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Training Index · Part 2. Getting Your Initial Award >>

Learning Points

  • NIH's mission.
  • Research that NIAID supports.
  • Investigator-initiated clinical trials process.
  • Your NIAID contacts.

Part 1. Overview of NIAID and NIH

This is Part 1 of the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.

Here you will learn about the mission of NIH and the types of research funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

You will also find NIAID staff contacts who can help you with any grant-related issue.

Table of Contents

What Is NIH?

NIH is made up of 27 institutes and centers, including NIAID.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the U.S. federal government's primary agency for supporting biomedical and behavioral research. Its mission is to expand scientific knowledge to improve public health.

Most of NIH's money funds grants and contracts to research organizations in the U.S. and, to a smaller extent, other parts of the world.

NIH is made up of 27 institutes and centers, including NIAID. Each has a defined research focus—go to Institutes, Centers, and Offices for a list and descriptions.

What Is NIAID?

NIAID supports research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

NIAID is the NIH institute that supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

Our research priorities include developing the following:

  • An effective AIDS vaccine.
  • Technologies and medical countermeasures against NIAID Category A, B, and C pathogens and emerging infectious diseases.
  • New medical countermeasures for influenza.
  • Better capacity in developing countries to support clinical trials of vaccines and therapeutics for AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other important global diseases.
If your site is part of an existing clinical trial network, skip this section.

Special NIAID Process for Some Clinical Trials

To support investigator-initiated clinical trials, NIAID has a mandatory process that includes Institute preapproval of your application before you may apply.

Investigator-initiated means you submit a grant application on a topic of your choice—you are not responding to a request for applications (RFA).

Keep in mind that this process does not pertain to applications that respond to an RFA or are part of a clinical trial network.

If you think this process applies to you, go to NIAID's Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trial Resources.

Finding Help at NIAID

Helping grant applicants and grantees like you is an important part of the job for many NIAID staff. Below we list NIAID staff contacts. Select the appropriate person depending on the type of question you are asking.

Programs. For scientific, technical, or programmatic questions, contact your program officer. Your program officer is listed in your summary statement or Notice of Award and in the eRA Commons.

Program staff are busy people, so you may want to email first rather than call. An email also gives you written information to refer back to if needed. You may also want to read When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer.

Grants. Staff in our Grants Management Program perform an administrative review of your application, negotiate the terms and conditions of award with you, and prepare your Notice of Award. Subcontractors should address any issues through the grantees. Only grantees should contact the specialist.

At any time, you may contact your grants management specialist for questions about negotiating your grant, the grant award, business issues, and new and existing policies.

Find the name of your grants management specialist on your Notice of Award and in the eRA Commons, or go to Grants Management Program Contacts. You can also go to Grants Management Program for more information.

International. NIAID has an international office that can help with your local NIAID grants financial system. It also develops policies for managing international research awards and organizes international workshops on grant writing and post-award management of NIH funds. Read more at Office of Research Training and Special Programs.

You may also want to read our Find Help questions and answers.

Training Index · Part 2. Getting Your Initial Award >>

Last Updated November 30, 2012

Last Reviewed June 07, 2011