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Grant Application, Electronic SOP

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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To enable applicants to apply for NIH grants using electronic applications.


For electronic applications, applicants must complete the grant application package for a funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

FOAs are listed in and the NIH Guide; NIAID's FOAs are also on the NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

Each grant opportunity has its own FOA that includes a grant application package with forms and instructions. For some grant types, NIH issues a parent PA that enables applicants to apply electronically for that grant mechanism. For example, the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21) Announcement lets investigators submit an R21 application in any scientific topic they wish to participating ICs.

Although a parent PA may exist, institutes may issue their own FOAs for the same mechanism, e.g., the R21. Institute-specific program announcements enable institutes to solicit applications in a defined scientific area. The best way to find out which NIAID FOA to use is to go to the NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

Before an organization can submit an electronic application, it must register with and the eRA Commons. Typically, PIs must register only in the Commons. A PI registers in only if he or she is also an authorized organizational representative (AOR). See Plan Ahead for Electronic Application in the New Investigator Guide to NIH Funding for more information.

Find additional information on electronic applications through the Application portal and the Applying for a Grant questions and answers.

Principal Investigators

Authorized Organizational Representatives

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Rebecca Wagenaar-Miller, Division of Extramural Activities

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Last Updated April 04, 2016

Last Reviewed October 29, 2014