Change in Submission Dates for Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program

Notice Number: NOT-OD-05-080

Key Dates
Release Date: September 30, 2005

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

NIH has previously announced the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program applications are transitioning to SF424 (Research and Related [R&R]) forms and electronic submission through ( As part of that process, NIH has also decided to shorten the time from submission to award and to change the submission dates for each cycle to one month later. This will give applicants one additional month to prepare the application. Beginning in 2006, the new annual submission dates are: February 25; June 25; and October 25. Note: AIDS-related AREA application annual submission dates remain as follows: May 1, September 1, and January 2.

Submission Cycles:

Cycle I

Cycle II

Cycle III

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15
new, competing continuation, revised, supplemental

February 25

June 25

October 25

Review and Award Cycles:

Cycle I

Cycle II

Cycle III

Scientific Merit Review

June - July

October - November

February - March

Advisory Council Review

September - October

January - February

May - June

Earliest Project Start Date




Except for the newly established submission dates noted above, all information and requirements regarding the transition to electronic submission of the SF424 Research and Research Related (R&R) forms remain applicable as announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 19, 2005 (see Updates regarding the transition process are at

A revision to the current AREA announcement ( will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts in the near future.


Inquiries associated with this notice should be directed to:

Linda Stecklein
NIH AREA Coordinator
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 3524
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 402-7989
Fax: (301) 435-3059

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