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Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Human Required)(PAR-21-039)


Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts 

Release Date: November 9, 2020
Expiration Date:  December 29, 2023 


NIH Institute or Center

Institute or Center Specific Information

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Scientific Contact:

Wen G. Chen, MMSc, PhD
Phone: (301451-3989

NCCIH Specific Information:

NCCIH is interested in supporting research focusing on understanding the fundamental science and methods development of complementary and integrative health approaches relevant to managing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, mild-to-moderate depression, sleep, or the mechanisms by which these approaches may promote well-being, health resilience, health restoration, or disease prevention. NCCIH is also interested in basic research on  myofascial tissues, interoception, mechanosensation, the interaction between sleep and pain, glymphatic and lymphatic systems, and cross-system interaction (e.g. interactions between gut and brain, or between lung and kidney, etc.). Applicants are encouraged to follow the Consolidated Notice on NCCIH Clinical Trials Policies at /grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AT-20-001.html

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Scientific Contact:
Scott Rogers, MPH

Grants Management Contact:
Crystal Wolfrey
Phone: (240) 276-6277
NCI Specific Information: 

NCI is interested in cancer research across the research continuum; biology of cancer, cancer prevention, cancer detection and treatment, cancer control and population sciences, and related implementation science. Please click on links below for descriptions of NCI’s main research interest areas:

Cancer Biology
Cancer Control and Population Sciences
Cancer Prevention
Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis

Cancer Research Priorities 


National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientific Program Contact:

Neeraj Agarwal, Ph.D.              
Phone: (301) 451-2020

Grants Management Contact:
Karen Robinson-Smith
Phone: (301) 451-2020


NEI Specific Information:

NEI will accept applications for funding that are responsive to programmatic priority areas for research within vision and ophthalmology as detailed in the National Plan for Eye and Vision Research found at



National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Scientific Program Contact:

Laura Major, DrPH
NIA Training OfficeNational Institute on Aging (NIA)


NIA Specific Information:

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) will accept investigator-initiated projects for all program areas supported by the Institute (

One specific area of interest is research on short-term and/or long-term changes in the hallmarks of aging as a result of an intervention in human subjects during a clinical trial, or during follow-up studies. Examples include but are certainly not limited to: changes in epigenetic marks, metabolic profiles, extracellular nucleic acids, exosomes, proteomes and protein aggregates, or markers of cellular senescence.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Scientific Contact
Philippe Marmillot, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Office of Extramural Activities
Phone: 301-443-2861

Grants Management Contact
Judy S. Fox
Chief, Grants Management Branch, OEA
Phone: (301) 443-4704

NIAAA Specific Information:

NIAAA supports biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the NIAAA Strategic Plan for a listing of research priorities.


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

Scientific/Research Contact:
Marie Mancini, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-5032

Financial or Grants Management Contact:
Sheila Simmons
Phone: (301) 594-9812

NIAMS IC Specific Information:

For information regarding NIAMS supported scientific areas/programs and contacts, please see:


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

Scientific Program Contact:
Joe Bonner, PhD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-827-8303


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Scientific Program Contact:

Lindsey Friend
Phone: (301) 594-4673

NIDA IC Specific Information:

NIDA supports the training of Early Stage Investigators conducting research on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to contact a NIDA Program Official in their area of interest, prior to preparing an application.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Scientific Research Contact:

Amy Poremba, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 496-1804

Financial/Grants Management Contact:
Christopher Myers
Phone: (301) 402-0909

NIDCD Specific Information:

The NIDCD supports biomedical and behavioral research related to the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. Basic and clinical studies are encouraged of genetic, molecular, cellular, physiological, biochemical, and behavioral aspects of function in health and disease. The NIDCD also supports research concerned with disease prevention, health promotion and the special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with communication impairments and disorders. Applicants are encouraged to contact the person listed under Agency Contacts (Section VII) prior to submission.


National Institute of Environmental Health Studies (NIEHS)

Scientific Program Contacts:

Cindy Laweler, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Jenny Greer
NIEHS Specific Information:

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The NIEHS 2018-2023 Strategic plan,   Advancing Environmental Health Science: Improving Health, lays out a set of strategic themes and goals that have been identified as priority areas. A variety of scientific disciplines, including basic, mechanistic, epidemiological, computational, and/or health risk communication approaches, can be used to advance the NIEHS Strategic Plan. NIEHS is interested in projects that have a research focus on exposure-health related responses from environmental agents within our mission. These include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Secondary smoke exposure as a component of the indoor environment is also within the NIEHS mission. Exposures that are considered outside of the NIEHS mission (e.g., nutrition, psychosocial factors, primary smoking, infectious agents, pharmaceuticals) can be included as secondary factors and possible modifiers of the effects of an NIEHS mission-relevant primary exposure(s).  Applicants are encouraged to contact NIEHS program staff prior to submission to determine if their project is within our mission area and interests.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Scientific Program Contacts:

Basic or Translational Research:

Tamara McNealy,PhD
Tel. (202) 430-1474

Grants Management Contact:
Dede Rutberg, MBA
Phone: (301) 594-4798

NIDCR Specific Information:

The NIDCR is interested in all applications that are relevant to the NIDCR mission ( Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Tamara McNealy to discuss the relevance of proposed research topic(s).


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 

Scientific Program Contact:
Eric Murphy
Phone: (301) 443-9230

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Financial or Grants Management Contact:

Priscilla Grant, JD
Phone: (301) 594-8412


NIMHD Specific Information:

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will accept investigator-initiated research projects (R01) for all program areas supported by the Institute. 
Please click on links below for descriptions of NIMHD’s main research interest areas and contact information for a scientific program contact in each area:
Community Health and Population Sciences
Clinical and Health Services Research
Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences


National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Scientific Program Contact:

Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, PhD, RN
Telephone: (301) 402-6959 


NINR Specific Information:

The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. To achieve this mission, NINR supports research that can build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care.


National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Scientific Program Contacts

Clinical and Public Health Informatics
Hua-Chuan Sim, MD
Phone: (301) 594-4882

Bioinformatics and Translational Informatics
Jane Ye, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 594-4882

Consumer Health Informatics and Information Sciences
Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D.
(301) 594-4882

Financial/Grants Management Contact
Samantha Tempchin
Phone: (301) 496-4221


NLM IC Specific Information:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports innovative research and development in biomedical informatics and data science. The scope of NLM's interest in these research domains is broad, with emphasis on new methods and approaches to foster data driven discovery in the biomedical and clinical health sciences as well as domain-independent, reusable approaches to discovery, curation, analysis, organization and management of health-related digital objects. Biomedical informatics and data science draw upon many fields, including mathematics, statistics, information science, computer science and engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. Application domains include health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, precision medicine, public health, bio surveillance, intelligent systems for decision support, assuring integrity and security of personal health data, and similar areas. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal representation, organization, management, integration and presentation of information relevant to human health and biology. NIH defines data science as the interdisciplinary field of inquiry in which quantitative and analytical approaches, processes, and systems are developed and used to extract knowledge and insights from increasingly large and/or complex sets of data.


Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

Scientific Contact:
Lisa Begg, Dr.P.H., RN
Phone: (301) 496-3975


ORWH Specific Information:

Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) is part of the Office of the Director of NIH and works in partnership with the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women's health research is part of the scientific framework at the NIH and throughout the scientific community. The ORWH encourages Early Stage Investigators to integrate the purposeful accounting for sex as a biological variable (SABV) in biomedical research throughout the life span in order to fill gaps in our knowledge and inform more effective, personalized approaches to improve heath for women and men.  For additional guidance, the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for the Health of Women is available on the ORWH website (