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NIH Modular Research Grant Applications

Who Must Use the Modular Grant Application?

Required for new, renewal, and resubmission applications as well as for revisions for the following grants and their cooperative agreement equivalents that request up to a total of $250,000 of direct costs per year (excluding consortium F&A costs), regardless of whether the application is an investigator-initiated application or is one submitted in response to a PA/RFA:

  • Research Project Grants Program (R01/U01)
  • Small Grant Program (R03)
  • Exploratory/Development Research Grant Award (R21/UH2)
  • Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34/U34)
  • Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15/UA5)


The modular research grant application format is an extension of NIH's streamlining and reinvention initiatives, designed to focus the attention of investigators, their institutions, peer reviewers, and NIH staff on science rather than budget details.

Application Instructions and Forms

NIH Guide Notices

Current Data and Evaluation Information

Historical Documents


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