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IX. Report of the Research Core Centers (P30) Program

Dr. Amy Donahue

Guidelines on the Research Core Centers (P30) Program, which also evolved from the recommendations of the Work Group on Single and Multiple Project Grants, were developed by NIDCD staff under the leadership of Dr. Amy Donahue. Dr. Donahue provided a draft copy of the guidelines in advance of the meeting and presented the characteristics of this new program.

The Research Core Center Grant (P30) is an institutional award, made in the name of a principal investigator, to support centralized resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. The overall goal of a Core Center is to promote a cooperative interaction among basic science and/or clinical investigators in a manner that will enrich the effectiveness of ongoing research and promote new research directions. Research cores should be designed to furnish a group of investigators some service, technique, assay, or instrumentation in a manner that will enhance the research in progress, and in some cases, lead to new cooperative ventures among investigators.

Dr. Donahue then entertained questions and comments about the draft guidelines. Discussion by Council members touched upon issues of the minimum qualilfication requirements, the transition period as the new guidelines for P50 and P30 programs are implemented, and the potential for financial overlap between research grants and subsequently awarded core grants.



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