Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R03)—upcoming deadline

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Amount: Application budgets are limited to $50,000 in direct costs per year. The total project period may not exceed two years.


The Parent NIH Small Research Grant Program supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. This program supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. 

The NIH Small Research Grant Program supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. This program supports different types of projects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

Applications are assigned to participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on receipt and referral guidelines and many applications are assigned to multiple participating ICs with related research interests. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a participating IC that supports their area of research via the R03 IC-Specific Scientific Interests and Contact website and contact Scientific/Research staff from relevant ICs to inquire about their interest in supporting the proposed research project.

For specific information about the mission of each NIH IC, visit the List of NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices website.


  • Applicants should note that many ICs do not accept applications through this parent R03 mechanism, but may accept R03 applications in response to their specific funding opportunity announcements

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