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Research Grants

Research grants make up the largest category of funding and support by the NIDCD. These grants may be awarded to universities, medical and other health professional schools, colleges, hospitals, research institutes, for-profit organizations, and government institutions that sponsor and conduct biomedical research and development. Research grants may provide funds for salaries, equipment, supplies, travel, and other allowable direct costs of the research as well as for indirect costs to the sponsoring institution or organization.

NIH has transitioned from the PHS398 application to the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) application, and requires e-submission of grant applications via
Research grants listed on this page:

Research Project Grant [R01]

Investigator-initiated Research Project Grants [R01] make up the largest single category of support provided by the NIDCD and by the NIH. The R01 is considered the traditional grant mechanism. These grants are awarded to organizations on behalf of an individual (a principal investigator, or PI) to facilitate pursuit of a research objective in the area of the investigator's research interests and competence.


Small Grant [R03]

The NIDCD Small Grant [R03] program is designed to support basic and clinical research by scientists who are in the early stages of establishing an independent research career. This program can not be used for thesis or dissertation research. The research must be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language. NIDCD Small Grants are not renewable.


AREA Grant [R15]

The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible domestic institutions.

The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the mechanism numbers, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.


Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program [R21]

The Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) program is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.