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A(nother) Run through the NIA Mechanism Maze. Robin A. Barr Director, Office of Extramural Activities, NIA rb42h@nih.gov http://www.nia.nih.gov/. Warm-Up Exercises. Changes. Changed receipt/submission dates: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm

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a nother run through the nia mechanism maze

A(nother) Run through the NIA Mechanism Maze

Robin A. Barr

Director, Office of Extramural Activities, NIA


  • Changed receipt/submission dates: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm
  • R01s, R03s, R21s are electronic.
  • Changed rules on Appendices: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-018.html
  • Multiple principal investigators http://grants.nih.gov/grants/multi_pi/index.htm
change contd
Change contd.
  • Transition to electronic delayed for Ks, Fs, Ts and complex mechanisms (program projects and centers)

(maybe June, August, September 2008)

  • Shortened grant applications coming soon… maybe
new investigators more detail
New Investigators – more detail
  • NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., has noted that in tight budget times, it is more important than ever to fund new investigators and innovative research.
  • Support for new investigators is the highest NIH priority for FY 2007
  • 1500 new investigator R01s in 2007

New Investigators Program at NIH


Pathway to Independence Award

NIH Director's New Innovator Award***

NRSA Individual and Institutional Training Awards

Career Development Awards - K Kiosk

Research Project Grant Program - (R01)

NIH Institute and Center Practices

Resources for New Investigators

things that will not change now or in the near future
Things that will not change now or in the near future
  • It is hard to obtain funding.
  • It is harder to obtain funding if you do not apply.
  • Most applications that we pay are resubmissions. (One recent funding list, 6 first submission, 7 were A1, 8 were A2 –convenience sample!)
predoctoral students
Predoctoral Students
  • Fellowships (F30, F31)
  • Training grants (T32, T35)
  • Supplements to increase diversity
  • Dissertation awards to increase diversity
  • MERIT add-on awards .. .. ..
  • Training Grants (T32)
  • Fellowships (F32)
  • L30 (clinical loan repayment contract)
  • Pathway to Independence (K99/R00)
    • (two phase, accelerator award)
junior faculty
Junior faculty
  • Most funding mechs. Available but some are more normative.
  • L30 continues
  • Mentored Ks (K01, K08, K23, K25)
  • Early stage research (R03, R21)
  • R01
  • AREA awards (Smaller schools)
  • DP2 (New Innovator) but, think carefully!
early middle to middle
Early middle to middle
  • R03, R21, R01, R01, R01 contd.
  • K02 – independent scientist award (accelerator)
  • K24 (patient-oriented, combined purpose, mentoring, advancing own research career)
  • R01, R01, R01…
  • P01 (program project)
  • P30, P50 (Center grants)
  • K07 – academic leadership
  • K12 – program career development award (clinical)
  • T32 – as director of a training grant
nia rfas and pass


  • Focus on a particular topic
  • Single receipt date
  • Usually about three months notice
  • Usually special review group
  • Set-aside money


  • Somewhat broader focus than RFA
  • Multiple receipt dates
  • Regular review groups
  • Set-aside money

NIA Active RFAs

National Study of Disability Trends and Dynamics (U01)

January 18, 2008

Georgeanne Patmios, BSR, PatmiosG@nia.nih.gov

Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging (K08 & K23)

December 18

Robin Barr, rb42h@nih.gov

New Interventions for Menopausal Symptoms (U01)

November 23

Sherry Sherman, GCG, ShermanS@nia.nih.gov

Studies to Identify Possible Juvenile Protective Factors….(R01)

(with NICHD)

Chhanda Dutta, GCG, DuttaC@nia.nih.gov

November 19


NIA Active PASs

Harmonization of Longitudinal Cross-National Surveys of Aging (R21)

Until: July 16, 2010

John Phillips, BSR, PhillipJ@mail.nih.gov

Grants for Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Discovery (R21)

(with NINDS and NIMH)

Until: May 07, 2009

Neil Buckholtz, NNA, BuckholN@nia.nih.gov

Applications of Imaging and Sensor Technologies for Clinical Aging Research

(R41/42; R43/44)

Until: May 07, 2008

Winnie Rossi, GCG, Winnie_Rossi@nih.gov

talking tables
Talking Tables
  • Program staff (and extras such as myself) will be at the tables at the back of the room to answer your individual questions
  • Identify NIA staff present.