Common Fund ARRA Research
Recovery Act funding awarded by the NIH Common Fund is supporting cutting-edge biomedical
research in a variety of diverse areas and is helping expand the technologies and capabilities
available to scientists and clinicians, deepen our understanding of fundamental biological processes
in health and disease, and develop new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of
many common diseases and disorders. ARRA funds awarded by the Common Fund are also
preserving and creating jobs across the United States.
The following are some of the many critical areas of research being supported by ARRA funds
awarded through the NIH Common Fund
Behavioral & Social Science
Behavior and Social Science: modest changes in personal behavior have been shown to improve
Cancer arises when genetic mutations produce cells that no longer obey the rules governing
Epigenetics refers to processes that control the activities of genes but do not involve changes
such as mutations to the DNA sequence of the genome.
High Throughput Technologies
High Throughput Technologies allow researchers to rapidly analyze large numbers of
substances and chemical compounds.
The Human Microbiome refers to the communities of microbial cells that reside on and in
our bodies and that may critical influence human health and disease.
Regenerative Medicine aims to engage and facilitate the body’s healing capabilities to repair
damaged tissues and organs.
S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education across the U.S. is being
supported by Common Fund ARRA awards.
Stem Cells are renewable sources of transplantable cells that may be used to treat a variety
of diseases and disorders.
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