The ongoing reorganization of the National Institutes of Health, which will see both the creation of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science and the dissolution of the National Center for Research Resources, took a major step forward this past weekend with the release of a “Straw Model” from the NCRR Task Force, detailing where the various programs currently in NCRR will be placed.
The majority of NCRR programs, including all primate and educational programs, will be housed in an “Interim Infrastructure Unit” within the Office of the Director, while the Research Centers in Minority Institution Program will end up in the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Unfortunately, the P41 Instrumentation programs will be split up, with Shared and High End Instrumentation P41s landing in the National Institute of General Medical Science, and Imaging P41s being placed in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
ASBMB has been following this issue closely, and has taken numerous steps to protect the programs most relevant to our membership, most notably the P41 programs. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee has sent Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak, co-chair of the NCRR Task Force, two separate letters, emphasizing the importance of the trans-NIH nature of NCRR programs and insisting that this property be maintained following the programs’ transfer. In addition, Public Affairs staff has met with congressional staff members to discuss the reorganization, alerting them of our position and concerns.
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