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Note: In order to view application packages and instructions, you will need to download and install the PureEdge Viewer on your machine. Please make sure PureEdge is installed on your local machine before proceeding.

  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 can be found off of the Office of Extramural Research (OER) home page or directly at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html.
  2. Once in the NIH Guide, you will see a search screen. You can enter search criteria directly on this screen or choose one of the other targeted search options. The Advanced Search feature provides the most flexibility in your search. For illustrative purposes, choose Advanced 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 Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov Download Opportunity and Applications page for that FOA.
  7. The Grants.gov Download Opportunity Instructions and Applications page provides an option to sign-up to receive notifications of changes to the application package. 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.

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