National Institues of Health (NIH)
The NIH, a part of the U.S. Depatment of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency and is the largest force of funding for medical research in the world. The NIH offers several mechanisms to support funding of research-related programs. The types of grant programs include research grants, program project/center grants, resource grants, and trans-NIH programs. The programs below represent some of the more frequently used types of grants that provide research-related support.
The NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) is the most commonly used grant program. It is used to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed research project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area respresenting the investigator’s specific interest and competencies and is generally awarded for 3-5 years.
The NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21) encourages new, exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early stages of project development. It is sometimes used for pilot and feasibility studies and is limited to two years of funding.
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
The Indiana CTSI is a statewde collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, which facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond. CTSI funding opportunities are available to researchers at participating facilities each year.