Illustrated Application and Grant Timelines

Use our timelines to learn about each major step from planning to award for a typical application such as an R01. For AIDS-related applications with special later due dates, reduce the indicated month counts accordingly.

Overall Timeline

This image shows an overall timeline with major steps from application to award. The text below the image summarizes the major phases and timing. Follow the Timeline links on this page for full details.

Your overall process from planning to award may take as long as two years—even longer if you need to resubmit. If your application succeeds on the first try, it typically takes between 8 and 20 months after the due date to get an award.

Timeline Phases

The following pages detail each phase of the overall process:

Timeline To Plan and Write Your Application. Learn when and how to identify an appropriate grant funding opportunity, start planning, check your institution’s internal deadline, and begin writing.

Timeline To Submit Your Application. Your institutional official should submit your application well before NIH’s due date. The application must pass electronic validations.

Timeline for Assignment, Review, and Council. NIH checks your application and assigns it to an institute. Peer review is four or five months after the NIH due date. Most applications go to the full Council meeting about seven months after the due date.

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.

Timeline To Manage a Grant and Stay Funded. Learn about grants management and check timing for required reports. We suggest a strategy so you may be able to maintain funding through a series of awards.

See NIAID’s main Timelines and Due Dates portal.

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