Dual Assignments SOP

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: PurposeProcedure, Contacts, Links.

Some links will work for NIAID staff only.

Purpose

To allow the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to assign grant applications to more than one institute for funding consideration, based on NIH referral guidelines.

Procedure

Dual assignments acknowledge shared interests of institutes in a scientific area and inform appropriate institutes of an application.

Applications may receive primary and secondary assignments. CSR assigns applications to institutes with programmatic interest in the proposed research or training. The institute with the most relevant program is designated primary; others are secondary. Principal investigators (PIs) can ask CSR for a dual assignment in their PHS Assignment Request Form.

NIAID staff may ask CSR to add NIAID as a secondary assignment when: 1) an application is assigned to another institute but is of substantial interest to NIAID, 2) NIAID is considering cofunding, or 3) an applicant has requested it.

NIAID staff can request a secondary assignment of an application either before or after initial peer review. Alternatively, staff can request removal of a secondary assignment if the science is not relevant to NIAID.

An application is given Council consideration by both the primary and secondary institutes. If the primary does not intend to make an award, the secondary has the opportunity to do so.

For other information, see the Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP.

Investigators

  • In your application's PHS Assignment Request Form, you can request up to three institutes for primary assignment of your application. CSR may make both primary and secondary assignments.
  • After your application has been assigned to an institute, you can ask a program officer to request a secondary assignment.
  • You can check your institute assignments in eRA Commons.

Program Officers

  • To request adding or deleting NIAID as a secondary assignee, email the following information to your division coordinator:
    • Full grant number, e.g., 2R01AI12345-06A1
    • PI's full name
  • If the primary assigned institute is not able to fund an application, but NIAID, as the secondary, wishes to fund, follow the 901–Request for Assignment Changes Instructions, prepare a 901 request email correspondence for assignment change requesting primary assignment to NIAID, and send it to your division coordinator. See the Request for Primary IC Assignment SOP for more information.

Division Coordinators

  • To request adding NIAID as a secondary assignee, forward secondary assignment email request from the program officer to Contact for NIAID Receipt Referral.
  • To request deleting NIAID as secondary assignee, forward request to NIAIDRPABReferralgroup@mail.nih.gov.
  • Initiate an Assignment Change Request (ACR) through the IMPAC II ACR module when a program officer sends you a 901 request email correspondence for assignment change.

Referral and Program Analysis Branch Staff

NIAID Receipt Referral Officer

  • When you receive a request to add or remove NIAID as a secondary assignee, make a change in IMPAC II through the Institute and Center Operations (ICO) module to notify CSR of the assignment change.
  • Notify division coordinator and program officer by email when secondary assignment action is completed.

Contacts

Applicants with questions should refer to Contacting Program Officers and Grants Management Specialists.

Use the contacts listed above for questions about your specific situation. If you have a general question or a suggestion to improve this page, email the Office of Knowledge and Educational Resources at deaweb@niaid.nih.gov.

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