NOTICE OF LIMITED COMPETITION REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS:
INTERNATIONAL CENTERS FOR RESEARCH ON COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE 
MEDICINE (ICRC)

RELEASE DATE:  August 5, 2004

NOTICE: NOT-AT-04-008

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
 (http://nccam.nih.gov/)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is 
requesting competitive applications from the current awardees of 
“Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM 
(PICRC).” This request initiates the second of two phases in NCCAM’s 
international centers program.  

Under the first phase, a total of 11 awards were made (ten by NCCAM, 
and one by the National Cancer Institute) to support the organization 
and planning required to develop a complex, international, 
multidisciplinary, multi-site research program consisting of three 
synergistic, exploratory/developmental research projects and an 
administrative core supporting the center.  

As described in the original PICRC RFA, 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AT-03-002.html, 
eligibility to apply for the second phase is limited to these 11 
institutions.  The ICRC initiative will provide support for one or more 
international centers to:

o Establish programs of rigorous, high quality research on 
CAM/Traditional Medicine(TM) practices at their sites of origin and 
determine whether these practices are beneficial to health and well 
being in addressing high priority local and global health problems;
o Support the development of the scientific and administrative talent 
and research capacity needed to carry out such investigation;
o Facilitate and encourage international CAM research collaborations, 
and exchange of scientific and clinical methodologies between CAM/TM 
and biomedical researchers and practitioners; and
o Contribute to the preservation of systems of traditional and 
indigenous knowledge.

NCCAM will contact current PICRC awardees directly regarding ICRC 
application procedures and format.  Written and telephone inquiries 
concerning this limited competition RFA may be directed to:

Jack Killen, MD  
Director, Office of International Health Research  
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine  
National Institutes of Health (NCCAM/NIH)  
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 401  
Bethesda, MD  20892-5475  
Telephone: (301) 594-7103  
Fax: (301) 480-3621  
E-mail: jkillen@mail.nih.gov


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