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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary U.S. federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH invests nearly $30.1 billion annually in medical research. More than 80% of the NIH's funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants. The success rate for NIH applications in 2013 was 16.8%.

To realize its mission of extending healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability, the NIH funds grants, cooperative agreements and contracts supporting the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems. With 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in the United States and around the world, including Canada. There are 3 standard application cycles for NIH grants, one in the winter, spring and fall.

The common types of NIH applications are as follows. Please visit our Funding Deadlines Calendar for information on current competitions.

R01 – Research Project Grant

  • Used to support a discrete, specified research project
  • NIH’s most commonly used grant program
  • Budget – costs appropriate for the project, typically <$500,000 per year
  • Generally awarded for 3-5 years

R21 – Exploratory/Development Research Grant Award

  • New, exploratory & development projects, supports early stages of project
  • Limited to up to two years of funding
  • Budget for direct costs for the two year project period up to $275,000

U01 – Research Project Cooperative Agreement

  • Supports discrete, specified projects to be performed by investigator(s) in an area representing specific interests and competencies
  • No specific dollar amount – amount and years specified in FOA


For more information on NIH please contact:

Dallas Callaway
Telephone: 403-210-9815

Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure

A Financial Conflict of Interest disclosure is required by all Investigators (and key team members) who hold or are applying for Public Health Services (PHS) funds including NIH. Investigators and team members are required to complete the University’s disclosure form which is reviewed by the University’s FCOI Review Committee to determine the existence of a Financial Conflict of Interest.

Investigators must submit Financial Interest Disclosure Forms at the following times:

  • At the time of any application for PHS funding, whether directly from PHS or through another institution as a subaward;
  • At minimum, annually, within the term of an existing grant or subaward;
  • Within thirty (30) days of any new Significant Financial Interest or change in status of any Investigator’s financial interests within the term of an existing grant or subaward;

Click here for further information on the UofC’s compliance with this policy.

For questions regarding FCOI disclosure please contact:

Neil Campbell, Senior Legal Counsel, Research