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NIH-targeted Funding Opportunities Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why were specific funding mechanisms (e.g., R01/U01/P01/Selected Training Programs and Centers) chosen and not others (e.g., R21)?
    • This NIH-targeted funding opportunities initiative is a pilot program, and including all NIH funding mechanisms is beyond its scope. The intent is to target only a few, limited, NIH funding mechanisms of high priority for Purdue. The funding mechanisms chosen were based on the results of a review of the distribution of awards within Purdue’s current NIH funding portfolio and considerations of requirements for preliminary data.
  • Will this be a recurring/annual initiative?
    • Our goal is to offer the program on a short term basis until data are available to evaluate its effectiveness.
  • What is the total investment in this initiative?
    • Our goal is to commit up to $2M/yr to this initiative.

Competing Renewal R01 Program

  • What if my R01 is currently in a NCE (no cost extension)?
    • If your R01 is currently in a NCE and you have not submitted a competitive renewal you may be eligible for this program. If you have submitted your competitive renewal and you are not successful, then you are eligible for the EVPRP Bridge Funding program and not eligible for the Competing R01 Renewal Program. Contact Perry Kirkham ( for further explanation.
  • Can a portion of the funds be used to pay faculty salary?
    • In general, support for faculty salaries is not the intent of this program. However, individual cases may arise where this is the most productive use of funds. Contact Perry Kirkham ( for further explanation.

New R01 Program

  • What is the goal of this program and who does it target?
    • The goal of the program is to increase the NIH R01/U01/P01 funding portfolio at Purdue. The program targets faculty who are applying for new or additional R01/U01/P01 awards from the NIH. A goal of the program is to encourage faculty who already have R01 awards or who have a sustained history of federal funding to apply for additional R01 awards or a new P01 award.
  • Who is eligible to apply to the program?
    • All faculty (tenure-track/tenured and research) on the West Lafayette campus who have expended start-up funds and who are not eligible for the EVPRP Bridge Funding program are eligible to apply. Faculty whose current R01 funding recently expired or will expire soon should apply to the EVPRP Bridge Funding Program.
  • Why must faculty have depleted all their start-up funds to be eligible for the New R01 Program?
    • The need to support new faculty for a R01 submission is met by the availability of start-up funds that are supplied to provide support for preliminary data for a first R01 submission.
  • Do consulting costs fall under the category of services?
    • Yes

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