Which recent discoveries have the greatest potential for high impact across a broad spectrum of health research? How can the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accelerate progress in the most promising areas of science?
The goal of Innovation Brainstorm: Transforming Discovery into Impact is to identify areas where strategic investments by the NIH might accelerate the development of a nascent field or capitalize on a recent groundbreaking discovery. Ideas generated from this meeting are expected to be developed into scientific programs for the NIH Common Fund, which supports exceptionally innovative, cross-cutting, and high-risk programs with the potential for high impact. (See http://commonfund.nih.gov/).
Participants in this meeting have been selected based on their records of interaction, innovation, and broad thinking, and have been drawn from a wide range of scientific disciplines. These creative scientists have demonstrated the ability to take intellectual risks, and will bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the discussion.
Participants will be asked to identify the most exciting, high-impact research paper in any field within the past year, briefly describe the importance of the paper to a broad spectrum of science, and outline possible ways that strategic investments could reduce the time needed for the impact to be realized. All papers will be made available to the entire group prior to the meeting, and participants will discuss the selected papers via an online forum. This up-front effort will fuel discussions during the opening session of the meeting with the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, in which a subset of topics will be chosen for further discussion through the rest of the meeting. After participant-led discussion of papers and topics of interest, final summaries and recommendations will be presented for the NIH Institute and Center Directors.
Paper submission deadline: March 25, 2011. Participants are asked to submit their selection of the single most exciting, high-impact research paper in any field within the past year. In addition, they are asked to provide a brief (1-page maximum) description of the potential impact of the paper and possible ways that NIH investments could reduce the time needed for the impact to be realized should also be submitted using this format. Please use this template (click here to download) to prepare this brief summary. Participants are also strongly encouraged to take part in the online discussion of submitted papers prior to the meeting. To access the online discussion, see the Resources page.
The goal of the Innovation Brainstorm: Transforming Discovery into Impact meeting is to identify areas of emerging scientific opportunities in which strategic investment by the NIH Common Fund could accelerate progress.