First, NIAMS, then NINR … now NIDCR makes 3 NIH ICs that restrict use of the R03 small grant program mechanism for clearly defined new investigators. NIDCR offers up to $150K in direct costs for the 2-year period. NIAMS sticks with the traditional $50K per year but for up to 3 years. NINR seems to be following the parent R03 award of $50K per year for 2 years.
NIDCD offers a special R03 program for young investigators – including postdocs – within 7 years of their doctorate (excluding years of formal clinical training). Applications may be submitted for up to 4 modules of $25,000 each (ie, $100,000 Direct Costs per year), for up to 3 years of support. There are special receipt dates later in the major cycle months (Feb, June, Oct).