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Grants Process Overview
Learn about the steps required for an application to proceed from planning and submission through to award and closeout. Drill down to learn more about each step in the process for guidance that can maximize your understanding of the grants process and help you submit a successful grant application.
VIDEO OVERVIEW: NIH Grants Process
Start early, collect preliminary data, and determine internal institution processes and deadlines.
Find funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts or Grants.gov. Consult with NIH staff to ensure you have selected an appropriate FOA.
Follow instructions in the application guide and the funding opportunity announcement to develop, submit and track your application. Registration in multiple systems is required. Start early! Registration can take 6-8 weeks to complete.
Look in the eRA Commons to learn to which review group and NIH institute or center your application was assigned.
Learn about the two stage review process, scoring, and summary statements.
Communicate with NIH staff after your application scores well in peer review to submit just-in-time information and to participate in award negotiations with the funding Institute or Center.
Find details of award management and reporting processes in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.