Amendment to NOT-OD-04-047: High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)

Notice Number: NOT-MH-05-003

Key Dates
Release Date: March 3, 2005

Issued by
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), (

The purpose of this notice is to alert the research community that, as of the date of this notice, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will begin considering R56 High Priority, Short-Term Project Awards as described in Notice NOT-OD-04-047, which was published in the NIH Guide on Jun 15, 2004.

The R56 Award is intended to provide limited, interim research support based on the merit of a pending application. The R56 will enable an unsuccessful R01 applicant to gather additional data for revision of a new or competing renewal application. R56 funding will end after one or two years or when the applicant succeeds in obtaining traditional project funding. The High Priority, Short-Term Project Awards will underwrite highly meritorious applications with funds that can range up to initial review group recommended levels.

The R56 Award will help early career stage scientists trying to establish research careers as well as more experienced scientists who just miss getting funded. The R56 will provide interim funding while they revise their applications.

Please note that Investigators DO NOT apply for an R56 grant. Applications for conversion to an R56 will be selected by IC staff from reviewed R01 grants near the payline margins.

Additional information on the R56 program is available at:


The NIMH contact for information concerning the R56 Award is:

Jane A. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6154, MSC 9609
Bethesda, MD 20892-9609
Telephone: (301) 443-3367

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