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December 7, 2011

Feature Articles

Opportunities and Resources

Other News

Advice Corner

New Funding Opportunities

Header: Feature Articles.

Step Two to a Winning Application: Find Your Niche

We moved the contents of this article into Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application. As part of the Strategy for NIH Funding, the ten steps give you a path to funding success if you're applying for an R01.

Header: Opportunities and Resources.

New PAs Target Basic Research Into CFS (aka ME)

Could you use NIH funding to examine the etiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, or treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)?

NIH is looking for interdisciplinary research into risk factors, determinants of heterogeneity among patient populations, and common mechanisms that influence the multiple body systems affected by this puzzling condition.

You have two options for applying.

Both opportunities have special receipt dates and review considerations.

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Gain Early Independence With NIH Director's Award

Does skipping postdoctoral training and going straight to an independent research career sound good to you? Then you might be interested in the NIH Director's Early Independence Awards.

Before getting too excited, be aware these awards seek a special type of junior scientist: one who shows scientific creativity, has a record of innovation and research, and is ready to run a research program.

And to be "junior," you must be within a year of receiving a terminal research degree or completing a clinical residency.

Here are a few other key details:

  • Your research may be in any area that fits NIH's mission.
  • You must have strong letters of recommendation that address, among other topics, your potential for making a successful transition to research independence.
  • If you get an Early Independence Award, you will lose your new investigator status.
  • Applications are due by January 30, 2012, with optional letters of intent due at the end of this month.

For further details, read the November 10, 2011, Guide notice. Also go to NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program, where you can find Frequently Asked Questions.

Header: Other News.

Just In: New Interim Paylines for FY 2012

Though we are under a continuing resolution through December 16, we have posted interim paylines for all grant types except T32s. Go to NIAID Paylines for the full list.

These interim paylines will last at least until we receive a final budget for FY 2012. For more on that topic, read the October 12, 2011, article "Fiscal Year 2012 Begins With Temporary Funding, Uncertainty."

We’ll give you more budget and payline news as soon as we have it.

Header: Advice Corner.

Check Out New Pages of the Strategy

If you've read our Strategy for NIH Funding, you know we give you the dos and don'ts, shoulds and shouldn'ts, and important facts to help you get, manage, and keep NIAID funding.

As you delve into the details, our Cross-Cutting Resources can provide a fresh perspective. If the Strategy were a DVD, these resources would be like the bonus features—and we continue to add new ones.

For example, visit our new Ten Steps to a Winning Application, which lays out an iterative process to help you identify a promising research topic and create a high-impact application your reviewers will appreciate.

Or look at Getting a Grant for Innovative Research, which explains how you can make an innovative application work based on advice from the September 14, 2011, article "How to Get Funding for Innovative Research" and the November 9, 2011, article "Getting a Grant for Innovative Research: The Advice Continues."

And be sure to read Start Here to Use the Strategy for NIH Funding so you can get the most out of the site.

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.

"Are facilities and administrative costs for subawards counted as direct costs on my grant?"—anonymous reader

No. These are counted as facilities and administrative (F&A) costs.

"What happens if I don't get program staff approval before submitting a big grant application?"—anonymous reader

Without this approval, also called preapproval, you won't have a big grant acceptance letter, and NIH's Center for Scientific Review will reject your application. See Act Now to Avoid Post-Submission Rejection in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

You also miss an opportunity to get your program officer’s advice, including an evaluation of whether the application should go to NIAID or another institute, before you apply.

Header: New Funding Opportunities.

See these and older announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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Last Updated March 15, 2012

Last Reviewed December 07, 2011