As announced in this guide notice, NIH now administers two programs using the R15 activity code. The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) targeting undergraduate-focused institutions and the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) targeting graduate schools of arts and sciences and health professional schools that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees. Both programs aim to expose students to research and strengthen the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support.
Specific organization and principal investigator eligibility requirements are outlined in the funding opportunity announcements posted for each R15 program. Institutions must verify their eligibility at the time of application, as NIH no longer maintains the list of institutions ineligible for R15 grants.
To help you navigate these changes, please see the following resources:
- Open Mike blog
- NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15) webpage
- Need Help Determining Organization Funding Levels for R15 Eligibility?
- Sample Provost Letters Certifying Eligibility
- R15 Frequently Asked Questions