This award is different from other NIH R03 programs: it is restricted to clinical and basic scientists who are in the early stages of their independent career in rehabilitation research. The research should be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral mission of NCMRR: pathophysiology and management of chronically injured nervous and musculoskeletal systems; repair and recovery of motor and cognitive function; functional plasticity, adaptation, and windows of opportunity for rehabilitation interventions; rehabilitative strategies involving pharmaceutical, stimulation, neuroengineering approaches, exercise, motor training, and behavioral modifications; pediatric rehabilitation; secondary conditions associated with chronic disabilities; improved diagnosis, assessment, and outcome measures; and development of orthotics, prosthetics, and other assistive technologies and devices. The expected outcome from projects funded under this mechanism is the acquisition of necessary preliminary data for a subsequent research project grant (R01) application.
The proposed project may or may not be hypothesis-driven since the goal is to collect the necessary preliminary data sufficient to apply for an R01 grant. The project may aid in the formulation of hypotheses and may be milestone-driven or descriptive in scope. Given that the goal is to collect preliminary data, R03 projects may be less immediately impactful or significant compared to the typical R01. It is not an expectation that this R03 project will likely “move the field forward” at this stage.
Preliminary data are not required. However, the applicant PD/PI should have sufficient information to give confidence to the reviewers that the proposed work is feasible and that data derived from the project would likely be suitable as preliminary data for a subsequent R01 application.
Deadline: April 21, 2017, March 30, 2018, March 29, 2019
Filed Under: Funding Opportunities