These grants support technology-driven, investigator-initiated research. Projects funded under these grants could lead to new or improved instruments, technologies, devices and methodologies that will have broad application to biomedical research.
This program supports the development of technologies that have broad applications, not those that apply only to a specific disease or category of research.
- Investigator-Initiated Research Project Grants (R01) support research that may involve a concept, design, fabrication and/or test of technologies, with the overall objective of leading to more powerful and more precise biomedical technology. The research should be in an investigator’s area of interest and competence. The application is expected to include preliminary data that supports the proposed project.
R01 grants also support newly independent biomedical investigators to develop their research capabilities in areas of technological research and development and to demonstrate the merits of their research ideas.
- Scientific Conference Grants (R13/U13) support meetings sponsored and directed by the grant recipients. Such meetings must be relevant to the goals of the biomedical technology program. To ensure the program's interest in the proposed meeting, prospective grantees must contact a program director and obtain written approval to submit an application. If the program director determines that there is a sufficient need to have substantial involvement in the planning and conduct of the scientific meeting, a cooperative agreement (U13) mechanism would be used.
- Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) (R15) are an NIH effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate training for a significant number of the nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. The biomedical technology program supports resource-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible institutions. This award enables qualified scientists to receive support for up to 3 years for small-scale research projects.
- Resource-Related Research Grants (R24) support investigator-initiated projects that predominantly develop new resources or improve existing ones. The program accepts applications for R24 grants only in response to specific requests for applications or program announcements it has issued.
For more information about biomedical technology program support for investigator-initiated research grants, contact:
Amy L. Swain, Ph.D.
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200