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  • NIH will continue to use Request for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs), but all solicitations will be referred to as Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) in
  • FOAs will continue to be posted in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
  • Button added to the NIH Guide announcements allowing applicants to access the application package directly from the NIH Guide Button - Apply for Grant Electronically
  • FOAs will simultaneously be posted to along with the appropriate application package
  • All grant applications must be submitted in response to an FOA. “Investigator Initiated” applications will now be submitted, via, to parent announcements that are mechanism (e.g. R01, R21, R44, etc.) specific.
  • NIH will include the word “Parent” in the title of all FOAs that target investigator-initiated applications.

  1. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (often referred to as the NIH Guide) is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. It is located on the Office of Extramural Research (OER) home page.
  2. Once in the NIH Guide, selecting the Advanced Search feature provides the most flexibility in your search.
  3. The Advanced Search feature provides many options to narrow your search. Enter your search criteria and click on the Search button.
    Example 1: If you are looking for an opportunity that allows investigator-initiated applications for the NIH Small Grants Program (R03), your search criteria may be Activity Code (Types of Grants) = R03 and Title Text Includes = Parent.
    Example 2: If you are looking for all Small Business Innovation Research (R43) opportunities, your search criteria may be Activity Code (Types of Grants) = R43.
  4. Identify a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of interest and click on the FOA number to open the announcement.
  5. Carefully read the announcement. Application packages are opportunity-specific (i.e., you cannot use an application completed for one opportunity to apply for another), so be sure you have chosen the correct FOA before you download and complete the application package. A button added to the NIH Guide announcements allows applicants to access the application package directly from the NIH Guide. Find and click on the Apply for Grant Electronically button contained in the FOA.
  6. Click on download under the Instructions and Applications header to access the Download Opportunity and Applications page for that FOA.
  7. The Download Opportunity Instructions and Applications page provides an option to sign-up to receive notifications of changes to the application package. Select this option as you will need any updates that are issued prior to the funding deadline. The page also includes the links that allow you to download both the Application Instructions and the actual Application Package. Click on the links and your ready to start preparing your application.