In addition to the research priorities of its intramural and extramural divisions, NIA is involved in a number of special initiatives that expand and enhance its mission. These initiatives often involve other NIH Institutes and Centers, as well as other organizations and agencies involved in research on health and aging.
The NIA is committed to enhancing the competitiveness of minority research applicants and to supporting initiatives and activities that address major health problems from which older minority people suffer disproportionately.
The NIA is integrally involved in several initiatives that involve other NIA Institutes and Centers. Working collaboratively with other scientist-administrators, NIA staff seek to support research across a spectrum of areas.
Translational research is a multidisciplinary effort that creates a two-way loop between basic science laboratory studies and clinical research. The NIA has several translational research projects under way and participates in several trans-NIH initiatives in this area.
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of interventions to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions. NIA supports an evolving portfolio of CER research relevant to aging.
NIA has pioneered cross-national research, sponsors collaborative international projects, collaborates with several international organizations, and disseminates findings in aging-related conditions and concerns affecting people worldwide.
NIH received approximately $10 billion to be used in Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 from funds appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Some of these funds were used to support the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research initiative.