The NIAMS uses a variety of funding types, or mechanisms, to support research at other institutions, organizations, and facilities. The types of research programs we support are differentiated by NIH activity codes (e.g., R01, R43, etc.).

NOTE: Please be aware that NIAMS is participating in the recently reissued Parent K01, K23, K24, K99/R00 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed FOAs. Notices to this effect will be published in the NIH Guide soon. Please contact Amanda Boyce at 301-594-5055, or Marie Mancini at 301-594-5032, if you have questions.

The NIAMS funds the following types of grants:

Research Grants

Training and Career Development Grants

Other Grants

Research Grants

Research Project Grants (R)

Activity Code

Grant Description

R01

Research Grants
Definition and other information provided under the R01 guidelines related links.

Active R01 funding opportunities

Applications due: Standard dates
Additional Information:

R03

Small Research Grants

Active R03 funding opportunities

The Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NIAMS K08 and K23 Recipients (R03) is intended to enhance the capability of NIAMS-supported K08 and K23 recipients to conduct research as they complete their transition to fully independent investigator status.
Duration: No more than 2 years, not renewable.
Budget Cap: $50,000/year, direct costs.
Applications Due: 10/19/2016; 2/20/2017; 10/19/2017; 2/19/2018; 10/19/2018; 2/19/2019
NIAMS also participates in other R03 program announcements for specific topics of research.

R13

Conference and Scientific Meeting Grants

Active R13 funding opportunities
Definition and other information provided under the R13 Guidelines related links.

R15

AREA Grants

Active R15 funding opportunities

Definition and other information provided under the R15 Guidelines related links.

R21

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.

R24

Resource-Related Research Projects

Active R24 funding opportunities

To support research projects that will enhance the capability of resources to serve biomedical research.

R25

Education Projects

Active R25 funding opportunities

For support to develop and/or implement a program as it relates to a category in one or more of the areas of education, information, training, technical assistance, coordination, or evaluation. In this case, the Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) grant awards support development and implementation of curriculum-dependent programs in minority institutions to train selected doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in clinical research leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Research or Master of Public Health in a clinically relevant area. A successful program will result in an accredited master's degree program to produce trained and independent clinical researchers who can become engaged in conducting translational and/or patient-oriented research projects.
Duration: Up to 5 years to a minority institution
Budget Cap: $500,000/yr direct costs
Applications Due: By RFA only

R41/R42

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

Active R41/R42 funding opportunities

The STTR program is a set-aside program designed to support innovative research that has the potential for commercialization of the subject research conducted cooperatively by a small business concern and a research institution. Innovation and the potential for commercialization are two important aspects of the review criteria considered in the scientific and technical merit evaluation process. At least 40% of the research project is to be conducted by the small business concern, and at least 30% of the work is to be conducted by the single, partnering research institution.

Read more about NIAMS Small Business Grants.

Contact: Xibin Wang wangx1@mail.nih.gov
Applications Due: Standard dates
Additional Information: Office of Extramural Research: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology (STTR) Programs

R43/R44

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Active R43/R44 funding opportunities

The SBIR program is a set-aside program designed to support innovative research that has the potential for commercialization of the subject research conducted by a small business concern. Innovation and the potential for commercialization are two important aspects of the review criteria considered in the scientific and technical merit evaluation process.

Read more about NIAMS Small Business Grants.

Contact: Xibin Wang wangx1@mail.nih.gov
Applications Due: Standard dates
Additional Information: Office of Extramural Research: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology (STTR) Programs

R61/R33-RISK

Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK)

Active R61/R33 funding opportunities

Focuses on innovative research within the NIAMS mission by encouraging applicants to pursue unusual observations, test imaginative hypotheses, investigate creative concepts, and build ground-breaking paradigms, all of which deviate significantly from the current prevailing theories or practice. Support will be provided for up to 2 years (R61 Phase) to perform critical experiments that rigorously test the proposed concept. The outcomes of these critical experiments will be the central determining factor for the activation of the R33 Phase. The R33 Phase will provide up to 1 additional year of support to further validate and explore the innovative concept. NIAMS strongly recommends applicants submit an X02 pre-application.
Duration: up to 2 years for the R61 Phase and 1 year for the R33 Phase
Budget Cap: $250,000 direct costs per year
Applications Due: By RFA only

Applicant Information Webinar for NIAMS Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) (X02, R61/R33)

FAQs—NIAMS Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK) (X02, R61/R33)

Research Programs and Centers (P)

Note: The NIAMS is no longer accepting applications for the P01, Research Program Project Grants.

