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Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR)

Academic Research Enhancement Award Page Title

(AREA) Grant Program (R15)

National Institutes of Health



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is continuing to make a special effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced training for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. AREA funds are intended to support new ("type 1") and continuing ("renewal" or "competing continuation" or "type 2") health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible schools and components of domestic institutions. The AREA will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects.



Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.  The applicant:

  • May not be the principal investigator of any active NIH research grant at the time of award of an AREA grant (although he or she may be one of the project personnel for an active NIH grant held by another principal investigator).
  • May not be awarded more than one AREA grant at a time (although he or she may hold successive AREA grants).
  • May not submit an application to NIH for another research project grant for essentially the same project proposed in a pending AREA application (in accordance with the general NIH prohibition against the submission in the same review cycle of more than one application for the same work).
  • Is expected to conduct the majority of the research at the grantee institution, although limited use of special facilities or equipment at another institution is permitted.


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Lasted updated: 11/19/2015