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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. These AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions.

This initiative is one of several being offered by IC to help fulfill the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help stimulate the economy through support of biomedical and behavioral research. Additional information the Recovery Act and related NIH opportunities is available through the Office of Extramural Research

Areas of Scientific Priority:

At institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support, AREA grants may support, new or renewal, meritorious projects in biomedical, behavioral research or clinical research, including:

  • pilot research projects and feasibility studies
  • development, testing, and refinement of research techniques
  • secondary analysis of available data sets
  • similar discrete research projects that demonstrate research capability

NIDA is interested in AREA awards that address a variety of aspects of drug abuse research. The institute's highest priority areas are listed on our GO grants website and our revision applications website Applicants are also encouraged to read about the areas NIDA has identified for the institute's Signature Projects .

Budget and Project Period. Applicants may request up to a total of $300,000 direct costs. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may be up to three (3) years. Note: The entire budget MUST be requested under Budget Period 1. Do not complete PHS 398 Budget, Periods 2, 3, 4, or 5. They are not required and will not be accepted with the application.

Eligibility: The applicant organization must offer baccalaureate or advanced degrees in the sciences related to biomedical and behavioral sciences and meet the requirement of receiving research grants and/or cooperative agreements from the NIH totaling not more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in each of four (4) or more of the last seven (7) years.

Note that this criterion of financial eligibility is based on the amount of NIH research grant monies received, not by the institution (university or college) as a whole, but by the individual school/college or aggregation of "other academic components" (see definition below) where the PD/PI has an appointment (e.g., School of Medicine, College of Nursing, etc.). er of applications: Only one application per institution will be accepted.

To determine the eligibility of a school or component with regard to this requirement, applicants should consult the list of eligible/ineligible schools/components on the AREA program Web site at If the name of the school or component does not appear on the list, applicants should check with their own institutions to verify the status.

Foreign organizations/institutions are not permitted as the applicant organization.

Other information: The AREA program is primarily a research grant program and not a training or fellowship program. Active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in the proposed research is encouraged, and reviewers will consider whether the proposed project will expose undergraduate (preferably, if available) and graduate students to meritorious research. However, the application should not focus on training objectives and training plans should not be provided.

Key Dates:

Opening Date: August 24, 2009 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not Applicable
Application Due Date(s): September 24, 2009
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): April 1, 2010
Expiration Date: September 25, 2009

Peer Review Date(s): October/November 2009

Contact Information:

Program Contact:
Christine Colvis, Ph.D.

Grants Management Contact:
Pamela G. Fleming

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