National Institutes of Health

The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (U54)

Program Summary

The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) will develop Centers that (1) solicit and select promising emerging technologies, such as therapeutics (e.g., drugs, biologics), preventatives, diagnostics, devices, tools, etc. and (2) facilitate their translation to commercialized products that improve patient care and enhance health. The NCAI will nurture the development of high priority early-stage technologies within the NHLBI’s mission in a manner consistent with business case development and regulatory requirements by providing (1) funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies), (2) unified and coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early technology development, including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management, and (3) training and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism.  Establishing public-private partnerships and providing non-federal funds will be critical for success. 


In response to this FOA, an institution can only submit, or be part of, a single application. Applications should include detailed evidence of significant institutional commitment.

Award Information

The NHLBI intends to commit up to $2 million total costs to fund at least one award for fiscal year 2013.  For a Center, the NHLBI intends to commit up to $4 million total costs per year for years 2 – 6 and up to $2 million total costs for year 7.  An applicant for a Center may request a project period of up to 7 years. The NHLBI’s maximum total budget for a Center is $24M for a 7-year funding period.

Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
  1. Additional pages may be added for references
  2. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Wednesday, September 19, 2012. 


Proposal Due to OVPRED07/25/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF09/12/2012
Date Due to Sponsor09/19/2012
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due Date08/19/2012
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