NIH-targeted Funding Opportunities Initiative

New NIH Centers Program
Enhancing Purdue’s NIH Research Portfolio

Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Office of the Provost
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Proposals - Rolling deadlines
Funds available - Rolling deadlines

Overview and Purpose

The Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) and Office of the Provost’s New NIH Centers Program is intended to increase the submission and success rates of new center applications.

The long term goal is to increase Purdue’s NIH funding portfolio. An influx of funds in the early stages of a planned Center proposal or resubmission will provide an opportunity to integrate projects and acquire strong preliminary data that will increase the probability of success.


Faculty (tenure-track/tenured and research) on the West Lafayette campus who plan to apply for a new P30, P41, P42, P50 or selected cooperative agreement Center Awards (such as U54) are eligible to apply for this program.

Maximum Award

Requests are limited to $50,000 and below.

Application and Submission Process

The program will provide funds within 24 months of a planned submission of a new NIH Center application or shortly after reviews are received for a planned resubmission. Principal Investigators should work with their pre-award centers to prepare applications, which must be submitted through the pre-award centers to:

New NIH Center Applications

Applications must use Arial 11 point font with 0.5 inch margins, single line spacing and must follow the supplied template, available from a link on the following page: Proposal Templates.

Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.

Allowed Costs

  • Faculty salary, staff, student support, support for planning meetings and workshops, and support for generating preliminary data are allowed.
  • Equipment purchases are not envisioned as part of this program since they are eligible for funding under the EVPRP Laboratory and Core Equipment Program. However, specialized equipment that would bring significant new capabilities to a project may be considered if carefully justified.

Cost Sharing or Matched Funding

Cost-sharing or matched funding is not allowed.


Recipients must submit a P30/Cooperative Agreement Center Award application no later than 24 months after receiving funding from this program. Failure to do so may result in the recipient becoming ineligible to receive future funding from EVPRP programs.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated for their likelihood of success.

Post-Award and Reporting Requirements

The Principal Investigator must submit to the Office of the EVPRP: 1) an email reporting the date the P30/Cooperative Agreement was submitted (, and 2) a copy of the review summary of the application when it is received from the NIH (

Additional Information

Questions may be directed to Perry Kirkham (

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