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To enable NIAID's advisory Council to expedite the review and approval of applications so the Institute can award qualifying grants before the next Council meeting.
NIAID uses expedited Council review to make early awards for the following types of grants:
Grants that cannot be expedited are selective pay, MERIT awards and MERIT extensions, appeals, barred applications with unresolved issues, applications exceeding the 20 percent cap for renewal awards, foreign grants, and other special issue grants.
Acting on behalf of all Council members, one Council member from each of the three NAAIDC subcommittees performs second-level review as soon as a majority of summary statements are in IMPAC.
This review takes place approximately eight weeks before Council meets and is the basis for issuing awards earlier. Staff can read more at Release of Funds for Solicited, Opportunity Pool, and Career Transition (K99/R00) Awards SOP.
At the meeting, the full Council ratifies the results. For January and May Councils, NIAID can fund grants a few weeks after the initial peer review meeting, before the Council meeting.
Since Council reviews applications in September for funding in the next fiscal year, applicants may have to wait to get their awards until the Institute receives its appropriation. Before receiving its appropriation, NIAID uses interim paylines and funds a limited number of awards.
In rare cases (e.g., an exceptional project that could have tremendous, immediate impact), NIAID will fund grants during the current fiscal year, but the DEA director must sign a special waiver form to allow this to happen.
Applications selected for funding that have received expedited review should receive funding as soon as possible.
Use the Council version of the Electronic Council Book to perform early review of applications.
Contact for NIAID Staff—OERPO
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Bars to Grant Awards SOP
Electronic Council Book SOP
Foreign and International Grants and Components SOP
MERIT Awards and Extensions SOP
Program Officer Checklist SOP
Program Announcements (PA) SOP
NIAID Planning and Reporting System (NPARS) SOP
NIAID R56-Bridge Award SOP
Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP
Selective Pay SOP
Special Issues Requiring Council Review SOP
Last Updated November 23, 2012
Last Reviewed October 24, 2014