Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools (R15 Clinical Trial Required)

Program Description

NIMHD supports small-scale research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible domestic health professional schools or graduate schools to:

  • Expose undergraduate and/or graduate students to meritorious research projects.
  • Strengthen the research environment of the applicant institution.

Applicant organizations must be accredited public or non-profit private schools that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees in health professions or advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. A Provost’s letter will certify the applicant institute satisfies these requirements and others; see the announcement, PAR-19-135, for complete details.

The NIH is continuing to make a special effort to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate and/or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support. REAP grants create opportunities for scientists and health professional institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH research programs to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports investigator-initiated clinical trials proposing mechanistic and/or low/minimal risk studies, with the goal of producing clinical findings that have significant public health impact. Proposed studies should be hypothesis-driven and produce research data that are necessary to inform core scientific, design, implementation, and related issues essential to advance scientific knowledge.

The proposed project must involve undergraduate and/or graduate students. Student involvement in the research may include participation in the design of experiments and controls, collection and analysis of data, execution and troubleshooting of experiments, presentation at meetings, drafting journal articles, collaborative interactions, participation in lab meetings to discuss results and future experiments, etc.

As a participating organization, NIMHD invites applications that focus on populations that experience health disparities, which include African Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Also, projects are encouraged that encompass multiple domains (e.g., biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, environmental, physical environment, healthcare system) and multiple levels of influence (e.g., individual, interpersonal, community, societal) to understand and address health disparities (see the NIMHD Research Framework).

Investigators who are solely proposing basic or non-clinical trial human subjects research (e.g. observational, epidemiological, secondary data analyses), should apply to the PAR-19-134, “Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools (R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)” funding opportunity.

NIH Guide No.: PAR-19-135

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