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2016 Funding Opportunity NIH Transformative Research Awards

Released: Monday, June 08, 2015

Announcing a funding opportunity for the NIH Transformative Research Awards

  1. Seeking exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research with broad impact
  2. Individual or multi-PI applications permitted
  3. Clinical, basic, and/or behavioral/social science research projects
  4. Large budget applications welcome

The deadline for submitting Transformative Research Award applications is October 9, 2015.  Letters of Intent are due by September 9, 2015.  See the Funding Opportunity Announcement RFA-RM-15-005.  Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the Transformative Research Award website. Send questions to

The Transformative Research Award is part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Program, which provides unique funding opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists who propose highly innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

The NIH Common Fund (formerly the NIH Roadmap) encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) -"The Nation's Medical Research Agency" - includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about the NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website.


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit