Resource-based Centers provide research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and resources to groups of investigators to accelerate, enrich, and enhance the effectiveness of basic, translational, and clinical research within the NIAMS mission.

These FAQs apply to the following funding opportunities:

  • NIAMS Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Centers (RFA-24-001)
  • NIAMS Resource-based Centers for Bone, Muscle, and Orthopaedic Research (RFA-24-002)

Do these funding opportunities allow for renewal application?


Can I include a progress report if I have/had a NIAMS P30?

If the application is a Renewal Application, all applicants must provide a progress report. The Progress Report Publication Lists should be included in the Research Core component of the application. If the Progress Report Publication Lists are included in the Overall component rather than in the Research Core component, the applicant should note it in the application.

I have previously applied for a NIAMS P30. Can I re-submit the unsuccessful application as an A1?

No, resubmissions are not allowed. However, you may submit a New Application that does not refer to the previous application or review of the previous application.

Can my application have multiple PIs?

Multiple PIs are allowed with strong justification.

Are Resource-based Centers subject to the NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy?

Yes, for applications with receipt dates on or after January 25, 2023, research centers are required to comply with the DMS Policy and are required to submit a DMS Plan.  For more information, please refer to the Multi-Project (M) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the NIH Scientific Data Sharing website

Can I include large equipment in my application budget?

This funding opportunity is not intended for acquisition of high-cost equipment. Equipment purchases by any Resource Core in excess of $25,000 for any year of the grant would require special justification. Under unusual circumstances, where costly items of equipment are requested, the application must document available equipment within the institution and provide clear justification in terms of core service to be provided by the Center. Costly items of equipment should be funded through other sources.” Any equipment must be included in the budget cap.

Do I need to charge user fees for the services and resources offered by the Resource Cores?

It is expected that the Resource Cores will receive some reimbursement in the form of user fees [charged to the funds of the users] that will offset some of the Core costs specific for a project using the Core.” The Administrative Core component should “Describe how the Resource Core(s) will set user fees, taking into account applicable Federal cost principles as discussed in NOT-OD-13-053.

Can I include Resource Cores and core users outside the grantee organization?


Does the research community need to be funded by NIAMS?

Not necessarily. However, the proposed Center should be serving a research community that will use Center resources for research within the NIAMS mission.

In the past NIAMS has released separate funding opportunities for skin biology and diseases; rheumatic diseases; and bone, muscle and orthopaedic research. Can my application encompass more than one of these areas?

NIAMS would prefer separate applications for each of these research areas. 

Can my P30 application focus on a single disease?


How do I handle Human Subjects and Vertebrate Animals in my application?

  • If no work is done in the Core that goes beyond approved protocols of other projects in the research community OR there is no human or animal activity involved, answer NO to human and animal involvement.
  • If a Core involves stand-alone human and/or animal activity you must answer YES to human and/or animal involvement and the required sections must be completed.

If I choose to have a Pilot and Feasibility Program, can I include specific projects within the application?

No, descriptions of projects or individuals named for support should NOT be included in the application. However, plans for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, managing and reporting on the results of projects during the tenure of the Center, should be included in the application.

Should I include names of proposed Advisory Committee members?

No. Describe the expected composition of the Advisory Committee (number of members, types of expertise, etc.), but do NOT name the members of the committee who are not from the Center Institution in the application so as not to limit the pool of potential reviewers.

Can one institution submit multiple P30 applications?

Only one application per institution per RFA is allowed.

Is a sustainability plan required for a new or renewal P30 application?

It is required for both new and renewal applications.

Do I need to provide evidence that my P30 is sustainable at the time of the application?

No, the applicant should describe steps that will occur over the course of the award that will increase the likelihood that the center can be sustained in some form at the conclusion of NIAMS support.

If the PI of a core within a P30 is an early stage investigator (ESI), will the person lose ESI status if the P30 is awarded?

According to the NIH early stage investigator (ESI) policy, if the lead of a project or core in a multi-component application is a new investigator, but not the PI/PD for the overall application, the individual will retain ESI status when the award is made.

Can a foreign investigator be awarded a Pilot and Feasibility award?

Yes, foreign components are allowed as part of the P30, however, the need for the foreign component would need to be well justified.

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