Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) - upcoming deadline

Deadline: June 16, 2018

Amount: Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a two-year period


The NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Grant program supports exploratory and developmental research projects that fall within the NICHD mission by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.


  • Clinical trial optional
  • This program is intended to encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects
  • NICHD will accept exploratory/developmental research grant applications for clinical trials to " NICHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21), more details in NOT-HD-17-018
  • This is separate from the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21) in which other institutes participate

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