Grants and Funding
NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03) (PA-13-304)
Contacts and Special Interests
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Expiration Date: September 8, 2016

Introduction

The R03 grant mechanism will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The NIH has standardized the Small Grant (R03) application characteristics, requirements, preparation, and review procedures in order to accommodate investigator-initiated (unsolicited) applications. See the NIH Small Grant Program (R03) page for more information.

There is also a list of ICs that do not accept unsolicited R03 applications. Non-participating ICs might solicit other R03 applications using Requests for Applications (RFAs) or Program Announcements (PAs) to meet specific program needs. Information about such initiatives can be obtained in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and by consulting with NIH staff.

R03 Participating Institutes and Centers
R03 Non-Participating Institutes and Centers
  • NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT ACCEPT R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 Announcement but ONLY accept R03 applications in response to their specific funding opportunity announcements:  FIC, NCATS, NCCAM, NCI, NEI, NHLBI, NIAMS, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIGMS, NINR, NLM, and ORIP.
  • NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT use the R03 mechanism: NIMHD.
Electronic Submission
  • Electronic Submission – NIH will require electronic submission of the SF424 (R&R) form through Grants.gov to NIH for all R03 grant applications. Institutions must register in two separate systems: Grants.gov and eRA Commons Project Directors/Principal Investigators also must be registered in eRA Commons.
NIH Institute and Center Contacts and Scientific Research Areas of Interest

NIH Institute/Center

Scientific/Research Contact
Scientific Research Areas of Interest

Financial or
Grants Management Contact

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Program
Ms. Joy Boyer
Phone: (301) 402-4997
E-mail: joy_boyer@nih.gov

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) uses the Small Grant (R03) mechanism to support research on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetic and genomic research.  A more detailed discussion of the high priority research areas covered by this announcement can be found on the NHGRI ELSI Program website: http://www.genome.gov/page.cfm?pageID=10001618

With respect to the ELSI program, the R03 mechanism is designed to:

  • encourage the development of small, focused research projects by legal, historical, ethics, humanities, social sciences and behavioral scholars;
  • support exploratory studies that may provide preliminary findings or pilot data for larger research proposals;
  • support the secondary analysis of existing data;
  • support the development of new methodologies; and
  • stimulate and facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into ELSI Research

For research applications with direct costs greater than $50,000 a year, or with a project period exceeding 2 years, applicants should refer to the NHGRI ELSI Regular Research Grant (R01) program announcement.  PA-04-050

Prospective applicants may also wish to read “A Vision for the Future of Genomics Research”(http://www.nhgri.nih.gov/11006873) to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the Institute.

Ms. Cheryl Chick
Phone: (301) 435-7858
E-mail: chickc@mail.nih.gov

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Robin A. Barr, D. Phil.
Phone: 301-496-9322
FAX: 301-402-2945
E-mail: BarrR@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) will accept investigator-initiated small research projects (R03) for all program areas supported by the Institute. These will be reviewed by CSR. Please consult our Web site, http://www.nia.nih.gov/GrantsAndTraining/FundingOpportunities/ResearchProjects.htm#r03, for information regarding specific programmatic priorities and other information. See Funding Opportunities for more information and to view NIA's primary or secondary sponsor announcements.

Linda Whipp
Phone: 301-496-1472
FAX: 301-402-3672
E-mail: whippL@mail.nih.gov

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Gregory Bloss
Phone: 301-443-3865
FAX: 301-443-8614
E-mail: gbloss@mail.nih.gov

Division of Treatment and Recovery Research

Joanne B. Fertig, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-443-0635
FAX: 301-443-8774
E-mail: jfertig@mail.nih.gov

Division of Metabolism and Health Effects

Dale Hereld, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: 301-443-0912
FAX: 301-594-0673
E-mail: hereldd@mail.nih.gov

Division of Neuroscience and Behavior

John Matochik, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-451-7319
FAX: 301-443-1650
E-mail: jmatochi@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will accept investigator-initiated research projects using the R03 mechanism for all areas of alcohol research, particularly those defined as NIAAA special emphasis areas. The Institute's mission statement, extramural research program descriptions, list of special emphasis areas, and active program announcements may be found at the NIAAA web site: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov.

