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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 VIDEO: NIH Grant Basics and Need-to-Know Resources Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer
Grants Process Overview (PDF, 908 KB)

Apply for Grant Funding Application Referral & Review Pre-Award & Award Process Get Started Find and understand funding opportunities, ensure your research is original, understand your organization's internal procedures, and prepare to write a competitive application. Ensure all registrations are in place, get familiar with requirements, and choose which of the available submission options you will use. Obtain and complete application forms following provided instructions. Find information on developing your budget and formatting attachments. Submit your application to NIH. Track and view your application to verify receipt and to confirm that the assembled document correctly reflects your submission. Learn the Basics Plan Your Approach Prepare to Apply Write Application Submit Applications compliant with NIH policies are assigned to an NIH Institute or Center and to a scientific review group for evaluation of scientific and technical merit. Applications undergo a rigorous two-stage review. The first level is carried out primarily by non-federal scien-tists, while the second is performed by Advisory Councils or Boards. Applicants who have scored well submit "just-in-time" information. Final administrative reviews are conducted and Notice of Award documents are sent to successful applicants. NIH monitors grants carefully. Active monitoring includes reports and correspondence from the grantee, audit reports, site visits, and other information. Pre-Award & Award Process Post-Award Monitoring & Reporting Peer Review Receipt & Referral [>6-8 Weeks Before Submission] [Submit early!] [Month 1 After Submission] [Months 7-10 After Submission] [Months 2-8 After Submission] [Duration of Award] Learn how NIH approaches grant funding and how your research fits into our research portfolio. Make sure to explore the different types of grant programs offered at NIH, along with the eligibility requirements.