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The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Centers Program aims to advance nursing science through:

  1. Enhancing infrastructure and resources for sustainable nursing science research capacity.
  2. Advancing important areas of nursing science based on themes created by Centers, encouraging integrated research programs across multiple disciplines, and identifying new research teams for current and future collaborations.
  3. Supporting preliminary research studies to prepare early and mid-stage nurse scientists for independent research careers.

NINR funds two types of Centers, the P20 Exploratory Centers and the P30 Centers of Excellence. The P20 and P30 Centers provide support for small or feasibility pilot projects that are conducted by nurse scientists within their own nursing schools and colleges. These pilots, which typically last for 1-2 years,  focus on the scientific theme of the Center and topics of strategic interest to NINR. All NINR Research Centers build research capacity by developing and sustaining scientific programs and infrastructures, and creating new research collaborations.

  • P20 – Exploratory Centers: The P20 Centers support early research and infrastructure development at schools or colleges of nursing within academic institutions. This is done by building emerging research programs and supporting developmental research pilot projects. These pilot projects provide important research experience for nurse scientists and provide a foundation for future NIH Research Project Grant (RPG) applications by Center-supported new and early investigators. Learn more about the P20 Centers and currently-funded grants here.
  • P30 – Centers of Excellence: The P30 Centers support investigators in schools or colleges of nursing that have demonstrated several years of research success. P30 Center grants support schools of nursing that can provide shared resources and facilities to help multidisciplinary investigators solve common research questions. While P30 Centers continue to build their scientific programs and support pilot projects, they are also expected to demonstrate greater research productivity and independent sustainability of the Center program. Learn more about the P30 Center and its currently-funded grants here.


Each NINR Center concentrates on a scientific theme that is guided by a published NINR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). These FOAs may vary but all are focused on a specific health issue related to NINR’s mission. Each FOA outlines the scope of the proposed Center and its duration. In general, Centers tend to be supported for a maximum period of 5 years.

Apply for an NINR Center Grant

How Does It Work? When a funding opportunity (FOA) becomes available, NINR releases a Request for Applications (RFA) through a FOA that outlines all details specific to that grant. This published grant RFA is posted in Most applicants will use NIH’s ASSIST system to prepare and submit applications through However, prior to submission, applicants are encouraged to speak with the NINR Program Officers listed at the end of the FOA. Grant eligibility can only be determined by the specifics listed in the FOA, which defines the eligible research programs, institutions/organizations, and Center key personnel.

What are Center Cores? Each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifies the component Cores required in a Center application. The organization and structure of the Center Cores should reflect the goals of the Center, encourage collaboration, develop and implement Center-wide research initiatives, and promote the use of shared resources and research pilot project funds. The structure of the Center and its Cores will be determined by the FOA; applicants are advised to read the FOA carefully to understand all required Center components. In general, NINR Centers contain a minimum of the following Cores and Programs defined within the FOAs:

  • Administrative Core
  • Pilot Administrative Core
  • Pilot Project Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • NINR Centers Program: Click here to learn about NINR Centers, types of research and projects funded by the Centers, who is eligible, and how to apply.
  • Grants and Funding: Click here to learn about how to find grants, develop an application, and submit online.
  • Grant Opportunities: Click here to find grant opportunities posted by NIH, NINR, and other federal agencies.

Centers Program Contacts:

Dr. Jeri L. Miller
Chief, Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research
NINR Centers Program


Dr. Lynn S. Adams
Health Science Administrator
OEPCR, NINR Centers Program P20's

Dr. Karen Kehl
Health Science Administrator
OEPCR, NINR Centers Program P30's

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