Here are a couple of tips to remain well-informed of current policy between annual Grants Policy Statement updates.
Grant applications, Just-in-Time information, and progress reports all require PDF attachments as part of their submissions. Since both people and systems are consumers of the information conveyed through these attachments, we depend on applicants and recipients to follow a set of formatting ground rules that facilitate readability as well as timely and successful system processing.
As you begin your journey in search of NIH grant funding, it is important to understand the structure of NIH to find the best fit for your research.
Do you have questions about the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA), especially the Individual Fellowships (F awards) and Institutional Training Grants (T awards)? In this video, NIH’s Dennis Twombly and Lisa Moeller will take you through an overview of these two types of awards, providing some tips along the way.
Do you need some guidance on preparing a K Award application for the NIH? Dr. Kay Lund, Director of Division of Biomedical Research Workforce, gives some great tips in a 25-minute YouTube video, “Writing an Effective ‘K’ Application.” It is designed for junior investigators and those who assist in the preparation of the scientific portions of an application.
NIH grant applications should NOT include contingency plans that would outline steps needed to recover from temporary, emergency situations, or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency plans will not be considered in peer review but, if needed, COVID-19 contingency plans will be requested and carefully considered by NIH staff before funding.
Program Officials (POs) in the NIH institutes/centers (ICs) serve as your scientific and programmatic contacts. Among their many responsibilities, POs develop research and research training initiatives, write funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to solicit applications in support of those initiatives, manage a scientific portfolio, and monitor grant progress. Although they can answer many questions, it is important to understand what a PO can and can’t do for you.
The use of hypertext (e.g. hyperlinks and URLS) in NIH applications is restricted due to concerns including reviewer confidentiality, “overstuffing” applications, review consistency, and malware. There is no change in the NIH policy on the use of hyperlinks.
Yes. Be sure to describe the nature of the disruption to your research in your ESI extension request. We suggest you submit the request once you know how much research time was lost, unless your upcoming application deadline is imminent and an ESI extension is urgently needed. In this case you would be able to submit another extension once you know the full extent of the time lost. Check out this handy chart that breaks down what can or cannot impact your ESI status.
An application due date is not the same as a funding
opportunity expiration date. If you submit on the expiration date – you’re
late, the opportunity has expired. The Key Dates section of each funding opportunity either
lists specific due dates or points to our table of standard
due dates. When standard due dates are used, applicants can submit
applications to any of the appropriate due dates up until the funding
opportunity announcement (FOA) expires.