Activity Code

Grant Description

P30

NIAMS Resource-based Centers (P30)

Active P30 funding opportunities

Provides critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and resources to groups of investigators, with the broad overall goal of accelerating, enriching, and enhancing the effectiveness of ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research and promoting new research within the NIAMS mission. A strong biomedical research community conducting NIAMS mission-relevant research is a prerequisite for establishment of a Resource-based Center. The components of a Resource-based Center include one or more resource cores and an administrative core that includes an Enrichment Program.
Duration: 5 years
Budget Cap: $500,000 direct costs
Additional Information: Suggested exhibits for P30 applications [ PDF format ] and read our Resource-based Centers FAQs.

Applicant Information Webinar for NIAMS Resource-based Centers (P30):

Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET 

P30-CCCR

NIAMS Core Centers for Clinical Research (CCCR)

Active P30-CCCR funding opportunities

Provides avenues to advance the methodological sciences that support clinical research within and across the NIAMS’ portfolio of diseases. Will address existing and future research needs in musculoskeletal, rheumatologic, and skin diseases by fostering the development, implementations, and inclusion of novel data, analytical methods, metrics, and outcome measures into clinical research at the institutional, local, and national level. This FOA will not support core centers (or activities within centers) focused on the generation of biological or genetic data or the development of novel technologies for such generation.
Duration: 5 years
Budget Cap: $500,000 direct costs
Additional Information: Notice of Intent to Publish

P50-CORT

Centers of Research Translation (CORT)

Active P50-CORT funding opportunities

To promote translational research through a multidisciplinary approach on a disease specific theme. A CORT should have both basic and clinical research components.
Duration: 5 years
Budget Cap: $1,000,000 direct costs
Applications Due: By RFA only
Additional Information: Read our CORT FAQs.
Contact: Ms. Justine Buschman

P50-ORWH

Specialized Centers of Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health (SCOR)

The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) serves as a focal point for women's health research at the NIH. The ORWH promotes, stimulates, and supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research. ORWH works in partnership with the NIH Institutes as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community. The ORWH announces the Specialized Centers of Interdisciplinary Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health (SCOR) program. These centers will provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches to advancing studies on how sex and gender factors affect women's health. Each SCOR should develop an interdisciplinary research agenda bridging basic and clinical research on sex/gender factors underlying a priority women’s health issue.
Duration: 5 years
Budget Cap: $750,000 direct costs
Applications Due: By RFA only
Contact: Dr. Bernadette Tyree

P60

Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Centers (MCRC)

This program is being discontinued. Please see P30 NIAMS Core Centers for Clinical Research (CCCR) for opportunities to support clinical research infrastructure and resources

Research-Related Programs (S)

Activity Code

Grant Description

S06

Minority Biomedical Research Support - MBRS

Active S06 funding opportunities

To strengthen the biomedical research and research training capability of ethnic minority institutions, and thus establish a more favorable milieu for increasing the involvement of minority faculty and students in biomedical research.
Applications Due: 7/16/2016, 7/24/2017

S10

Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grants (NCRR)

To make available to institutions with a high concentration of NIH extramural research awards, research instruments which will be used on a shared basis.

SB1

Commercialization Readiness Program

Active SB1 funding opportunities

To support follow-on awards to small businesses for technology development, testing, evaluation, and commercialization assistance for SBIR or STTR Phase II technologies or for awards to small businesses to support the progress of research, research and development, and commercialization conducted under the SBIR or STTR programs to Phase III.