The NIAAA R03 program provides limited support for exploring the feasibility of innovative or creative research questions within the research interests of the NIAAA. This includes basic and applied research on biochemical, physiological, genetic, and behavioral mechanisms leading to pathological drinking behavior; mechanisms of alcohol-induced organ damage, including fetal injury; and clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological approaches to more effective diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcoholism, alcohol abuse and alcohol-related problems. While applications may involve a wide variety of biomedical, behavioral, clinical, sociocultural, or other disciplines, relevance to the mission of the NIAAA must be clear.

To obtain more information about existing NIAAA program areas and the corresponding program administrators for R03 awards, please refer to the NIAAA extramural website at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ResearchInformation/ExtramuralResearch/default.htm.

Judy Fox
Phone: 301-443-4704
FAX: 301-443-3891
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Stacy E. Ferguson, Ph.D.
DAIT, NIAID, NIH, DHHS
Phone: 240-627-3504
E-mail: fergusonst@niaid.nih.gov

Madelon Halula, PhD
DAIDS, NIAID, NIH, DHHS
Phone: 240-292-4843    
Email: mhalula@niaid.nih.gov

Clayton Huntley, PhD
DMID/NIAID/NIH/DHHS
Phone:  240-627-3279
Email: chuntley@niaid.nih.gov

For general information about NIAID support of R03 applications, e-mail NIAIDReceiptReferral@niaid.nih.gov

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will accept investigator-initiated R03 applications for all program areas supported by the Institute. For information on NIAID R03 research opportunities in Biodefense, please see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/BiodefenseRelated/Biodefense/research/.

Ann Devine
Phone: 301-402-5601
FAX: 301-480-3780
Email: adevine@niaid.nih.gov

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Division of Applied Science and Technology
Antonio Sastre, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-402-1373
Fax: 301-480-1614
E-mail: sastrea@mail.nih.gov

Division of Discovery Science and Technology

Christine A. Kelley, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-451-4778
FAX: 301-480-4973
E-mail: kelleyc@mail.nih.gov

Division of Health Information Technology
Vinay Pai, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-451-4781
Fax: 301-480-1614
E-mail: paiv@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is interested in research applications that are focused on the development and application of new biomedical technologies. The Institute encourages the integration of engineering, the physical sciences and the life sciences to advance human health. For a description of the scientific research programs in the NIBIB please see http://www.nibib.nih.gov/Research/ProgramAreas  Please contact us if you have questions regarding the Institute’s interest in your research.

Florence Turska
Phone: 301 451-4782
Email: turskaf@mail.nih.gov

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

NICHD supports research activities within its mission, including normal and abnormal human development, male and female fertility and infertility, developing and evaluating contraceptive methods, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development, childhood development through adolescence, and rehabilitation research.  NICHD develops, implements, and coordinates cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research in areas such as improving the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals for use in pregnant women, infants, and children; HIV infection and transmission, AIDS, and associated infections; pediatric growth and endocrine research; child development and behavior; developmental biology and typical and atypical development; intellectual and developmental disabilities; gynecologic health conditions, including pelvic floor disorders; childhood injury and critical illness; medical rehabilitation; and demography, social sciences, and population dynamics.

Additional information about NICHD research interests may be found at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/areas-research/Pages/default.aspx

Program staff contacts may be found on the web pages for NICHD's scientific branches at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/der/branches/Pages/index.aspx and http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/ncmrr/Pages/overview.aspx

Bryan S. Clark, M.B.A
Chief Grants Management Officer
Phone: 301-435-6975
FAX:    301- 451-5510
Email:  clarkb1@mail.nih.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Dr. Mark Swieter,
Phone: 301-435-1389
FAX: 301-443-0538
E-mail: mswieter@nida.nih.gov

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) uses the Small Grant (R03) mechanism to provide support for projects requiring minimal funding for limited periods of time in any area relevant to the mission of the Institute as represented by its program areas. Examples of the types of projects supported by NIDA through the small grant mechanism include: Pilot or feasibility studies; development of research methodology; applied research; high risk/high payoff studies; development of new research technology; small-scale, self-contained projects; and analysis of existing datasets.

