The Grant Submission Process for NIH
After you submit a grant application to NIH, you will feel as if you've already done your research. It's that time consuming, tedious, and difficult. However, the hard work will pay off if you take the time to organize how you are going to approach your project and understand how the application process works (especially the special terms). Knowing the terms and application procedures below will help in this process:
Public health service 398 application form that provides instructions and forms for investigators seeking funding. Spend a significant amount of time studying and understand this application before you begin writing.
Request (see Table 2, page 2)
(your project may be of interest to one institute over another, for example the National Complementary and Alternative Medicine for KCOM projects or the Institute on Aging.
Request (see Table 5, page 22)
(an institute review group who evaluates your proposal).
(important date to know in the beginning so you can allow ample time and not rush)
Activity Code (see Table 1, page 12)
Guide for Grants and Contracts
(the official publication of NIH policies, procedures, and availability of funds). New extramural grant programs and priorities are implemented by publication of one of the following:
- Program Announcement (PA): announces increased priority and/or emphasizes particular funding mechanisms for a specific area of science; applications accepted on standard receipt dates on an on-going basis. (A PAR is a PA for which special referral guidelines apply, described in the PAR.)
- Request for Applications (RFA): identifies a more narrowly defined area for which one or more NIH institutes have set aside funds for awarding grants; one receipt date, specified in RFA.
- Request for Proposals (RFP): solicits proposals for a contract; one receipt date, specified in RFP.