Research Grant (R), Project (P), and Cooperative (U) Mechanisms

NICHD uses the following mechanisms to support research grants, program projects and centers, and cooperative activities.

R01

Research Project Grant

R03

Small Research Grant

  • Supports small investigator-initiated research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources on a topic within the areas of research supported by NICHD.
  • Examples include pilot or feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology and/or development of new research technology.
  • http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/r03.htm
R13

Conference Grant

  • Provides limited support for scientific meetings, workshops, symposia, and conferences within the areas of research supported by NICHD.
  • Applicants must obtain NICHD's approval prior to submission (see announcement).
  • In the cover letter, applicants should request secondary assignments from other NIH institutes with programmatic interest in the conference.
  • In general, NICHD awards up to $10,000 for grants with primary assignment to NICHD and up to $5,000 for grants with secondary assignment to NICHD.
  • NICHD Contacts:
  • http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/funding/r13/
R15

NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

R21

Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award

  • Provides limited support for exploratory/developmental research projects that introduce novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets, and/or technologies.
  • High-risk/high-payoff research is encouraged.
  • Preliminary data is helpful but not required.
  • NICHD Contacts:
  • http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/funding/r21.htm
R24

Resource-Related Research Projects

R25

Research Education Programs

  • Provides support for short-term research education programs to improve the knowledge and skills of investigators conducting research on reproductive, developmental, behavioral, social, and rehabilitative processes that determine the health and well-being of newborns, infants, children, adults, families, and populations.
  • NICHD Contacts:
  • Current FOA: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-20-250.html
R34

NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program

  • At present, NICHD does not accept R34 applications.
  • R34s support the planning of Phase III clinical trials, including activities that establish the research team, develop tools for data management, and finalize the protocol.
  • The Parent R34 Announcement (PA-09-186) expired and has not been re-issued. However, NICHD is participating in the following Funding Opportunity Announcement: PA-11-283, Psychosocial/Behavioral Interventions and Services Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (R34)
  • NICHD Contacts for this FOA are:
    • Alice Kau for questions about NICHD support for clinical trial planning grants in autism
    • Grants Management Branch for questions about financial or grants management

P01

Program Project Grant

U01

Research Cooperative Agreement

U10

Cooperative Clinical Research Agreement

  • Supports clinical evaluation of methods of therapy and/or prevention using a cooperative agreement.
  • NICHD accepts U10 applications only in response to active RFAs. Check Active Funding Opportunity Announcements for active U10 RFAs.
U13

Cooperative Conference Grant/Conference Grant

  • Similar to an R13, but involves NICHD program staff in a substantial scientific and management role.
  • Provides limited support for scientific meetings, workshops, symposia, and conferences within areas of research supported by NICHD.
  • Applicants must obtain NICHD's approval prior to submission.
  • In general, NICHD awards up to $6,000 for grants with primary assignment to NICHD and up to $3,000 for grants with secondary assignment to NICHD.
  • Only U.S. institutions or organizations, including established scientific or professional societies, are eligible to apply.
  • http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/funding/r13/ 
U19

Cooperative Research Program Project

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