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The NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the U.S.’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. It is the primary U.S. Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behaviour of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.


NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34)

Programe Description

The NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34) supports development of Phase III clinical trials. This program supports: the establishment of the research team; development of tools for data management and research oversight; definition of recruitment strategies; finalization of the protocol; preparation of an operations/procedures manual. The Clinical Trial Planning Grant is not designed for the collection of preliminary data or the conduct of pilot studies to support the rationale for a clinical trial.

Area of Funding

Please see the funding website for the specific areas that are funded (the R34 Participating Institutes and Centres are listed at the bottom of the page): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/r34.htm


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Type of Funding

Research Grant


The overall budget amount devoted to intramural and extramural R&D programs for the NIH in FY 2012 is $30.107 billion22. A budget for direct costs up to four $25,000 modules or $100,000 per year. In 2011, the R34 funded 214 awards totaling over $51.46 million. Source: AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: R&D in the FY 2012 Budget. http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2012/

Duration of Funding

One year.

Funding Conditions

The R34 Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement for investigator-initiated R34 applications can be found at PA-09-186 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-186.html) and articulates the policies and procedures that apply to this program.
A registration process is necessary before submission and applicants are highly encouraged to start the process at least four (4) weeks prior to the grant submission date. Therefore, applicants should immediately check with their business official to determine whether their organization/institution is already registered in both Grants.gov and the NIH eraCommons. The NIH will accept electronic applications only from organizations that have completed all necessary registrations.

Please read the following PDF document (extracted from printed catalogue) to obtain other useful information about DHS and eligibility language before applying:

Application Notes

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations) are eligible to apply.

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Foreign Grants Information

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.