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Opportunity profile: NIH Common Fund targets risky projects

The NIH’s Common Fund funds risky scientific areas that hold the potential for high rewards if successful. The programmes address NIH's priorities and are open to international researchers. Anthea Lipsett looks at the fund and how researchers can get involved.

The NIH Common Fund was launched in 2004 as the NIH Roadmap, and was re-named in the NIH Reform Act in 2016. The Common Fund supports a set of programmes that strategically invest in risky scientific areas, but that have the potential for exceptionally high payoff, if successful. The Common Fund is a way for the NIH to address opportunities and challenges that are high priority for the NIH as a whole.

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