p.21 In fiscal 1992, the National Institutes of Health plans to spend $13 million to help stimulate research at small colleges and universities that traditionally have not been supported by NIH funding. Since 1985, NIH has offered Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA grants) to support new research projects or help expand ongoing research efforts by faculty undergraduate institutions. These funds are for projects related to the health sciences.

To be eligible for AREA grants, an institution must not have received an NIH Biomedical Research Support Grant of more than $20,000, and the principal investigator must not have active NIH or Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration support at the time of the application. Funding decisions are based on the scientific merit of the proposal and on the institution's contribution to the undergraduate training of doctoral-level health professionals. Preference is given to colleges that have graduated 25 or more students...

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