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: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm
NIH’s “Parent” ( i.e. plain vanilla”) research program solicitations may be found in one place at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/parent_announcements.htm
The Grants.Gov website under “Find Grant Opportunities” may also be searched/browsed by Agency, category and keyword at: http://www.grants.gov/
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?
- Link to the electronic system (this also includes link to FAQs): http://grants.nih.gov/grants/electronicreceipt
- 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.): NIHfirstname.lastname@example.org
- The NIH Guidelines for electronic proposal development: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#inst
- For electronic NIH proposals any field with an “asterisk” requires information.
- 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.
- If “errors” are indicated a “Changed/Corrected” proposal should be submitted before the deadline expires;
- If “warnings” are indicated the warnings should be reviewed to see if any further action is required;
- If there are no errors or warnings, then no further action is required
- 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.