NIH AREA (R15) Grants

NIH AREA (R15) Grants

UNH is eligible to apply for NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grants (R15)

UNH AREA Awards, 1989 to Present

AREA grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by students and faculty in health professional schools, and other academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.   

The goals of the AREA grant program play to UNH areas of strength:
* support meritorius research
* expose students to research
* strengthen research envirionment of the institution

AREA grants will support small-scale, new or ongoing projects, including:
* pilot research projects and feasibility studies
* development, testing, and refinement of research techniques
* secondary analysis of available data sets
* similar discrete research projects that demonstrate research capability

AREA projects should include plans to expose undergraduate and/or graduate students to hands-on research

Support is for up to 3 years and up to $300,000 (direct costs)
Multiple PIs are allowed
Preliminary data are not required but are allowed
Most NIH Institutes and Centers participate

Deadlines for AREA applications each year: February 25, June 25, and October 25

The Research Office provides AREA-specific assistance

Application preparation tools:

  • R15 [AREA] Deconstruction (application components & instructions)
  • Standard and/or sample text for AREA-specific components of the Facilities and Other Resources section
  • Annotated biosketch

Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357 to take advantage of:

  • Application strategy and planning advice
  • Editorial services
  • Resubmission assistance

Additional Resources:

NIH AREA Program Homepage


Comparison of AREA to Other NIH Award Mechanisms



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