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Interdisciplinary Research program has transitioned from Common Fund support. Common Fund programs are strategic investments that aim to achieve a set of high impact goals within a 5-10 year timeframe. At the conclusion of each program, deliverables transition to other sources of support or use within the scientific community.

The Interdisciplinary Research program was supported by the Common Fund from 2005 through 2012. Currently, policies to facilitate interdisciplinary research and training initiatives developed through this program are in use by the scientific community, and many Interdisciplinary Research Consortia are continuing via other sources of support.

Highlights of the Interdisciplinary Research program's major accomplishments are:

  • Numerous scientific advances addressing complex challenges in biomedical research (see examples on the Program Highlights page)
  • Development of the NIH multi-PI policy, spurred in part by the Interdisciplinary Research program
  • Development of successful interdisciplinary training programs to support the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists

Please note that since the Interdisciplinary Research program is no longer supported by the Common Fund, the program website is being maintained as an archive and will not be updated on a regular basis.














Archived Program Highlights

High Calorie Foods Obese people may have more difficulty resisting high calorie foods


Drs. Peggi Angel and David Nusinow Interdisciplinary consortium trainee collaboration uses technique developed in teeth to study the heart


Mouse Genetics Leads to New Clues for Human Psychiatric Disorders Major Finding in Interdisciplinary Trainee Led Project Reveals How One Molecule- Adiponectin- Exerts Broad Protective Effects in Different Disease States


Cookies Fountain of Youth? Worms Reveal New Clues About Long Life


Mouse Genetics Leads to New Clues for Human Psychiatric Disorders Mouse Genetics Leads to New Clues for
Human Psychiatric Disorders. 


Worm Colorful Solution to Extending Lifespan.


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