See the Glossary for more terms.
Check the International Awards section of the NIAID Research Funding site for resources, funding, and contact information. Also see the following:
Yes. Foreign applicants can and do succeed in obtaining an NIH grant. Applications are peer reviewed using the same review criteria as domestic applications. For additional criteria in the review process, see 16.3: Application Review in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. For more information, see Foreign Applications Have an Extra Review Step in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Yes. Foreign organizations must obtain a NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code.
All organizations need to get a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) and then complete a one-time registration for Grants.gov and the NIH eRA Commons. The authorized organizational representative (AOR) should complete these registrations. Foreign organizations are not required to register for an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
All registration information and addresses must be identical for NCAGE, Grants.gov, SAM, the NIH eRA Commons, and the Payment Management System (PMS).
For detailed instructions, see the Grants.gov Registration Instructions for Domestic and Foreign Organizations.
No, not as a principal investigator. Your institutional business official should register for a DUNS number and other accounts such as the eRA Commons.
If your organization makes you the institutional business official, you may register your organization.
Learn more about registration above at Do foreign organizations have additional registration steps for electronic applications?
Yes. See the instructions at Do foreign organizations have additional registration steps for electronic applications?
Unfortunately, no; our policies require applicant organizations to:
Yes. All applications have a checkbox for foreign institutions and domestic institutions with a foreign component. For more information, see the Applicants section of the Foreign and International Grants and Components SOP.
No. To be eligible for a small business award, a company must be majority owned by U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and conduct all the research funded by the grant in the U.S. This condition makes subsidiaries of foreign companies ineligible unless they are majority owned by U.S. citizens.
For more information on small business awards, see How to Apply and Small Business Awards Questions and Answers.
In addition to standard review criteria, peer reviewers look for additional information in foreign applications, such as whether they can provide expertise or resources that can't be found in the U.S. For further details, read Foreign Applications Have an Extra Review Step in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
For second-level review, NIAID must present foreign applications as special issues to our advisory Council. See the Special Issues Requiring Council Review SOP for more information.
For a list of restricted persons, see the Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP.
Yes. Read the Select Agent Awards SOP for an overview. For a more detailed look, go to the NIAID Select Agent Research Review and Approval Procedure for Grants That Include Foreign Institutions and NIAID Select Agent Policy for Foreign Institutions Questions and Answers.
Yes. All foreign grantees must get a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) and approval from the institutional review board (IRB) or institutional biosafety committee (IBC). Learn more in the IRB, IEC, and FWA Requirements for International Research section of the NIAID Human Subjects Application and Grant Handbook.
You may also have regulatory requirements from the country where you conduct your research, as explained in Investigating Foreign Populations of the NIAID Human Subjects Application and Grant Handbook.
Yes. All grantees get an Animal Welfare Assurance from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Read more in the following sections of How to Write an Application Involving Research Animals:
It depends on the amount.
See 16.6: Allowable and Unallowable Costs in the NIH Grants Policy Statement for more information.
Learn about grants management in the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.
No. We pay for alterations and renovations as direct costs, not F&A costs—regardless of whether an institution is foreign or domestic. For questions about spending on your grant, please contact your grants management specialist.
Yes. Foreign applicants must submit a detailed budget and may request a facilities and administrative costs (F&A) rate of up to 8 percent. Read more in Part 6. Receiving and Spending Money of the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.
Salary and wages charged to NIH grants should be consistent with the organization's established policies and practices, regardless of whether the applicant is from a domestic or foreign institution. See our advice under Direct Costs, Personnel of our Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators. Also see the next question.
Yes. NIH has salary limits, called a salary cap. Check Salary Cap and Stipends or your business office for the latest figure for the current year.
For further details on caps, go to our Salaries and Stipends Questions and Answers.
Foreign postdoctoral fellows may work on NIH-funded research grants except fellowships or training grants.
Possibly, though the approval process is complex. First, contact your institution, which must be willing to relinquish your grant to a new institution. This move can be complicated, and NIAID is not involved with that decision or any negotiations related to it.
If your institution approves the move, submit a prior approval request to your grants management specialist. A request to change your institution to another foreign country requires approval by NIAID's advisory Council. Follow the instructions here:
Yes. If your organization agrees, you may take the equipment to a new site. Your organization needs to submit an Official Statement Relinquishing Interests and Rights in a Public Health Service Grant form (PHS 3734). Grants management and program staff will review the form, then send it to the NIAID Advisory Council for approval.
NIH allows awards to foreign investigators and collaborators. Determine the collaborator's role based on the needs of the science.
If you're considering a multiple PI application that would include foreign investigators, we strongly suggest you get planning advice from an NIH program officer. Use NIAID's When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer in your science area.
You can read more at Design a Project in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
All foreign grantees receive funds through the Payment Management System. For additional considerations for foreign grantees, see the following:
The Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP has information for non-U.S. citizens.
No. You don't need U.S. affiliation or citizenship to become a grantee or principal investigator (PI) for most award types. Find out more at Requirements for Foreign Investigators, Projects, and Institutions in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Yes, with one exception: the K99/R00. For all other career development awards and training grants, you must be a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national, or a permanent resident with a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (a "green card") at the time of award.
For more information, check our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards.
Read the Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP for more information.
Investigators who have an H-1B visa are eligible, but it must allow them to stay in the U.S. long enough to complete their projects. The sponsoring applicant institution is responsible for ensuring that the PI has an appropriate visa.
For more information, see the Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP as well as Part 1. Qualify for NIH Funding in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
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