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For basic information on NIAID's initiatives—RFAs, PAs, and solicitations—go to these SOPs:
For more information, see Choose Approach and Find FOAs in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
NIH publishes most institute initiatives—requests for applications (RFA), program announcements (PA), and solicitations—in the NIH Guide. RFAs and PAs are also published as funding opportunity announcements in Grants.gov.
Find contract solicitations at FedBizOpps.gov, the Federal Business Opportunities site.
To find NIAID's active initiatives, go to NIAID Funding Opportunities List.
Go to these resources:
For most program announcements, the most appropriate study section in the Center for Scientific Review will conduct the initial peer review. Potentially, many review committees could review applications responding to a single program announcement.
However, program announcement with special receipt, referral and/or review considerations (PAR) are an exception. Most PARs are reviewed by special emphasis panels in institutes.
Requests for applications are usually reviewed by the lead institute sponsoring the RFA. At NIAID, one or more special emphasis panels may review the applications. For more information, see Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
Requests for applications always come with funds set aside to pay for the awards, and applications responding to an RFA compete only with each other for funding.
A minority of program announcements have set-aside funds—they are called program announcements with set-aside funds (PAS). PAs that do not have set-aside monies are funded as investigator-initiated grants, usually within the NIAID payline. For payline information, go to Paylines and Funding.
Yes. Always read the NIH Guide announcement carefully to see what area of research it defines and any special requirements for applicants, including review criteria.
This topic is complex. For advice on the competition and how your strengths may suit an initiative, contact the program officer listed in the announcement.
As investigator-initiated research, program announcements typically follow NIH's Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications. They expire after three years unless the institute decides to extend them.
See Choose Approach and Find FOAs in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
That depends on the program announcement's (PA's) activity code. If NIAID supports a parent PA of the same activity code, you can rewrite your application, removing references to the expired PA, and submit it as a new application to the parent PA.
Otherwise, you should contact a program officer to discuss alternative funding opportunities based on your research interests.
For more perspective, check out the National Institute on Aging's blog post "What Does It Mean When a Program Announcement Expires?"
Since this topic is complex, read Choose Approach and Find FOAs in the Strategy for NIH Funding for advice.
For every request for applications, NIAID assembles a panel of experts to review the applications received in the scientific areas defined in the RFA. Depending on the number of applications received, NIAID may have more than one panel conducting the review.
When responding to an RFA, you have the advantage of an audience that is fluent in the particulars of your field, which also makes them savvy readers of your application.
For more information on initiatives, read Choose Approach and Find FOAs and Choose Approach and Find FOAs in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Yes, if you respond to an RFA, NIAID staff perform an administrative check and review your application for its responsiveness to the announcement.
No. NIH will not accept an application in response to a request for applications that is the same as a new, revised, or renewal application pending initial peer review in the same Council round unless you withdraw the pending application.
No. That information is confidential.
NIH and the institutes follow standard procedures to prevent program officers, peer reviewers, or advisory Council members who may have a real or apparent conflict of interest with an applicant from reviewing your application. See the Conflict of Interest in Peer Review SOP for details.
Special requirements in a request for applications always take precedence over generic form instructions.
No. A letter of intent is not required or binding and does not affect the review of a subsequent application. NIAID staff use letters of intent to estimate initial peer review workload, assess potential conflicts, and begin planning reviews.
Yes. To find out how to do this, read Option 3: Repurpose the Application in Part 6 of our Strategy for NIH Funding.
Be sure to follow the due date and instructions in the funding opportunity announcement.
Yes. See the question above.
See Peer Review at NIAID and NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project (P01) Applications questions and answers.
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Last Updated July 10, 2015
Last Reviewed July 10, 2015