Supplement Programs

Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements 

See FOA for guidelines: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-287.html

These supplements are restricted to budgetary requests arising from unusual or exceptional circumstances (e.g., natural disasters) and emergencies. The NIAMS will only consider requests for administrative supplements to provide support for the accomplishment of the original aims of a project in circumstances in which these unanticipated costs have arisen, placing the overall success of the project in question. Requests related to lapses in funding and possible new directions will not be considered. The NIAMS has very limited funds for such supplements, and approves such requests infrequently. 

To award new funds for a significant expansion of a project’s scope a grantee must apply for a competing revision and undergo peer review. 

Before proceeding with any supplement request, PIs are advised to contact their program officer to discuss scientific need and their grants management specialist to discuss budget and policy issues.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently posted guidance regarding administrative supplements. The announcement informs principal investigators (PIs) holding specific types of NIH research grants that funds may be available for administrative supplements.

Administrative supplements applications are accepted year round except from July 1 through October 1.

Supplement to Advance Research (STAR) 

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) now offers the Supplement to Advance Research (STAR) to promote innovation and exploration of high-risk ideas by providing supplemental funding to early established investigators (EEIs). The STAR Program will support activities that effectively allow EEIs to expand and explore new opportunities within the broader scope of a currently funded, peer-reviewed research project to facilitate the transition from a single, structured research project to a research program. For the purpose of the STAR Program, NIAMS defines EEIs as those who have successfully renewed a first NIAMS-supported R01 which was received no earlier than 2009 with “New Investigator” status.

For additional information and application due dates, see the FOA here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-15-109.html

Contact the STAR coordinator at niamsstar@mail.nih.gov

Diversity Supplements 

See FOA for guidelines: PA-16-288: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp)

NIAMS accepts and reviews applications on a continuous basis until June 30 of each fiscal year. Applications received after June 30 will be considered for funding in the next fiscal year. 

NIAMS strongly encourages the PI of the parent research grant to contact both the scientific contact listed in this table and the NIAMS Program Officer of that grant. 

NIAMS strongly encourages electronic submission of the completed application request, including all appropriate signatures and supporting documents, via eRA Commons or Grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to send an e-mail to the scientific contact alerting them to the submission of the application: buschmanj@mail.nih.gov 

NIAMS follows the NRSA salary guidance (see NOT-OD-14-046). PD(s)/PI(s) are strongly encouraged to contact the NIAMS Financial or Grants Management Contact for the Institute-specific funding salary/stipend allowances for postdoctoral and Investigators Developing Independent Research Careers. For Individuals in Postdoctoral Training: The total salary and fringe benefits (combined) must be in accordance with the salary structure of the grantee institution and consistent with the level of effort, but may not exceed $50,000 per year. 

Re-Entry Supplements 

See FOA for guidelines: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-289.html

NIAMS accepts and reviews applications on a continuous basis until June 30 of each fiscal year. Applications received after June 30 will be considered for funding in the next fiscal year. 

NIAMS strongly encourages the PI of the parent research grant to contact both the scientific contact listed in this table and the NIAMS Program Officer of that grant. 

NIAMS strongly encourages electronic submission of the completed application request, including all appropriate signatures and supporting documents, via eRA Commons or Grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to send an e-mail to the scientific contact alerting them to the submission of the application: buschmanj@mail.nih.gov. 

Training and Career Development Grants

Fellowship Programs (F)

Activity Code

Grant Description

F30

Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Individual National Research Service Award

Active F30 funding opportunities

To provide predoctoral support for individual M.D./Ph.D. and other dual doctoral degree students to extend their potential for a career in research in arthritis, muscle, bone, musculoskeletal, and/or skin diseases. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.
Duration: Up to 6 years
Commitment: Full-time research fellowship
Provisions: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Institutional Allowance: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Applications Due: Standard dates

F31

Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

Active F31 funding opportunities

To provide predoctoral support of research leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree for individuals to extend their potential for a career in research in arthritis, muscle, bone, musculoskeletal, and/or skin diseases. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.
Duration: Up to 5 years
Commitment: Full-time research fellowship
Provisions: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Institutional Allowance: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Applications Due: Standard dates