Pam Fleming.
Phone: 301-253-8729
FAX: 301-594-6849
E-mail: pfleming@nida.nih.gov

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Thaddeus Schug Ph.D.
Phone: 919-541-9469
FAX: 919-541-5054
E-mail: schugt@niehs.nih.gov

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will accept investigator-initiated research projects using the R03 mechanism for all areas of environmental health science research; particularly those defined as NIEHS special emphasis areas. Details on these areas can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/programs/. To obtain more information about existing NIEHS program areas and their corresponding program administrators, please refer to the NIEHS extramural website at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/funding/grants/contacts.cfm.  Investigators should direct scientific questions concerning the use of R03s to the appropriate program administrator responsible for the scientific area proposed.

Dorothy Duke
Phone:  919-541-2749
FAX:  919-541-2860
Email:  duke3@niehs.nih.gov

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NIMH Program Staff contacts http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/organization/nimh-extramural-research-programs.shtml
Also see Division web pages (below).

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) uses the Small Grant (R03) mechanism to provide support for projects requiring minimal funding for limited periods of time in any area relevant to the mission of the Institute as represented by its program areas:

Examples of the types of projects supported by NIMH through the small grant mechanism include: pilot or feasibility studies; development of research methodology; high risk studies; development of new research technology; small-scale, self-contained projects; and analysis of existing data sets.

Rebecca Claycamp, M.S., C.R.A.
Phone: 301-443-2811
FAX: 301-443-1956
Email: rclaycam@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

NINDS Referral Officer
Phone: 301-496-9223
FAX: 301-451-5635
Email: nindsreview.nih.gov@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) uses the Small Grants Program (R03) to provide research support for new research projects in areas of high relevance to the mission of the NINDS (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/ninds_overview.htm). Priority will be given to applications in any of the following categories:

  • Research projects leading to a defined product, resource or "deliverable" that has inherent value to the neuroscience community. Some examples include: creation of new animal models (e.g., mouse genetic models), generation of reagents (e.g., antibodies, RNAi, affinity capture reagents for use in a protein chip microarray), development of public resources (e.g., databases), development of cellular models for neurological disorders, development of novel phenotypic or behavioral screens for models of neurological disorders.
  • Research projects that, regardless of whether they are hypothesis-driven, will generate an important and potentially publishable unit of information or dataset (either by itself or in combination with other data). Such projects should utilize a well-designed model of the normal or diseased nervous system. Some examples include: microarray gene expression analyses, proteomic analyses, pre-clinical drug screens.
  • Research projects focused on secondary analysis of clinical data sets. This mechanism could also be appropriate for the collection of samples and/or associated clinical data to be included in the NINDS Genetics Repository (see: http://ccr.coriell.org/Sections/Collections/NINDS/?SsId=10).

Priority will be given to research proposals that include a detailed plan for the sharing of resources and data generated under this award. Potential applicants are advised to contact program staff to verify that the proposed research is relevant to NINDS and responsive to one of the listed criteria. A complete listing of program director contacts may be found at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/organization.htm#Extramural

James E. Washington, M.Ed.
Phone: 301-496-7449
FAX: 301-451-5635
E-mail: washingj@ninds.nih.gov


NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT ACCEPT R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 Announcement but ONLY accept R03 applications in response to their specific funding opportunity announcements:
FIC
, NCATS, NCCAM, NCI, NEI, NHLBI, NIAMS, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIGMS, NINR, NLM, and ORIP.

NIH Institute or Center Contacts

Institute/Center Specific Information

Financial or
Grants Management Contact

Fogarty International Center (FIC)

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) will not accept investigator initiated R03 applications but will continue to accept applications in response to the Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA) (http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/firca.html) and the HIV-AIDS and Related Illnesses Collaboration Award (AIDS-FIRCA) (http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/aidsfirc.html) R03 programs on a regular basis as described in their Program Announcements. Note: These collaborative programs require an active NIH parent grant as an eligibility condition.

The FIC will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates. Investigators are encouraged to contact an FIC Program Officer staff within the Division of International Training and Research for assistance with submitting a grant application.

None

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 Announcement. NCATS will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

None

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Investigators are encouraged to contact an NCCAM staff member in the Division of Extramural Research for assistance with submitting a grant application.

