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Note: NIH is moving multiproject applications to an electronic submission process. See the September 28, 2012, Guide notice for full details.
The information on this page applies to paper submissions only. NIAID does not have any multiproject funding opportunity announcements that use electronic submission yet.
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Read the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement. For advice, see our Guidance for Preparing a Multiproject Research Application.
For an overview on submitting an application, see P01 Program Project Grants.
Yes in two cases.
First, you will need our approval before submitting a new, resubmission, or renewal application for an investigator-initiated P01. Talk to the program officer listed in the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement.
It's generally a good idea to talk to a program officer as early in the planning stage as possible to find out our interest in your proposed research.
Second, all applications requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year also require prior approval even if none of the individual projects request $500,000 or more. See the Big Grant Applications SOP for details.
Read more in Contact NIAID and Obtain Pre-Approval in our Guidance for Preparing a Multiproject Research Application.
No. However, if you have a core, it must support at least two projects, and you must demonstrate its relationship to the overall program focus.
Read the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement. For investigator-initiated applications, find due dates for P series applications at NIH's Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications.
In advance, discuss this with the peer review contact listed in the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement. Also see our Late Applications SOP.
The principal investigator is the single contact for communicating with NIAID.
Yes. You can have multiple PIs for investigator-initiated P01s and any other funding opportunity announcement that allows that approach. For multiproject awards, the multiple PI option applies only to the overall program, not the projects and cores.
Note that some NIAID-specific opportunities don't allow multiple PIs, so read the announcement carefully.
For more information on multiple PI applications, go to Note for Multiple PI Applications in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Read the the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement and What to Add and Not to Add in an Appendix in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Since you're preparing a paper application, you must provide the Appendix material on a CD. Include five identical CDs with the application.
Do not use the Appendix to circumvent the page limitations. An application that does not observe the required page limitations may be delayed in the review process or not reviewed.
You will need to prepare a detailed composite budget for the entire P01, each project, and each core. Budgets are also required for each consortium project if they are part of any projects or cores. Read the funding opportunity announcement for details.
Put all biographical sketches after the Overall Budget, starting with the PI (or PIs) followed by all other investigators in alphabetical order. Do not repeat biographical sketches in the projects or cores.
No. It should be tailored to the public health relevance of the project.
You may describe project-core interactions in the best way to meet the needs of your project. The more information you provide the better, since reviewers will use this to make decisions.
When including images and figures, keep in mind that the Center for Scientific Review scans paper applications in black and white.
No. NIH replaced your signature with an institutional compliance requirement. Instead of signing a face page, your signature must be secured and kept by the organization submitting your application. A principal investigator signature assurance must be retained for the PI.
Yes. Describing interactions among projects and cores is a good idea since it helps to show synergy.
The overall program and each project using either vertebrate animals or human subjects need a Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects section, unless any project is using the cell lines only. On the face page, indicate Yes for vertebrate animals or Yes for human subjects.
The administrative core does not need a Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects section. Basically, any part of the application that uses animals must have a Vertebrate Animals section, and the same is true for human subjects. Otherwise the application will receive a bar to award.
See the Vertebrate Animals in Research and Human Subjects questions and answers for more application information.
No, biosketches should not include other support. NIAID staff will request other support information just before award. For details, read our Prepare Your Just-In-Time Information in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
No. You do not need to complete a Resources section for the overall program project. Provide essential resource information in the individual research project and core sections of the application.
Submit the signed original, including the checklist, and three signed photocopies in one package to the Center for Scientific Review.
At the time of submission, also send NIAID two additional copies of the application, including appendices, to the NIAID contact person listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Be sure to read the announcement before submitting and see What to Add and Not to Add in an Appendix in the Strategy for NIH Funding for more information.
No. According to the PHS 398, application copies must be single-sided. Do not staple or otherwise bind the original. NIH will prepare double-sided copies to distribute to reviewers. Find instructions at NIH Forms and Applications.
Only if your scientific review officer allows it. Contact your SRO before you apply to get permission and find out if he or she has any limits on format, length, or file size.
Your movie must accompany the application and help explain data or methods described in your Research Strategy. If you include new information, it will not be considered in the review of your application.
That depends. For a new application, do not provide the names of members of your program advisory committee (if you have one), but describe their expertise and responsibilities in the Program Overview section.
For a competing renewal, do provide names of your current program advisory committee members (since they cannot serve as reviewers for your application) as well as a description of their expertise and responsibilities.
Go to If I change some of the collaborating projects in my P01, is my submission considered to be a renewal or a new grant application? in the Renewal Application questions and answers.
No. P01s are reviewed as a single application in NIAID. We establish special emphasis panels to ensure that all necessary expertise is represented in the review group.
Go to your eRA Commons account. Your application assignment should be posted there within two weeks of its submission. If it doesn't appear by then, contact the eRA Help Desk.
While you cannot correct mistakes, you may make changes in very limited circumstances. For details, read If You Need to Send Late Materials After Submitting in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Contact your scientific review officer.
See RFAs, PAs, and Solicitations and Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.
Last Updated November 09, 2012
Last Reviewed November 21, 2011