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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15) (PA-16-200)


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. AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions, to expose undergraduate and/or graduate students to meritorious research projects, and to strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.

NLM's participation is confined to applications that address research in biomedical informatics and bioinformatics.  This program expires May 8, 2019 unless reissued.

NLM Contact

Clinical and Public Health Informatics: Dr. Hua-Chuan Sim,
Bioinformatics and Translational Informatics: Dr. Jane Ye,
Consumer Informatics: Dr. Alan VanBiervliet,


Deadlines for New or Revised Applications: February 25, June 25, October 25 each year.
Full listing of deadlines for competing applications: