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Selection of Appropriate Funding Mechanisms

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This SOP has internal roles only.

Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To enable NIAID to choose the best way to fund extramural activities.

Procedure

When planning an extramural initiative, NIAID staff work with the Office of Initiative Development (OID) and Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) to determine what mechanism to use based on criteria described in NIH Policy Manual 1820—Selection of Extramural Award Instrument. This decision happens before choosing the type of grant or contract.

Choices fall into three main categories: grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts.

Grants and cooperative agreements provide assistance—money, property, or services—to a recipient for a public purpose, with the following difference:

  • Grants are used when NIAID has no significant programmatic involvement with the awardee's work.
  • Cooperative agreements are used when NIAID staff are substantially involved in the project.

For details, go to Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.A Primer on NIAID Grant Types. To learn more about NIAID's funding options within each type of grant, go to our Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Activity Codes Used by NIAID.

Contracts acquire property or services for the federal government. For descriptions of different types of contracts and guidance for selecting an appropriate solicitation, read our Type of Contract SOP.

Program and Contracting Officer's Representatives

Office of Initiative Development

  • With program or contracting officer's representative, lead your initiative development team. For more information, seeLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Team Planning Meetings for NIAID Solicited Grant and Contract Research Initiatives.
  • Provide guidance and advice in developing, designing, planning, writing, and assuring quality control for initiatives.

Division of Extramural Activities Staff

  • As needed, consult with program and contracting officer's representatives on appropriate funding mechanism.

Grants Management and Acquisitions Branch Chiefs

  • Review initiative concepts.
  • Work with DEA, OID, program and contracting officer's representatives on choice of mechanism and type of grant or contract.

Contacts

Office of Initiative Development—Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff

Division of Extramural Activities—Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff

Office of Acquisitions—see Office of Acquisitions Contacts

Grants Management Program—see Grants Management Program Contacts

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

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Cooperative Agreements Staff Portal

HHSAR Part 307—Acquisition Planning, Subpart 307.70—Considerations in Selecting an Award Instrument

Program Announcements (PA) SOP

Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP

 

Last Updated November 13, 2014

Last Reviewed May 01, 2012