Early & Mid-Investigator Research (R) Grants

Individual Grants

NIDA Small Grants Program (R03)
Intended for newer, less experienced investigators; investigators at institutions without well-developed research traditions and resources; and more experienced investigators conducting exploratory studies that either represent a significant change in research direction or test new methods or techniques. Provides research support up to a maximum of $50,000 per year in direct costs for up to two years. Funding Announcement.

A/START—AIDS-Science Track Award for Research Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of newly independent and early career investigators to the area of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS research. Provides support for two years, with a maximum of $100,000 per year in direct costs. Investigators funded under this mechanism are expected to use their data to develop R01 grant applications on the intersection of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. Funding Announcement.

B/START—Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of investigators who are five or fewer years past training status into the field of behavioral science research. Support is for one year, with a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs. Funding Announcement.

I/START—Imaging-Science Track Award for Research Transition (R03)
Facilitates the entry of new investigators to the area of brain imaging/clinical neurobiology research, allowing for the design and collection of “proof of concept” brain imaging data for use in transitioning to more extensive research proposals. This mechanism has a 1-year maximum of $150,000 in direct costs. Funding Announcement.

ECHEM—Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction (R21/R33)
Facilitates the entry of newly independent investigators into basic chemistry research applied to drug abuse and addiction. The primary focus of the research must be on chemistry. Research on genetic, neural, or other biological processes is appropriate only if the overall emphasis is on understanding the chemical mechanisms involved. Funding Announcement.

Exploratory/Developmental Grant Applications (R21)
Designed to test innovative or conceptually creative, scientifically sound ideas and to enable exploration of the feasibility of the research question or approach. Data demonstrating feasibility are desirable. Novel and creative approaches are essential. Provides up to two years of funding and a maximum of $275,000 in direct costs (both years combined). Funding Announcement.

Research Project Grant (R01)
An independent grant mechanism used for many of the research grant opportunities available at NIDA. Grantees can support mentored research training opportunities on their R01 grants. Learn more about the NIH Research Project Grant opportunities.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers
Administrative supplements to support individuals with high potential to reenter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or attend to other family responsibilities. Funding is provided to existing NIH research grants to support fulltime or part-time research by these individuals in a program that brings their research skills and knowledge up to date. The program supports candidates with doctoral-level degrees and sufficient prior research experience to qualify for a doctoral-level research staff or faculty position at the time they left active research. Period of support is for a maximum of three years. Funding Announcement.