Released: September 25, 2017
Revised: December 7, 2018

Helpful Links

The information on the following pages may be useful in the application process

  • OER Glossary
  • Grants Policy Statement
  • Guide to Grants and Contracts
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1. Become familiar with the application process.

Understanding the application process is critical to successfully submitting your application.

Use the G.110 – Application Process section of these instructions to learn the importance of completing required registrations before submission, how to submit and track your application, where to find page limits and formatting requirements, and more information about the application process.

Step 2. Use these instructions, together with the forms and information found in the funding opportunity announcement, to complete your application.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will include specific instructions and the forms needed for your application submission.

Remember that the FOA instructions always supersede these application instructions.

Step 3. Choose an application instruction format.

Do you know your activity code, but don’t know which application instructions to use? Refer to NIH’s table on Selecting the Correct Application Instructions to determine which set of application instructions applies to your grant program.

Step 4. Complete the appropriate forms.

Unless otherwise specified in the FOA, follow the standard instruction, as well as any additional program-specific instructions for each form in your application.

Program-specific instructions are presented in gray call-out boxes that are color coded throughout the application instructions. Consult the G.130 – Program Overview section for context for program specific instructions.

Step 5. Stay informed of policy changes and updates.

  • Refer to the G.120 – Significant Changes section for the most recent changes to these application instructions.
  • Review Notices of NIH Policy Changes since the posting of the Application Guide.

Step 6. Understand what data NIH makes public.

Information submitted as part of the application will be used by reviewers to evaluate the scientific merit of the application and by NIH staff to make the grant award and monitor the grant after award. The exception to this is the G.600 – PHS Assignment Request Form, which is only seen by staff in the Division of Receipt and Referral (DRR), Center for Scientific Review (CSR).

If the application is funded, the following fields will be made available to the public through the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER) and will become public information:

  • Name of Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), to also include Project Leaders on sub-projects to multi-project projects
  • PD/PI title
  • PD/PI email address
  • Organizational name
  • Institutional address
  • Project summary/abstract
  • Public health relevance statement

In addition, key elements related to ongoing funded projects will be made available to the public, including those listed in the data dictionary at ExPORTER. Additional elements may be made available after announcements through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, a weekly electronic publication that is available on NIH’s Funding page, or additions to the NIH Grants Policy Statement, as needed.

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