NINDS Research Program Award (R35)

The goal of the R35 (R35; RPA; RFA-NS-22-038) is to help investigators make meaningful contributions to neuroscience by providing greater funding stability, flexibility, and support for your overall research project.

What is the R35? The R35 RPA is a funding mechanism that supports your research efforts by:

  • Providing stable funding of up to $750,000 per year (direct cost funding) for up to eight years;
  • Allowing you to focus on your work rather than spending valuable time continuously applying for funding;
  • Allowing you to conduct long-term, rewarding research that is not tied to specific aims; and
  • Providing flexibility to pivot as needed to emerging and timely topics.

Join us for an R35 Overview Webinar June 8 at 12pm ET. This will be followed by R35 Office Hours on Budget and Eligibility at 1pm ET

If you have any questions about the NINDS Research Program Award (RPA) or about whether you are a good candidate for the award, visit the FAQs and view the short video on eligibility and/or contact your Program Director for more information. View a video of the June 9, 2022 R35 Program Overview Webinar or the slides(pdf, 1339 KB) for more information about the R35 program.

Curious to learn about researchers that have been awarded the R35? We invite you to read about the exciting work of R35 recipients.

Resources and Tools


Alisa Schaefer, Ph.D. | Health Science Policy Analyst, Division of Extramural Research

Dave Owens, Ph.D. | Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research

Funding Opportunities 

Research Program Award (R35 Clinical Trial Optional)

Notice to Allow Requests for Budget Increases for NINDS Research Program Award (R35)

News & Events

NINDS announces 20 new recipients of Research Program Award

Anna Taylor and Bob Finkelstein. “An experiment in program-based funding.


Related Topics 

R35 recipients