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AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.226
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 16, 2018

For scientific or research questions:
AHRQ Staff by Program and Portfolio Area

For peer review:
Kishena Wadhwani

For financial or grants management questions:
Brian Campbell


The AHRQ Small Research Grant Program supports different types of health services research projects, including:

  • Pilot and feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small, self-contained research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of new research technology

AHRQ’s specific priority areas of focus are:

  1. Improve healthcare quality by accelerating implementation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
  2. Make healthcare safer
  3. Increase accessibility by evaluating expansions of insurance coverage
  4. Improve healthcare affordability, efficiency, and cost transparency

AHRQ supports projects concerning the delivery of healthcare in inner-city and rural areas (including frontier areas), and healthcare for priority populations. Priority populations include low income groups; minority groups; women; children; the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life healthcare.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Public or nonprofit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization
  • Unit of local or state government
  • Eligible agency of the federal government
  • Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American tribal government (other than federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American tribally-designated organization
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $100,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

Standard NIH application due dates for the R03 activity code apply to this funding opportunity. Be aware that there are different deadlines for new and resubmission applications.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Elderly population · Frontier and remote areas · Health insurance · Healthcare quality · Minorities · People with disabilities · Poverty · Research methods and resources · Uninsured and underinsured · Women

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