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List of smaller grants & awards that maintain ESI status

An investigator will retain their Early Stage Investigator status if they receive any of the smaller research grants, training, infrastructure, and career awards that appear on this list:

Research Grants

  • Pathway to Independence Award-Research Phase (R00)
  • Small Grant (R03)
  • Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)
  • Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21)
  • Research Education Grants (R25, R90, RL9, RL5)
  • Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34)
  • Dissertation Award (R36)
  • Mentored Research Pathway in Residency (R38)
  • Small Business Technology Transfer Grant-Phase I (R41, UT1)
  • Small Business Innovation Research Grant-Phase I (R43, U43)
  • Research Specialist Award (R50)
  • Shannon Award (R55)
  • NIH High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)
  • Phase 1 Exploratory/Development Grant (R61)
  • Linked Exploratory/Development Grant (RL2)
  • Competitive Research Pilot Projects (SC2, SC3)
  • Scientific Review and Evaluation Cooperative Agreement (U09)
  • Planning Cooperative Agreement (U34)
  • Resource Access Award (X01)

Training-Related and Mentored Career Awards

  • International Research Training Planning Grant (D71)
  • All Fellowships (F awards)
  • All individual and institutional career awards (K awards)    
  • Loan repayment contracts (L30, L32, L40, L50, L60)
  • All training grants (T32, T34, T35, T90, D43)

Instrumentation, Construction, Education, Health Disparity Endowment Grants, or Meeting Awards

  • Resource Facilities Construction Grant (C06)
  • Resources Improvement Grant (G07)
  • Resources Project Grant (G08)
  • Extramural Associate Research Development Award (G11)
  • Health Sciences Publication Support Awards (G13)
  • Grants for Repair, Renovation and Modernization of Existing Research Facilities (G20)
  • Conference (R13, U13)
  • Biomedical Research Support shared Instrumentation Grants (S10)
  • Small Instrumentation Grant (S15)
  • Research and Institutional Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants - Capacity Building (S21)
  • Research and Sutdent Resources Health Disparities Endowment Grants - Educational Programs (S22)


  • Prize/Challenge Phase I (PC1)
  • Prize/Challenge Phase II (PC2)
  • Pre-Application for an Other Transaction Award (OT1)
  • Research Project-Other Transaction Award (OT2)
  • Other Transaction Multiple-Component Research Award (OT3)