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Grant Programs Supported By NINR

Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, NINR supports research that enhances health and wellness at every stage of life. The Institute offers grants to individuals at all points in their career, from early investigators to established scientists as well as to support small businesses and research centers.

Below is a list of the types of research grant programs supported by NINR. To search for specific funding opportunities at NIH, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

Research Grants

NIH Research Project Grant Program

  • NIH's most commonly used grant program, supports discrete, specified, circumscribed projects
  • No dollar limit unless specified
  • Generally awarded for three to five years

NIH Research Enhancement Award

  • AREA supports research at predominantly undergraduate institutions
  • REAP supports research at health professional and graduate schools
  • Eligibility limited
  • Direct cost limited to $300,000 over project period
  • Project period up to three years

NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award

  • Supports early project development, pilot or feasibility studies
  • No preliminary data is generally required
  • Limited to two years of funding
  • Combined two-year budget for direct costs not to exceed $275,000

NIH Education Projects Award

  • Supports development and/or implementation of a program as it relates to a category in one or more of the areas of education, information, training, technical assistance, coordination, or evaluation.
Small Business Grants

Small Business Innovative Research

  • Funds early-stage U.S. small businesses seeking to commercialize innovative biomedical technologies
  • PI's primary employment must be with the small business concern.

Small Business Technology Transfer

  • Supports collaboration between U.S. small businesses and research institutions
  • PI may be employed with either collaborating component
  • STTR's role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations
Research Center Grants

Exploratory Centers (P20)
Centers of Excellence (P30)

  • Exploratory Centers support institutions with relatively new research programs
  • Centers of Excellence support institutions with demonstrated research success
  • Applications must respond to an RFA


Training and Career Awards

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award:

Supervised training for predoctoral individuals leading toward a research doctoral degree
Supervised training for predoctoral students from diverse backgrounds including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Senior Fellows:

For experienced scientists making major career changes or acquiring new capabilities in research

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award:

For postdoctoral or early-career research scientists training and gaining experience in advanced research

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award:

Career development of clinically trained professionals carrying out patient-oriented research

Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research:

Providing mid-career clinicians with protected time for patient-oriented research and mentoring early clinical investigators

Pathway to Independence Award:

Mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for highly qualified, postdoctoral researchers securing independent research positions

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award:

Enabling institutions to recruit individuals for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral research training in specified scientific areas