When multiple PD/PIs are proposed, must all PD/PIs and all institutions involved be AREA-eligible?

Yes, each PD/PI must have an appointment at an AREA-eligible institution. In addition, each PD/PI may not be the PD/PI of an active NIH grant at the time of award of an AREA grant.

Can I have a collaborator who is at an ineligible institution?

It is acceptable to have an ineligible collaborator, consultant, or subcontractor from the perspective of eligibility. However, as the role of that ineligible collaborator is developed, it is important from the perspective of merit to keep the goals and unique review criteria of the R15 in mind. These include providing research opportunities to students, having a substantial effect on the institution/academic component in terms of strengthening the research environment and exposing students to research, the PI’s experience supervising students in research, evidence the project can stimulate the interests of students so they consider a career in biomedical/behavioral science, availability of well-qualified students and evidence students have or are likely to pursue biomedical careers. For a Multiple PI structure, all PIs must be eligible.