Progress through a global effort

The conversion of basic and clinical research discoveries into new clinical tools, medications, and therapies represents a significant bottleneck to progress. Support for accelerating research efforts comes from a variety of sources. Primary among these are the large government health and research services such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States, the National Institute for Health Research in the United Kingdom, or the Centre de Recherche Public de la Santé (Public Research Centre for Health) in Luxembourg. A variety of large and small nongovernmental organizations such as private foundations also fund translational research at varying levels.

NIH CTSA Program

In the United States, translational research is funded, in large part, by Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), a program that is part of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). In addition, funding is available through the Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) program, which also fosters multidisciplinary research on clinically relevant questions.

The institutional CTSAs provide support for developing resources, infrastructure, training, and academic centers for clinical and translational research. A valuable aspect of the CTSAs consortium is the consolidation of translational research programs, infrastructure, and services.

NIHR TRP Program

In the United Kingdom, the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) has, at the request of the life sciences industry, established two Translational Research Partnerships (TRPs) designed to help companies address challenges in evolving drug, device, and diagnostic development. The TRPs combine personnel and resources from 36 universities and National Health Service organizations to drive translational research.

Non-Governmental Programs

Translational research is also supported by, and funding is available from, a variety of private foundations and other nonprofit, non-governmental organizations.