The National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), funds basic, translational, and clinical research in fields relevant to human health. In addition to research grants, support is also provided for research-related activities, including fellowships and training programs, career development, loan repayment, scientific conferences, and shared resources.

Helpful resources include:

NIH Program Project/Center Grants

Program Project/Center Grants are large, multi-project efforts that generally include a diverse array of research activities. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) issue funding opportunity announcements to indicate their interest in funding this type of program. ICs may vary in the way they use activity codes. Look closely at funding opportunity announcements to determine which ICs participate and the specifics of eligibility.

If you intend to apply for a Center Grant, please contact Research Development.

 

If you intend to apply for a Program Project/Center Grant, please contact Research Development
  • Support for integrated, multi-project research projects involving a number of independent investigators who share knowledge and common resources.
  • Each project contributes or is directly related to the common theme of the total research effort, thus forming a system of research activities and projects directed toward a well-defined research program goal.
  • Often used to support planning activities associated with large multi-project program project grants.
  • Support shared resources and facilities for categorical research by a number of investigators from different disciplines who provide a multidisciplinary approach to a joint research effort or from the same discipline who focus on a common research problem. 
  • The core grant is integrated with the center's component projects or program projects, though funded independently from them. 
  • Support any part of the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical.
  • May involve ancillary supportive activities such as protracted patient care necessary to the primary research or R&D effort.
  • The spectrum of activities comprises a multidisciplinary attack on a specific disease entity or biomedical problem area.
  • Receive continuous attention from staff funding IC. 
  • Centers may serve as regional or national resources for special research purposes.
  • In cooperation with schools of public health, medicine or osteopathy.
  • Support establishment and maintenance of interdisciplinary academic centers focused on health issues or themes of national importance and to promote translation of the results of the school’s research into improved public health practice.
  • Support any part of the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical.
  • May involve ancillary supportive activities such as protracted patient care necessary to the primary research or R&D effort.
  • The spectrum of activities comprises a multidisciplinary attack on a specific disease entity or biomedical problem area.
  • Receive continuous attention from staff funding IC.
  • Centers may also serve as regional or national resources for special research purposes, with funding component staff helping to identify appropriate priority needs.

Guidelines for the Review Process during COVID-19 Pandemic have been revised to allow Preliminary data as post-submission material. Click here to learn more. 

 

Additional Resources

The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH supported research.

A powerful query interface associated with NIH RePORTER, Matchmaker allows you to identify NIH funded projects that are similar to your supplied abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text. Also included is a Program Official tab that identifies program officials associated with your matched projects. From the list of program officials, you are one click away from their contact information and matched projects in their portfolios. 

Click here for NIH RePORTER and NIH MATCHMAKER

The ECR Program aims to help early-career scientists (Assistant Professor level or equivalent) become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review, and to enrich and diversify the Center for Scientific Review's (CSR) pool of trained reviewers. 

Learn more about the CSR Early Career Reviewer Program

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) hosted a presentation by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) on strategies for developing successful applications for NIH grants. Additional NIH-related resources from NORDP may be found on their website.

The purpose of NIH T32 grants is to enable institutions to recruit individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas. The goal of this program is to prepare qualified predoctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

Photo: Chun Han, a Nancy M. and Samuel C. Fleming Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology studies the mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and neurodegeneration using Drosophila sensory neurons as a model system.