The NIH Bench-to-Bedside (BtB) program is currently requesting letters of intent (due by June 16, 2016) for its 18th cycle of awards. The call for proposals is attached. These two-year awards of $135,000 / year (direct costs) are designed to seed new projects that propose to translate basic science to human subjects or vice versa.


Bench-to-Bedside applications must involve at least one intramural (NIH on-campus) investigator, who may partner with an extramural investigator. Either the intramural or extramural investigator may lead the project, but the intramural investigator is responsible for submitting the application. Further, in order to receive funds, which are awarded as a supplement to an existing grant, an extramural investigator must have a current NIH grant active through May 31, 2019 that is related closely to the general subject of the BtB proposal. Several options exist for identifying intramural investigators with whom to collaborate:

·         NIH Intramural Database:

·         IRP Directory:

·         Search the Studies page:


Bench-to-Bedside proposals can fall into one of seven categories: AIDS; behavioral and social sciences; dietary supplements; minority health; rare diseases; and women’s health; and, general (intramural-only) projects. Again, a letter of intent is due by June 16, 2016.


If you have general questions about the Bench-to-Bedside Program, please email program administrators at  Additional program details including previously funded awards, a timeline for this cycle and deadlines for submission are available at