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Selective Pay

This SOP has internal roles only.

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Some links will work for NIAID staff only.

Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To allow NIAID to fund a small number of programmatically important applications that score beyond, but close to, the payline.

Procedure

NIAID uses selective pay to fund a limited number of programmatically important R01 applications that missed the payline. Program officers nominate candidates; investigators cannot apply for selective pay funding.

In choosing applications, we consider the relevance of a project to our mission in addition to its scientific merit. We also give new investigators some special funding consideration.

NIAID releases selective pay grants for funding immediately after the meeting of NIAID's main advisory Council and following Council's recommendation.

If Congress has not passed a budget when the new fiscal year begins, NIAID holds selective pay grants from September Council and releases them once we receive our budget allocation. If the Institute budget allows, NIAID releases additional selective pay grants later in the fiscal year. See the Grants Timeline for Fiscal Year.

Selective pay applications have funding priority over other "gray zone" applications. Find the amount NIAID allocates to selective pay for the current fiscal year on the NIAID Financial Management Plan page.

See the NIAID Funding Policy and Process SOP for more information on how selective pay grants are funded.

Program Staff

  • Using the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIAID Planning and Reporting System (NPARS)
    • Program officers nominate applications for selective payment, and division directors prioritize the nominations.
    • Possible selective pay justifications:
      • Research important to the division but whose scores are unlikely to improve even with additional revisions.
      • High risk/high impact research that will require a longer period of time (more than a year) to predict success.
      • Research in areas that are emerging and where the seed funds are needed.
      • Applications from new, first-time investigators who may not be successful with a resubmission, but who need time to develop a research track record.
      • Research from investigators who possess specialized or unique training and expertise in a rare disease area and support is critical so this expertise will not be lost.
      • Applications that may be key to attracting and training new investigators in disease areas that are not of high interest but may relate to later emerging diseases.
      • Outstanding applications that just missed the payline whose scores are unlikely to improve with a resubmission.
  • Under the Select Pay tab of NPARS
    • Coordinators enter their division's prioritized selective pay nominations.
    • NIAID director reviews these nominations at the pre-Council meeting.

Council Members

  • Review selective pay nominations, and re-rank if necessary.
  • Recommend selective pay nominations for funding.

Grants Management Specialists

  • Verify that selective pay grants that went to Council are recommended for funding by Council.
  • Award selective pay grants, ensuring that funding is limited to four years.

Division of Extramural Activities Staff

  • Compile Council workbooks, review materials for completeness, and mail them to Council.

Contacts

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Grants Management Program

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Division Coordinators

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Links

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Council Guidance tool

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Council Timetable tool

Grants Timeline for Fiscal Year

NIAID Planning and Reporting System (NPARS) SOP

NIH Electronic Council Book Web site

R56-Bridge Awards and Selective Pay questions and answers

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

Last Updated January 11, 2012

Last Reviewed March 01, 2012