To enhance the ability of NAU researchers and scholars to compete successfully for major ($100K+ per year in direct costs) extramural research grants.


  • To support the generation of preliminary data that can be used to develop competitive research proposals, especially (but not exclusively) to the NIH;
  • To support planning activities that help to build and solidify interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations for sponsored research opportunities; and,
  • To support the acquisition of advanced, state-of-the-art research equipment that will help NAU researchers incorporate the most advanced processes and techniques into their sponsored project proposals.

Types of Funding

Planning Grants

The primary focus of planning grants is on preparatory work for interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.

Examples of planning grant funding uses include:

  • secondary analysis of existing data from an interdisciplinary perspective to generate study hypotheses;
  • preparation of joint publications from an interdisciplinary team to strengthen their competitiveness for NIH funding; or
  • support for the logistics of preparing a center grant or program project application, including convening a pre-proposal advisory board.

A planning grant must lead directly to:

  • the submission of one or more extramural funding applications (on which NAU is the prime applicant) each requesting $100,000 or more in total direct costs and full indirect recovery; or,
  • the submission of a Preliminary Studies grant application

Preliminary Studies Grants

Preliminary studies grants focus specifically on activities such as conducting preliminary research to inform study design, demonstrating feasibility of research protocols, pilot testing novel methodologies, or initiating and establishing new interdisciplinary research collaborations. 

Examples of preliminary studies grant funding activities:

  • proof of principle/concept studies for new methodologies
  • feasibility studies
  • measurement validation studies
  • pilot intervention studies to inform sample size and power estimation
  • development of new technologies that address a societal need
  • new methods for structuring or analyzing data sets

A preliminary studies grant must lead directly to:

  • the submission of one or more extramural funding applications (on which NAU is the prime applicant) each requesting $500,000 or more in total direct costs. Full indirect recovery is required.

Equipment Acquisition Grants 

Equipment acquisition grants provide researchers the opportunity to obtain advanced, state-of-the-art equipment that will enhance competitiveness for obtaining extramural funding.  

An equipment acquisition grant must lead directly to:

  • The submission of one or more extramural funding applications where NAU is receiving $250,000 or more in total direct costs.  Full indirect recovery on such applications is required.


NAU “regular” employees who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators/Project Directors on extramural grants are eligible to apply for PGP grants.

When to apply

Important Dates:




Letters of Intent Due

November 1 

May 1

Invitations to submit full proposals

December 1

June 1

Full Proposals Due

February 1

August 1

Award Notification

March 15

September 15

Award Activation/Project Start Date

April 1

October 1

Project End Date

March 31

September 30

How to Apply

Coming soon!

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