The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) — one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — was established to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster. Learn more.
Join NCATS’ Strategic Planning Process
NCATS has begun the process of developing its first strategic plan. Find out how to participate.
Discover more about NCATS, its director and staff, and job and training opportunities.
NCATS Programs & Initiatives
Review a list of all the innovative programs and initiatives that NCATS supports.
Find more details about the two federal advisory groups that provide input and guidance to NCATS leadership.
About the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
NCATS is all about getting more treatments to more patients more quickly. Several thousand genetic diseases affect humans, of which only about 500 have any treatment. A novel drug, device or other intervention can take about 14 years and $2 billion to develop, with a failure rate exceeding 95 percent. NCATS is directly addressing this problem by discovering new technologies and other approaches that could greatly accelerate the process of developing and deploying solutions that can be used by all translational researchers. Learn more about NCATS.
NCATS studies translation on a system-wide level as a scientific and operational problem. Learn more about translation and its challenges.