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NIH New R01/U01 Program

Enhancing Purdue’s NIH Research Portfolio

Office of Research
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907



Standard submission dates are September 17 and February 17 each fall and spring semester. In Fall 2023, the deadline will fall to Monday, September 18th.

If due date falls on a weekend, the submission will be accepted through 5:00pm of the following workday.

Funds available

December, May following the fall and spring deadlines

Overview and Purpose

The Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) intends to increase the submission and success rates of new R01/U01 applications from new and established investigators.

The long-term goal is to increase Purdue’s NIH funding portfolio. This program is intended to increase R01/U01 awards by enabling the success of New Projects developed by faculty with a consistent record of external research funding from NIH or other agencies. An influx of funds in the early stages of a planned R01/U01 project will provide an opportunity to validate specific project aims and acquire strong preliminary data that will increase the probability of success.


Faculty (tenure-track/tenured and research) on the West Lafayette campus 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 12-18 months of a planned submission of a R01/U01 application. Faculty should work with their pre-award centers to prepare applications, which must be submitted through the pre-award centers through the InfoReady application portal here:

Faculty are allowed to submit only one application per cycle as a Principal Investigator.

New R01/U01 Applications

Applications must use Arial 11 point font with 0.5 inch margins, single line spacing and must follow the supplied NIH R01/U01 template

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

Allowed Costs

  • The intent of this pilot program is to provide funds for student/staff effort, reagents, and services that will enable the needed preliminary data for new R01/U01 applications. The appropriateness of other funding items will be taken on a case-by-case basis and must be well justified.
  • Equipment purchases are not envisioned as part of this pilot program since they are eligible for funding under the Research Instrumentation 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 new NIH R01/U01 application no later than 18 months after receiving funding from this program. Failure to do so may result in the recipient becoming ineligible to receive future funding from the Office of Research.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the impact they are likely to have on the success of the investigator’s NIH R01/U01 submission. Response to input from the NIH, often in the form of a summary statement, will be viewed very favorably.

Post-Award and Reporting Requirements

The Principal Investigator must submit to the Office of Research (

  1. an email reporting the date the new R01/U01 was submitted
  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 ( or Emily Stevenson (

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why were specific funding mechanisms (e.g., R01/U01) chosen and not others (e.g., R21)?

    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 continue offering the program semiannually.

  • What is the goal of this program and who does it target?

    The goal of the program is to increase the NIH R01/U01 funding portfolio at Purdue. The program targets faculty who are applying for new or additional R01/U01, or similar, 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 unrelated R01 awards.

  • Who is eligible to apply to the program?

    All faculty (tenure-track/tenured and research) on the West Lafayette campus.

  • Do consulting costs fall under the category of services?


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