Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Small Research Grants Available

NIH’s Small Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (PA-09-163) released on April 16, 2009, supports well defined small research projects that can be carried out in two years with limited resources. The grant funding supports:

  • Pilot and feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small, self contained research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of new research technology

Small grant applications will be assigned to NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) according to specific program interests, and applicants need to look at the list of participating ICs and their special research interests. For example, the National Institute of Nursing research supports the validation of new technology and novel methods for analysis including meta-analyses or secondary data analyses and NLM is interested in biomedicine and bioinformatics research.

Institutions of higher education, nonprofits, small businesses, for-profit organizations state, county, local governments and a number of other types of organizations are eligible to apply.

Grant applications can be submitted to starting May 16, 2009. Applicants may submit more than one application, providing that each application is scientifically distinct from the others. The total amount to be awarded and the number of awards will depend upon several factors such as the quality, duration, costs for the applications received, and the availability of funds.

For complete information, go to, and for the R03 web site go to For the program announcement PA-09-163, go to For general information inquiries, email Denise Russo at