Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 27 September 2021

About the R3: RNA Readiness and Response program

How many awards will be funded?

There are no pre-set number of awards.

How much is each individual award?

Award amounts will be dependent on specific proposals and work selected for funding.

Is the Program open to applicants from outside the United States and UK?

Yes, it is open to applicants around the world.

Is the Program open to applicants who are not a part of the Leap Health Breakthrough Network?

Yes, it is open to all applicants. Should your proposal be selected for funding, as the first step of putting in place a contract, the PI’s organization will need to sign the Master Academic Research Funding Agreement (MARFA). Please see the announcement for more information and learn how to become a member.

What is the working model or program structure of Leap programs?

Performers are from universities and research institutions: small, medium and large companies (including venture-backed); and government or non-profit research organizations. Leap programs are actively led and orchestrated by a Program Director who adjusts, iterates, and directs teams working together so as to solve problems they cannot solve alone.

Application process

Is there a specific format for Leap program applications?

Please see the program announcement for format guidance.

Is it possible to have multiple applicants on a submission?

Yes. Multiple collaborators can be on a single submission, but only the Principal Investigator (PI) will be able to submit the application on the portal.

Is it necessary to form a consortium when applying?

No. We encourage individuals or small teams to apply in the thrust area(s) best aligned with their expertise and capabilities. It is not necessary to form a large consortium or team a priori to address all thrusts or an entire goal in a single abstract or proposal. Indeed, we intend to facilitate synergies dynamically among R3 performers as we make progress together toward the program’s goals.

What are the eligible costs?

Full direct and government-certified indirect costs appropriate to the execution of the research, are eligible.

Can you have multiple submissions?


Am I able to edit my submission once submitted?


When will I receive feedback on my submission?

Please see the program announcement for the program timeline.

May I still submit a full proposal if I receive a recommendation to not submit on my abstract feedback?


Review process

Will my idea be treated as confidential during the review process?

Please see the program announcement for confidentiality of submissions details.

What is the review process?

Please see the program announcement for information on the review process in each round.