American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

On February 17, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Among the goals of the ARRA are to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, and provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health. (Overview of recovery act is at

Federal agencies are issuing announcements and updates at a rapid pace. Funding opportunities will require a quick turn-around. In an effort to keep the NYU community updated, this site will be updated as announcements are made (though, given the volume and rapidity with which such information is emerging, and the number of interested sources, we do not aspire to cover the waterfront).

PowerPoint presentation from the NIH Recovery Act Opportunities Workshops held on April 7, 2009 can be found under the Materials Archive on the OSP training page

Funding Opportunities and Related Announcements

NIST Construction Grant Program

The goals and objectives of the program are to provide competitively awarded grant funds for research science buildings through the construction of new buildings or expansion of existing buildings* For purposes of this program, "research science building means a building or facility whose purpose is to conduct scientific research, including laboratories, test facilities, measurement facilities, research computing facilities, and observatories. In addition, "expansion of existing buildings means that space to conduct scientific research is being expanded from what is currently available for the supported research activities.

Program Priorities

All applicable fields of science that complement one or more programs of DoC's three science organizations: NIST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Specifically, these include science related to measurements, oceans and atmosphere, and telecommunications. More information about those programs can be found on the agencies' Web sites (,, and  Proposals are only required to link to the program priorities of one of the three DoC science organizations. Proposals that address program priorities of more than one organization are not considered to be more competitive.

Agency Website:

National Institutes of Health

    • NIH Research and Research Infrastructure "Grand Opportunities" (RC2) RFA-OD-09-004

Letter of Intent (not mandatory): April 27, 2009
Application: May 27, 2009

NYU Announcement

"GO" grants will support large-scale research that accelerates critical breakthroughs, early and applied research on cutting-edge technologies, and new approaches to improve the synergy and interactions among multi and interdisciplinary research teams. Applicants may propose to address either a specific research question or propose the creation of a unique infrastructure/resource designed to accelerate scientific progress in the future.

    • NIH/ARRA Competitive Revision Applications (NOT-OD-09-058)

Deadline: April 21, 2009

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For support of competitive revisions (formerly called competitive supplements) of active NIH research grants, program project grants,center grants, cooperative agreements, and institutional training grants.  Revision applications must be to support a significant expansion of the scope or research protocol of NIH approved and funded projects.

Some IC’s will only consider applications in target areas identified on their websites.

Examples of the types of revisions that would be appropriate include, but are not limited to:

        • Hiring students, postdocs or other personnel to accomplish new scientific objectives or to generate novel resources;
        • Making investments in technology essential to expand the goals of the project or to enhance energy efficiency in the expansion of the project;
        • Requesting that a single PI grant be changed to a multiple PI grant or otherwise modifying the multiple PI team in order to add and pursue new scientific goals.

    • NIH/ARRA Administrative Supplements (NOT-OD-09-056)

Deadline: OPEN (but check specific Institute/Center instructions)

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Administrative supplements to active Research, Center, and Institutional Training Grants, and to Career Development Awards and Cooperative Agreements, are intended to increase the tempo of the funded research, and must be within the general scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims of the parent grant.

Individual NIH Institutes and Centers have more detailed eligibility information on their websites (see, and some will consider administrative supplements only in target areas.

Of particular interest are supplements for:

        • Equipment purchases (under $100,000)
        • Enhancing the activities of clinical trials
        • Providing additional funded time under K99-R00 and other awards
        • Research employment opportunities for pre-doctoral students, including medical students in "off years" seeking extended time off for research experience, or on shorter term breaks
        • Research employment opportunities for postdocs, including extending support for senior postdocs
        • Comparative effectiveness research.

    • NIH/ARRA Administrative Supplements Providing Summer Research Experiences (NOT-OD-09-060)

Deadline: OPEN (but check specific Institute/Center instructions)

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Will encourage students to seriously pursue research careers in the health related sciences, as well as provide elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, community college faculty, and faculty from non-research intensive institutions with short term research experiences in NIH-funded labs. Supplements

will be made to active Research and Center Grants, and to Cooperative Agreements. Potential applicants should review the individual Institute and Center websites for more detailed eligibility information, and some will consider supplements only in target areas.

Of particular interest are supplements for:

        • Summer Research Opportunities for High School and Undergraduate Students
        • Summer Research Opportunities for Science Educators 

    • NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RC1) RFA-OD-09-003

Deadline: April 27, 2009


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Applicants for the Challenge Grants are cautioned that a total of 200 awards will be made nation-wide totaling $200 million. We encourage those with NIH grants to apply instead for either Competing or Administrative Supplements because we believe they will have a much better chance of being funded.

These grants will support research on topic areas which address specific scientific and health research challenges inbiomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds. NIH Institutes and Centers have selected specific ChallengeTopics within each of the Challenge Areas. The research in these Challenge Areas should have a high impact on biomedical or behavioral science and/or public health. Challenge topics include:

        • Behavior, Behavioral Change, and Prevention
        • Bioethics
        • Biomarker Discovery and Validation Clinical Research
        • Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)
        • Enabling Technologies
        • Enhancing Clinical Trials
        • Genomics
        • Health Disparities
        • Information Technology for Processing Health Care Data
        • Regenerative Medicine
        • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM)
        • Smart Biomaterials
        • Stem Cells
        • Translational Science

    • NIH Recovery Act Limited Competition: High-End Instrumentation Grant (S10) (PAR-09-118)

Deadline: May 6,2009

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A total of approximately 40 awards will be made nationwide. To support the purchase of a single major item of equipment that costs at least $600,000 for shared use by  a group of NIH-supported investigators in biomedical research. Instruments in this category include, but are not limited to, structural and functional imaging systems, macromolecular NMR spectrometers, high-resolution mass spectrometers, cryoelectron microscopes and supercomputers.

A minimum of three major users must be PIs on NIH peer reviewed research grants at the time of the application and award.

    • NIH Recovery Act Limited Competition: Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30) RFA-OD-09-005

Letter of Intent (not mandatory): April 18, 2009
Application: May 29, 2009

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    • Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement (G20)

Deadline: September 17, 2009

These will be institutional submissions selected by the research deans and the Senior Vice Provost for Research.

    • Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program (C06)

May 6, 2009 ($2M - $5M)
June 17, 2009 ($10 - $15)
July 17, 2009 ($5M - $10M)

These will be institutional submissions selected by the research deans and the Senior Vice Provost for Research.

Related NIH Recovery Act Links

National Science Foundation

Important NSF Notice - 3/24/2009

NSF’s overall framework for Recovery Act investments emphasizes the following:

    • All grants issued with Recovery Act funds will be standard grants with durations of up to 5 years. This approach will allow NSF to structure a sustainable portfolio.
    • Funding of new Principal Investigators and high-risk, high-return research will be top priorities.

With the exception of the MRI, ARI and Science Masters programs, the majority of proposals eligible for Recovery Act funding include those that are already in house and will be reviewed and/or awarded prior to September 30, 2009.

NSF also will consider proposals declined on or after October 1, 2008. The reversal of the decision to decline must be based on both the high quality of the reviews received on the initial submission and the lack of available funding at the time the original decision was made. The cognizant program officer will contact the institution when a reversal is being considered by NSF.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Recovery Act Information:


National Endowment for the Arts

New York State Sites

NYSTAR – New York State Foundation for Science Technology and Innovation