More Funding Opportunities Available through ARRA


New funding opportunities available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have been published and posted at These include the NIH-wide initiative for research and research infrastructure support entitled the “Grand Opportunities,” a Biomedical Core Centers enhancement opportunity, and four initiatives through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for research on the heterogeneity of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Grand Opportunities (GO) program will support projects that address large, specific biomedical and behavioral research endeavors that will benefit from significant 2-year funds with no expectation of continued NIH funding beyond the 2-year grant. Research supported by the GO program should have high short-term impact and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery. Contingent upon the volume of scientifically meritorious application submissions, approximately $200 million of ARRA funds will be obligated to support funds sought through this program. Please see RFA-OD-09-004 for details of this funding opportunity.

The Biomedical Research Core Center Grants (P30) are institutional awards that provide funding to hire new researchers, to equip them with appropriate start-up packages, and to support the development pilot research projects for new research faculty. Biomedical Core Centers, defined as a community of multidisciplinary researchers focusing on areas of biomedical research relevant to NIH, may apply for these institutional awards to strengthen or expand their scientific capacity. Read the full Funding Opportunity Announcement at RFA-OD-09-005.

Grant initiatives for the study of heterogeneity in Autism Spectrum Disorders include opportunities for R01s, Collaborative R01s, R21s, and individual and collaborative R34s. These funding opportunity initiatives may be referenced at NIMH’s Recovery act page or at