The study examined the preparation and training of investigators conducting research in complementary and alternative medicine and the tactics they adopted in seeking support for their research. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) conducted data analysis on the research training backgrounds and grant-seeking behavior of the nearly 200 investigators receiving research funding through its extramural research program. Findings included: 1) Nearly 40 percent of its Ph.D. level investigators were trained in the fields of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, physiology, and psychology. 2) Twenty-nine percent (in FY 2002) were simultaneously supported by other NIH Institutes or Centers. 3) Recipients of exploratory/developmental funding from NCCAM were somewhat more likely than those receiving exploratory/development grants from other institutes to seek and receive follow-up funding from a different NIH Institute or Center.
PIC ID: 8128; Agency Sponsor: NIH-NCCAM, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Federal Contact: Sutton, Jennifer, 301-402-7241; Performer: Macro International, Inc., Calverton, MD