Program Officials Are Here to Help

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. Continue reading

Can ESI Status Be Extended Due to Disruptions From COVID-19?

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. Continue reading

Clarifying Due Dates vs. Expiration Dates on Funding Opportunity Announcements

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. Continue reading

Selecting the Correct Budget Format for Your Application

Providing budget information is a necessary part of requesting federal funding. The amount of budget detail needed for funding consideration varies based on the type of funding you are requesting. The funding opportunity announcement, application instructions, and the associated form … Continue reading

Roundup of Research Career Development (K) Award Resources

Whether you’re an awardee or an applicant interested in Career Development (K) awards, you probably have some questions. Use this post as a starting point to getting your answers with the following resources. Continue reading

When in Doubt, Reach Out

When you can’t find what you need online, don’t hesitate to reach out to NIH staff. Often, the best folks to talk to will be in one of the NIH institutes or Centers. Our Contacting Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers page can help you understand the roles of NIH staff and help you contact the right person at each phase of the application and award process. Continue reading