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Co-sponsorship of RFAs and PAs SOP

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This SOP has internal roles only.

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

Purpose

To enable institutes and centers (IC) that share research areas to co-sponsor funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

Procedure

ICs often co-sponsor FOAs using the following methods:

  • Parent program announcements for common grant mechanisms.
    • Applicants must use these parent PAs to submit investigator-initiated applications for research project, training, fellowship, and career development grants.
    • For more information, see NIH's Parent Announcements page.
  • NIH-wide initiatives that all or most ICs support are released in the NIH Guide. These include requests for applications (RFAs) and parent PAs.
  • All other RFAs and PAs are sponsored by one or more ICs.

In some cases, co-sponsorship is determined before an IC enters a draft FOA into the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Guide Publishing System (NIHGPS).

If an IC wants to cosponsor a FOA, it can negotiate a revision with the sponsoring IC. Refer to Section VII. Agency Contacts within the FOA for the IC contact.

If an IC wants to sign on after a FOA is published in the Guide or after a FOA has moved into Status 4 in the NIHGPS, it must issue a notice of participation in the NIHGPS.

Each IC has an internal process for determining whether it will co-sponsor a FOA and how much money it will contribute. At NIAID, the Executive Committee must review and approve all proposed co-sponsorships.

After peer review, participating organizations determine which applications to fund, how they will be funded, and who will fund which applications. To make changes to an application's assignment, see the NIAID Request for Assignment Changes From CSR SOP.

Program Officers

  • If you have an initiative that could or should be co-sponsored, discuss this with your division's leadership.
    • Often you will identify these opportunities when you develop a concept.
    • Contact other potentially interested ICs early in the process.
    • Obtain Scientific/Research and Financial/Grants Management contacts from participating IC(s).
  • If you agreed to co-sponsorship during initiative development, include this information in your draft FOA under Components of Participating Organizations.
  • If other ICs are interested in the initiative, follow the guidance for cosponsored RFAs and PAs in NIH's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.OER Policy Announcement 1997-03. Sponsoring and co-sponsoring ICs should do the following:
    • Define support mechanisms, such as R01 or P01, to be used.
    • Use the same application preparation guidelines, review criteria, project period, and budget limits so the application can be assigned to any of the sponsors and ensure a similar initial peer review process. If they cannot agree to the above, senior officials will resolve issues with the director of the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, Office of Extramural Research.
  • When you receive notification of a potential shared-interest FOA:
    • Determine whether there is overlap with your programmatic responsibilities, and if so, whether you want to co-sponsor the FOA.
    • Follow division procedures for processing co-sponsorship requests.
    • Provide monetary commitment letter for an RFA or a PA with set aside funds.
    • Provide NIAID Scientific/Research and Financial/Grants Management contact.
    • NotifyLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff in the Division of Extramural Activities of the decision. NIAID has to respond within 14 days after the other IC enters its FOA in the NIHGPS.
    • Ensure Excom/Division Directors approval has been obtained and provide documentation of their approval to Notify Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff in the Division of Extramural Activities.
    • If unable to sign onto FOA within 14 day deadline, FOA is in Status 4 in the NIHGPS or published, then it is necessary to sign on via notice in the NIHGPS.

Division of Extramural Activities Staff

  • Enter draft NIAID FOAs into the NIHGPS.
  • Monitor the NIHGPS for potential shared-interest FOAs from other ICs.
  • Forward any potential shared-interest FOAs to appropriate program contacts.
  • If program staff want to co-sponsor a FOA, enter their responses into the NIHGPS.
  • Ensure approvals obtained from Excom/Division Directors.
  • Include documentation of monetary funds indicated by co-sponsor.

NIAID Executive Committee

  • Review and approve all proposed co-sponsorships.

Contacts

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

Division of Extramural Activities—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

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Links

Concept Development SOP

Early Notification SOP

Program Announcements (PA) SOP

Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP

Last Updated November 26, 2014

Last Reviewed November 26, 2014