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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To enable NIAID to choose the best way to fund extramural activities.
When planning an extramural initiative, NIAID staff work with the Office of Initiative Development (OID) and Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) to determine what mechanism to use based on criteria described in NIH Policy Manual 1820—Selection of Extramural Award Instrument. This decision happens before choosing the type of grant or contract.
Choices fall into three main categories: grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.
Grants and cooperative agreements provide assistance—money, property, or services—to a recipient for a public purpose, with the following difference:
To learn more about NIAID's funding options within each type of grant, go to our Activity Codes Used by NIAID.
Contracts acquire property or services for the federal government. For descriptions of different types of contracts and guidance for selecting an appropriate solicitation, read our Type of Contract SOP.
Office of Initiative Development—Contact for NIAID Staff
Division of Extramural Activities—Contact for NIAID Staff
Office of Acquisitions—see Office of Acquisitions Contacts
Grants Management Program—see Grants Management Program Contacts
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Cooperative Agreements Staff Portal
HHSAR Part 307—Acquisition Planning, Subpart 307.70—Considerations in Selecting an Award Instrument
Program Announcements (PA) SOP
Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP
Last Updated April 18, 2016
Last Reviewed May 01, 2012