Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Introduction to the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is a federal agency consisting of 27 institutes and centers (ICs), of which 24 make external grants. Each has its own budgets and priorities. The vast majority (84%) of NIH’s $30 billion budget supports external research at institutions like Stanford, making NIH the leading funding agency in the US for biomedical research. NIH funds a broad array of awards—from small training awards for students and postdoctoral fellows to large awards for comprehensive centers. Follow the links below to learn which award types or “grant mechanisms” are relevant to the Department of Anesthesia and your interests. Useful references at NIH, Stanford, and the Department of Anesthesia are also listed below.

  • F awards:

These awards are for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, as well as training for experienced scientists who wish to change career directions. pdf link

  • K  awards:

These awards are for career development. Although most mechanisms are for junior investigators, there are a few for mid-career and senior investigators. pdf link

  • P  awards:

These awards are for program projects or centers, which are large, multi-project efforts that generally include a diverse array of research activities. (Coming soon.)

  • R  awards:

These awards are for research projects. There are also resource grants such as the R24 and R25 mechanisms. pdf link

  • T  awards:

These awards are for training pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and for conferences. (Coming soon.)

  • U  awards:

These awards are cooperative agreements, used when there is a substantial programmatic involvement between the awarding Institute and Center at NIH and the investigator’s institution. (Coming soon.)

  • Trans-NIH awards:

The NIH also supports a variety of broad-reaching, cross-institute programs, such as the “NIH Roadmap Initiatives” and the DP1 and DP2 mechanisms. (Coming soon.)

Useful References at NIH

Useful References at Stanford

Department of Anesthesia contacts

Michael Helms [mkhelms]
 (650) 721-6119

Patricia Rohrs [rohrs]
 (650) 483-7584

Stanford Medicine Resources:

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