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NCATS Advisory Council

According to its charter, the NCATS Advisory Council provides guidance, consults and makes recommendations to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the NIH director and to the NCATS director on Center initiatives, policies and programs. It also conducts a second-level review of scientific grant applications and discusses concept clearances for potential NCATS initiatives. 


The NCATS Advisory Council is comprised of appointed members who serve four-year terms.

Subcommittees and Working Groups

The Executive Secretary establishes Advisory Council Subcommittees and Working Groups to investigate and provide recommendations and guidance related to specific topics of interest to NCATS.

General Operating Procedures

Advisory Councils at the NIH provide second-level review of all grant applications under consideration for Institute or Center funding. Each Council is required to establish general operating procedures for the review of grant applications.

Meeting Information

The NCATS Advisory Council meets three times each year. View the schedule below for upcoming meetings, which are typically videocast; past meeting minutes, agendas and videocasts also are available.


NCATS Advisory Council and CAN Review Board Meeting

September 19, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
National Institutes of Health
Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6
Bethesda, Md. 20852

This joint meeting of the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board will feature presentations by NCATS leadership, the CAN Review Board and invited guests. Presentations will include a Director’s Report, trends in NINDS funding of basic and applied neuroscience, as well as CTSA and Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program updates. Council subcommittees also will report on 1) patient engagement; 2) partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and venture capital firms; and 3) medical technologies. In addition, NCATS staff will present CAN and Council Concept Clearances of proposed initiatives for consideration and approval by Council.

Federal Register NoticeVideoCast


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September 24-25

Working Group Addresses IOM's CTSA Findings

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On June 25, 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released findings from its review of the CTSA program, and NCATS released a related statement from the director.

An NCATS Advisory Council Working Group issued a report in response to the IOM’s findings on May 16, 2014. For more information, contact