Planning a Collaboration - Frequently Asked Questions
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are designed to assist investigators in learning more about establishing partnerships with NIH intramural investigators and accessing special NIH research resources. The FAQs provide general information about potentially available resources and partnerships, applying for access to research resources and logistics of utilizing resources and/or implementing a partnership. These FAQs are illustrative of general concepts only; sometimes the answer to a question may differ due to the situation. Each collaboration with NIH will be controlled by its corresponding written and executed agreement.
If you need more information, please contact ClinicalCtrPartner@mail.nih.gov.
Intramural Research Resources
- What research resources are available in the Clinical Center, and how do I contact the Clinical Center department or institute-based program that provides the resource I would like to use?
- How can I access resources?
- Are specific funding opportunities available for partnering with NIH collaborators and accessing NIH resources?
- How long will it take to get access to the resource I am interested in using?
- What are the costs for each resource?
- What if I cannot find a specific resource in which I am interested?
- Where can I learn about current clinical protocols at the Clinical Center?
- How can I identify and then contact NIH investigators interested in my area of research?
- I am interested in collaborating with an NIH investigator. How might the collaboration be structured?
- In the absence of a formal scientific collaboration, can I still access resources?
Intramural Research Resources
You can search the Resources on the Collaborating with NIH Intramural Investigators at the Clinical Center website. The website lists the NIH employee(s) who serve as the contact for each resource and you are encouraged to contact them directly.
Currently, an external investigator may access resources only via a formal funding relationship with the NIH (contract, grant, or cooperative agreement). In most situations, a documented research collaboration with an NIH investigator is required. This research collaboration may be documented by the following: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, Clinical Trial Agreement, or Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement or other appropriate written agreement.
Yes. Two specific opportunities are available.
- NIH has a new funding opportunity, "Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center" (U01).
- Administrative supplements are available to supplement NIH grants for short term Bench-to-Bedside projects which involve a partnership between intramural and extramural investigators pursuing a translational research project.
You may also be able to utilize other NIH grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts as a vehicle for accessing Clinical Center resources under certain conditions. For more information please contact ClinicalCtrPartner@mail.nih.gov.
After the grant or contract is approved and funded, the request will be entered into a queue for prioritization based on both scientific merit and availability of the resource. The department that provides or oversees the resource will provide an approximate timeline.
Clinical Center costs vary depending on the services required to support specific research projects. Please contactClinicalCtrPartner@mail.nih.gov with questions related to costs for specific resources.
Please contact ClinicalCtrPartner@mail.nih.gov and your request for access to a specific resource will be considered. Not all resources will be offered for collaboration and some may have limited availability.
You can search the Search the Studies website for an up-to-date list of current protocols.
To identify investigators interested in your area of research, you can search the Database of NIH Intramural Research Reports, the Intramural Principal Investigator Directory, and the Search the Studies website.
When contact information is not available on the above sites, you will find contact information for NIH investigators on the NIH Directory.
A collaboration between an extramural investigator and an intramural investigator must be documented in writing. A research collaboration may be documented by the following: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, Clinical Trial Agreement, Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement or other appropriate written agreement. In any collaboration, the intramural and extramural investigators can interact in several ways. Below are a few examples of potential collaboration models:
- An intramural Investigator conducts specific studies at the Clinical Center and an extramural investigator conducts their collaborative studies at their home institution
- A trainee/Junior Faculty member comes to the Clinical Center to manage/conduct collaborative project
- An extramural Investigator takes a sabbatical to conduct joint studies at the Clinical Center
In many cases, the collaboration will be implemented through a specific funding opportunity. See the Bench to Bedside Program or the “Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (U01)”
In limited circumstances access to resources in the absence of a formal scientific collaboration may be possible with a written agreement. Please contact ClinicalCtrPartner@mail.nih.gov for further guidance.