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All new or resubmission applications targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010 (for FY2011 funding consideration) require the use of new application forms and instructions, which include shorter page limits (NOT-OD-09-149). Applications submitted using incorrect forms will be delayed and may not be reviewed. Applicants should review the new instructions and begin preparing for a shorter research plan, and will need to return to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (or reissued Parent Announcement) in December to download the new application packages. More details about the changes can be found at the Enhancing Peer Review Web site.

Learn More About the NIH Grants Process

Grant Application Basics (Office of Extramural Research)
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) supports extramural grants programs across the NIH by guiding researchers through the steps involved with attaining grant funding at the Agency. Their introduction to the grants process offers details on finding announcements, determining eligibility, and designing applications to demonstrate their connection to the NIH’s overall mission.

Grants Process Overview (Office of Extramural Research)
OER also offers a complete overview of the application process, with a detailed description, useful definitions, and specific tips for each stage.

Electronic Research Administration (Office of Extramural Research)
The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) provides technological solutions and support for grants administration across the NIH, as well as at other Federal agencies. The eRA website allows individuals and institutions to create and edit required profiles, complete grant applications, and track the status of submitted applications.

Frequently Asked Questions (Office of Extramural Research)
This section of the OER website offers links to detailed information on topics such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), human subjects protection, the humane care of laboratory animals, and the various funding mechanisms in use across the NIH and at specific Institutes and Centers.

NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal (NIAID)
While some of the information provided pertains specifically to the process utilized by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), this comprehensive site offers a step-by-step look at the grants process along with a wide array of supplemental materials.

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