The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the principal health research agency of the federal government. It is a component of the Department of Health & Human Services and is made up of 27 different Institutes and Centers that provide funds to organizations outside the NIH to accomplish program goals such as grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The NIH awards research grants for terms ranging from one to five years and makes up the largest category of funding provided by the NIH. Among the Institutes and Centers that fund urologic disease related research are the following:
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports training programs in the basic, clinical and population science disciplines to provide a base of personnel who can participate in basic and epidemiological research, clinical trials and cancer treatment programs. The NCI funds grants in research training, career development and cancer education, including the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award components (F32 and T32) and Loan Repayment contracts.
The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) funds urologic research in a number of areas; including pediatric urology, sexual dysfunction, prostate and bladder research, and the genitourinary effects of diabetes mellitus, spinal-cord injury and multiple sclerosis. The NIDDK Training and Careers Programs offer research training and career development awards in the clinical and basic sciences for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training and career development in the broad areas of research supported by NIDDK. Of particular program interest is the training and development of underrepresented minority investigators for retention in academic research and the training of future independent researchers. Visit this site for funding and research opportunities.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports studies on the mechanisms of aging, the processes of aging, aging and the nervous system and aging in relation to health and disease. The NIA supports four extramural research programs.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.Resources provided through the NICHD include tissue banks, the Knock Out Mouse Project (KOMP), NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry, and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).
These tutorials developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases help biomedical investigators, especially new ones, plan, write, and apply for the standard NIH research project grant, the R01. These Research Project Grants support a focused research program conducted by a principal investigator with or without collaborators, postdoctoral trainees, graduate students and/or technicians.
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) has established a new website that articulates NIH's continuing commitment to new investigators. The site describes current policies, data related to the influx of new investigators, resources that new investigators can use to understand and work with the NIH and helpful hints that might be useful in constructing a first application for NIH support.