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Dual Assignments

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


To allow the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to assign grant applications to more than one institute for funding consideration, based on NIH referral guidelines.


Dual assignments acknowledge shared interests of institutes in a scientific area and inform appropriate institutes of an application.

Applications may receive primary and secondary assignments. CSR assigns applications to institutes with programmatic interest in the proposed research or training. The institute with the most relevant program is designated primary; others are secondary. PIs can ask CSR for a dual assignment in their cover letters.

Program officers may also request a secondary assignment when 1) an application is assigned to another institute but is of substantial interest to NIAID, 2) NIAID is considering funding, or 3) an applicant has requested it.

NIAID staff can request a secondary assignment to an application either before or after initial peer review. Alternatively, staff can request deletion of a secondary assignment if the science is not relevant to NIAID.

An application is given Council consideration by both the primary and secondary institutes. If the primary does not intend to make an award, the secondary has the opportunity to do so.

For funding implications and other information, see the Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP.


  • In your application's cover letter, you can request secondary assignment of your application to an institute.
  • After your application has been assigned to an institute, you can ask a program officer to request a secondary assignment.

Program Officers

  • To request the addition or deletion of NIAID as a secondary assignee, email the following information to NIAID Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Receipt and Referral (Do not send a 901 Request for Assignment Change form.):
    • Full grant number, e.g., 2R01AI12345-06A1.
    • PI's full name.
  • If the primary assigned institute is not able to fund an application, but NIAID, as the secondary, wishes to fund, send Division coordinators a 901 Request for Assignment Change requesting primary assignment to NIAID. Please see the Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP
  • If either an applicant or another institute requests a secondary assignment to NIAID, it's a good idea to agree.
  • If another institute wants to be listed as secondary, this is helpful in case we cannot pay the application.

Division Coordinators

Initiate an ACR using IMPAC ACR module when a program officer sends you a 901 requesting primary assignment to NIAID. 

NIAID Receipt Referral Officer

When you receive an email requesting addition or deletion of NIAID secondary assignment, make a change on IMPAC thru ICO module.

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NIAID Funding Policy and Process SOP

Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP

Last Updated August 15, 2014

Last Reviewed August 15, 2014