Global Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP) (R01)
Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides information in a question-and-answer format about applying for the Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP). This information does not replace the information in either the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the GRIP Behavioral and Social Science or the GRIP Basic Science. Applicants must review and comply with all instructions in the program announcements.
Please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the GRIP Behavioral and Social Science or the http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-239.html for detailed information about research objectives, eligibility [Word document], and funds available.
Application Receipt Dates:
Behavioral/Social Sciences: September 21, 2007; September 22, 2008; September 21, 2009.
Basic/Biomedical Sciences: September 21, 2007; September 22, 2008 (AIDS Applications: December 18, 2007; December 18, 2008).
Expiration Dates (unless reissued):
Behavioral/Social Sciences: September 22, 2009.
Basic/Biomedical Sciences: December 19, 2008.
Questions and Answers
Applications may be submitted by foreign investigators who have completed:
Please note that all training and research must either have been done in the U.S. or have been part of in-country research associated with a degree or mentored postdoctoral research under the D43 award mechanism and completed within four years of the application date.
1a. If my application is not successful and I resubmit and it is now more than four years from training, do I lose my eligibility?
No. The eligibility is based on the application receipt within the four years of the end of training. You may resubmit two subsequent times based on this same training date.
It is very important that the training of the PI is clearly explained. This information can be provided in the biosketch (a total of four pages is allowed) and/or in the write-up of the data (25 pages are allowed). Please include specific information about your training experience, such as the name and contact information of the training director, specific dates of training, the topic and type of work done, and the skills learned.
In addition, you should have dates of mentored research clearly stated in the application so there is no question of your eligibility based on this criterion.
Generally, we use the World Bank listing of countries that are in the lower- to middle-income (http://www.siam.org/membership/outreach.php). There are some changes, notably the addition of Argentina to this list. If there is a question, please contact the Program Officer as listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (GRIP-Behavioral and Social Sciences, GRIP-Basic and Biomedical Sciences)
The Letter of Intent is not mandatory (per the Paperwork Reduction Act), but we encourage applicants to submit a Letter of Intent because the information in such a letter can be valuable in the formation of a review panel. For example, if an applicant's letter gives us enough information, we can enlist reviewers who have specific expertise in the applicant's scientific field. If a letter of intent is submitted by the due date, there is adequate time to find the most qualified reviewers.
Since the Letter of Intent is not mandatory, the due date is relative. For administrative and planning purposes, as well as those related to determining eligibility, a Letter of Intent should be submitted on time. However, a Letter of Intent that is submitted late is still helpful.
In the Letter of Intent, please provide:
How should the Letter of Intent be submitted?
You may submit the Letter of Intent by post, fax, or e-mail. The preferred method is e-mail.
Division of International Training and Research
May I change my project after I submit a Letter of Intent?
Yes. The purpose of the Letter of Intent is to provide us with an indication of the types of scientific expertise needed for the application review. If you change your project after submitting your Letter of Intent, inform the GRIP Program Officer as soon as possible.
How do I provide general information about my training history/situation, as relates to eligibility criteria?
You are encouraged to attach a cover letter to the application indicating any specific considerations.
Is a foreign investigator who has an extramural NIH Fellowship Award (from FIC or another NIH IC) eligible to apply for the GRIP?
No. To be eligible, applicants must have completed or be completing an appointment in the NIH Intramural Research Program as a Visiting Fellow in an intramural laboratory of a GRIP Partner NIH IC or be affiliated with an FIC D43 program.
For how much GRIP money may I apply?
The GRIP is in a modular format, and applicants may request up to two modules of $25,000 each, for a total of $50,000 in direct costs. You may also request up to 8% of the direct costs (less equipment) for Facilities and Administrative Costs.
Can the grant be used to fund my PhD, MPH, or other degree program?
No. This is a research grant and cannot be used to fund a degree program.
Can the grant help fund the training program that I am in for the costs of my own research?
No. This grant cannot fund the D43 or any other program. The grant intends to help trainees transition into the role of independent researcher or Principal Investigator, rather than continue the role of trainee.
The GRIP RFA states that at least 50% of the Principal Investigator's (PI's) effort must be related to this grant. What does this mean?
A grantee's GRIP project is expected to be a major part of his or her work. Therefore, we require that no less than half of his or her work time be spent on this program. This leaves up to fifty percent of the investigator's efforts to be spent on other projects, such as teaching, research, etc.
It is also stated that only up to 50% of the salary support can be from this grant. Where do I get the rest?
One way that a grantee organization can demonstrate its support for the PI's project and the PI is by paying a portion of the PI's salary. While we encourage this, we cannot mandate it. FIC and NIH can only decide how their grant money is used, not how institutions will use their own money. We understand that the PI may also be working on other projects, teaching, or performing other work that requires up to 50% of his or her time and effort.
It is further stated that salary is to be commensurate with the salary structure of the institution. Why?
Official NIH policy states that the salaries of researchers may only be funded at the level of peers in that institution.
If I am awarded a GRIP grant, may I use some of the money to pay salaries of other personnel working on my project?
Yes. However, these individuals should be listed in the grant application, including their credentials and the role that they will play in the project.
What happens if NIH receives a GRIP application after the application receipt date?
