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Types of Applications

Choose the type of application you plan to submit from the chart below. Learn about specific submission requirements, and be sure to follow them, as well as the instructions in the application forms and the funding opportunity.

The type of application you submit can impact...

  • ...your due dates. Some funding opportunities have specific due dates based on application type. For example, the standard R01 due dates for new applications are February/June/October 5, while the standard due dates for resubmission/revision/renewal applications are March/July/November 5.
  • ...your ability to submit to a specific funding opportunity. Each opportunity indicates the application types allowed.
  • ...the business rules enforced for your application. For example, a new application will receive an error if an "Introduction" attachment is included, while resubmission applications require the "Introduction" attachment.

NIH uses type codes in the application number to identify various stages in the lifecycle of a grant.

Number Type



Type 1*


Initial request for support of a project that has not yet been funded.

Type 2*


Initial request for additional funding for a period subsequent to that provided by a current award. Renewal applications compete for funding with all other peer reviewed applications and must be developed as fully as though the applicant is applying for the first time.  (Previously referred to as “competing continuation.”)

If your renewal and subsequent resubmission of renewal application are not funded, you must use the "new" application type to compete for additional funding and continuity with your previous award will not be retained.

Type 3*

Competing Revision

Initial request for (or the award of) additional funds during a current project period to support new or additional activities that are not identified in the current award. This request reflects an expansion of the scope of the grant-approved activities. Competitive revisions require peer review. (Competing revision replaces the previous NIH term, "competing supplement.")

Learn about submission requirements for competing revisions.

An administrative supplement is a request for (or the award of) additional funds during a current project period to provide for an increase in costs due to unforeseen circumstances. All additional costs must be within the scope of the peer reviewed and approved project.

Learn about submission requirements for administrative supplements.

Type 4


Request for additional years of support beyond the years previously awarded. (Used only for select programs.)


Type 5

Noncompeting Continuation

Request or award for a subsequent budget period within a previously approved project for which a recipient does not have to compete with other applications.

Learn more about Research Performance Progress Reports.

Type 6

Change of Organization Status (Successor-in-Interest)

Process whereby the rights to and obligations under an NIH grant(s) are acquired incidental to the transfer of all of the assets of the recipient or the transfer of that part of the assets involved in the performance of the grant(s). May result from legislative or other legal action, such as a merger or other corporate change.

Learn more about changes in recipient organizational status in Section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Type 7

Change of Recipient or Training Institution

Transfer of the legal and administrative responsibility for a grant-supported project or activity from one legal entity to another before the completion date of the approved project period (competitive segment).

Learn more about changes of recipient organization in Section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Type 8

Change of Institute or Center

Change of awarding NIH institute or center for the noncompeting continuation (Type 5).

Type 9

Change of Institute or Center

Change of awarding NIH institute or center for the renewal (Type 2).

* Resubmission            

An unfunded application that has been modified following initial review and resubmitted for new consideration.

Learn more about resubmission policies and application requirements.