-End Instrumentation grants would be transferred to National Institute of General Medical Sciences

3.      Imaging P41 grants (BRTC) would be transferred to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

4.      Research Centers in Minority Institutions would be transferred to the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities

5.      Primate model organism programs, remaining P41 grants (BRTC), other biomedical technology programs (BRTC), Institutional Development Awards, Science Education Partnership Awards, and Construction would be transferred to an interim infrastructure unit within the Office of the Director (OD)

6.      NCRR OD has not yet been assigned