See the Glossary for more terms.
Though we are setting extremely conservative interim paylines, we expect the actual R01 payline for FY 2010 to be considerably higher.
While we usually wait for our appropriation and paylines in the fall, this year's wait will be longer.
Why We'll Wait for Paylines
We do not expect to have enough application and scoring data to project FY 2010 paylines for grants other than R01s until late spring. Here are the reasons.
For now, we are setting interim paylines that are extremely conservative. So far we have interim paylines only for R01s, at the 6 percentile, except new investigators at the 10 percentile.
Keep in mind that we expect the actual R01 payline for FY 2010 to be considerably higher. For general information about the process, read Paylines and Budget Pages Change Throughout the Year.
Timing for Our Budget
A second continuing resolution went into effect last month, lasting through December 18.
While in a holding pattern, NIH has started releasing details of its financial management plan. First up: funding for noncompeting grants.
Awards will typically be at up to 90 percent of the level indicated on the most recent Notice of Award. NIH may restore some or all of these monies once we have a budget. Find the official word in the November 5, 2009, Guide notice. We also added this information to our Financial Management Plan.
As soon as we receive more pieces of the funding puzzle, we'll update NIAID Paylines and Financial Management Plan on Paylines and Funding. Check these pages regularly or Subscribe to Email Alerts (select the NIAID Paylines and Budget interest category).
In an exception to normal practice, people who wrote their papers in non-Latin characters (for example, Japanese) do not need to follow any of the requirements of NIH's public access policy.
For more information, read the October 30, 2009, Guide notice, and go to our Public Access of Publications SOP for details about the process everyone else must follow.
NIAID awarded 23 exceptional grants out of the 840 NIH total.
If you're wondering who received a Challenge Grant, the wait is over. NIH made its selections using the plan we described in our July 29, 2009, article "Making Funding Decisions for Challenge Grants."
NIAID awarded 23 Challenge Grants out of the 840 NIH total. Our number is a small piece of the pie because many other institutes used their ARRA funds to pick up additional Challenge Grants. Instead, NIAID chose to fund investigator-initiated R01s up to the 25 percentile.
See the list of funded Challenge Grants for NIAID Investigators. Congratulations to these investigators who submitted applications for truly exceptional, innovative projects.
NIH has started posting the new forms and instructions for the shorter application format for both paper and electronic applications.
Please note that the new R01 and other parent announcements are not online yet. Watch for updates at Parent Announcements for Investigator-Initiated Applications.
But you can read the new Application Guide at SF 424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information. The instructions should keep you busy—183 pages for part one alone!
Most people will use the new forms for applications due after January 24, 2010, including when resubmitting. For electronic applications, find resources at SF 424 Application and Electronic Submission Information; for paper applications, use the June 2009 PHS 398.
Know when to use the new FOAs and new PHS 398 or ADOBE-FORMS-B.
If your application is due on or before the dates shown above, use the archived FOA and ADOBE-FORMS-A.
To read the latest announcement, see the November 23, 2009, Guide notice.
Add enough detail to convince reviewers that you understand what the work entails and have the resources and expertise to conduct the research.
In our November 12, 2009, article "The Art of Application" we said that impact trumps experimental details for the shorter applications.
Here are some tips to help you focus your application strategically so you can convey its impact in less detail and space.
For more detailed advice, go to our updated Strategy to Pick a Project and Choose the Grant in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Under various circumstances, you can use the same application to respond to another FOA, as long as you submit it as a new application.
Let's say you applied for one of the Recovery Act request for applications but your application was not funded. Can you submit that application again?
Yes you can, but you must go about it correctly.
You may use the same application to respond to another funding opportunity announcement, as long as you submit it as a new application. Follow all procedures for a new application; for example, do not include an introduction or refer to the previous review.
Be sure to follow the instructions in the FOA, use the current forms, and heed any policies that went into effect since you last applied—find them on our Top Policy Changes.
NIH allows you to reuse the same application under various circumstances. Read more in Which types of unfunded applications may I reuse, and how do I proceed?
Feel free to send us a question at firstname.lastname@example.org. After responding to you, we may include your question in the newsletter, incorporate it into the NIAID Research Funding site, or both.
Yes, you should receive your summary statement early enough to be able to resubmit the R01 application for the next review cycle, February 5.
You'll need to prepare your resubmission in the new application format with shorter page limits. Use the Adobe-B forms and the soon-to-be-published R01 parent announcement—go to Parent Announcements for Investigator-Initiated Applications.
NIH brings in people from the research community for major process changes, such as those to peer review and scoring. For example, for the enhancing peer review effort, it conducted a one-year planning and evaluation process that you can read about on Enhancing Peer Review at NIH and 2007-2008 NIH Peer Review Self-Study Final Draft.
The external Advisory Committee was co-chaired by Dr. Keith Yamamoto of the University of California, San Francisco, and NIH's Dr. Lawrence Tabak, director of NIDCR.
Working groups solicited formal input from key stakeholders, including at open meetings in different parts of the country to get feedback. As a result of these meetings, the group's final plans changed dramatically. NIH followed a similar process for previous major changes it has undertaken.
For more minor changes, such as small modifications to the review criteria, NIH may involve only internal stakeholders, usually through committees such as its Peer Review Advisory Committee.
Read more at How does NIH decide new policy? and find more committees at How does NIH coordinate policy changes among the institutes?
See these and older announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.
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