NIH PAs and RFAs

Find NIH PAs and RFAs by searching the internet using the PA/RFA Number ( e.g. PA-10-067).

The following website for the NIH Office of Extramural Research provides (under the “Funding” heading) search engines for keywords at:

NIH’s “Parent” ( i.e. plain vanilla”) research program solicitations may be found in one place at:

The Grants.Gov website under “Find Grant Opportunities” may also be searched/browsed by Agency, category and keyword at:

Format in which proposals can be submitted

Most proposal submissions are electronic at this time, but the PA/RFA MUST be read to determine the form in which to submit the proposal.

For electronic submission, determine whether there special requirements. For example, do fields that are N/A need to have some value in them or can they be blank?

  1. Link to the electronic system (this also includes link to FAQs):
  2. Link to information about registering for access to the systems: MIT is already registered in eRACommons and Grants.Gov as an Institution. Individuals needing to be eRACommons registered should contact the following with their name, MIT e-mail address and the category of “user” they need for registration ( i.e. PD/PI or Postdoc – these are the only two now that require user IDs)OSP will add you to the eRACommons data base and NIH will send the individual a temporary password. (OSP does NOT have access to the passwords.):
  3. The NIH Guidelines for electronic proposal development:
  4. For electronic NIH proposals any field with an “asterisk” requires information.
  5. After the button is pushed:

For proposals being submitted via Grant.Gov the G.G “Validation” button should be clicked for the system to check for errors;

Upon submission Grants.Gov will validate and make the proposal available to NIH for retrieval. We should receive an e-mail when this happens. NIH should provide an e-mail with their “validation” results.

i. If “errors” are indicated a “Changed/Corrected” proposal should be submitted before the deadline expires;

ii. If “warnings” are indicated the warnings should be reviewed to see if any further action is required;

iii. If there are no errors or warnings, then no further action is required

iv. In all cases, the PI will be asked to review the proposal at eRACommons to ensure that the proposal he/she submitted arrived intact. If the PI discovers any items that have to be changed, the changed/corrected process must be completed within two days, or before the deadline, whichever occurs first.