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Timing for Picking and Designing Your Project · Strategy to Pick a Project
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Make sure ahead of time that everything will be in place when you are ready to apply.
This resource page gives you details about the information introduced at Timing for Picking and Designing Your Project, including steps you'll need to take to be ready to apply electronically and information about deadlines and qualifying for continuous submission.
This document is appropriate for any research grant using electronic submission.
(This page has factual information only.)
Most activity codes use electronic application, though multiproject grants and a few others use paper. To be sure, read the funding opportunity announcement (FOA).
Your institution has to sign up for an eRA Commons account.
Get deadlines and other information from your grants business office.
Ask your business office what approach it uses to submit applications to Grants.gov.
For example, your institution may have its own proprietary system that you will need to access. Note that NIH describes how to apply using the software described at Grants.gov's Download Software, but your institution may use a different approach.
Also contact your grants business office for deadlines so you can plan ahead.
To submit electronically, your institution has to make the following preparations.
If neither you nor your institution has ever registered to apply for an NIH grant, use the links below for detailed instructions.
You can sign up for NIH's electronic submission listservs at Get Connected.
Receipt dates vary by activity code and other factors.
The NIH Guide announcement for your FOA will give you a receipt date, a deadline for submitting your application electronically.
Note that your internal deadline is your key due date, not the NIH receipt date. Even so, the NIH receipt date will trigger other dates relevant to your submission.
Here is what you need to know about NIH receipt dates.
Peer reviewers with recent substantial service and members of the following groups can apply for an R01, R21, or R34 any time, regardless of a standard receipt date (this policy does not apply to RFAs or funding opportunity announcements that have only one receipt date).
Find more details in Investigators Eligible for Continuous Submission in our Late Applications SOP.
Note that if you apply for continuous submission you may not request assignment to a study section.
For application timing advice, read:
For timelines, go to:
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