Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CERC)

Notice Number: NOT-AT-05-002

Key Dates
Release Date: December 20, 2004

Issued by
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), (



This Notice is to clarify the requirements of Program Announcement PAS-03-038 ( in regards to applications in the area of dietary supplements (botanicals).

The purpose of the Centers of Excellence for Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CERC) is to provide a vehicle for accomplished researchers to apply their expertise to address complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research questions, with an emphasis on applying cutting-edge scientific approaches to elucidating the mechanisms of action of CAM therapies and modalities. Funding for CERCs will be provided through program project grants (P01) NCCAM regularly examines and redefines its research priorities in order to fill gaps in its portfolio and capitalize on emerging opportunities to advance complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research and to leverage the expertise and resources of other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and agencies. Currently, NCCAM has a substantial financial and intellectual commitment to the study of botanicals primarily through the Dietary Supplement Research Centers Program. Thus, NCCAM will assign relatively low priority to applications for the CERC program that propose interdisciplinary collaborative studies of botanicals found as single ingredients in dietary supplements where the focus is to conduct botanical research to develop a botanical product for human health.

Applications submitted to RFA-OD-04-002: Dietary Supplement Research Centers: Botanicals that have been revised and submitted to PAS-03-038 will be deemed unresponsive to PAS-03-038 and returned to the applicant. A list of NCCAM's current priorities relevant to the CERC is available on NCCAMs website (


Further information about this program is available on the NCCAM website, If you have additional questions regarding the CERC initiative, please contact:

Barbara Sorkin, Ph.D.
Program Officer Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
Phone: 301-496-8004

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