NINR is a part of the National Institutes of Health, the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. NINR supports research that enhances health and wellness at every stage of life, including for those with chronic conditions or serious illnesses. NINR offers grants to individuals at all points in their career, from early investigators to established scientists. NINR grants also support small businesses and research centers.
Areas of Science and Program Contacts:
The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is NIH's official publication of notices of grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunity announcements.
The NIH Center for Scientific Review has FAQs for applicants.
- NIH's most commonly used grant program, supports discrete, specified, circumscribed projects
- No dollar limit unless specified
- Generally awarded for three to five years
- AREA supports research at undergraduate institutions
- REAP supports research at health professional and graduate schools
- Eligibility limited (see area.nih.gov)
- Direct cost limited to $300,000 over project period
- Project period up to three years
- 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
- Funds early-stage U.S. small businesses seeking to commercialize innovative biomedical technologies
- PI's primary employment must be with the small business concern.
- Supports collaboration between U.S. small businesses and research institutions
- PI may be employed with either collaborating component
- Grants Process Overview
Steps required for an application to proceed from planning and submission through to award and closeout.
- How to Apply
Instructions and guidance on submitting grant applications to NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
- More Information
Key resources for researchers, administrators, reviewers, small businesses, and foreign applicants.
- Find Out What NINR Supports
Search a database of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding.