Guidelines for Investigator-Initiated Resource-Related Research Projects Applications (R24)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
The R24 is an investigator-initiated grant mechanism used by the NIH to support projects that will enhance the capability of resources to serve biomedical research. Within the NHLBI, the R24 is used to support projects that enhance the conduct of basic, translational, and clinical research through the development of resources or infrastructure. As noted below, the scope of the R24 must address a national need that fulfills the NHLBI's strategic vision and provides resources to the broader scientific community.
Advance permission from the NHLBI is required prior to submitting an R24 resource application that is related to the Institute's mission.
New (Type 1) and renewal (Type 2; formerly “competing continuation”) applications are subject to the policy. Applicants must request $500,000 or greater in direct costs in any given year. Applicants that do no request $500,000 or more in at least one year will not be considered for submission of an R24 grant application.
All prospective R24 grant applicants should send a letter to the Institute requesting permission to submit an R24 grant application.
- The NHLBI accepts requests for advance permission to submit an R24 resource application to the NHLBI twice a year - on May 15 and on November 15.
- A meeting of the applicant with NHLBI staff is required by April 17 for the May 15 deadline and by October 18 for the November 15 deadline, prior to sending a letter requesting permission to submit an R24 application. The NHLBI staff contacts listed below will direct you to the appropriate staff to set up a staff visit.
If the decision is positive, the NHLBI's response letter must be included as a cover letter with the application upon its submission to the Center for Scientific Review. Without the letter, the application will be returned to the applicant. If approved, the applicant can submit a new (Type 1) or a renewal (Type 2) application on any of the following three dates:
Approximate Review Date
The request should be sent to the Director of the Division most relevant to the proposed research and should generally be no longer than 5 pages. In order to enable the Institute to make an informed decision, the request must provide:
- Specific aims of the proposed resource-related research
- Details of any resource or infrastructure that will be created or enhanced
- Description of the need or gap that will be addressed
- An explanation of the benefit, value, significance, and potential impact on NHLBI-supported research, with a clear description of how the broader scientific or clinical community will benefit
- Direct costs and total costs for each year and direct and total costs for the entire program period
- Names of key investigators
- Plans to distribute and share the resources
- Sunset or transition plans
Applications for NHLBI R24 grants must comply with the NHLBI Guidelines for Applications with Direct Costs of $500,000 or More in Any One Year . Applicants should contact the appropriate NHLBI Program Staff as early as possible when contemplating submission of an application. One letter can be used to address the $500,000 direct cost policy and the R24 request to submit an application.
The NHLBI Funding Announcement can be found at
NHLBI Grants and
Contracts: Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
NHLBI Extramural Program Division Directors
All written requests for NHLBI agreement to accept applications subject to this policy are to be submitted to one of the following Division Directors:
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Dr. Michael Lauer
Two Rockledge Center, Room 8124
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7940
Bethesda, MD 20892-7940
Division of Lung Diseases
Dr. James Kiley
Two Rockledge Center, Room 10042
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7952
Bethesda, MD 20892-7952
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
Dr. W. Keith Hoots
Two Rockledge Center, Room 9136
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7950
Bethesda, MD 20892-7950
Last Updated January 2012