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To allow the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to assign grant applications to more than one institute for funding consideration, based on NIH referral guidelines.
Dual assignments acknowledge shared interests of institutes in a scientific area and inform appropriate institutes of an application.
Applications may receive primary and secondary assignments. CSR assigns applications to institutes with programmatic interest in the proposed research or training. The institute with the most relevant program is designated primary; others are secondary. PIs can ask CSR for a dual assignment in their cover letters.
Program officers may also request a secondary assignment when 1) an application is assigned to another institute but is of substantial interest to NIAID, 2) NIAID is considering funding, or 3) an applicant has requested it.
NIAID staff can request a secondary assignment to an application either before or after initial peer review but not after award. Alternatively, staff can request deletion of a secondary assignment if the science is not relevant to NIAID.
An application is given Council consideration by both the primary and secondary institutes. If the primary does not intend to make an award, the secondary has the opportunity to do so.
For funding implications and other information, see the Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP.
For assignment or review questions, contact the Center for Scientific Review, or if the application will be reviewed at NIAID, contact the NIAID Scientific Review Program or the appropriate program officer. For more information, read Communicating With NIAID—How to Get Help.
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Last Updated March 29, 2012
Last Reviewed March 21, 2011