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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To provide instructions for intramural investigators to apply for NIH career development grants.
NIAID intramural postdocs may apply for the following career development awards from NIH:
They may also apply for NIH Common Fund initiatives that support investigators at different career stages, depending on the opportunity. For more information, read About the NIH Common Fund, and go to NIH Common Fund and Common Fund Programs.
Prospective applicants need at least three months to prepare and submit their applications. They use this time to talk with mentors and colleagues, get NIAID's approval to apply, register with the eRA Commons, arrange for letters of reference and institutional commitment, write, revise, and proofread.
When they apply, they submit their grant applications to Grants.gov through NIAID's designated authorized organizational representative (AOR). In the Commons, this same designee is called a "signing official" (SO) but this SOP uses "AOR" for sake of simplicity—there is no effect on roles or processes.
This document outlines NIAID's application process for intramural postdocs.
Go to Career Development Awards in our Advice on Research Training and Career Awards for tips, guidance, and other information, e.g., Advice for Applicants.
Visit NIAID's Career Development Awards (K) portal for links to other references.
Follow the steps indicated below, paying particular attention to the timing of key activities. If you miss a deadline, we may not accept your request to apply for an award.
Designated Authorized Organizational Representative—Ken Santora
Office of Extramural Research Policy and Operations—NIAIDReceiptReferral@niaid.nih.gov
Office of Research Training and Special Programs—AITrainingHelpDesk@niaid.nih.gov
Office of Training and Diversity—Wendy Fibison
Deputy Director for Science Management—John McGowan
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All About Grants: Tutorials and Samples
AOR and SO Instructions for Electronic Submission of Intramural Grant Applications
Applying for a Grant Questions and Answers
Ethics for Extramural Staff—for NIH staff handling activities that span both intramural and extramural.
Grant Application, Electronic SOP
NIAID's Application portal
SF 424 Application and Electronic Submission Information
Last Updated April 07, 2016
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