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Bench-to-Bedside Program

Partner Offices

Funding for Bench-to-Bedside Awards is provided in the following research categories by the entities listed below:

(1) AIDS (Support from the Office of AIDS Research): Exemplary HIV/AIDS projects aligned with the new overarching HIV/AIDS research priorities will be considered for funding funded.

(2) Behavioral and Social Sciences (Support from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research): The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) will fund up to two projects that facilitate the translation of basic behavioral and social science research findings into effective interventions to prevent disease and to promote and optimize health. Of particular interest are bio-behavioral mechanisms affecting risk factors for chronic diseases and interdisciplinary research projects that integrate multiple levels of analysis - from cells to society - of factors that influence health. Key problems in population health where scientists, practitioners, and decision-makers can work together to accelerate the translation, implementation, dissemination, and adoption of behavioral and social sciences research findings are of high priority to OBSSR. Additional information about OBSSR's strategic priorities can be found at

(3) Dietary Supplements (Support from the Office of Dietary Supplements): Awards in this funding category are designed to promote scientific study of the benefits of dietary supplements in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease and other health-related conditions but not in disease treatment. In the U.S., these ingredients are usually defined as including plant extracts, enzymes, vitamins, minerals amino acids, and hormonal products that are available without prescription and are consumed in addition to the regular diet.

(4) Minority Health and Health Disparities (Support from the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, NIMHD): NIMHD will fund projects that support the overall NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.  Research projects must focus on:  1) improving our understanding of ways to reduce health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities, persons of low Socioeconomic Status (SES), sexual gender minorities, or underserved rural residents; or 2) health determinants and mechanisms of health outcomes in minority populations.

(5) Rare Diseases (Support from Office of Rare Diseases Research/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences): Projects must focus on an area of science/research directly related to a rare disease. An orphan or rare disease is generally considered to have a prevalence of less than 200,000 affected individuals in the United States. Certain diseases with more than 200,000 affected individuals are included but subpopulations of these conditions may be less than the prevalence standard for a rare disease. A comprehensive list of rare diseases, updated regularly, is available at

(6) Women's Health (Office of Research on Women's Health): One project will be funded that focuses on efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research.  The influence of sex and gender on health and disease is of particular interest, specifically comparing and contrasting female and male data from cells, animals, or tissues across a range of research questions. For information about ORWH's strategic priorities, see:

(7) General: All projects that are not funded by the Donor Offices as well as additional meritorious projects that don't fall within the scope of the categories listed above will be considered for funding in the "general" category. These projects are funded using Stable Funds provided by the NIH Director.

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This page last updated on 11/26/2018

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