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Investigator Initiated Research Project Grant Applications

Purpose of the Award

  • Provides support for the early stages of project development in investigator-initiated research
    • Investigator-initiated research, also known as unsolicited research, is research funded as a result of an investigator submitting a research grant application to NIH in an investigator’s area of interest and competency


  • May sometimes be used for pilot and feasibility studies
  • Limited to up to two years of funding
  • Combined budget for direct costs for the two year project period usually may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in a single year.
  • Preliminary data are generally not required, but may be included if available.
  • Utilized by most NIH Institutes and Centers

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