If you are planning to submit a fellowship application for the August 8th due date, be sure to note the following changes that come with the FORMS-D application packages, and the advice highlighted in July’s NIH eSubmission Items of Interest:
Among the changes are the addition of several new attachments:
- Applicant’s Background and Goals for Fellowship Training (6 page limit)
- Letters of Support from Collaborators, Contributors, and Consultants (6 page limit)
- Description of Institutional Environment and Commitment to Training (2 page limit; includes Additional Education Information section required for F30 and F31 applications which was previously included as an “Other Attachment” in FORMS-C applications)
- Data Safety Monitoring Plan (used with applications involving Clinical Trials)
- Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources (use of this attachment has been delayed – NOT-OD-16-034; don’t use it yet)
Before submitting, reread the instructions for each of these attachments and make sure you have provided all the needed information.
We’ve also consolidated our biosketch instructions used for research, career development and fellowship applicants. Read the entire set of biosketch instructions carefully, paying special attention to section “D: Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance”. Applicants for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships should use this section to provide information on their scholastic performance (instead of Research Support).
Of course, the application guide has all the nitty-gritty details you need to succeed, but you might also find the Annotated Form Set for NIH Grant Applications to be a handy resource for your last pre-submission check.