NIAMS High Innovation Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program
Active R21 funding opportunities
NIAMS accepts applications in response to PA-16-161 "NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21)" proposing studies related to arthritis, musculoskeletal or skin diseases or disorders.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the suitability of the project for this program announcement with the NIAMS Program Director for that research topic area. See NOT-AR-10-023 for additional information regarding NIAMS support for innovative research using R21 grants.
In making funding decisions on R21 applications, NIAMS will place a higher priority on projects that are:
- Innovative, ground-breaking projects with potential for significant impact.
- Projects that involve novel technology or tool development, and have the potential to significantly accelerate research fields.
- Projects that propose the novel application of methods, technologies, or conceptual approaches from outside biomedical science to a research problem in the NIAMS mission area.
Projects that will be considered a lower priority include:
- Projects specifically to develop preliminary data for longer-term projects in a well-established research area;
- New investigator starter grants;
- Pilot projects that do not exhibit a high degree of innovation.
Contact: Refer to contact information for the relevant NIAMS Supported Scientific Area
Duration: 2 years
Budget Cap: $275,000 direct costs spread over two years
Applications Due: Standard dates
Projects of limited time and scope that do not meet these characteristics of innovative, ground-breaking research should consider applying for a small Research Project Grant (Parent R01)
New investigators are encouraged to apply for an R01 (see NOT-OD-09-013, "Revised New and Early Stage Investigator Policies) or an R03 (see NIAMS Small Grant Program for New Investigators).
Preference in funding decisions for R21 grants will be given to projects within the NIAMS mission areas that are especially innovative, ground-breaking and have a high potential impact on these fields. NIAMS also has funding opportunities for R21 grants on specific topics.