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NIH is made up of 24 Institutes and Centers that fund grants, each with a specific research agenda focusing on particular diseases, body system or stage of life. Understanding the interests of the Institutes and Centers can help you identify scientific and administrative contacts at NIH and can help as you identify funding opportunities. See http://www.nih.gov/icd/ to learn more about the structure of NIH. All NIH funding opportunities are published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and in Grants.gov. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/planning_application.htm#search to learn more about finding a funding opportuntiy.
Registration in multiple Federal systems is required in order to submit a grant application to the NIH. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/preparing.htm#4 for information on registration requirements.
Learn how to search for the right funding opportunity https://grants.nih.gov/grants/planning_application.htm#search
This link https://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_basics.htm#eligible can help you learn who is eligible for an NIH grant.
NIH is made up of 24 Institutes and Centers that fund grants, each with a specific research agenda focusing on particular diseases, body system or stage of life. Understanding the interests of the Institutes and Centers can help you identify scientific and administrative contacts at NIH and can help as you identify funding opportunities. See http://www.nih.gov/icd/ to learn more about the structure of NIH.
Information on Funded NIH Grants can be accessed through RePORTER - (RePORT Expenditures and Results) module. RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. RePORTER can be access through this link: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm
This link https://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_basics.htm#eligible can help you learn who is eligible for an NIH grant.
Registering to apply for an NIH grant is a multi-step process that can take many weeks to complete. All registrations must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. We strongly encourage applicants to begin the registration process as soon as they know they are interested in applying for an NIH grant. Learn more https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/preparing.htm.
Read the funding opportunity announcement to which you wish to apply carefully to detrmine which application you need. Application guidelines and other resources may be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.
Information on how to address human subjects in your application may be found in the applicaiton guide https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm. More information on policies associated with human subject research may be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/hs/.
Information on how to address research involving animals in your application may be found in the application guide at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm. More information on policies associated with using animals in research may be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/air/researchers_institutions.htm.
Questions and comments related to the specific content of a Notice or FOA and related scientific inquiries should be directed to the NIH Institute or Center contact listed in the announcement. Grants & Funding - Funding https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/
Want to learn more about errors and warning messages received during the application process? See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/steps_errors_warnings.htm. Our Avoiding Commons Errors page may also be useful to you. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/avoiding_errors.htm.
Learn the roles of the various Federal systems involved in the process of submitting an application to NIH at our Applying Electronically website. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/index.htm.
Grants & Funding - Grants Process Overview: Planning, Writing, Submitting. Break down of Months 1 -3 Receipt and Referral, Months 4-8 Peer Review, Months 9 - 10 Award, and Post-Award Management. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/grants_process.htm
Upon submission of an application to Grants.gov, a confirmaiton screen should appear that includes a tracking number as well as the official date and time of the submission. This tracking number should be used for reference when asking for support regarding the application submission. If you did not receive a tracking number, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center http://www.grants.gov/contactus/contactus.jsp for assistance.
Don't understand why your application was rejected by grants.gov? Contact the Grants.gov Contact center http://www.grants.gov/contactus/contactus.jsp
Learn how a Principal Investigators can check application status https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/steps_pi.htm. Learn how an Authorized Organization Officials can check status https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/steps_so.htm.
Steps for Principal Investigators to check application status and view application in Commons https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/steps_pi.htm. Steps for an Authorized Organization Officials to check status and view application image in Commons https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/steps_so.htm.
Follow these steps to submit Just In Time information. http://era.nih.gov/applicants/submit_jit.cfm
NIH is committed to supporting new and early stage investigators. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/ for our policies on these issues. Our FAQs provide answers to many of our more common questions. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/investigator_policies_faqs.htm. Also add information about updating Personal Profile in order for the system to calculate and determine ESI eligibility.
Principal Investigators can follow these steps to view their summary statement. http://era.nih.gov/erahelp/commons/default.htm#cshid=1000 Only PIs have access to the summary statement. Learn more about the peer review proces and understanding your summary statement here. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer_review_process.htm.
The NIH policy on post submission materials may be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-030.html.
You may be interested in viewing this 5 minute video that outlines what applicants and their referees need to do to successfully submit a reference letter. More information on reference letters may be found in these FAQ's.
The details of what you need to know to close out your grant can be found in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. If you are working on electronic submission of closeout materials, learn more about how electronic Research Administration (eRA) systems support the closeout process and consider reviewing the FAQ's on Grants Closeout.
Have you seen the webpage we have that is dedicated to information on the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)? If you are unsure what to include in the progress report itself after reading the instructions, call the NIH program official or grants management specialist assigned to the grant.
NIH has FAQ's on managing research training grants, as well as FAQ's on using X-Train (NIH's electronic system for managing training appointments and terminations).
The details of what you need to know to report intellectual property resulting from you grant can be found in the NIH Grants Policy Statement (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/policy.htm). If you are working on reporting intellectual property consider reviewing the FAQs (https://s-edison.info.nih.gov/iEdison/faq.jsp) on invention reporting.
For information on SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm. For information on the SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Programs (TAP), visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/tap.htm.

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