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July 20, 2011

Feature Articles

Opportunities and Resources

Other News

Advice Corner

New Funding Opportunities

Header: Feature Articles.

Still Have Paperwork for NIAID? Do It Now

Take heed if you're taking your time sending NIAID important grant documents, for example, your just-in-time information.

Tell your grants management specialist now if you have any concerns about getting your information to us by the deadlines we gave you, and make sure to copy both your program officer and specialist on emails to keep everybody in the loop.

This year, NIAID closes shop on September 27, not September 30 as we've done in previous years.

We have to wrap up our business early to make sure the federal government's new auditing and financial management systems process your grants correctly. This is the first year NIH has used these systems, and we don't want to take any chances.

That means we have less wiggle room on deadlines. Three days may not sound like much of a difference, but it matters a lot when you're processing over 5,000 grants, each with its own potential failure point.

Also keep in mind that bars to award demand immediate attention—read "Unresolved Bars May Leave You Seeing Stars" in the July 6, 2011, NIAID Funding Newsletter.

Header: Opportunities and Resources.

HIV Researchers: Tap Into a "Transformative" Opportunity

To solve a mystery, one must approach it from all angles. If you want to come at HIV from a different direction, check out a new RFA, Advancing HIV Prevention Through Transformative Behavioral and Social Science Research (R01).

The funding opportunity seeks projects that will expand—in a transformative way—knowledge about interventions that could prevent HIV transmission or infection and lower HIV incidence in the U.S.

Dr. Kevin Ryan, deputy director of NIAID's Vaccine Research Program, describes it as follows:

"This initiative opens an important new chapter in integrating social and behavioral science information into the design and interpretation of biomedical intervention studies so they can eventually be translated into practical use. Not only that, the RFA fosters cross-disciplinary approaches that have the potential to transform the prevention science field."

To see if your project fits, read about the areas of research interest:

  • Complex Models in HIV Prevention
  • Social Processes and Social Change
  • Advancing and Implementing Strong Behavioral Science for Integration into Biomedical Prevention Approaches
  • New Technologies for Information Management and Communication

Letters of intent are not required, but if you want to submit one, do so by December 6, 2011. Applications are due January 6, 2012.

For complete details, read the June 21, 2011, funding opportunity announcement.

Header: Other News.

Temporary Reviewers—Note a Change in Continuous Submission Rules

Are you among the few, the proud, the peer reviewers who have "recent substantial service" (i.e., you serve at least six times during the recurring eighteen-month period that ends on June 30 of each year)?

NIH tweaked your continuous submission benefits. The basics:

  • If you served six times between January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, you're eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2011 until September 30, 2012.
  • If you served six times between January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, you're eligible for continuous submission from August 16, 2012 until September 30, 2013.
  • You do not qualify for continuous submission outside the times mentioned above.
  • Whenever you apply under continuous submission rules, NIH's Center for Scientific Review will reject any request for assignment to a study section. You can request assignment only if you apply for a standard submission date under normal rules.

These changes affect only reviewers who have recent substantial service.

Read the July 8, 2011, Guide notice for details. For more information on continuous submission, go to NIH's Frequently Asked Questions on continuous submission.

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A New Look for NIAID's Funding Newsletter and Research Funding Pages

You may have noticed that this newsletter and the Research Funding Web site look a little different than you're used to.

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. We moved servers, which changed the appearance. Rest assured, all the useful content is still there and we are working on improvements.

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News Briefs

Here is some news from around NIH.

Sign Up for IACUC 101. Join NIH, USDA, and AAALAC International for a seminar on rules, regulations, and practices that affect institutional animal care and use committees. Read the July 1, 2011, Guide notice for details and follow the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Listserv.

Check That You Have the Latest Application Forms. NIH is updating the grant application package. After July 22, 2011, make sure you use the package marked "ADOBE-FORMS-B2" in the application header. Read more in the July 13, 2011, Guide notice.

Header: Advice Corner.

Your Noncompeting, Nonmodular FY 2011 Budget: Let's Clear Something Up

We've heard about some confusion over how NIAID adjusts nonmodular budgets for noncompeting awards under our FY 2011 Financial Management Plan.

Bottom line: barring an unusual circumstance, you will end up with 99 percent of the amount we committed for FY 2010 before supplements and other additions.

The basic formula goes like this.

NIAID removes FY 2011 escalations, then subtracts 1 percent. For example, if you proposed an FY 2010 budget of $300,000 and included an escalation of 3 percent for FY 2011, you'd receive $297,000.

For future years, we allow you to take a 2 percent escalation based on your FY 2011 budget. The example below assumes a previous escalation of 3 percent (numbers will differ for different escalation factors).


FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

Previous budget



(FY 2011 x 1.03)

(FY 2012 x 1.03)

New budget



(FY 2011 x 1.02)

(FY 2012 x 1.02)

Header: Reader Questions.

Feel free to send us a question at After responding to you, we may include your question in the newsletter, incorporate it into the NIAID Research Funding site, or both.

"For my resubmission, I have new preliminary data that changes the direction of the original application. May I use a different title?"—Jason Johnston, University of Kentucky

Yes. According to the SF 424 Application Guide, you should choose a new title if your Specific Aims have significantly changed. Note this in your cover letter.

Otherwise, a resubmission should have the same title as the previous application.

"If our SBIR Phase II resubmission scored outside the payline, can we submit it again or do we need to apply with a new application?"—Michael Keefe, A&G Pharmaceutical, Inc.

NIH allows only one resubmission. After your company has obtained significant new data using whatever resources you have, you can submit a new phase I or Fast-Track SBIR application.

Be aware that the new application must not overlap with your previous phase II application or NIH's Center for Scientific Review will determine that it is a resubmission and withdraw it from consideration.

When you create your new application, you'll have to substantively change your direction and approach. Our advice to make sure your new application is distinct from the old one:

For more advice on sending a new application after an unsuccessful resubmission, read Option 2: Create a "New" Application, a section of "Your Application Did Not Succeed—What's Next?" in our New Investigator Series. Though geared towards R01 applications, the information applies to SBIRs, too.

Header: New Funding Opportunities.

See these and older announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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Last Updated July 20, 2011

Last Reviewed July 20, 2011