NIH AREA (R15) Grants

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UNH is eligible to apply for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15) which supports small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation’s research scientists but that have not been major recipients of NIH support.

The goals of the AREA grant program play to UNH areas of strength:

  • support  meritorious research
  • expose students to research
  • strengthen research environment 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 students to hands-on research

  • Support is for up to 3 years and up to $375,000 (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

Key Points

  • Be sure to use the appropriate NOFO (notice of funding opportunity) for your project type

  • Be sure you meet the principal investigator eligibility requirements

  • Your Pre-award Grant and Contract Administrator (GCA) in Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will upload the required institutional eligibility letter when assembling the application package

The Research and Large Center Development Office provides NIH- and AREA-specific assistance

1) In the RD Digital Library: NIH Proposal Development Tools

  • Standard and/or sample text for AREA-specific components of the Facilities and Other Resources section (See “UNH Hints….”)
  • Annotated biosketch
  • Other resources to help you get to know NIH and its procedures

2) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Specific Requirements & Advice


R15-Specific Resources from NIH

unh research and large center development office contacts

Caitlin Aspinall
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2497

Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate
Phone: (603) 862-2002

Michael Thompson
Phone: (603) 862-5255

Mark Milutinovich
Executive Director
Phone: (603) 862-5338

Ruth Davis
Program Assistant
Phone: (603) 862-2410

RLCD Main Office:
303 Thompson Hall