Request for Information (RFI): Input on Draft Report from Working Group on Reducing Administrative Burden to Researchers for Animal Care and Use in Research

Input is sought on the draft report and proposed recommendations to reduce the administrative burden associated with research activities with laboratory animals while maintaining protections and scientific integrity. (NOT-OD-19-028) The draft is available at

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

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).