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Not all institutes accept investigator-initiated small (R03) or exploratory/developmental (R21) grant applications. NIAID does, but you'll want to do a little extra planning to make sure 1) we will accept yours based on appropriate scientific fit and 2) if we don't, that another institute will.
Before you begin putting together your Small Research Grant Program (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21) application, contact an NIAID program officer to confirm your research project fits our mission.
When you apply, include in your application cover letter a note to NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) stating that you have spoken with an NIAID program officer and that he or she concurs that your project would be appropriate for assignment to NIAID.
Why the fuss?
If CSR can't find an institute willing to accept your R03 or R21 application, NIH may have to withdraw it without review.
So, you need to make sure your application gets to an institute that participates in the R03 or R21 parent announcement.
Find Institute Contacts and Interests
If you want to do some homework before you call, visit the following links for program contacts and scientific research areas for institutes that accept R03s and R21s. Look for the table titled "NIH Institute and Center Contacts and Scientific Research Areas of Interest" on these pages:
Know Who Doesn't Participate
For your convenience, here's the official list of institutes and centers that do not participate in the R03 and R21 parent announcements, though some may issue funding opportunity announcements using those activity codes:
Get advice from an NIH program officer if you are not sure where your application fits, or you think it might normally be assigned to an institute that does not accept R03s or R21s.
Find an NIAID program officer for your area of science from the following extramural program divisions:
You probably associate the word "ace" with tennis, but if you're an immunologist, you may instead think of Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence. If you'd like to be a part of this ongoing program, consider applying to one of two recent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).
The FOAs represent an ACE program separated into a basic and a clinical component, both previously covered in a single initiative. Note: you may serve as principal investigator on only one of the FOAs; however, you may be PI on one application and project leader on the other.
The Basic Research Program will conduct advanced investigations into human immunology while the Clinical Research Program will develop and conduct clinical trials with integrated mechanistic studies.
Researchers in both programs will collaborate in designing, fully developing, and conducting studies of mechanisms of action of the immune-modulating agents being tested in the aforementioned clinical trials.
For complete details, including program structure, research scope, and supplemental application instructions, read the January 15, 2013, Guide notice for the Basic Research Program and Clinical Research Program.
For both FOAs, the deadline for optional letters of intent is due May 13, 2013, with applications due a month later on June 13.
Good news for predocs in a dual degree program (e.g., M.D./Ph.D., D.O./Ph.D.) with research interests that fit NIAID's mission.
Starting with the April 8, 2013, receipt date, we will participate in the funding opportunity announcement for the NRSA for Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30). See the February 7, 2013, Guide notice.
Having support from an F30 grant provides protected time to focus on developing fundamental research skills, including:
If you're interested in applying, be sure to contact one of our program officers listed at Contacts, Submission Dates and Special Interests/Instructions. And for links to helpful information on fellowships, go to our Fellowship Grants (F) portal.
Give Input on Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research Report. With this request for information, you can share your thoughts about the recommendations made in the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supported Research report. Submit comments by Saturday, March 23, 2013. Read the January 23, 2013, Guide notice for full details.
Check Out National Small Business Innovation Research Conference, May 14-16. If you're part of a small business competing for SBIR awards, you may want to plan a trip to National Harbor, MD, for a conference that offers key information and contacts. Mingle with NIH staff along with SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies. See National SBIR Conference for more details and to register.
If you're pursuing an investigator-initiated application related to cancer, even if your focus is oncogenic viruses, contact a National Cancer Institute program officer before you start planning.
You may also want to review "NCI Sponsored Research Initiatives" on its Extramural Funding Opportunities site.
Check in with an NIAID program officer only after you've had a conversation with an NCI counterpart.
While we can accept research that fits within the mission of more than one NIH institute, we do not have the expertise or authority to fund certain types of cancer-related research, such as:
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.
"Do you have information on preparing the introduction for a resubmission or examples of the response to reviewers?"—anonymous reader
You may have already seen our resubmission information and advice in How to Resubmit in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
We also have Sample Applications and Summary Statements, of which Dr. Adam Ratner's Full Application was a resubmission.
You can find the introduction to his resubmission on page 27 of the PDF (page 29 by his corner numbering).
"Where do I find rosters for NIAID's chartered review committees?"—anonymous reader
Find rosters for NIAID's chartered review committees at Councils and Committees:
If responding to an RFA, see I am responding to an RFA—where do I find rosters for NIAID's ad hoc review committees? in our Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
Though you can see the roster, you cannot request assignment (as you can with a CSR review committee) since there's only one group.
After the peer review meeting, you will get a roster with your summary statement. It will not tell you which panel members were assigned as primary and secondary reviewers (plus at least one additional reader), which is confidential information.
See other announcements at NIAID Funding Opportunities List.
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Last Updated February 20, 2013
Last Reviewed February 20, 2013