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Cosponsorship of RFAs and PAs

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This SOP has internal roles only.

Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To enable institutes and centers (IC) that share research areas to cosponsor funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

Procedure

ICs often cosponsor FOAs using the following methods:

  • Parent program announcements for common grant mechanisms that have moved to electronic submission.
    • Applicants must use these parent PAs to submit investigator-initiated applications for research project, training, fellowship, and career development grants.
    • For more information, see NIH's Parent Announcements page.
  • NIH-wide initiatives that all or most ICs support are released in the NIH Guide. These include requests for applications (RFAs) and parent PAs.
  • All other RFAs and PAs are sponsored by one or more ICs.

In some cases, cosponsorship is determined before an IC enters a draft FOA into the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Guide Publishing System (NIHGPS).

If an IC wants to cosponsor a FOA, it can negotiate a revision with the sponsoring IC.

If an IC wants to sign on after a FOA is published in the Guide, it must issue a notice of participation in the NIHGPS.

Each IC has an internal process for determining whether it will cosponsor a FOA and how much money it will contribute. At NIAID, the Executive Committee must review and approve all proposed cosponsorships.

After peer review, participating organizations determine which applications to fund, how they will be funded, and who will fund which applications. To make changes to an application's assignment, see the NIAID Request for Assignment Changes From CSR SOP.

Program Officers

  • If you have an initiative that could or should be cosponsored, discuss this with your division's leadership.
    • Often you will identify these opportunities when you develop a concept.
    • Contact other potentially interested ICs early in the process.
  • If you agreed to cosponsorship during initiative development, include this information in your draft FOA under Components of Participating Organizations.
  • Complete an Early Notification Information form and send it with an electronic draft of the FOA to your Program Division Coordinator.
  • If other ICs are interested in the initiative, follow the guidance for cosponsored RFAs and PAs in NIH's Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.OER Policy Announcement 1997-03. Sponsoring and cosponsoring ICs should do the following:
    • Define support mechanisms, such as R01 or P01, to be used.
    • Use the same application preparation guidelines, review criteria, project period, and budget limits so the application can be assigned to any of the sponsors and ensure a similar initial peer review process. If they cannot agree to the above, senior officials will resolve issues with the director of the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, Office of Extramural Research.
  • When you receive notification of a potential shared-interest FOA:
    • Determine whether there is overlap with your programmatic responsibilities, and if so, whether you want to cosponsor the FOA.
    • Follow division procedures for processing cosponsorship requests.
    • NotifyLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff in the Division of Extramural Activities of the decision. NIAID has to respond within 14 days after the other IC enters its FOA in the NIHGPS.

Division of Extramural Activities Staff

  • Enter draft NIAID FOAs into the NIHGPS.
  • Monitor the NIHGPS for potential shared-interest FOAs from other ICs.
  • Forward any potential shared-interest FOAs to appropriate program contacts.
  • If program staff want to cosponsor a FOA, enter their responses into the NIHGPS.

NIAID Executive Committee

  • Review and approve all proposed cosponsorships.

Contacts

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

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

Program Division Coordinators


Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIDS

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DAIT

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Contact for NIAID Staff—DMID

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Links

Concept Development SOP

Dual Assignments SOP

Early Notification SOP

Program Announcements (PA) SOP

Requests for Applications (RFA) SOP

Last Updated May 14, 2013

Last Reviewed May 14, 2013