NIDDK-Sponsored Research Center Programs
Click on the program names below to view a map and a list of locations for each center.
- Centers of Excellence in Molecular Hematology
Molecular hematology centers have integrated teams of investigators from a wide range of specialties; share specialized, often expensive equipment and staff; and serve as regional or national resources for other researchers. The Centers provide a focus for multidisciplinary investigations into gene structure and function; the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the generation, maturation, and function of blood cells; and the development of strategies for the correction of inherited diseases.
For further information, contact Terry Bishop, Ph.D., Hematology Program Director.
- Clinical Nutrition Research Units
A Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (CNRU) is an integrated array of research, educational, and service activities focused on human nutrition in health and disease. It serves as the focal point for an interdisciplinary approach to clinical nutrition research and for the stimulation of research in areas such as improved nutritional support of acutely and chronically ill persons, assessment of nutritional status, effects of disease states on nutrient needs, and effects of changes in nutritional status on disease. Funding for the CNRU program, which began in 1979, is provided through the core center grant mechanism. Due to a restriction in the number of core center grants that can be supported, new center grant proposals will be accepted only in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
For further information, contact Carolyn Miles, Ph.D. Clinical Nutrition Research Unit Program/Obesity/Nutrition Research Centers Program Director.
- Diabetes Centers
The Diabetes Centers administer two types of center awards, the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Centers (DERC) and the Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTC). An existing base of high quality diabetes-related research is a primary requirement for establishment of either type of center. While not directly funding major research projects, both types of center grants provide core resources to integrate, coordinate, and foster the interdisciplinary cooperation of a group of established investigators conducting research in diabetes and related areas of endocrinology and metabolism. The two types of centers differ in that the DERC focuses entirely on biomedical research while the DRTC has an added component in training and translation.
For further information, contact Kristin Abraham, Ph.D., Director, Cell Signaling Program.
- Digestive Diseases Research Centers
The Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers Program (DDRCC) provides a mechanism for funding shared resources (core facilities) that serve to integrate, coordinate, and foster interdisciplinary cooperation between groups of established investigators who conduct programs of high quality research that are related to a common theme in digestive diseases research. An existing base of high quality digestive disease-related research is a prerequisite for the establishment of a center.
The research emphases of centers in this program presently focus on liver diseases, gastrointestinal motility, absorption and secretion processes, inflammatory bowel disease, structure/function relationships in the gastrointestinal tract, neuropeptides and gut hormones, and gastrointestinal membrane receptors. Due to a restriction on the number of core center grants that can be supported, new center grant proposals will be accepted only in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
For further information, contact Judith Podskalny, Ph.D., Digestive Diseases Centers Program Director.
- Molecular Therapy and Cystic Fibrosis Centers
The Molecular Therapy and Cystic Fibrosis Centers Program currently supports two types of centers: Molecular Therapy Centers (P30) and Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Centers (P30). Molecular Therapy Centers provide shared resources to a group of investigators to facilitate development of molecular therapies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis and other genetic metabolic diseases. Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Centers (P30) support shared resources for both basic and clinical research on cystic fibrosis.
- Molecular Therapy Core Center Program Guidelines (PDF)
- Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Center Program Guidelines - (PDF) (Word)
- Funding Opportunities
For further information, contact Catherine McKeon, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Genetic Research.
- O'Brien Kidney and Urology Research Centers
O'Brien centers conduct interdisciplinary investigations that address basic, clinical, and applied aspects of biomedical research in renal and genitourinary physiology and pathophysiology. Kidney diseases of hypertension and diabetes, renal and urinary tract dysfunction in obstructive diseases of these organs, immune- and nonimmune-related mechanisms of glomerular injury and kidney disease, nephrotoxins and cell injury, and BPH are emphasized.
For further information, contact Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D. (kidney) or Debuene Chang, M.D. (urology).
- Obesity/Nutrition Research Centers
As a means of encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to obesity and nutrition research, the Division supports an Obesity/Nutrition Research Center (ONRC). The goal of an ONRC is to help coordinate and strengthen support for research activities primarily by providing funds for core facilities and associated staff that serve the various projects on a shared basis. This approach ensures that an ONRC has multiple sponsors, both Federal and non-Federal, and thereby reduces the likelihood that the ONRC will become unduly dependent on any one source of funds for its continued operation. The specific objectives of an ONRC include efforts to create or strengthen a focus in biomedical research institutions for multidisciplinary research in obesity and nutrition; to develop new knowledge concerning the development, treatment, and prevention of obesity and eating disorders; to understand control and modulation of energy metabolism; to understand and treat disorders associated with abnormalities of energy balance and weight management such as in anorexia nervosa, AIDS, and cancer; and to strengthen training environments to improve the education of medical students, house staff, practicing physicians, and allied health personnel about these conditions. To accomplish the overall goal of these centers, the applicant's institution must have an on-going program of excellence in biomedical research related to the study of obesity and associated disorders. Due to a restriction in the number of core center grants that can be supported, new center grant proposals will be accepted only in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
For further information, contact Carolyn Miles, Ph.D., Obesity/Nutrition Centers Research Program Director.
For further information, contact Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D. (kidney) or Leroy M. Nyberg, Jr., Ph.D., M.D. (urology).
- Polycystic Kidney Disease Research & Translation Centers
Polycystic Kidney Disease centers are part of an integrated program of research established to promote multidisciplinary interactions and to provide shared resources needed to address complex biomedical problems in this area, such as therapy of PKD.
- Program Guidelines
- Funding Opportunities
For further information contact Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D.
Page last updated: December 12, 2007