F32

Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

Active F32 funding opportunities

To provide postdoctoral research training to individuals to broaden their scientific background and extend their potential for research in arthritis, muscle, bone, musculoskeletal, and/or skin diseases. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Requires M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent.
Duration: Up to 3 years
Commitment: Full-time research fellowship
Provisions: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Institutional Allowance: See FY2013 Guide Notice
Applications Due: Standard dates

F33

Senior Fellowship

Active F33 funding opportunities

Fellowships to provide opportunities for experienced scientists to make major changes in the direction of research careers, to broaden scientific background, and to acquire new research capabilities regarding arthritis, muscle, bone, musculoskeletal, and/or skin diseases. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.

Level: At least 7 years postdoctoral (this is a "sabbatical" award)
Duration: Up to 2 years
Commitment: Full-time research fellowship
Provisions: See FY2009 NIH Guide Notice (no fringe benefits)
Institutional Allowance: See FY2009 NIH Guide Notice
Applications Due: Standard dates

 

Training Programs (T)

Activity Code

Grant Description

T32

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants

Active T32 funding opportunities

The NIAMS Training Program (T32)

NIAMS offers these grants to enable institutions to make NRSAs for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training to individuals selected by them in the fields of arthritis, muscle, bone, musculoskeletal, and/or skin diseases.
Duration: 5 year institutional grant (renewable).
Applications Due: May 25 only

Research Career Awards (K)

Note: For supplements to funded research grants to support training and career development of under-represented minorities, people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds or persons with disabilities, please see Supplement Programs

Activity Code

Grant Description

K01

Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards

Active K01 funding opportunities

To provide research scientists with an additional period of sponsored research experience as a way to gain expertise in a research area new to the applicant or in an area that would demonstrably enhance the applicant's scientific career. These awards are generally reserved for individuals interested in switching to a new research field, for individuals who have interrupted their career because of illness or pressing family care responsibilities, or for faculty at minority institutions who wish to enhance their capacity for independent research.
Duration: Up to 5 years
Provisions: Support is provided for salary up to $75,000 for a minimum 75% effort, fringe benefits, and other research expenses up to $20,000.
Applications Due: Standard dates

K02

Independent Research Scientist Development Awards

NIAMS no longer participates in this grant mechanism.

K08

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Investigator Awards

Active K08 funding opportunities

To support supervised study and research for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators.
Duration: 3 to 5 years
Provisions: Support is provided for salary up to $100,000 for a minimum 75% effort (with the exception of orthopaedic surgeons, who may devote a minimum of 50% effort*), fringe benefits, and other research expenses up to $30,000.
Applications Due: Standard dates
*Please see NOT-AR-16-012

K12

Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)

For support to a newly trained clinician appointed by an institution for development of independent research skills and experience in a fundamental science within the framework of an interdisciplinary research and development program.
Contact: Bernadette Tyree, Ph.D.
Applications Due:
Additional Information: Physician Scientist Award Program or contact Dr. Nagal, Office of Research on Women’s Health, joandav@mail.nih.gov

K23

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

Active K23 funding opportunities

To support supervised study and research for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research. Candidates must have completed their specialty and, if applicable, subspecialty training prior to receiving an award.
Duration: 3 to 5 years
Provisions: Support is provided for salary up to $100,000 for a minimum 75% effort (with the exception of orthopaedic surgeons, who may devote a minimum of 50% effort*), fringe benefits, and other research expenses up to $30,000.
Applications Due: Standard dates
*Please see NOT-AR-16-012

K24

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research

Active K24 funding opportunities

To support protected time for clinicians to allow them time for patient-oriented research and to act as mentors for beginning clinical investigators. Candidates must have completed their specialty training within 15 years of submitting the application. Candidates must be working in a research environment, conducting patient-oriented research, and have independent research support.
Duration: 3 to 5 years.
Provisions: Support up to 50% of the NIH salary cap ($196,700 in FY 2009) is provided and up to $50,000 in selected research expenses.
Applications Due: Standard dates

