The Role of NIH in Disease Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the leading supporter of biomedical research funding. Our Research Initiative is intended to stimulate innovative research such that scientists go on to apply to various programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for further grant funding. At NIH, funding is a game of numbers — numbers of applications, their quality, and the NIH budget. NIH seeks to fund the best science by establishing a “payline” — a cutoff line for ranked applications that they can afford to fund in a given cycle. Our goal is to increase the number and quality of the hydrocephalus related applications being submitted to NIH by seed funding preliminary data that helps applicants create stronger grant applications.
At HA we are also striving to increase awareness and funding for hydrocephalus research through NIH directly. Our efforts have resulted in the 3 HA/NIH sponsored workshops on hydrocephalus as well as 2 NIH requests for applications released in 2009, renewed in 2012, and active until 2015. Both NIH requests are focused on the advancement of CSF shunting technology. Prior to 2009, NIH released no requests directly targeting hydrocephalus.