NIH Research Funding Programs

NIH research funding programs

For most NIH programs, there are three funding cycles per year.

There are two main types of NIH research funding opportunities:

  1. Investigator initiated research is the most common NIH funding opportunity. The R01 is the NIH’s main funding mechanism. In general it has no specific program requirements or topics, but research plans must relate to the stated program interests of one or more of the NIH Institutes and Centers– based on their missions.
  2. NIH solicited targeted research opportunities offer funding for research on specific topics identified by the NIH Institutes.  Principle Investigators design their own projects, but are limited to the topics specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA).  You can get notification of new programs by email subscribing here.