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PHS Grantee

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Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To fund research at other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies through a grant or cooperative agreement.

Procedure

Scientists at federal government organizations may receive NIH grants or cooperative agreements to conduct research at federal facilities. NIH may provide awards to PHS agencies as the primary awardee only under exceptional circumstances such as:

  • The mission of the PI's agency does not support the research project.
  • No other institution can conduct the research.
  • Not pursuing the research would have an adverse impact or potentially important effect on the NIH mission.
  • NIH determines a grant is the appropriate means to support the research.

If a PHS agency is not eligible for an NIH grant or cooperative agreement, it may receive NIH funding through an interagency agreement. SeeLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Reviewing and Clearing Inter-Agency Agreements.

According to Department of Health and Human Services policy, NIH awards may not pay for salaries or indirect costs at other federal agencies. Federal scientists employed by PHS agencies may collaborate on an NIH grant but may not receive a salary from the grant.

One NIH component may not award a grant to another NIH component.

Investigators

  • Before applying, contact an NIH program officer and discuss whether your agency is eligible for NIH funding. Since program officers outside NIH may not be familiar with the issues, they may not make this determination.
  • If your agency is eligible, develop a justification for NIH funding.

Program Officers

  • Discuss with a PI whether an award would meet the criteria listed above.
  • Read applications and confirm that the justification for NIH funding is still valid. If not, NIH will not fund.
  • Monitor ongoing award.

Scientific Review Officers

  • Be alert for reviewer comments that may justify if a grant to a PHS agency would be appropriate.
  • In the summary statement, indicate as an administrative note that the application is from a PHS agency.

Contacts

To find an NIAID program officer, go to When to Contact an NIAID Program Officer. See the Grants Management Program Contacts for the appropriate GMP specialist.

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Links

NIH Grants Policy Statement: Grants to Federal Institutions and Payments To (Or On Behalf Of) Federal Employees Under Grants

Last Updated October 28, 2011

Last Reviewed March 08, 2011