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NIH will give out 112 Academic Research Enhancement Awards this year in a program that helps U.S. colleges and universities that are not typically funded by NIH. The awards are for projects of up to three years and $75,000 in direct costs; no more than $35,000 can be spent in any one year. The project must be relevant to NIH programs and can be for feasibility or pilot studies, or for small-scale, health-related research. The college or university must not have received a biomedical research support grant of $20,000 or more per year for four or more years since 1983.

Investigators submitting a grant may receive only one AREA grant at a time and may not concurrently be supported by NIH or the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. In 1989, there were 720 applicants and 113 grants awarded. This year's deadline is June 22....

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