NIH AREA (R15) Grants

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


NIH has made some changes to how it will use the R15 mechanism. See NOT-OD-19-015 for details.

Key Points:

  • Be sure to use the appropriate FOA for your project type.

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


The Research Development Office provides
NIH- and AREA-specific assistance:
2) In the RD Digital Library: NIH Proposal Development Tools
  • –AREA R15 FOA Deconstructions (application components & instructions)
  • –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

                and more….

  • Workshop Presentations
  • Successful proposals by UNH researchers
4) Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357 to take advantage of:
  • –Assessing readiness to submit
  • –Helping you find your “home” at NIH
  • –Reaching out to program officers
  • –Referrals to other campus resources
  • –Connecting with potential collaborators
  • –Learning successful application writing strategies
  • –Developing application components
  • –Establishing application milestones and timelines
  • –Getting expert critiques on application drafts
  • –Editing and polishing final application
  • –Analyzing comments from reviews
  • –Developing strategies for resubmissions
NIH Resources

Research Development Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base contains forms, instruction and training material, minutes, policies, tools and other resources to support your research efforts by topic area.


UNH Research and Large Center Development Office Contacts


Mark Milutinovich
Phone: (603) 862-5338

Maria Emanuel
Phone: (603) 862-4377

Lynnette Hentges
Phone: (603) 862-2002

Michael Thompson
Phone: (603) 862-5255