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NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project (P01) Applications

Questions and Answers

Table of Contents

Before applying

When applying

After applying

Before applying

Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.

What is an investigator-initiated program project (P01) application?

An application that responds to the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement.

Use the P01 for research that includes two or more complementary projects that have a common theme, share resources and facilities, and can each stand on their own scientific merits.

Where do I find information about preparing my investigator-initiated program project application?

Read the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement. For advice, see our Guidance for Preparing a Multiproject Research Application.

Must I receive prior approval for submitting an application?

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.

Must an investigator-initiated program project include cores?

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.

When does NIH need to receive my application?

Find due dates for investigator-initiated program project (P01) applications in the "P Series" row of the table on NIH's Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications.

Can I have an extension for late submission of an investigator-initiated application?

NIAID cannot grant an extension. If you know you will submit your application late, discuss this with the peer review contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Also see our Late Applications SOP.

Who is responsible for communicating with NIAID staff about the application?

The principal investigator is the single contact for communicating with NIAID.

Can I have multiple PIs on a P01?

Yes, if you're responding to the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement.

Note that some other opportunities don't allow multiple PIs, so read the funding opportunity announcement carefully.

For multiproject awards, the multiple PI option applies only to the overall program, not the projects and cores. Each program and core may have only one leader.

For more information on multiple PI applications, go to Note for Multiple PI Applications in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

When applying

Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.

Do I apply electronically?

Yes. Apply electronically for all investigator-initiated P01 applications, including AIDS-related applications for the September 7, 2013, receipt date. Follow instructions in the NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement.

Where is the electronic application form?

You submit applications through ASSIST; P01s don't use a Grants.gov electronic application package. Read Prepare for Electronic Submission in our Guidance for Preparing a Multiproject Research Application.

How do I use ASSIST?

For instructions, go to NIH's ASSIST portal and read the application and user guides. We have some basic information at Prepare for Electronic Submission in our Guidance for Preparing a Multiproject Research Application.

Should I prepare a detailed budget, and where does it go?

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 NIAID Investigator-Initiated Program Project Applications (P01) funding opportunity announcement for details.

Where should I put the biosketches?

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.

Can an individual research project's public health relevance statement be the same as the overall program's?

No. It should be tailored to the public health relevance of the project.

Should I describe the project-core interactions as a flow chart or in a detailed paragraph?

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 in assessing the feasibility of proposed cores.

When including images and figures, check your application image to confirm they look right.

In the project summary of Form Page 2 for an individual research project, should I address the interactions among other projects and cores in addition to including the project's scientific description?

Yes. Describing interactions among projects and cores is a good idea since it helps to show synergy.

You should also describe interactions in the Research Plan for each project and in the Program Overview section of your application.

If we are preparing a P01 where one core is using either animals or human subjects to generate cell lines that will be used by our five projects, which sections on the face page should be Yes for Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects?

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. These are scorable sections.

See the Vertebrate Animals in Research and Human Subjects questions and answers for more application information.

Should biosketches include other support?

No, biosketches should not include other support. NIAID staff will request other support information just before award. For details, read Prepare Your Just-In-Time Information in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

Does the Overview section need to include a Resources section in addition to the ones written for individual projects?

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.

How many paper copies of my application should I submit, and should I send them to CSR and NIAID or just CSR?

Do not send any paper copies to NIH, NIAID, or CSR. Your application is now submitted electronically.

Can I include a movie in my application?

Check with your scientific review officer. For more on sending movies, read Plan Ahead for Video in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

Should I provide information on my program advisory committee in the application?

That depends. For a new application, do not provide the names of members of your program advisory committee, but describe the expertise needed and committee responsibilities in the Program Overview section. Note: Do not contact anybody on the committee.

For a renewal application, 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.

If I change some of the collaborating projects in my P01, is my submission a renewal or a new grant application?

It depends on your changes. Go to NIAID Guidelines for Determining Whether a Resubmitted Program Project Application Qualifies as New, and contact your program officer to discuss your changes and their impact on your program.

After applying

Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.

If we submit a highly multidisciplinary multiproject grant application to NIAID, will different study sections review the research components?

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.

How will I know if my application has been received and assigned to a review committee?

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.

May I correct mistakes or make changes to the application after submission?

While you cannot correct mistakes, you may submit new materials after you apply. Contact your scientific review officer.

For details, read If You Need to Send Late Materials After Submitting in the Strategy for NIH Funding.

If I have additional questions, whom should I contact?

Contact your scientific review officer.

Where can I find more questions and answers about funding opportunities?

See RFAs, PAs, and Solicitations and Peer Review at NIAID questions and answers.

What if my question wasn't answered here, or I'd like to suggest a question?

Email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. We answer questions by email and post them here. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

 

Last Updated July 12, 2013

Last Reviewed July 12, 2013