Master the Process for Preparing NIH Grant Applications
- Source: NIH Office of Extramural Research
Are you applying for an NIH grant? Follow these steps to help you prepare your application.
Do Background Work
- Develop your research idea.
- Identify a funding opportunity. If there’s no funding opportunity announcement (FOA) specific to your area, look for a “parent” announcement.
- Talk with NIH staff about your idea and where it fits.
- Write a strong proposal that address the following review criteria: significance, investigator(s), innovation, approach, and environment.
Know Your Institution
- Explain your role.
- Detail the roles, including authorized organizational representative, PI, and administrator, that other people play.
- Maintain coordination and respect for each other’s roles.
- Understand your institutional processes and timelines for grant-related activities.
Understand the Registration Process
- Institutions must renew registration annually.
- Many organizations are already registered, so check with your Office of Sponsored Research. New organizations should allow eight weeks to complete registrations.
- Grants.gov is for applicant organizations only. No registration is needed to find opportunities or download application forms.
- eRA Commons is for project directors/principal investigators (PD/PI), application organizations, and signing officials (SO).
Develop Your Application
- Download the application from the FOA.
- Carefully read the funding opportunity and application instructions.
- Learn about the electronic application submission process well before the application due date.
Contact NIH Before Applying
- Getting in touch with NIH is mandatory for applications with budgets greater than $500,000 direct costs for any single year and R13 Conference Grants.
- Reaching out to NIH is optional when requests for applications (RFA) request a Letter of Intent. Contacting NIH is always recommended when you think about applying for any grant.
Adapted from NIH Office of Extramural Research. Original source: NIH Top 10 Steps to Success.