Discretionary grants and associated dollar values are organized by four major activity types: research, training, services, and other. Interested parties can use this information when applying for grant funding. Definitions for the types are provided in this resource.
This report shows the number of discretionary grants and associated dollar values organized by the four major activity types shown below, and their subcategories.
Research typically receives of about half of the discretionary grant dollars in a given year. The majority of discretionary awards support traditional research projects by individual investigators, as well as broadly based traditional research; multi-disciplinary research programs; general and categorical research centers and research resources; research career programs; and general research support to grantee institutions to strengthen research activities. NIH awards about half of the discretionary research grant funds each year.
Services often is the second largest category of discretionary grant funds, primarily to support health and/or social services programs. Services includes grants for the delivery of health services, treatment and rehabilitation programs, education and information programs, and programs for the detection of health problems. ACF usually awards the majority of services grants.
Training includes research training programs, applied training programs and traineeships, education projects, general educational support to health professions schools, and research career programs. NIH and HRSA typically award most of the training grants primarily to support training in health professions, but also to provide support to AIDS education and training centers, and interdisciplinary training for health care in rural areas.
Other is a general type that makes up a small percentage of the total discretionary grants. It includes construction projects, grants for the planning and development of health programs and health resources, evaluations, and health infrastructure awards.
Last Updated: March 21, 2018