support mechanism, activity code

2.3.1 Support Mechanisms

NIH ICs award grants under multiple programs and subprogram initiatives and use a variety of support mechanisms. NIH grants may be distinguished by purpose, type of recipient, amount, or other characteristics. One method NIH uses to differentiate the various support mechanisms is an activity coding that indicates the category and specific form of support (e.g., R01, F32, P01, R43). The applicability of requirements may vary for different activity codes. Some of the distinctions also are significant for purposes of applying Part II. NIH ICs may vary in the way they use specific activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs and may apply specialized eligibility criteria. A comprehensive list of activity codes is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/ac_search_results.htm.