Environmental Health: Transdisciplinary Research


NIH Revision Awards for Creating Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER) (R01)

The purpose of the ViCTER program is to foster and promote transdisciplinary collaborations and/or translational research efforts among basic (technology and mechanism oriented), clinical (patient-oriented) and population-based researchers and other individuals with expertise relevant to environmental health who have come together in common interest around a particular environmental stressor(s) of interest. A key component of the Virtual Consortia Program is the stimulation of innovative and novel cross-disciplinary and/or translational collaborations that can be more difficult to achieve in a typical R01 application, thereby accelerating the public health impact of the research.

This initiative will allow investigators to expand the scope of a current NIEHS-funded R01 by developing new research teams creating a virtual consortium to include new perspectives, such as basic mechanistic, clinical, epidemiological, computational, engineering and/or health risk communication approaches, thereby expanding the translational and/or transdisciplinary nature of the grants with the goal of improving their impact on public health. ViCTER projects are expected to foster a better understanding of the mechanism of disease/dysfunction in those areas where environmental factors are known or are suspected to influence the development or progression of the disease. These Revisions can be the start of a whole new direction for the parent R01.


  • Pre-Application Submission: 30 days prior to application deadline
  • Application Submission: 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization, Mar. 7, 2017; Mar. 6, 2018; Mar. 6, 2019

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Applications must be submitted by the same PD/PI (or Contact PD/PI for multi-PD/PI grants) as listed on the current award. Eligibility is limited to PD(s)/PI(s) of active NIEHS-supported R01 awards with a minimum of 2 years remaining on the grant at the time of the earliest start date.