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RFA-AR-21-003: NIAMS Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Centers (P30 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                           May 8, 2020, noon PT

LOI:                                                        30 days prior to application due date

External Deadline:                        August 11, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.  

Award Information:                        Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 3

Anticipated Amount: NIAMS intends to commit up to $1.5 million direct costs in FY2021 to fund a maximum of three awards.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.


The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) requests applications for the NIAMS Resource-based Centers Program (P30) for research areas within its mission in skin biology and diseases research. The Resource-based Centers will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services, and/or resources to groups of investigators conducting research on skin biology and diseases, enabling them to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively, with the broad overall goal of accelerating, enriching, and enhancing the effectiveness of ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research and promoting new research within the NIAMS mission.


The NIAMS uses a number of centers grant mechanisms to support research that require synergistic, integrated groups of investigators, significant infrastructure, and/or technological innovations. NIAMS convened a Centers Evaluation Working Group (CEWG) to advise the Institute as to how the Centers programs could be more responsive and supportive to current research needs and opportunities.  The CEWG concluded that NIAMS should allow flexibility and dynamism in the design, structure, and conduct of its Centers, to accommodate the variable needs of NIAMS research areas that differ with respect to investigator community, resource availability, and knowledge depth and breadth (see NIAMS Centers Evaluation Working Group Report; The CEWG recommended that the “NIAMS Centers should prioritize improving access to resources, using as review criteria i) the importance of the resource and ii) the potential impact of providing access to that resource”.

NIAMS expects that the Resource-based Center Program will:

    • Efficiently provide critical research infrastructure to advance fields within the NIAMS mission
    • Include Cores that offer resources and services in addition to equipment and other infrastructure
    • Contribute and/or facilitate significant innovations in research and technology
    • Facilitate expansion of research fields within the NIAMS mission
    • Foster innovative exploratory projects and junior investigators
    • Have flexibility to adopt and adapt to emerging needs and opportunities


Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.