Each Program Officer is responsible for coordinating different scientific research portfolios.  Specific contact information can be found at: http://nccam.nih.gov/research/contact/index.htm

The National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. NCCAM uses the R03 mechanism only when specified in specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

George Tucker
Phone: 301-594 9102  
FAX: 301-480-1552 
Email: tuckerg@mail.nih.gov

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Christopher L. Hatch, Ph.D.
Phone:  301-496-3428
FAX: 301-402-0275
Email: ch29v@nih.gov

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will NOT accept unsolicited R03s. The NCI will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates. The currently active announcements are listed on the NCI website at: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/funding.htm.

Crystal Wolfrey
Phone:  301-496-8634
FAX: 301-496-8601
Email: wolfreyc@mail.nih.gov

National Eye Institute (NEI)       

The National Eye Institute (NEI) will NOT accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. Please consult our website, http://www.nei.nih.gov for information regarding programmatic structure and priorities.

None

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Stephen C. Mockrin, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-435-0260
FAX: 301-480-1124
Email: mockrins@nhlbi.nih.gov

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will NOT accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. The NHLBI will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific FOAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

Suzanne White
Phone: 301-435-0144
FAX: 301-480-3310
Email: whitesa@nhlbi.nih.gov

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Marie Mancini, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-5032
FAX: 301-480-1284
Email: mancinim2@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) will not accept investigator initiated R03 applications. The NIAMS will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates. The current active announcement using the R03 mechanism is listed on the NIAMS website at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-031.html

Melinda B. Nelson 
Phone: 301-594-3535
Email: mn23z@nih.gov

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Dr. Bracie Watson
Phone: 301- 402-3458
Email: Watsonb@nidcd.nih.gov

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will not accept investigator initiated R03 applications but will continue to announce our very specific R03 program on a regular basis as a PAR. The currently active announcement is listed on the NIDCD web site at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/funding/types/pages/researchgrants.aspx#R03

For further information about the NIDCD R03 program contact Dr. Bracie Watson, 301-402-3458.

Christopher Myers
Phone: 301-402-0909
FAX: 301-402-1758
Email: myersc@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch
Dr. Lillian Shum
Phone: 301-594-0618
Email: shuml@nidcr.nih.gov 

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Branch

Dr. Melissa Riddle
Phone: 301-451-3888
Email: riddleme@nidcr.nih.gov 

Translational Genomics Research Branch

Dr. Emily Harris
Phone: 301-594-4846
Email: harrisel@nidcr.nih.gov

Center for Clinical Research

Dr. Jane Atkinson
Phone: 301-435-7098
Email: jatkinso@nidcr.nih.gov

Division of Extramural Activities

Alicia Dombroski, Ph.D.
Phone: 301-594-4805
Email: adombroski@mail.nih.gov

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. The NIDCR uses the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates. The currently active announcements are listed on the NIDCR website at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/GrantsAndFunding/Types_of_Grants_Awarded_by_NIDCR/FundingMechanisms/

Grants Management Branch
Diana Rutberg, MBA
Phone: 301-594-4798
Email: Diana Rutberg, MBA
Phone: 301-594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA.  The NIDDK will limit the use of the R03 mechanism to defined research areas specified in published program initiatives that it has initiated or in which it participates. A listing of these is available at http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Funding/FundingOpportunities/ . Additionally, information on the research areas that NIDDK will support can be found at: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/Research/ScientificAreas/

None

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will not accept investigator initiated R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. The NIGMS will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

None

National Institute of Nursing Research The National Institute of Nursing Research will not accept investigator initiated R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. The NINR will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates. None

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Hua-Chuan Sim, M.D.
Phone: 301- 594 4882
FAX: 301- 402-2952
E-mail: simh@mail.nih.gov

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 FOA. NLM uses the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

Dwight Mowery
Phone: 301-496-4221
FAX: 301-402-0421
E-mail:  moweryd@mail.nih.gov

Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 Announcement. ORIP will use the R03 mechanism only when specified by specific PAs or RFAs that it has initiated or in which it participates.

None

NIH Institutes and Centers that DO NOT use the R03 mechanism: NIMHD

NIH Institute or Center Contacts

Institute/Center Specific Information

Financial or
Grants Management Contact

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will not accept R03 applications in response to the Parent R03 Announcement.

None



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