Author: Charles Ansong

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Charles is a biochemist who manages grants in the areas of bioenergetics, redox reactions, and trace metal homeostasis. He is a scientific contact for the NIGMS Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) R15 program and is chair of the NIH R15 Program Advisory Committee.

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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.

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Webinar for NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15) Programs


Are you or other principal investigators at your institution preparing a grant application for the NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15)? If so, please join our upcoming webinar, “The NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15) .  .  . What You Need to Know!” to learn about the various NIH R15 programs, which one NIGMS participates in, and application components. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions:

Thursday, June 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
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Event webpage

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A Closer Look at the NIGMS AREA (R15) Program


Continuing our regular posts detailing funding trends for NIGMS programs, here we provide a closer look at the NIGMS Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) R15 program. AREA grants support small-scale research projects involving primarily undergraduate students at institutions that received no more than $6 million in funding from NIH in 4 of the past 7 years. Awards can be up to $300,000 in direct costs for the entire project period of up to 3 years. Unlike most of our other Research Project Grant (RPG) awards, which have noncompeting renewals on an annual basis, R15 funds are obligated in the first year and last the duration of the project period. Grantees can renew these awards in a competitive proposal process.

NIH offers two different R15 awards: AREA and the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP). The key distinction between them is that AREA grants are available to undergraduate-focused institutions, while REAP grants are available to health professional and graduate schools. See the FAQs about the programs for a list of common questions. NIGMS participates in only the AREA program.

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