Research Grant Duration Policy

NIGMS limits the length of most of its R01 grants to 4 years. However, 5-year R01 grants are made to most early stage investigators and to some new investigators, generally those early in their career, to provide extra time for getting their projects under way.

Maximizing Investigators' Research Awards (R35) for established and early stage investigators are funded for 5 years.

Other exceptions include centers, which generally are funded for 5 years. NIGMS rarely participates in short-term mechanisms (such as the R21).