Last week, the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering (LLSE) celebrated a huge win for our faculty member, Dr. Megan McCain – the landing of an R01 grant! Known officially as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant Program, an R01 supports health-related research and development with federal funding. The NIH provides $31B to 300,000+ researchers at 2,500+ institutions annually!
Successfully applying to the R01 program is extremely tricky. In 2016, there were over 26,000 applications and only 17.3% of them were funded. If you do earn a grant though, support can last up to 5 years with up to $250,000 per year in direct costs. For many labs, this award is essential for resources, research equipment, and fellowships for students or post-docs.
We were extremely ecstatic about this news, so we threw a little surprise party for our talented leader, Dr. McCain. If you’re interested in learning more about how research labs are funded and who pays for science, check out this nice article from Cal: undsci.berkeley.edu/article/who_pays.