The grant mechanisms supported by NINDS are described below. Each funding mechanism and program title is accompanied by a brief General Description of each mechanism, followed by NINDS Specific Instructions (if any), and Link to Program Announcements (PA) & Requests for Application (RFA). For additional, specific information regarding eligibility for Non-U.S. scientists and U.S. scientists at foreign Institutions, please see information on International Activities.
R01 Research Project Grant
A Research Project Grant supports a focused research program conducted by a principal investigator with or without collaborators, postdoctoral trainees, graduate students and/or technicians. Also supports Pilot Clinical Trial Grant for Neurological Disease to gather preliminary data and the conduct of clinical studies to support the rationale for a subsequent full-scale clinical trial of intervention to treat or prevent neurological disease.
Link to PAs and RFAs: See NINDS Funding Opportunities
The NINDS Exploratory Neuroscience Research Grant program supports exploratory and foundational research projects that fall within the scientific mission of the NINDS. Awards will provide support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk, but may lead to breakthroughs in important areas of neuroscience, or to the development of novel techniques, reagents, methodologies, or models, of high value to the neuroscience community. The evolution and vitality of neuroscience requires a constant infusion of new ideas, techniques, and points of view. These may differ substantially from current thinking or practice, and may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data. This program is intended to encourage research that will explore new ideas, and advance early stages of projects.
Link to PAs and RFAs: PA-21-219
Link to PAs and RFAs: RFA-NS-18-032
More about the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award.
Instructions Specific to NINDS: If an NINDS Program staff member will provide substantial assistance to a PI and that it is anticipated that assistance exceeds the traditional role of the staff member as Program Administrator, the appropriate support mechanism is the U13 cooperative agreement. Examples of NINDS Program staff involvement after award include, but are not limited to, development of an agenda, selection of speakers, organization of the conference or workshop, and/or post-meeting publications. See full NINDS-specific instructions here.
R44 Small Business Innovative Research Grants (SBIR Phase II) to support in-depth development of R&D ideas for which feasibility was established in Phase I projects and which may ultimately lead to a commercial product or service.
NIH Information: NINDS Small Business Program and Funding Opportunities; NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities
If you intend to submit an application with human subjects, contact: Stephanie Fertig, MBA, SBIR/STTR Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-496-1997