NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01)

The Research Project (R01) grant is an award made to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator's specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIH.

Application Characteristics

  • As a general rule, R01 application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. However, R01s can be limited in a specific funding opportunity announcements, so it is important that applicants note any budgetary limits indicated in Part 2. Section 2. Award Budget of the announcement. 
  • Applications are generally awarded for 1 - 5 budget periods, each normally 12 months in duration.
  • Applications can be renewed by competing for an additional project period.

Allowable Costs

  • Salary and fringe benefits for Principal Investigator, key personnel, and other essential personnel
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Consultant costs
  • Alterations and renovations
  • Publications and miscellaneous costs
  • Contract services
  • Consortium costs
  • Facilities and Administrative costs (indirect costs)
  • Travel expenses

The NIH is comprised of Institutes and Centers (IC) that support specific areas of health-related research and almost all Institutes and Centers at the NIH fund R01 grants. Research grant applications are assigned to an Institute or Center based on receipt and referral guidelines, and many applications are assigned to multiple Institutes and Centers as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research is encouraged.

Applicants are encouraged to identify a participating IC that supports their area of research via the website and contact Scientific/Research staff from relevant ICs to inquire about their interest in supporting the proposed research project.


  • Standard due dates for new applications are February 5, June 5, and October 5

  • Standard due dates for renewals, resubmissions and revisions are March 5, July 5, and November 5.

  • AIDS and AIDS-related grant application due dates are May 7, September 7, and January 7. For additional information, the receipt, review and award cycle schedules are posted on the website.

The list of active funding opportunity announcements under the R01 program can be found here

Due to high number of different opportunities under this program, information about elgibility, funding, application forms and other requirements for all of them could not be posted here. If you are interested to apply or have questions about any of the opportunities under this program, please contact 

Please note that SFU Signature Sheet is due to 3 business days before the submission deadline. Overhead is at a fixed rate of 8% of modified total direct costs, exclusive of tuition and related fees, direct expenditures for equipment, and subawards in excess of $25,000.

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