Applying for a Research Grant

When applying for a National Institute of Health grant, there are some key concepts to the application one should understand. These include how to submit, where to find forms, and when to turn the application in. It is also important to have links to contacts, important deadlines, a general timeline, and guidelines for completing your application.

Submitting Your Application: The majority of applications now require electronic application submission. Each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will identify to you whether the application submission must be electronic or on paper. Submission dates also depend on the FOA. More information on submitting your application can be found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/submitapplication.htm

Picking Your Form/Application: There are numerous grants available through the National Institute of Health. Each grant has specific requirements and qualifications. Specific information regarding the types of grants available can be found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm

Due Dates: There are three cycles of due dates for most applications. The standard due dates are Cycle I-January 25, Cycle II-May 25, and Cycle III- September 25. These dates hold true for applications that the FOA says “standard dates apply.” Permission is not given in advance for a late submission.

The Grant Process: The process of reviewing the grant takes about nine months to complete. The application undergoes review by numerous officials and peers to ensure the grant will be put to good use. There is also a lengthy chunk of time devoted by you to filling out the application. A more in-depth view of the grant timeline can be seen here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/grants_process.htm

Track Your Application: The eRA Commons acts as a resource for applicants and Principal Investigators to track the application through the extensive grant process. This can be located under the status tab within the eRA Commons. For detailed instructions on how to use eRA Commons to track your application, look here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/tracking_application.htm

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