Strategy for NIH Funding
Part 5. Assignment and Review · Strategy for Assignment and Review
On this page, you'll find your timing-related actions for requesting assignment to an institute and study section and for initial peer review.
Know what materials you may be able to send to your scientific review officer after submission.
Several important events take place around this time. Before the review meeting, NIH posts study section rosters; after the meeting, it posts scores and summary statements in the eRA Commons.
Know your actions and when to take them, and learn about the timing of awards—after the advisory Council meeting or earlier for some applications.
The upper timeline shows major steps from application to award for a simple non-AIDS application, such as an R01. We give actual months only for precise timing events: the receipt date—indicated by the Due arrow—through the advisory Council meeting. Months to funding varies by 11 months depending on whether you must wait until the end of the fiscal year to get a grant.
Expanding the colored section in the top timeline, the lower timeline shows major action items and timeframes in more detail for Part 5.
* You can withdraw your application until the review meeting without its counting toward your one resubmission limit. Read more at Consider other time sensitive actions you may wish to take just before initial peer review below.
For timelines for other sections, go to Strategy Timelines. For more detailed timing information, including for AIDS applications, go to R01 Planning to Award Timeline by Review Cycle.
Understand when and how to request assignment.
Before applying, you have the option of requesting assignment to a study section and institute in your cover letter. We recommend requesting these assignments.
After your application makes it through the eRA Commons, it arrives at the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR).
Within seven to ten days after you apply, find your assignments and institute contacts in the eRA Commons.
If you don't see your study section assignment within two weeks, call the NIH Referral Office at 301-435-0715.
Just the Facts
Create a Cover Letter in Part 4
Ensure You Get the Right Assignments in Part 5
Ensure You Get the Right Assignments in Part 5—includes how to choose a study section and what to do if you're not happy with an assignment
Consider other time-sensitive actions you may wish to take just before initial peer review.
Know what materials you may submit late.
Think about withdrawing an imperfect application. Know the timing considerations for withdrawing before and after peer review.
Prepare your just-in-time information if you did not do so already.
Find additional actions in the next section.
Prepare Your Just-in-Time Information in Part 3
Assess Your Application After You Submit in Part 4
Know the timing of NIH's actions for peer review.
Within four to five months (two months less if AIDS or AIDS-related) of applying, your application undergoes initial peer review.
Study section rosters
Scores. NIH releases overall impact scores in the Commons within roughly three days after the review meeting.
Summary statements. Investigators who are not new get a summary statement within 30 days after the review meeting.
New R01 investigators are on a different schedule.
Note: as of 2010, less than 13 percent of new investigators who received summary statements in that timeframe were able to resubmit for the next receipt date.
Are You "New"? in the New Investigator Guide to NIH Funding
Initial Peer Review and Your Next Steps in Part 5
Know what to do after review.
Check NIAID's paylines.
Contact your program officer after you receive your summary statement.
Contact your program officer quickly if your summary statement has a human subjects or animal research code indicating study section concerns that create a bar to award.
Though you may want to act quickly, do not resubmit before ready—you get only one resubmission.
Part 7. Funding
Bars to Grant Awards SOP
Bar to award codes:
What to Do if You Get Bad News in Part 6
Contact Staff for Help in Start Here to Use the Strategy for NIH Funding
Understand second-level review.
Before we can fund your application, it undergoes a second-level review for any administrative issues.
For most grants, we notify you within six to eight weeks after the advisory Council meeting about whether we will fund your application, earlier if it underwent expedited second-level review.
For more timing information for funding, go to:
Council's Second-Level Review in Part 5
Advisory Council portal—Council meeting schedule
Strategy for NIH Funding
See the other sections of
Part 5. Assignment and Review
Table of Contents for the Strategy
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Last Updated March 16, 2012
Last Reviewed September 30, 2011