Program Snapshot

The Common Fund’s Metabolomics program aims to expand the capacity of researchers to study metabolomics, which is expected to catalyze this important research area and accelerate progress towards harnessing the power of metabolomics to improve human health. Metabolomics is a powerful and emerging field that allows scientists to track the unique fingerprints of chemical reactions in our bodies.  Every chemical reaction produces different metabolites, and researchers can use this information to track human health.  However, the study of metabolomics has remained a relatively specialized field thus far.

The Metabolomics program was started in 2012 and is anticipated to wrap up a highly successful first stage of funding later this year.  During this stage, the Metabolomics program accomplished the following goals:

  • Develop six Metabolomics resource cores around the country to help scientists include metabolomics in their research
  • Support many different training opportunities to teach scientists how to do their own metabolomics research
  • Support the development of new tools and technology to make metabolomics more accessible to scientists
  • Help develop national and international standards for metabolomics data quality, storage, and usage
  • Support the development of new ways to identify unknown metabolites

Metabolomics has been approved for stage II funding

The NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program has been approved for a second stage of support from fiscal years 2018-2021. In the second stage of the program, Common Fund will continue to support the development of resources that catalyze the effective use of metabolomics in basic and translational biomedical research. Investments in the second phase will focus on establishing a robust national repository for metabolomics data with the goal of making all NIH-supported metabolomics data publicly accessible and available for reuse; developing new computational tools to facilitate the analysis and interpretation of complex metabolomics data sets; and supporting projects to expedite unknown metabolite identification.

Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Cores

Six Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Cores (RCMRCs) have been funded by the Metabolomics Program. The RCMRCs have improved their capacity to conduct comprehensive metabolomics studies by adding and improving instrumentation, expanding faculty expertise, and developing new training programs.  The RCMRCs are located at the following institutions:

  • University of California-Davis
    • NIH West Coast Metabolomics Center
  • University of North Carolina
    • NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core
  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
    • Metabolomics Core
  • University of Kentucky
    • Resource Center for Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics
  • University of Florida
    • Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics
  • University of Michigan
    • Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core

Learn More about the RCMRCs by Clicking on the Icons Below 

West Coast Metabolomics Center Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core Eastern Regional Metabolomics Resource Core Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics Resource Center for Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Resource CoreRCMRC Map Locations


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This page last reviewed on March 16, 2018