See the Glossary for more terms.
Some links work for NIAID staff only.
NIH encourages collaborations among scientists. This portal does the following:
Go to the Funding Resources for Intramural Investigators portal for information on finding research support.
Scientific collaborations are essential to any research program. Collaborations occur when scientists in different laboratories work together to move their research forward by investigating common research questions and sharing resources and information.
If you are a new investigator or an established investigator trying to explore new collaborations, the information below can help you identify people who might see a mutual benefit in working together to move a research agenda forward or identify new areas of opportunity:
Scientists from nonfederal organizations, NIAID intramural scientists, and NIAID extramural program staff may form collaborative scientific teams and apply for grants and contracts from both federal and nonfederal organizations.
Read NIAID Extramural Program Staff Seeking Grants and Resources From Nonfederal Sources SOP for NIAID's process for extramural program staff collaborations.
Read the following staff-only pages to find some funding opportunities from organizations that cover areas of science relevant to NIAID and accept applications from NIH investigators:
Intramural investigators may participate in grants and contracts in a number of ways, including:
If an extramural scientist and an NIAID intramural scientist have identified a shared scientific interest and have agreed to collaborate, the NIAID intramural scientist will need to follow the instructions in the Intramural Scientist Collaboration on Extramural Funded Grants and Contracts SOP.
Providing unique biological materials, such as cell lines, antibodies, probes, or transgenic mice, does not constitute a collaboration but will require TTIPO involvement and scientific director approval. See Exchange of Resources, Materials, and Technology Transfer and Development below.
Some activities performed by intramural staff may be considered substantial involvement and could result in the conversion of the grant to a cooperative agreement, for example:
Whether an intramural scientist's involvement is considered substantial will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the NIAID chief grants management officer and DEA director after consulting with the relevant extramural division director. An extramural program officer will be assigned to the award for normal program oversight.
See Conversion of Grants to Cooperative Agreements SOP and NIH Staff Involvement on Extramural Awards—Cooperative Agreements.
The NIAID Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) receives and facilitates all requests for collaborations, exchange of materials and resources, and technology transfers.
Whether you work for NIAID or are an outside investigator, contact TTIPO for information and procedures if you are looking for help on the exchange of resources and materials, or technology transfer and development:
TTIPO will determine if the exchange requires a material transfer agreement, CRADA, clinical trial agreement, inter-institutional agreement, or some other type of agreement.
As an intramural scientist, you may serve on a scientific or external advisory board for a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-funded project.
You may also serve as an unpaid consultant either as part of a collaboration or not. Regardless, outside activities will need to be approved as an appropriate, official duty activity. You should contact NIAID's Office of Ethics and your lab chief to avoid ethics or conflict of interest issues and determine whether the activity is an official duty activity.
Use the following links for information and guidance:
Guest researchers are scientists, clinicians, engineers, trainees, or students who engage in scientific studies using NIH facilities but do not directly provide a service to NIH. Special volunteers provide research services such as patient care or technical assistance. Guest researchers and special volunteers are either paid by an outside organization or are self supporting.
You must first qualify to come to NIH to work as a guest researcher or special volunteer. If you qualify, the NIAID lab or branch chief will seek the approval of the NIAID scientific director and other required NIAID approvals.
If you would like to use intramural facilities to conduct research or do other work in an intramural program, contact an intramural investigator or lab chief to discuss the possibility.
If you are an intramural scientist and would like to help another scientist become a guest researcher, read the Guest Researcher Program and Special Volunteer Program sections on the Non-FTE Programs page.
For more information, go to the following resources:
Under certain conditions, NIAID may accept bequests or gifts, such as donations of funds or property, as conditional gifts.
If you are representing an organization or are an individual and want to support an NIAID research program, see NIAID Gift Fund.
If you are an NIAID employee and have been contacted regarding the support of NIAID research programs, follow procedures in Grants and Other Conditional Gifts for Research and Requesting Approval to Accept Conditional Gifts.
