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The NIH P-series Award Mechanism: Is P30 Right for You?

The NIH P-series Award Mechanism: Is P30 Right for You?

The NIH P-series Award Mechanism: Is P30 Right for You?

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Presenter: Dr. John Ludlow
Webinar Format: CD-Rom, MP4 and PDF Transcript.
All formats include the PDF presentation handouts.

Length: 60 minutes

Program project/center grants are large, multi-project efforts that generally include a diverse array of research activities. NIH Institutes and Centers issue funding opportunity announcements to indicate their interest in funding this type of program. The most frequently used programs in this series include research program project grants (P01), in which multiple investigators and programs work toward a common goal; exploratory grants (P20), used to fund planning activities for large projects; center core grants (P30), which fund shared resources or facilities; and specialized center grants (P50), which fund all aspects of a project on a specific disease or research area. While all of these series programs must support NIH’s mission to reduce the burden of illness and disability and extend healthy life, each grant in the P series also have individualized objectives.

A P30 Center Core Grant consist of discrete units or cores, each devoted to a specific activity that would be impractical or less efficient to support on an individual research project grant. The purpose of each core is to support a resource or service that enhances or facilitates the research efforts of a group of independent investigators, each already having some form of NIH funding. Cores may involve the purchase and maintenance of a shared instrument. Some sharing of Core Grant resources and services with other NIH-funded collaborators is encouraged.

During this information-packed Webinar, your expert presenter will cover the specifics and difference of the application process for each of these 4 programs, with a focus on the P30 award mechanism, highlighting strategies to best position your proposal for successfully being awarded funds.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • The requirements for eligibility
  • What budgetary items and supportable activities can be requested
  • Dissemination of information – center director’s meeting
  • Competing and non-competing renewals
  • Core usage by outside institutions

Who Should Attend:

  • PI’s who already have NIH funding
  • New investigators
  • Post-docs




Dr. John Ludlow

Dr. Ludlow began his academic faculty career at the University of Rochester (NY) in 1991, with appointments in the department of biochemistry at the medical school and the university’s cancer research center. During this time he maintained an independently funded research laboratory training graduate students and post doctoral fellows in the area of tumor suppressor gene expression, protein structure, and function. Funding for his laboratory came from a variety of sources, including the NIH, (RO1, P30) the American Cancer Society, and private foundations. Dr. Ludlow began working in the commercial biotechnology sector in 2000, developing and managing research and pre-clinical programs for cell therapy and tissue engineered products, where he has continued to compete in, and advise on, multiple NIH award programs.


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