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Cures Acceleration Network Review Board

Authorized to reduce significant barriers to successful translation and accelerate the development of high-need cures, the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) provides NCATS with flexibility in how it funds projects. Implementation of this authority is guided by the CAN Review Board, which according to its charter, advises and provides recommendations to the NCATS director on the policies, programs and procedures for carrying out the duties of the Office of the Director and on identifying significant barriers to successful translation of basic science into clinical application. The CAN Review Board also reviews and discusses concept clearances for potential NCATS initiatives.


The Board is comprised of members who are appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Members serve four-year terms. Ex-officio members from NIH, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Office of the Under Secretary for Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also are appointed and serve three-year terms.

Meeting Information

The CAN Review Board meets four times each year. View the schedule below for upcoming meetings; past meeting minutes, agendas and videocasts also are available.


NCATS Advisory Council and CAN Review Board Meeting

June 18, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
National Institutes of Health
Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10
Bethesda, Md. 20892

This joint meeting of the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board will feature reports from NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., and others about the Center’s initiatives, policies, programs and future direction.

September 24–25

December 11


January 14–15

May 12–13

September 15–16

December 8

IOM Workshop on CAN

As requested by Congress, NCATS contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to host a two-day workshop to discuss the authorities provided to NCATS by the recently authorized Cures Acceleration Network (CAN). “Maximizing the Goals of the Cures Acceleration Network to Accelerate the Development of New Drugs and Diagnostics: A Workshop” was held on June 4-5, 2012.

A workshop summary is available. For more information, visit the IOM website.