NIAID supports and makes available resources that both facilitate collaborations and help move products through the pipeline. These NIAID links may assist you with potential collaborations.
Here are general links to facilitate successful scientific collaborations.
An academic investigator whose organization plans to submit a proposal for an NIH contract has a CRADA on related matters with intramural. The academic investigator asks the intramural collaborator to comment on the proposal and suggests modifying work under the CRADA. What are some of the considerations involved?
There are a number of aspects to this question.
An academic investigator who wants to collaborate on a grant application or contract proposal must follow the process in the Intramural Scientist Collaboration on Extramural Funded Grants and Contracts SOP for obtaining scientific director approval, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) review, and in the case of a contract solicitation, the contracting officer's advice.
The contracting officer will likely want to ensure that intramural expertise and materials are not critical for the performance of the contract's Statement of Work. If so, they would need to be available to all competitors.
Intramural investigators may not:
An extramural network seeks assistance from an intramural facility to conduct immune assays or manufacture a product. What are the steps to take?
See the Intramural Scientist Collaboration on Extramural Funded Grants and Contracts SOP for information about obtaining approval and establishing the appropriate mechanism through TTIPO.
Another federal agency seeks to collaborate with the NIAID intramural program. What steps should an intramural investigator take to establish an interagency agreement?
First, obtain approval from your branch and lab chief for the collaboration—see Intramural Scientist Collaboration on Extramural Funded Grants and Contracts SOP.
If funds are involved, follow the procedures in Reviewing and Clearing Inter-Agency Agreements.
What are the procedures for accepting gift funds through a direct award or a suballocation from an extramural organization that is part of a large collaborative consortium, if the intramural investigator is PI of the overarching consortium?
Assuming you, the intramural PI, have already obtained approval for the collaboration, work with your division management and TTIPO to obtain approval to accept funds from the NIAID Office of Science Management and Operations. Follow procedures in the Grants and Other Conditional Gifts for Research and Requesting Approval to Accept Conditional Gifts.
What happens if an intramural-funded contract to manufacture GMP materials or feedstocks ends and the contractor wishes to use unused materials for an extramural project involving a grant?
This is a question for the contracting officer and will depend upon the terms of the contract and whether the unused materials are deliverables or government property or are expected to be placed in a repository for use by the scientific community. The contractor needs to send a formal letter requesting contracting officer approval for use or disposition of the materials. The intramural scientist should refer the contractor to the contracting officer.
What kind of clinical research activities can intramural scientists do if they get permission?
Yes to all of the above if intramural scientists obtain permission from the intramural section chief, lab chief, and scientific director.
If a protocol will be conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the intramural scientist needs the NIH Clinical Center director's permission. Follow the approval process in the Intramural Scientist Collaboration on Extramural Funded Grants and Contracts SOP.
What collaborative research opportunities are open to the extramural community that uses intramural products?
Read Recent Licensing and Collaboration Opportunities. This site provides a list of opportunities for collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize various biological materials, vaccines, technology, diagnostics, and compounds.
Can an organization, for example, an academic institution or private company, provide funds to an intramural laboratory?
Yes. Potential donors should read NIAID Gift Fund. The NIAID deputy director for science management and operations must preapprove all conditional gifts. Find out more about the process at Grants and Other Conditional Gifts for Research.
Can an intramural lab use intramural resources, such as supplies, to support a guest researcher?
Yes, these costs can be supported by the intramural lab if approved in advance by the scientific director. See Using NIH Facilities as a Guest Researcher or Special Volunteer section above.
Can intramural scientists serve on NIH scientific review groups?
Yes. Scientific review groups may include up to one-fourth federal employees, such as NIH intramural scientists, but in practice, roughly only one percent of peer reviewers are federal employees.
Conflict of interest regulations apply. For more information see 42 CFR Part 52 Scientific Peer Review of Research Grant Applications and Research and Development Contract Projects and Conflict of Interest in Peer Review SOP.
Last Updated March 27, 2014
Last Reviewed August 30, 2011