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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To enable NIH institutes to give investigators with stellar records of research accomplishment a five-year award (with a possible three- to five-year extension) that does not go through initial peer review.
Program staff nominate outstanding investigators for Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Awards (R37), which are approved by spring Council. Each year, NIAID issues about 15 new MERIT awards. Investigators may not have more than one MERIT award at a time.
MERIT awards may be transferred to a different grantee organization but may not be transferred to a different principal investigator. If the grantee organization wants to change PI, NIAID will convert the grant from R37 to R01 and remove it from MERIT procedures.
Contact for NIAID Staff—GMP MERIT Coordinator
Program Division Coordinators
Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIDS
Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIT
Contact for NIAID Staff—DMID
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MERIT Extension Instructions
Activity Codes Used by NIAID
NIAID Funding Policy and Process SOP
Program Officer Checklist SOP
Last Updated July 19, 2016
Last Reviewed March 16, 2016