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No. A supplement is funding added to an existing grant or cooperative agreement.
NIAID supports three types of supplements: administrative, revision, and research.
Call your program officer, who will advise you on whether to proceed. We will consider issuing administrative supplements to extend time and replace equipment, supplies, and other resources. Read more in the Administrative Supplements to Grants and Cooperative Agreements SOP.
For overview of NIH's disaster policy, go to NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies.
Read the questions and answers below or see the Table of Contents above.
An administrative supplement pays for research expenses that come up after an application is funded. NIAID awards them under strictly defined circumstances. Read more in the Administrative Supplements to Grants and Cooperative Agreements SOP, and ask your program officer for advice.
There is no limit to the amount of funding you can request; however, you must justify your budget and provide a scientific rationale.
We don't define a number for a significant unexpended balance. When judging whether a balance is significant, we consider the nature of the work and the amount of the supplement.
For example, if you ask for a supplement of 5 percent, we might consider a 25 percent unexpended balance significant and ask you to rebudget instead. But if you ask for a supplement of 60 percent, we might not.
Keep in mind that these are just examples, not actual situations. We look at the entire request, including the type of work you are doing.
Don't list it as other support, but add the time of the supplement to the time and effort of the parent grant. Also include the supplement in the grant's total dollar amount.
A grant revision (formerly called competing supplement) provides funds to expand the scope of an existing award. See the Revision of a Grant SOP for more information.
For comparison of revisions and other competing applications, see Resubmission, Revision, and Renewal Applications on NIH's Frequently Asked Questions about applying electronically.
In the Research Strategy section. For more information, go to Preliminary Studies in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
Research supplements provide a grantee additional funds to hire qualified scientists. There are three types:
Read more at Research Supplements in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards, and visit our Research Supplements page.
Only a research project's principal investigator may apply on behalf of a qualified project team member. For details, read Applying for a Research Supplement.
Yes. Research supplements cover facilities and administrative costs. For more information, contact the grants administrator at your institution.
No. PIs do not receive salary support from diversity supplements. Funds go directly to students, postdocs, and faculty scientists who are brought onto a project under the supplement.
For more on NIAID's diversity supplements, read Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.
Yes. Budget caps vary by career level.
For guidance, go to Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.
A primary caregiver supplement provides a grantee funds to hire a mid- to senior-level technician to support a postdoctoral research scientist who is taking care of a child or sick family member. Find out more at Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements.
A reentry supplement provides a grantee funds to hire qualified scientists who have taken time off to care for children or parents. Find out more at Reentry Supplements.
A diversity supplement provides a grantee funds to hire qualified scientists from an underrepresented group. Find out more at Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.
There is no deadline for submission. However, there are some important dates to keep in mind when you plan your submission:
Read more at Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.
We recommend using the biosketch from your mentor's grant application as an example.
As a doctoral student, we do not expect you to have extensive experience or publications. Include all section headers whether or not you have information for that topic.
Read more at Emphasize Expertise in Biosketches in the Strategy for NIH Funding.
No, you cannot, even if the NIH training grant stipends are not enough money for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to live on. It's against regulations to supplement a stipend with funds from an NIH grant.
The terms 'supplement' and 'compensation' refer to different ways of supporting a graduate student, fellow, or trainee, though administrators and faculty may use the term supplement nonspecifically to refer to compensation.
Compensation can be salary, fringe benefits, or tuition remission for limited, part-time employment, apart from the normal training activities supported by a fellowship or training grant. This work can include teaching or laboratory assistance, and it cannot detract from or prolong the training.
NRSA fellows and trainees are normally compensated with stipends—money allocated in fellowships and training grants to help defray living expenses—at levels set by NIH each year. Go to NRSA Stipend Levels for this year's levels.
A supplement simply provides additional money—there is no requirement for additional work.
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