Funding Opportunity 2012 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards

Announcing a funding opportunity for the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards

  • Exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research
  • Clinical, basic, and/or behavioral/social science research projects
  • Up to $25 million total costs per year for a single project
  • One-third of total funding budget geared to projects with more than $1 Million in direct costs. 

The deadline for submitting Transformative Research Project applications is January 12, 2012 with Letters of Intent due by December 12, 2011.  See the instructions in the RFA-RM-11-006.  Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions about the Transformative Research Projects Program is available at: Send questions to


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. Additional information about the NIH Common Fund can be found at


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 NIH and its programs, visit