National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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Overview: What NCCAM Funds

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What is NCCAM?

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

View NCCAM's mission

What does NCCAM Fund?

NCCAM funds:

  • Scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)*.
  • Training of CAM researchers. Find out about training opportunities that NCCAM offers.

To better understand our goals and priorities, review:

Note: NCCAM does not support the development or delivery of clinical practice other than as a component of funded research.

* To learn more about CAM, see What is CAM?.

How does NCCAM make funding decisions?

NCCAM only awards funding in response to grant applications sent to NIH.

NCCAM, like other NIH institutes and centers, accepts investigator-initiated applications that are based on ideas formulated by the applicant. Researchers may refer to Types of Grants and Active Funding Announcements to find grant opportunities that may be appropriate for them.

Scientific review groups at the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) or NCCAM Special Emphasis Panels provide peer review by assessing the scientific merit of all applications. The funding process is competitive. Applications with the best ratings are considered for funding.

In fiscal year 2013, NCCAM’s success rate for research project grants was 11%.  The success rate is defined as the total number of competing applications funded divided by the total number of competing applications reviewed.

The Funding Strategy explains how NCCAM funds applications.

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