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Foreign and International Grants and Components

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Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To make awards to foreign institutions, international organizations, and domestic institutions with foreign components.

Procedure

General Considerations for Foreign Grants

  • NIAID makes awards to institutions in foreign countries if the proposed research meets the following criteria:
    • It includes talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions not in the U.S. or that augment U.S. resources.
    • It is relevant to NIAID's mission.
    • It is not being done in the U.S.
  • Only institutions or organizations in a foreign country—not investigators—can serve as grantees.
  • People defined as "restricted" by the Patriot Act cannot work with pathogens or toxins that are potential bioterrorism agents. See the Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP.
  • Applicants using select agents must follow all NIAID's select agent procedures. See the Select Agent Awards SOP.
  • Awards are paid in U.S. dollars. NIH does not adjust for currency exchange fluctuations after award.
  • NIAID may use additional guidelines for bilateral agreements. Staff can refer to the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Country-Specific Solicitations SOP.
  • Staff present foreign applications to NIAID's advisory Council as a special issue. Council must also approve the transfer of a grant to or between foreign institutions or international organizations as well as from a domestic to a foreign institution.
  • Staff review foreign applications for required assurances, approvals, requirements.
    • They also remove unallowable costs such as full facilities and administrative (F and A) costs and custom and import duties. See the list at Allowable and Unallowable Costs in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.
    • Foreign applicants can request up to eight percent F and A costs of the total direct costs amount minus equipment to meet NIH compliance requirements.
  • Learn about grants management in the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.

In general, NIH does not award program projects, centers, training awards, SBIR, STTR, or construction grants to foreign institutions. However, in exceptional circumstances NIH has allowed NIAID to award foreign program projects and cooperative agreements.

General Considerations for Domestic Grants with Foreign Components

  • Applications require Council approval but are not presented as a special issue.
  • A foreign component cannot be added to a grant without NIH's prior approval.
  • People defined as "restricted" by the Patriot Act cannot work with pathogens or toxins that are potential bioterrorism agents. See the Foreign Workers on NIH Awards SOP.
  • Staff check foreign applications for required assurances, approvals, requirements.
    • They also remove unallowable costs such as full facilities and administrative (F and A) costs and custom and import duties. See the list at Allowable and Unallowable Costs in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.
    • Foreign components can request up to eight percent F and A costs of the total direct costs amount minus equipment to meet NIH compliance requirements.
  • Learn about grants management in the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.

Investigators

  • Note that fellowships, training grants, and career development awards (except for the K99/R00) require either U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status (Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-551). People on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Check your opportunity announcement to determine whether you must apply electronically. If so, NIH requires an additional step for your institution to register for electronic application. Your business office should read Grants.gov Registration Instructions for Domestic and Foreign Institutions.
  • For electronic applications, use Section 5 of the Research and Related Other Project Information form to indicate whether your project involves activities outside the U.S. or partnerships with international collaborators. See NIH's SF424 (R&R) Application Guides.
  • For paper applications, mark the checkbox for "foreign application" or "domestic grant with foreign involvement" on the Checklist Form Page of the PHS 398 Grant Application.
  • Provide a detailed budget as described in the application instructions.
  • Learn about grants management in the Grants Policy and Management Training for Foreign Investigators.

Program Officers

Scientific Review Officers

  • Identify grant applications from foreign institutions and domestic applications with a foreign component and ask peer reviewers to evaluate the need for conducting the research at a foreign site. 
  • Identify grant applications proposing work with select agents at foreign sites to facilitate appropriate follow-up by program officers and grants management staff.
  • Flag “foreign institution” as a header in summary statements to guide program officers as they prepare for Council approval of the applications.
  • Record if peer reviewers consider the foreign site justified. Include in the summary statement under the “foreign institution" heading.

Grants Management Staff

  • Ensure that foreign applications appearing on a release list for funding have received Council review and approval.
  • Obtain administrative approvals for both foreign grants and domestic grants with foreign components.
  • Ensure that additional administrative requirements are met for India or Brazil. GMP staff can see GMP's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Brazilian Requirements for Foreign Clearance SOP.
  • Do not issue a Notice of Award without Council and administrative approvals, even at the end of the fiscal year.

For more responsibilities, GMP staff can see GMP's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Foreign and International Grants, Components SOP.

Contacts

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

If you have knowledge to share or want more information on this topic, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

Links

Common Questions and Answers for International Applicants

NIAID's Application portal

Foreign Applications Have an Extra Review Step in the Strategy for NIH Funding

International Awards questions and answers

NIAID International Awards Web site

NIAID Select Agent Policy for Foreign Institutions questions and answers

NIH eSubmission Tips for International Applicants

Quick Contact Support for International Applicants

Special Issues Requiring Council Review SOP

 

Last Updated June 27, 2013

Last Reviewed December 07, 2012