National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health is an organization connected to the US Department of Health providing funding through multiple institutes.

About NIH

The NIH has 6 Centres and 21 Institutes covering their own expertise in a specific disease area (for example: National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), or National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)). These institutes release many funding opportunities regarding multiple topics (therapies, medicines or diagnostics).

This is done via multiple different funding mechanisms using different codes, of which R01 and R21 are the most used. A part of these calls are also eligible for non US based applicants. The scope and targeted activities are described in the scope of each tender and differs per tender. The different funding mechanism define the duration, budget and deadlines for the tenders.

R01 Research project grant

  • Subsidy: $2,500,000
  • Funding rate: 100%
  • Deadlines: 5 February, 5 June, and 5 October
  • Project duration: 5 years

R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant

  • Subsidy: $275,000
  • Funding rate: 100%
  • Deadlines: 16 February, 16 June, and 16 October
  • Project duration: 2 years
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