NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Center Core Grants that provide resources and facilities shared by a minimum of six NINDS-supported investigators from one or more organizations, and supporting a wider base of neuroscience research. The proposed Centers should offer services and expertise that would be difficult or impractical to support in individual labs. The Centers are expected to capitalize on economies and synergies associated with shared resources, and to foster a collaborative environment among neuroscientists at host institutions.

Only one application per institution is allowed.


  • Duke Internal Deadline:  November 28, 2016
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: January 14, 2017
  • Application Due Date(s): February 14, 2017

RFA-NS-17-011 Expiration Date February 15, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant organizations must have a minimum of six qualifying research projects directed by at least six separate Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s). All qualifying projects must be substantial users of the Cores, and Core services must be within scope of the funded aims of the awards identified as qualifying projects.  No more than 25% of the effort from a single Core facility can be devoted to projects directed by any single investigator.

Qualifying projects are defined for the purpose of this FOA as NINDS-funded research projects using the R01, U01, R35, R37, P01, P50, U54, DP1 (Pioneer) and DP2 (New Innovator) activity codes (for general descriptions/definitions, see . Multicomponent awards such as Program Projects (P01) and Centers (P50 or U54) each count as only one qualifying project toward the minimum requirement. The number of funding years remaining for each qualifying project should be included; pending applications and projects in no cost extension are to be excluded.

Grant mechanisms with durations of less than four years are ineligible as qualifying projects. However, Brain Initiative projects, Pathway to Independence (R00) awards, smaller research projects (R21 and R03), fellowships, career (K) awards, and unfunded pilot projects are eligible to use Center services, but these investigators/awards do not count toward the minimum required number of qualifying projects.



Amount Description

Applications may request up to $300,000 per year in direct costs.

The maximum project period is four years.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

James McNamara 2008




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

November 28, 2016

External Deadline

February 14, 2017