NIH All About Grants Podcast – Application Preparation Timelines

Headshot of Kasima Garst
Kasima Garst, Systems Policy Analyst, NIH OER Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
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Avery Tucker, Grants Policy Officer, NIH OER Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

This NIH All About Grants podcast episode walks through the timelines you should keep in mind when preparing an NIH grant application (MP3 / Transcript). Avery Tucker and Kasima Garst from the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration within the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research join us for this conversation. We will touch on the funding cycle calendar, understanding the dates in funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), what to think about before applying, differences between grant types, systems and roles, delays and pitfalls to avoid, and more.

“…If I could leave you with one thing, it would be apply early, start the application process early and really become familiar with the actual text and requirements within the FOA itself.” – Avery Tucker

“…I think some of the biggest pitfalls that applicants may run into are really not reading that Funding Opportunity Announcement in detail, not understanding the Grants Policy Statement and related notices that are included in that Funding Opportunity Announcement, and following all of the application instructions.” – Kasima Garst

Below are additional policy references that may be of interest:

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  1. With respect to Continuous Submission privileges, even though NIH states “In addition, eRA Commons users with account administration roles (e.g., SO – Signing Official, AO – Administrative Official, AA – Account Administrator, BO – Business Official) can check an investigator’s eligibility using the Advanced Search feature in the Admin module.”; this statement is NOT correct. Currently only the SO role has access to the “Advance Search” feature. Pls update your guidance or provide access to all of the roles listed. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for pointing us to this issue. You are correct that only SOs have that ability. We have updated our page to reflect this update.

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