SMALL GRANT (R03) The Small Grants Program provides limited financial support for new biomedical and behavioral research projects relevant to the NICHD mission. The project period for an R03 grant may not exceed two years. Support may be requested for one $50,000 (direct costs) module per year. These grants may not be renewed. ACADEMIC RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT AWARD (R15) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants support individual research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty, and involving their undergraduate students, who are located in health professional schools and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. All health professional schools/colleges and other academic components of domestic institutions offering baccalaureate or advanced degrees in the sciences related to health are eligible, except those that have received research grants and/or cooperative agreements from the NIH totaling more than $2 million per year (in both direct and Facilities & Administrative costs) in each of four or more of the last seven years. To determine the eligibility of a school or component with regard to this requirement, applicants should consult the list of ineligible schools/components on the AREA web page at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm The project period for an R15 grant may be up to three years, with a maximum total of $100,000 in direct costs plus Facilities and Administrative (formerly indirect) costs at the rate negotiated for the institution. Awards are renewable.
EXPLORATORY/DEVELOPMENTAL GRANT (R21) The Exploratory/Developmental Grant is used to encourage the development of new research activities in categorical program areas. Support is generally restricted in level of support and in time. NICHD does not accept unsolicited R21 applications at this time. Complete descriptions of eligibility requirements, scope, and application procedures would be presented in a Request for Applications (RFA) utilizing this mechanism. RESEARCH PROJECT GRANT (R01) Research Project grants are awarded to institutions on behalf of a principal investigator to facilitate pursuit of a scientific focus or objective in the area of the investigator&apos;s interest and competence. The project period is for up to five years. Applications requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year must contact NICHD staff before submitting the application.
Improving Grant Funding
AASIG - NYC
October 5 ,2002
Stuart A. Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD
University of Delaware
Dept. of Physical Therapy
• Overview of the Review and Funding
• Funding Mechanisms for Research and
Overview of the NIH
The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will
lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward
that mission by:
• conducting research in its own laboratories;
• supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in
universities, medical schools, hospitals, and
research institutions throughout the country and
• helping in the training of research investigators; and
• fostering communication of medical information.
• Over $27,000,000,000
in funding for
• 85% for extramural
Training, Fellowships and Career
– Institutional Training Grants
– Fellowships (F series)
– Career Development Programs (K series)
• Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Awards For
• Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students (F31)
• Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Students with Disabilities
• Individual Fellowships for Graduate Students in Neuro-,
Behavioral, Addiction, and Communication Sciences (F31)
• Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (F32)
• Senior Fellowships (F33)
Career Development Programs
• K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award. Career
development in a new area of research.
• K02 Independent Scientist Award. Develop the career of the funded
scientist. . .
• K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award. Development of
the independent clinical research scientist.
• K22 Career Transition Award. Support to an individual postdoctoral
fellow in transition to a faculty position.
• K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award.
Development of the independent research scientist in the clinical arena.
• K24 Midcareer Investigator Award In Patient-Oriented Research.
Development of clinical mentors conducting funded research.
• Small Grants (R03) - provides limited financial support for new
biomedical and behavioral research projects.
2 years max. - $50K/year – non-renewable
• Academic Research Enhancement Award
(R15) - support individual research projects in the biomedical
and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty, and involving their
undergraduate students, who are located in health professional
schools and other academic components that have not been major
recipients of NIH research grant funds.
3 years max. - $100K/year - non-renewable
Research Grants (continued)
• Exploratory/developmental grants (R21) - used to
encourage the development of new research activities in categorical
program areas. Most institutes do not accept unsolicited R21 applications.
Complete descriptions of eligibility requirements, scope, and application
procedures would be presented in a Request for Applications (RFA) utilizing
3 years max. - $150 K/year - non-renewable
• Research Project Grant (R01) - grants are awarded to
institutions on behalf of a principal investigator to facilitate pursuit of a
scientific focus or objective in the area of the investigator's interest and
5 years max. - > $500K/year must contact institute staff - renewable
Overview of NIH funding
Comprised of 27 separate components,
mainly Institutes and Centers.
From a total budget of $300 in 1887, the
NIH budget has grown to more than
$27 billion in FY2003.
Overview of NIH funding:
Institutes and Centers
NHGRI - National Human Genome Research Institute
NHLBI - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIA - National Institute on Aging
NIAAA - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIAID - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIAMS - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NICHD -National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDCD - National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
NIDCR - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
NIEHS - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health
NINDS - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NINR - National Institute for Nursing Research
Overview of the Review Process
RFAs (R01, R21)
* Does not require Council review.
Overview of the Review Process
IRGs Within CSR
AARR Behavioral and Biobehavioral
BCS Biochemical Sciences
BPC Biophysical and Chemical
BDCN Brain Disorders and Clinical
CVS Cardiovascular Sciences
CDF Cell Development and Function
ENR Endocrinology and Reproductive
GNS Genetic Sciences
IMM Immunological Sciences
IDM Infectious Diseases and
IFCN Integrative, Functional, and
MDCN Molecular, Cellular, and
MSD Musculoskeletal and Dental
NMS Nutritional and Metabolic Sciences
ONC Oncological Sciences
PPS Pathophysiological Sciences
RPHB Risk, Prevention and Health
SNEM Social Sciences, Nursing,
Epidemiology, and Methods
SRB Surgery, Radiology and
Overview of the Review Process
Study Sections within the MSD IRG:
General Medicine A-1 Study Section [GMA-1]
General Medicine B Study Section [GMB]
Geriatrics & Rehabilitation Medicine Study Section
Oral Biology & Medicine-1 Study Section [OBM-1]
Oral Biology & Medicine-2 Study Section [OBM-2]
Orthopedics & Musculoskeletal Study Section [ORTH]
Urology Special Emphasis Panel [UROL SEP]
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Fibromyalgia Syndrome Special
Emphasis Panel[CFS SEP]
Bioengineering Research Partnerships/Grants SEP Special
Overview of Review Process
• Does the scientific environment in which the work will be
done contribute to the probability of success?
• Do the proposed experiments take advantage of unique
features of the scientific environment or employ useful
• Is there evidence of institutional support?