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NIH Funding: Where do I Start?

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. From NIH funding strategies to grant programs and understanding funding opportunity announcements, these resources from the NIH website provide NIH funding basics.

  • NIH list of centers, institutes and offices
  • NIH funding strategies
  • Types of funding announcements
  • Types of grant applications
    • The types of grant applications include new, renewal, revision, resubmission as well as any specific submission requirements for each. Learn more.
  • Types of grant programs (R01, R21, U01, etc.)
    • The types of grant funding NIH offers range from research grants to career development awards, research training and fellowships, center grants, and more. NIH uses activity codes (e.g. R01, R21, etc.) to differentiate the wide variety of programs we support. NIH institutes and centers may vary in the way they use activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs or they apply specialized eligibility criteria. Look closely at the FOA to determine which institutes and centers participate and the specifics of eligibility. Learn more
  • Are you a new, early stage, or early established investigator?
  • Find NIH funding
  • Understand funding opportunity announcements