Overview of R01 Process

Overview of R01 Process

This application to funding timeline is for investigator-initiated R01s (not applications responding to initiatives) by review cycle for FY 2018 funding. For other application types or other years, go to the NIH Standard Due Dates for Competing Applications.

The table below uses actual submission deadlines for investigator-initiated applications. We based them on NIH standard due dates. If a standard date falls on a weekend or holiday, we adjusted it below to the next business day.

Preparation Steps

Timing

1. Prepare application. Get advice from NIAID's Apply for a Grant and mentors.

Allow at least this much time for preparation:

  • Two months: Planning and writing.
  • One month: Getting feedback.
  • Two weeks: Checks and edits.

After that, your institution's processing may take days, weeks, or months. Get your internal due date from your institutional business office.

Submission

Date

Review Cycle 1

Review Cycle 2

Review Cycle 3

2. Organization submits the application by the receipt date.

Leave enough time to make corrections.

The application goes to Grants.gov and then the eRA Commons for validation.

New non-AIDS applications:
By February 6, 2017

New non-AIDS applications:
By June 5, 2017

New non-AIDS applications:
By October 5, 2017

All AIDS applications:
By May 8, 2017

All AIDS applications:
By September 7, 2017

All AIDS applications:
By January 8, 2017

Resubmissions,
non-AIDS:

By March 6, 2017*

Resubmissions,
non-AIDS:

By July 5, 2017*

Resubmissions,
non-AIDS:

By November 6, 2017*

Review

Review Cycle 1

Review Cycle 2

Review Cycle 3

3. Assignment. Find the institute and integrated review group in the Commons.

Within two weeks

Within two weeks

Within two weeks

4. NIH assigns applications to reviewers.

May 2017

September 2017

January 2018

5. Applications undergo initial peer review. Find overall impact/priority scores in the Commons within three business days of initial peer review.

Find summary statements within 30 days (for new investigator R01 applications, no later than July 10, November 10, or March 10, depending on review cycle).

June or July 2017

October or November 2017

February or March 2018

After Review

Review Cycle 1

Review Cycle 2

Review Cycle 3

6. NIAID begins to fund applications that undergo expedited second-level review.

Starting in October 2017**

Starting in November 2017

Starting in March 2018

7. NIAID Council recommends funding for selective pay and non-expedited applications.

September 11, 2017

January 29, 2018

June 4, 2018

8. NIAID funds selective pay and non-expedited awards.

October 2017***
through end of fiscal year

February 2018
through end of fiscal year

June 2018
through end of fiscal year

9. End of fiscal year.

The last day of fiscal year 2018 is September 30, 2018.

* After your summary statement appears in the Commons, you can resubmit up to 37 months from your original application's receipt date. New R01 investigators have special rules for resubmitting—for more information, see the note for new investigators in the Application Resubmissions SOP.

** For cycle 1, step 6, expedited second-level review occurs toward the end of the previous fiscal year; however, by law, NIAID cannot fund applications until the next fiscal year.

*** For cycle 1, steps 6 and 8, funding dates assume we have a budget by then.

Have Questions?

A program officer in your area of science can give you application advice, NIAID's perspective on your research, and confirmation that NIAID will accept your application.

Find contacts and instructions at When to Contact a NIAID Program Officer.

Content last reviewed on March 14, 2017