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Types of NCCAM Grants (Award Mechanisms)

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This is a list of award mechanisms used by NCCAM. Investigators are encouraged to contact NCCAM Program Directors before submission of grant applications. Please note that for a few mechanisms, prior approval is required.

General Award Mechanisms

  • R01 Research Project
    To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
  • R21 Exploratory/Development Grants
    To encourage the development of new research activities in categorical program areas. (Support generally is restricted in level of support and in time.)
  • F31 Predoctoral Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    To provide predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research degree (e.g., Ph.D.)
  • F32 Postdoctoral Individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    To provide postdoctoral research training to individuals to broaden their scientific background and extend their potential for research in specified health-related areas.
  • K01 Research Scientist Development Award—Research and Training
    For support of a scientist, committed to research, in need of both advanced research training and additional experience.
  • K07 Academic/Teacher Award (ATA)
    To create and encourage a stimulating approach to disease curricula that will attract high quality students, foster academic career development of promising young teacher-investigators, develop and implement excellent multidisciplinary curricula through interchange of ideas and enable grantee institution to strengthen its existing teaching program.
  • K08 Clinical Investigator Award (CIA)
    To provide the opportunity for promising individuals with clinical doctoral degrees and demonstrated aptitude to develop into independent investigators, or for faculty members to pursue research aspects of categorical areas applicable to the awarding unit, and aid in filling the academic faculty gap in these shortage areas within health profession's institutions of the country.
  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
    To provide support for the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for a 3-year minimum up to 5-year period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators. NCCAM is specifically interested in invstigators who wish to pursue a career in CAM patient-oriented research.
  • K24 Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research
    To provide support for clinician investigators to allow them protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as clinical research mentors.
  • K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Indendence (PI) Award
    This award will provide up to five years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position.
  • R13 Conference (Prior approval required)
    To support recipient-sponsored and -directed international, national, or regional meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • R15 Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA)
    To support small-scale research projects conducted by faculty in primarily baccalaureate degree-granting domestic institutions and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs in biomedical and behavioral research. Awards are for up to $150,000 for direct costs (plus applicable indirect costs) for periods not to exceed 36 months.
  • R41 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants—Phase I
    To support cooperative R&D projects between small business concerns and research institutions, limited in time and amount, to establish the technical merit and feasibility of ideas that have potential for commercialization. Awards are made to small business concerns only.
  • R42 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants—Phase II
    To support in-depth development of cooperative R&D projects between small business concerns and research institutions, limited in time and amount, whose feasibility has been established in Phase I and that have potential for commercialization. Awards are made to small business concerns only.
  • R43 Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR)—Phase I
    To support projects, limited in time and amount, to establish the technical merit and feasibility of R&D ideas that may ultimately lead to a commercial product(s) or service(s).
  • R44 Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR)—Phase II
    To support in-depth development of R&D ideas whose feasibility has been established in Phase I and which are likely to result in commercial products or services. SBIR Phase II, are considered Fast-Track and do not require National Council Review.
  • T32 Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
    To enable institutions to make National Research Service Awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas.
  • T35 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Research Training
    To provide individuals with research training during off-quarters or summer periods to encourage research careers and/or research in areas of national need.
  • T90/R90 Interdisciplinary Research Training Award/Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award
    This clinical research training program is aimed at improving the capacity of the integrative health field to carry out rigorous research.

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Mechanisms available only when announced in NIH Guide

NCCAM uses the following types of award mechanisms occasionally. Investigator-initiated applications are not accepted for these mechanisms. See all Active Funding Announcements (PAs, RFAs, RFPs).

  • K22 Career Transition Award
    To provide support to outstanding newly trained basic or clinical investigators to develop their independent research skills through a two-phase program: an initial period involving and intramural appointment at the NIH and a final period of support at an extramural institution. The award is intended to facilitate the establishment of a record of independent research by the investigator in order to sustain or promote a successful research career.
  • P01 Research Program Projects (Prior approval required)
    For the support of a broadly based, multidisciplinary, often long-term research program that has a specific major objective or a basic theme. A program project generally involves the organized efforts of relatively large groups, members of which are conducting research projects designed to elucidate the various aspects or components of this objective. Each research project is usually under the leadership of an established investigator. The grant can provide support for certain basic resources used by these groups in the program, including clinical components, the sharing of which facilitates the total research effort. A program project is directed toward a range of problems having a central research focus, in contrast to the usually narrower thrust of the traditional research project. Each project supported through this mechanism should contribute or be directly related to the common theme of the total research effort. These scientifically meritorious projects should demonstrate an essential element of unity and interdependence, i.e., a system of research activities and projects directed toward a well-defined research program goal.
  • P30 Center Core Grants
    To support shared resources and facilities for categorical research by a number of investigators from different disciplines who provide a multidisciplinary approach to a joint research effort or from the same discipline who focus on a common research problem. The core grant is integrated with the center's component projects or program projects, though funded independently from them. This support, by providing more accessible resources, is expected to ensure a greater productivity than from the separate projects and program projects.
  • P40 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Material Resource Grants (NCRR)
    To develop and support animal (mammalian and nonmammalian) models, or animal or biological materials resources available to all qualified investigators without regard to the scientific disciplines or disease orientations of their research activities or specifically directed to a categorical program. Nonmammalian resources include nonmammalian vertebrates, invertebrates, cell systems, and nonbiological systems.
  • P50 Specialized Center
    To support any part of the full range of research and development from very basic to clinical; may involve ancillary supportive activities such a protracted patient care necessary to the primary research or R&D effort. The spectrum of activities comprises a multidisciplinary attack on a specific disease entity or biomedical problem area. These grants differ from program project grants in that they are usually developed in response to an announcement of the programmatic needs of an Institute or Division and subsequently receive continuous attention from its staff. Centers may also serve as regional or national resources for special research purposes.
  • R03 Small Research Grants
    To provide research support specifically limited in time and amount for studies in categorical program areas. Small grants provide flexibility for initiating studies that are generally for preliminary short-term projects and are non-renewable.
  • R25 Education Projects
    For support to develop and/or implement a program as it relates to a category in one or more of the areas of education, information, training, technical assistance, coordination, or evaluation.
  • R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program
    To support early phase clinical research and development needed for planning and design of subsequent definitive larger randomized clinical trials, cluster randomized trials, or cohort studies.
  • U01 Research Project-Cooperative Agreements
    To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
  • U13 Conference-Cooperative Agreements
    To support international, national, or regional meetings, conferences, and workshops where substantial programmatic involvement is planned to assist the recipient.

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