See http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-086.html for official NIH policy regarding receipt dates. Applications must be submitted electronically to Grants.gov by 5 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization) on the submission/receipt date listed on the Funding Opportunity Announcement for which you are applying. If the submission/receipt date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the date will be extended to the next business day. NIH is providing some flexibility for the first submission dates of a transitioned mechanism by allowing applicant institutions to submit changed/corrected applications in the week following the submission deadline as long as the changes are to address errors encountered during the eRA Commons validation process. If the one week correction window is used, the applicant must include a cover letter with an explanation for why the application is late. The applicant institution will not be penalized for system issues with Grants.gov or eRA Commons.
May I deliver my GRIP application to NIH in person?
No. It must be sent to the Center for Scientific review (CSR) via the U.S. Postal Service or via a delivery service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.). Applications delivered by individuals to CSR will not be accepted. Please see "Mail Addressed to the National Institutes of Health" for additional information.
There are several types of letters that must be submitted with the application. Please summarize those requirements.
The following letters must be submitted with a GRIP application:
Can my letters of reference be sent separately/directly to the Center for Scientific Review or the Program Officer, or do they have to be sent to me so that I can include them in my application packet?
Letters of Reference should NOT be sent separately to the Center for Scientific Review or the Program Officer. Upon completion, they should be sent to you so that you can upload them with your application package.
There seem to be many requirements associated with this Funding Opportunity. It is stated that my application will be returned if it is not complete. How can I be sure that it is complete?
We suggest that you read through the Funding Opportunity Announcement very carefully and make yourself a list of all the pieces required in your application packet. Remember to include: a cover letter; completed application face page with original signatures; two letters of reference; letter from training program director; and an additional letter from scientific director if you were part of an intramural program.
Does the research for this proposal have to be hypothesis-driven?
In general, GRIP research proposals will be hypothesis-driven. Even epidemiological and surveillance studies would be based on a hypothesis to be corroborated or disproved. The hypothesis should be stated clearly.
How much preliminary data is needed?
The preliminary data section allows reviewers to recognize that the proposed research has a solid foundation on which to be built. Therefore, enough information is necessary to show that the hypothesis has merit.
There is a 25-page limit on the Research Plan. Can I exceed this limit? Do I have to send in 25 pages, or can my proposal be shorter than that?
No, you may not exceed the 25-page limit. We strongly encourage you to be concise. We anticipate that most GRIP research proposals will not exceed 15 pages.
If I have more information, should I add appendices?
You may add appendices. However, reviewers are not required to read appendices. Therefore, be sure that all necessary and required information is in the body of the application itself. Do not use the Appendix to circumvent the page limitations of the Research Plan component. An application that does not observe the relevant policies and procedures may be delayed in the review process.
If the Principal Investigator (PI) moves from the institution that was awarded the GRIP grant, can the grant be transferred?
No. The GRIP award must remain with the institution and the PI originally awarded. If the PI moves to another institution or is unable to use the remainder of the grant, the grantee institution must contact the GRIP Program Officer to request termination of the grant.
Must I reside in my home country to be eligible for the award?
No. You do not have to be back in your home country to apply for the award or for it to be reviewed and scored. If you are awarded the grant, you must be back in your home country (or another low- or middle-income country) before the grant can be funded (i.e. before we can actually send you any money).
Do Foreign or International applicants have to negotiate a Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost rate agreement with the NIH to receive the F&A costs of up to 8% of the total direct costs (less equipment)?
No. Foreign or International applicants do not need to negotiate an F&A rate.
Where do I put the F&A costs in the SF-424 application package?
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_Ver2.doc (See H. Indirect Cost Rates.) [Word document]
What do I put in for Total Costs Requested in the SF-424 application?
Total costs reflect the direct cost amounts requested on the budget or budget justification page plus the F&A costs listed. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424_RR_Guide_General_Ver2.doc (See G.) (See G.) [Word document]
If I am selected as a recipient of the GRIP grant, where will the award money be sent?
The award money will be sent to the Applicant Organization as found on the electronic face sheet in the SF-424 (R&R) form.
Will there be yearly meetings of awardees for the GRIP?
No. There will not be annual network meetings of GRIP grantees, as there are with programs involving similar research topics.
Will these Funding Opportunity Announcements be reissued?
The Fogarty International Center intends to accept applications for GRIP awards on the receipt dates listed in the announcements. The FIC intends to reissue these announcements upon their expiration.
How will the success of the GRIP program be measured?
There will be many measures of success. One major measure will be publications in peer-reviewed journals. Awardees will be expected to electronically send, in a timely manner, publications and presentations to the Program Officer. These should be accompanied by short explanations of the work and a description of its significance.
Why are there two GRIP Funding Opportunity Announcements with different numbers?
The GRIP has been divided into two different programs for review purposes: Behavioral and Social Sciences and Basic Sciences. Because reviewers differ in background and expertise, it was decided that the two types of research applications should be reviewed separately.
For funding purposes, the reviews will be combined and the GRIP will appear as one group of researchers.
Direct inquiries on programmatic issues to:
Direct inquiries on grants management and other fiscal matters to:
Grants Management Specialist
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Updated March 2007