Ahrq Dissertation Grant Application

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Grant Mechanisms and Descriptions

Internet Citation: Grant Mechanisms and Descriptions. Content last reviewed June 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/process/mechanisms/index.html
Grant codes, application types and descriptions.
CodeType of ApplicationDescription
Research Career Development Program
K02Independent Research Scientist Development AwardFor support of a scientist, committed to research, in need of additional research training.
K08Mentored Clinical Scientist Development AwardTo provide the opportunity for promising medical scientists with demonstrated aptitude to develop into independent investigators, or for faculty members to pursue research aspects of categorical areas applicable to the awarding unit, and aid in filling the academic faculty gap in these shortage areas within health profession's institutions of the country.
Research Program Projects and Centers
P01Research Program Project (RFA Only)To contribute (through each project supported) or be directly related to the common theme of the total research effort. These scientifically meritorious projects should demonstrate an essential element of unity and interdependence, i.e., a system of research activities and projects directed toward a well-defined research program goal.
P20Exploratory Grants (RFA Only)To support planning for new programs, expansion or modification of existing resources, and feasibility studies to explore various approaches to the development or interdisciplinary program that offer potential solutions to problems of special significance to the mission of AHRQ. These studies may lead to specialized or comprehensive centers.
Research Projects
R01Research ProjectTo support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
R03Small Research Project GrantsTo provide research support specifically limited in time and amount for studies in categorical program areas. Small grants provide flexibility for initiating studies which are generally for preliminary short-term projects and are non-renewable.
R13Conference GrantsTo support recipient sponsored and directed international, national or regional meetings, conferences and workshops.
R18Research Demonstration and Dissemination ProjectsTo provide support designed to develop, test and evaluate health service activities, and to foster the application of existing knowledge for the control of categorical diseases.
R21Exploratory/Development GrantsTo encourage new exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects.
R24Resource-related Research ProjectTo support research projects that enhance capabilities to contribute to extramural research of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the development of a translational research capability. As an applicant, you will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project.
R36Dissertation GrantsTo support health services research (with emphasis placed on methodological and research topics that address the mission of AHRQ) undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate.
Fellowship Programs
F31Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (Minority Program)To provide predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research degree (e.g., Ph.D.).
F32Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service AwardTo provide postdoctoral research training to individuals to broaden their scientific background and extend their potential for research in specified health-related areas.
Training Programs
T32Institutional National Research Service Award (RFA Only)To enable institutions to make National Research Service Awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas.
Cooperative Agreements
U01Research Project/Cooperative Agreements (RFA Only)To support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing his specific interest and competencies.
U18Research Demonstration/Cooperative Agreements (RFA Only)To provide support for testing, by means of a research design, the effectiveness of the transfer and application of techniques or interventions derived from a research base for the control of diseases or disorders or for the promotion of health. These are usually cooperative programs between participating principal investigators, institutions, and the sponsoring Institution(s).
Page last reviewed June 2005
Page originally created September 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality supports a variety of pre- and postdoctoral research training grant opportunities, as well as mentored and independent career development grants. Information on the different kinds of grants the Agency offers is covered here.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The Agency's research portfolios contribute to this mission and address:

  • Patient safety.
  • Health information technology.
  • Comparative effectiveness.
  • Prevention/care management.
  • Value.
  • Innovations and emerging issues.

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AHRQ supports a variety of predoctoral and postdoctoral research training grant opportunities, as well as mentored and independent career development grants.

These grants:

  • Foster the development of new, talented health services researchers who can contribute to improving health care for all Americans.
  • Develop research capacity to meet future needs in health services research.

The links provided at http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/index.html offer details on current emphasis areas, eligibility criteria, allowable costs, application procedures, submission dates, and Agency staff contact information.

Additionally, special emphasis notices that solicit applications on specific areas within AHRQ's mission and research portfolios are published and highlighted on AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/priorities-contacts/special-emphasis-notices/index.html.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

AHRQ cosponsors predoctoral fellowships awards for people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Designed to ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists will be available for health services research, these fellowships provide up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined professional or research doctoral degrees.

Dissertation Research Grants

Dissertation research funding is available for full-time students conducting doctoral-level research. These grants typically run for 1 year, with a minimum of 9 months and a maximum of 17 months of support provided.

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

AHRQ provides National Research Service Award fellowship grants to support postdoctoral research training. These postdoctoral fellowships provide 1 to 3 years of academic training and supervised experience in applying research methods to the systematic evaluation of health services. A stipend helps defray students' living expenses, and an allowance helps offset expenses, such as tuition and travel.

Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards

Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards foster the career development of promising new investigators who have research doctoral degrees. Eligible candidates must have mentors identified. Awards are provided for between 3 and 5 years.

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards foster the career development of promising new clinical investigators in the field of health services research. Eligible candidates must have a clinical doctoral degree and have mentors identified. Awards are provided for between 3 and 5 years.

Independent Scientist Awards

Independent Scientist Awards provide career development support for promising new investigators in health services research. Individual awards support newly independent scientists with clinical or research doctoral degrees who can demonstrate a need for a period of intensive research focus and can commit 75 percent of their efforts to that research. Awards are provided for between 3 and 5 years.

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More Information

More details on all of AHRQ's research training and career development opportunities can be found at: http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/training/trainix.htm#Programs.

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