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To enable qualified scientists at institutions eligible for Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) to receive support for small-scale research projects that expose undergrads and graduate students to NIH-funded research.
Non-research intensive colleges and health professional schools are eligible for AREA if they have received less than $6 million a year in at least four of the last seven years. For more information on eligibility requirements and a list of ineligible institutions, see AREA Program Ineligible Institutions.
Qualified investigators must have a primary faculty appointment at an AREA-eligible institution and cannot be a PI on an active NIH research grant at the time they would receive an AREA award. However, they may work on another PI's grant. PIs may receive only one AREA award at a time, though they may have successive AREA grants.
NIAID approves awards for up to three years and up to $300,000 in combined direct plus facilities and administrative costs.
Institutions receive the entire award amount at the start of the project period, and may take a no-cost extension of up to twelve months to allow PIs to finish AREA projects. See the No-Cost Extension SOP for details.
For initial peer review, applications are clustered in groups of about fifteen and reviewed by standing study sections or special emphasis panels. For each cluster, those that score in the bottom half are not discussed.
Grantees must send a progress report for each year. For details, see NIH Instructions for Progress Reports for Multi-year Funded (MYF) awards. For more on progress reporting, go to Understand the Annual Progress Report in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
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Last Updated December 20, 2012
Last Reviewed June 20, 2012