Timelines & Due Dates
To help you make informed decisions at each step, these pages gives you an overview of timing from application to award, including the consequences of applying at different times of the year, the status of the Institute's budget, factors that may delay your award, and other key topics.
For an application funded on the first try, count on between 5 and 20 months from submission to award, depending on factors we describe on our timeline pages. That timeframe does not include the several months it will take to plan and write your application or the many months extra if you need to resubmit.
Note that the time span for AIDS applications is three months shorter because investigator-initiated applications are due later for the same review cycle. Check your FOA to see if there are separate due dates for AIDS.
In this section, we offer the following timelines and timing-related explanations:
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.