Timeline for Funding Decisions

You send just-in-time information and help resolve bars to award. NIAID staff make final funding decisions. It typically takes between 8 and 20 months after the due date to get an award.  





The overall timeline graphic has a darkened section to indicate the funding stage. It typically takes between 8 and 20 months after the NIH due date to get an award. The text below the image summarizes typical steps and timeframes.

The darkened section of the graphic marks this phase of the process. Find other phases at Illustrated Application and Grant Timelines.  

Typical Steps and Timeframes

Two just-in-time (JIT) requests. You may have already received NIH’s automatic JIT request for applications that scored 30 or better. When funding is likely, NIAID sends a separate JIT request. Learn more at Respond to Pre-Award Requests (“Just-in-Time”) and in our Just-in-Time SOP.

Respond to NIAID’s JIT request promptly and carefully since your grant depends on it.

Bars to award. If your summary statement has a code that creates a bar to award, you must send us the necessary information to resolve the issue. Read our Bars to Grant Awards SOP for details.

Your situation is unique. We will not make an award until you provide necessary information and we are satisfied that your application meets all requirements. Funding is not guaranteed.

Timing varies. As we describe at NIAID’s Funding Decisions and Your Next Steps, many factors influence grant award timing. Therefore, don’t assume we will make your award on the early end of the estimates we provide below.

Expedited funding. For the few applications that received expedited second-level review as described at Second-Level Review: Advisory Council, we may begin funding as soon as five or six months after the due date.

Other grants after full Council. Our Council meets about seven months after the due date, so we typically award other grants starting about eight months after the due date.

Your grant. Get details on the steps immediately before and after award at Negotiation and Your Initial Award. Proceed to the Timeline To Manage a Grant and Stay Funded.

Waiting? It could take as long as 20 months after the due date to get an award near the end of the fiscal year. Rather than wait, you may wish to revise your application or send a new one right away. Consider your Options if Your Application Isn’t Funded and talk to your program officer for advice.

Fiscal year end. When the relevant fiscal year ends on September 30, your application is no longer eligible for funding consideration. Check your Options if Your Application Isn’t Funded.

Next Phase

Proceed to the Timeline To Manage a Grant and Stay Funded.

Find other phases on the Illustrated Application and Grant Timelines page.

See NIAID’s main Timelines and Due Dates portal.

 

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