Changes to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)/R15 Program

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
As of January 2019, NIH is shifting its approach to the use of the R15 activity code. The name, AREA, will be reserved for grants to undergraduate-focused institutions that do not receive substantial funding from NIH. NIH will also offer R15 opportunities to support graduate schools of arts and sciences and health professional schools. We will be calling this the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP). Another change involves having institutions verify eligibility upon application submission rather than NIH issuing an ineligibility list.  (NOT-OD-19-015) Also see related Open Mike blog.