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Grant Duration Policy

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Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To enable NIAID to achieve an average duration of four years for competing grants.

Procedure

NIAID funds a mix of short- and long-term grants to get a four-year average length for all grants in a given fiscal year. To find the maximum duration of any grant, look under "Budget and Project Period" in its funding opportunity announcement.

For NIAID grants that do not have funding opportunity announcements, we use the following durations:

  • Up to one year of support for R56-Bridge awards.
  • Up to four years of support for selective pay grants.
  • Five years, with a possible three- to five-year extension, for MERIT awards.

NIH's grant duration limit is five years for most grants. Waiving this limit requires an extraordinary justification and direct approval from NIH or HHS.

In some fiscal years, NIAID resets grant start dates to more evenly distribute grant funding throughout the fiscal year. This results in a shorter grant duration.

Investigators

Program Officers

  • Work with grants management specialists to correct funding issues without altering grant duration, if possible.
  • Nominate a maximum of four years' support for the following applications:
    • Applications that score beyond the payline.
    • R01 applications responding to RFAs.

Grants Management Specialists

Contacts

Mary Kirker—Grants Management Officer

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Links

Multiproject Awards SOP

Program Announcements (PA) SOP

NIAID Funding Policy and Process SOP

NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP

Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP

Selective Pay SOP

Last Updated March 02, 2012

Last Reviewed March 01, 2012