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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To enable applicants to apply for NIH grants that have undergone the transition to electronic application.
If a grant type has switched to electronic application, applicants must complete the grant application package for a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Find transition dates in the NIH Planned Transition Dates Timeline.
FOAs are listed in Grants.gov and the NIH Guide; NIAID's FOAs are also on the NIAID Funding Opportunities List.
Each grant opportunity has its own FOA that includes a grant application package with forms and instructions. For some grant types, NIH issues a parent PA that enables applicants to apply electronically for that grant mechanism. For example, the NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21) Announcement lets investigators submit an R21 application in any scientific topic they wish to participating ICs.
Although a parent PA may exist, institutes may issue their own FOAs for the same mechanism, e.g., the R21. Institute-specific program announcements enable institutes to solicit applications in a defined scientific area. The best way to find out which NIAID FOA to use is to go to the NIAID Funding Opportunities List.
Before an organization can submit an electronic application, it must register with Grants.gov and the eRA Commons. Typically, PIs must register only in the Commons. A PI registers in Grants.gov only if he or she is also an authorized organizational representative (AOR). See Plan Ahead for Electronic Application in the New Investigator Guide to NIH Funding for more information.
Find additional information on electronic applications through the Application portal and the Applying for a Grant questions and answers.
Kenneth Santora, Division of Extramural Activities
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Last Updated August 15, 2014
Last Reviewed August 15, 2014