Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR)

Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) is a new researcher-funder matchmaking program designed to address the increasing number of high-scoring but ultimately unfunded proposals that come through the NIH.  From OnPAR's About page:

NIH had an increase in its budget for 2016. However, after 10 years of essentially flat National Institutes of Health (NIH) budgets, eroded by the effects of inflation and worsened by the impact of sequestration, NIH's purchasing power has been cut by almost 25% compared to a decade ago. Against this backdrop, the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) was conceived to re-accelerate the biomedical research and development enterprise by seeking a larger return on NIH's peer review investment on research proposals evaluated in the top 30% in each NIH Institute and Center.

The goal of OnPAR is to match quality biomedical research projects with priority areas of interest of private foundations, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies and/or other private biomedical research funders. OnPAR will eventually provide access to a global pipeline of research projects that can either supplement internal projects or provide innovative new ideas for future medical products.

For more information, please visit the OnPAR site here.