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Program Announcements (PA)

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

Purpose

To stimulate grant-supported research in high-priority and high-opportunity areas of science.

Procedure

A program announcement (PA) is one of three types of initiatives—together with requests for applications (RFA) and solicitations—NIAID develops with its advisory Council. See the Concept Development SOP for more information on concept and initiative processes.

PAs may be sponsored by one or more NIH institutes. They usually use standard NIH submission dates—see the NIH Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications—but may use a single annual receipt date if warranted. PAs remain active for three years, unless NIAID inactivates them sooner; see the Program Announcement Inactivation SOP for more on that topic.

PAs differ from RFAs as follows:

  • PAs may or may not have set-aside funds. If they do not, NIAID may fund some of the applications beyond the payline. RFAs always have set-aside funds.
  • PAs are usually broader; for example, a PA may focus on biodefense research opportunities, where an RFA will focus on developing therapies for a particular disease.
  • Applications in response to a PA are reviewed by the applicable Center for Scientific Review study section. Applications responding to an RFA are reviewed by an IC-specific review panel in a special emphasis panel.

There are two special types of PAs:

  • PAR—applications are reviewed by an institute or a special Center for Scientific Review committee and have receipt dates that are specified in the NIH Guide announcement.
  • PAS—PA with set-aside funds.

Investigators

Program Staff

  • After developing a concept for a PA, enter it into the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Research Initiative Management System (RIMS).
  • Once your division, the NIAID director, and Council recommend a concept for approval, work with Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) staff to create a project plan that schedules all steps needed to proceed from concept to award. See the Phasing of Initiatives SOP.
  • Work with the Office of Initiative Development (OID) to prepare drafts of the PA and forward to your program division coordinator for internal division review.
    • After division approval, your program division coordinator submits the drafts to OID for review and approval.
    • OID will submit to DEA for final approval and submission and publication to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS).
  • After electronic applications arrive, you can view them in IMPAC.
    • Work with the scientific review officer (SRO) to perform a programmatic and administrative review to make sure they respond to the PA's objectives and requirements.
    • Determine which applications are nonresponsive, taking SRO input into account.

    Office of Extramural Research Policy and Operations

    • Create a project phasing plan and receive internal DEA approval of the plan before sending to program divisions for approval.
    • Provide guidance to program staff during all stages of PA development.
    • Review drafts and send comments to the program officer through either the program division coordinator or OID according to the project plan.
    • Enter PAs into the NIH GPS to allow other ICs the opportunity to comment before the PA is published (at least two weeks).
    • Ensure PAs are formatted according to the most recent PA guidelines and templates.
    • Send the final PA to NIH Guide staff for review, approval, and publication.
    • Monitor phasing milestones and revise as necessary.

    Office of Initiative Development

    • About four to eight weeks before the first version of a PA is due, coordinate and lead planning meeting to discuss scope, requirements, and other issues.
    • Advise program staff during all stages of PA development.

    Contacts

    Applicants with questions should read Communicating With NIAID—How to Get Help.

    PAs—Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff

    Phasing—Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff

    Program division coordinators

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIDS

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIT

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DMID

    If you have knowledge to share or want more information on this topic, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

    Links

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Template files for PAs

    Early Notification SOP

    Grants.gov

    Creating NIH Guide Notices SOP

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Release of Funds for Solicited, Opportunity Pool, and Career Awards SOP

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Repooling and Reprogramming SOP

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Research Initiative Management System (RIMS)

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Searching the NIH Guide for Expired Initiatives

    Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Guide Publishing System

     

     

    Last Updated August 11, 2014

    Last Reviewed August 11, 2014