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Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15)

All ARRA grant application deadlines are now expired.

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Please note: This Funding Opportunity Announcement has expired. The application due date was September 24, 2009.

This webpage provides information on applying for support from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) under RFA-OD-09-007: Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (R15). For full details on this NIH funding opportunity, please view the full announcement:


The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by ARRA, is to stimulate research in schools of nursing that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible domestic institutions.

This initiative is one of several being offered by NIH and NINR to help fulfill the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act or ARRA) to help stimulate the economy through support of biomedical and behavioral research. For more information on NINR ARRA-related activities, please visit:

For additional information on NINR's mission, strategic plan, and priority science areas, please see Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff to explore the mission-relevance of their proposed work.

Additional information about the Recovery Act and related NIH opportunities is available through the NIH Office of Extramural Research (

NINR Areas of Scientific Priority for AREA Grants

Broad topic areas include:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Symptom Management, Self-management, and Caregiving
  • End-of-life and Palliative Care
  • Integrating Technology into Clinical Practice
  • Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities

Key Date

Applications must be submitted by September 24, 2009.

NINR Contact Information

For further information, please contact the NINR Program Director or Grants Management Specialist listed below.

Program Contact:
Paul A. Cotton, PhD, RD
Program Director, Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870
Telephone: 301-402-6423
Fax: 301-451-5647

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Kelli Oster
Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants and Contracts Management
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870 (Courier use 20817)
Telephone: 301-594-2177
Fax: 301-451-5651

Note: Organizations must register in both and ERA Commons to apply for most NIH Grants.

Registration can take approximately four weeks to complete. Start now!

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