Funding Opportunity: Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program  


We’re pleased to announce that the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 program for undergraduate-focused institutions has been reissued as PAR-24-152 (clinical trial not allowed). NIGMS supports R15 grants through this NOFO for research in scientific areas related to our mission.

The AREA program supports investigator-initiated research projects in National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission areas. Its goals are to support meritorious research, to strengthen the research environment at undergraduate-focused institutions/components, and to give undergraduates an opportunity to gain significant biomedical research experience through active involvement in the research. The program is open to faculty at undergraduate-focused institutions that award bachelor’s degrees in science and that have received limited NIH support. Eligible institutions—or schools/colleges within that institution—must have an undergraduate enrollment that is greater than the graduate enrollment (additional eligibility requirements are provided in the NOFO).

As stated in the NOFO, applicants may now request up to $375,000 in direct costs, excluding consortium facilities and administrative costs, for the entire project period of up to 3 years.

First application receipt date: June 25, 2024
Earliest start date: April 2025

If you have questions, visit the R15 webpage or email us. The R15 webpage also has information on additional R15 NOFOs in which NIGMS does not participate.

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