Grant Mechanisms and Descriptions

Grant codes, application types and descriptions.
Code Type of Application Description
Research Career Development Program
K02 Independent Research Scientist Development Award For support of a scientist, committed to research, in need of additional research training.
K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award To provide the opportunity for promising medical scientists with demonstrated aptitude to develop into independent investigators, or for faculty members to pursue research aspects of categorical areas applicable to the awarding unit, and aid in filling the academic faculty gap in these shortage areas within health profession's institutions of the country.
Research Program Projects and Centers
P01 Research Program Project (RFA Only) To contribute (through each project supported) or be directly related to the common theme of the total research effort. These scientifically meritorious projects should demonstrate an essential element of unity and interdependence, i.e., a system of research activities and projects directed toward a well-defined research program goal.
P20 Exploratory Grants (RFA Only) To support planning for new programs, expansion or modification of existing resources, and feasibility studies to explore various approaches to the development or interdisciplinary program that offer potential solutions to problems of special significance to the mission of AHRQ. These studies may lead to specialized or comprehensive centers.
Research Projects
R01 Research Project To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
R03 Small Research Project Grants To provide research support specifically limited in time and amount for studies in categorical program areas. Small grants provide flexibility for initiating studies which are generally for preliminary short-term projects and are non-renewable.
R13 Conference Grants To support recipient sponsored and directed international, national or regional meetings, conferences and workshops.
R18 Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects To provide support designed to develop, test and evaluate health service activities, and to foster the application of existing knowledge for the control of categorical diseases.
R21 Exploratory/Development Grants To encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects.
R24 Resource-related Research Project To support research projects that enhance capabilities to contribute to extramural research of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the development of a translational research capability. As an applicant, you will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project.
R36 Dissertation Grants To support health services research (with emphasis placed on methodological and research topics that address the mission of AHRQ) undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate.
Fellowship Programs
F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (Minority Program) To provide predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research degree (e.g., Ph.D.).
F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award To provide postdoctoral research training to individuals to broaden their scientific background and extend their potential for research in specified health-related areas.
Training Programs
T32 Institutional National Research Service Award (RFA Only) To enable institutions to make National Research Service Awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas.
Cooperative Agreements
U01 Research Project/Cooperative Agreements (RFA Only) To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
U18 Research Demonstration/Cooperative Agreements  To provide support for testing, by means of a research design, the effectiveness of the transfer and application of techniques or interventions derived from a research base for the control of diseases or disorders or for the promotion of health. These are usually cooperative programs between participating principal investigators, institutions, and the sponsoring Institution(s).
Page last reviewed October 2018
Page originally created September 2012
Internet Citation: Grant Mechanisms and Descriptions. Content last reviewed October 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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