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NCCAM Announces Opportunities for New Research Centers on Complementary and Alternative Medicine


For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Contact

NCCAM Press Office, 301-496-7790

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will establish new Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This new initiative will include three companion programs:

  • Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM,
  • Developmental Centers for Research on CAM, and
  • Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM.

“These programs are designed to enlist researchers from multiple disciplines—in both conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine—to apply their expertise to advance complementary and alternative medicine research,” said Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director.

A brief description of the three new centers follows.

Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Centers of Excellence will support program project grants (P01) to elucidate the mechanisms of action of CAM modalities. These awards will provide new opportunities for experienced molecular or cellular biologists, imaging scientists, immunologists, neurobiologists, pharmacologists, physiologists, and other scientists to investigate fundamental questions related to CAM.

Letters of intent due March 29, 2003; receipt date is April 29, 2003

Developmental Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Developmental Centers will support U19 cooperative agreements in which CAM and conventional institutions and investigators will partner to conduct exploratory and developmental research projects. These awards will provide opportunities for CAM institutions and investigators to strengthen their research expertise and infrastructure while enabling conventional researchers to gain clinical and cultural perspectives critical to the conduct of CAM research.

Letters of intent due March 14, 2003; receipt date is April 15, 2003

Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Planning Grants for International Centers will support exploratory/developmental grants (R21) to enable U.S. and international institutions to jointly plan exploratory and developmental studies of traditional/alternative healing approaches. The Planning Grants will lay the groundwork for developing applications for an International Center for Research on CAM that will be called for in 2004.

Letters of intent due February 28, 2003; receipt date is March 28, 2003

Requests for applications and program announcements for these opportunities are now available on NCCAM’s Web site at nccam.nih.gov.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.