LIMITED SUBMISSION: NIH - NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Centers (P41)
Materials are due electronically to Jeff Meserve (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, August 5, 2010 @ 12:00 pm.
Program description: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) uses the P41 mechanism to support Biomedical Technology Resource Centers (BTRCs) in variety of areas of biomedical science. BTRCs create critical, often uniquite, technologies that are at the forefront of their respective fields, and apply these technologies to a broad range of basic, translational, and clinical research.
BTRCs may be developed in a specific, narrow technological area, or they may utilize an integrated approach to the development of tools and methods across a broader line of inquiry. In either case, a BTRC assembles a critical mass of both technological and intellectual resources with the intent of exploiting advances in instrumentation and methodology for biomedical research. This intense synergy between technology development and biomedical problem-solving defines the BTRCs as fundamentally different in character from laboratories engaged in investigator-initiated research that may have more narrowly defined goals.
A BTRC also must provide Service and Training to outside investigators and must disseminate the technology and methods it has developed. These efforts require the commitment of far greater financial and personnel resources to non-science activities than is expected for other types of research efforts. The goal of these efforts is to export the technology and expertise of the BTRC into the broader community, achieving a wider impact on biomedical research than would be possible through the projects in which the BTRC can participate directly. Industrial partnerships are not required, but they are welcome when appropriate.