K25

Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

Active K25 funding opportunities

To support supervised study and research for investigators with quantitative scientific and engineering backgrounds outside of biology or medicine who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on biomedical research. This mechanism is aimed at research-oriented scientists with experience at the level of junior faculty who have the potential to integrate their expertise with biomedicine and to develop into productive investigators.
Duration: 3 to 5 years.
Provisions: Support is provided for salary up to $75,000 for a minimum 75% effort, fringe benefits, and other research expenses up to $25,000.
Applications Due: Standard dates

K99/R00

NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award

Active K99/R00 funding opportunities

The Pathway to Independence Award is uniquely designed to facilitate the transition of outstanding postdoctoral candidates from mentored to independent research positions. The award contains two components, a mentored (K99) phase that can last up to 2 years and an independent (R00) phase, which will have a duration of 3 years. The objective of the program is to facilitate research independence earlier in an investigator's career. Investigators complete supervised research, and apply for an independent research faculty position, during the mentored phase of the award. Activation of the independent award phase is administrative, and is contingent upon the investigator securing an independent research position. Eligible candidates will have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research at the time of application (initial or amended). Award recipients are expected to obtain R01 support during the independent phase of the award.

Provisions: For mentored candidates in an extramural institution, NIAMS will provide up to $50,000 per year for salary support (up to $75,000 per year for applicants with an M.D. degree), plus fringe, and up to $20,000 for research support costs. Budget details for mentored candidates in the NIH intramural program will be negotiated with the sponsoring laboratory and will be consistent with offers to scientists in comparable positions.

Loan Repayment Programs

Activity Code

Grant Description

L30/L40

LRP Loan Repayment Programs

The NIAMS welcomes applications to the NIH Loan Repayment Program. We are interested in applications that meet the eligibility requirements for either the Clinical Research Program or the Pediatric Research Program. We are particularly interested in applications from physician-scientists. Please visit the NIH Loan Repayment Program to learn about eligibility information, application instructions and more.
LRP Information Center: 866-849-4047 or lrp@nih.gov

 

Other Grants

Other Small Business Funding Opportunities

Activity Code

Grant Description

SB1

Commercialization Readiness Program

Active SB1 funding opportunities

To support follow-on awards to small businesses for technology development, testing, evaluation, and commercialization assistance for SBIR or STTR Phase II technologies or for awards to small businesses to support the progress of research, research and development, and commercialization conducted under the SBIR or STTR programs to Phase III.

U44

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements—Phase II

Active U44 funding opportunities

To support in-depth development of R&D ideas whose feasibility has been established in Phase I and that are likely to result in commercial products or services (also Fast Track).
Contact: Xibin Wang (SBIR/STTR)

Cooperative Agreements (U)

Activity Code

Grant Description

U01

Research Project Cooperative Agreements

Active U01 funding opportunities

These are agreements between NIH and the award recipient in which the NIH acts as the partner in the research effort for projects similar to grants.

U34

Clinical Planning Grant Cooperative Agreement

This cooperative agreement would provide support, substantial federal programmatic involvement, and technical assistance for the initial development of a clinical trial. Also, it would include the establishment of the research team; the development of tools for data management and oversight of the research; the development of a trial design and other essential elements of the study, such as the protocol, recruitment strategies, and procedure manuals; and to collect feasibility data.

U44

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreements—Phase II

To support in-depth development of R&D ideas whose feasibility has been established in Phase I and that are likely to result in commercial products or services (also Fast Track).

Read more about NIAMS Small Business Grants.

Contact: Xibin Wang (SBIR/STTR)

Pre-Applications (X)

Activity Code

Grant Description

X02

Preapplication

Active X02 funding opportunities

A program to invite eligible institutions to submit a pre-application (also known as a “white paper” or “précis”) to facilitate certain approaches or economies, such as reducing burden on the applicant community, for a funding opportunity.