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Funding Policies

Financial Management Plan

Grant Programs

  • NIBIB Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings - R13,U13

    NIBIB provides support for investigator-initiated conference and scientific meetings that fall within its research focus in Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. A scientific meeting is defined as a gathering, symposium, seminar, conference, workshop, or any other organized, formal meeting to coordinate, exchange, and disseminate information or to explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge.
  • Bioengineering Research Partnerships

    The purpose of the BRP program is to support basic, applied, and translational multi-disciplinary research that addresses important biological, clinical or biomedical research problems. In the context of this program, a partnership is a multi-disciplinary research team, that applies an integrative, systems approach to develop knowledge and/or methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat disease or to understand health and behavior. The partnership must operate according to a clear leadership plan and include appropriate bioengineering or allied quantitative sciences in combination with biomedical and/or clinical components. It is expected that a BRP will have a well-defined goal or deliverable that will be achieved in a 5-10 year timeframe based on objective milestones specified in the initial application.
  • Small Grant Program - R03

    Small grants provide research support, specifically limited in time and amount, for activities such as pilot projects, testing of new techniques, or feasibility studies of innovative, high-risk research, which would provide a basis for more extended research.
  • Exploratory/Developmental Grant Program - R21

    The NIBIB Exploratory/Development (R21) Grant is intended to support innovative, high impact research projects that would 1) generate pilot data to assess the feasibility of a novel avenue of investigation; 2) involve high risk experiments that could lead to a breakthrough in the field of biomedical imaging and/or bioengineering; or 3) demonstrate the feasibility of new technologies that could have a major impact in a specific area.
  • Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

    The SBIR and STTR programs seek to increase the participation of small businesses in Federal R&D and to increase private sector commercialization of technology developed through Federal R&D.

Special Consideration

  • Special Consideration of Research that Bridges the Life and Physical Sciences

    A major focus of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) since its inception has been the bridging and integration of the life and physical sciences. Over the past few years, this focus has been enforced by Congressional language (e.g., Report Language accompanying the House FY 2004 Appropriations Bill) and has culminated in a recent "Conference on Research at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences: Bridging the Sciences."

  • NIBIB Policy for Bridge Funding for New Investigators at Their First Renewal Cycle

    To address the potential interruption in funding for the first renewal of a new investigator's first R01 grant, the NIBIB has established a bridge funding policy for applications that are close to the funding payline.
  • Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award Policy

    The NIBIB has established a New Investigator Pay Plan with the aim of improving the success that new investigators have in applying for R01 awards.
  • Special Consideration of Research that is of High Risk, but Potentially High Reward

    Many members of the extramural community have voiced the concern that NIH peer review and funding practices often tend to favor the more conservative research endeavors proposed by the applicant community. The NIBIB, in keeping with its strategic plan, announces its intent to have a visible impact in addressing this concern.

  • Public-Private Partnership Opportunities at the NIBIB

    The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) supports the development of novel technologies and the translation of those technologies into applications for the benefit of public health. To be relevant and efficient, this effort requires cooperation and collaboration among scientific disciplines and biomedical organizations.