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Last Updated: 12/13/16

General Questions


1. Where can I obtain information on the new electronic submission of grant applications and corresponding time frame?

2. With the advent of electronic submission of applications to NIH, where can I get information on pre-submission requirements such as registration?

Organizations are encouraged to prepare themselves for electronic submission of their application by completing registration in both and the NIH eRA Commons now. Registration requires a one-time registration. If an applicant organization has already completed registration for another Federal agency, they can skip this section and focus on the NIH eRA Commons registration information can be found on the

NIH eRA Commons Registration

In addition to registration, applicant organizations planning on submitting applications to the NIH must also complete a one-time, two-step Commons registration.

A. Commons Registration for the Organization: Organizations may verify their current registration status by running the List of Commons Registered Organizations. Organizations not yet registered can go to for instructions. It generally takes several days to complete this registration process. This registration is independent of and may be done at any time.

B. Commons Registration for the Principal Investigator (PI): The individual designated as the PI on the application must also be registered in the Commons. The PI must hold a PI account and be affiliated with the applicant organization. This registration must be done by an organizational official or their delegate who is already registered in the Commons. It is recommended that this registration process be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the submittal date of any submission. To register PIs in the Commons, refer to the eRA Commons User Guide found at:

Please direct questions regarding the Commons registration process to the NIH eRA Commons help desk at
phone: 301-402-7469/866-504-9552 (Toll Free);
301-451-5939 (TTY)
business hours M-F 7am — 8pm Eastern Standard Time.

Updates on the status of the transition to electronic submission and the new form set will be posted in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

3. How do I find project summaries if I know the topic, principal investigator or grant number?


4. Where do I find information on NCI Training Programs?

NCI Training

5. Where do I find information regarding the Small Business SBIR and STTR programs including both grants and contracts?


6. Where do I find information on Small Business Research Topics of Interest to the NIH?

7. How do I find information on NCI contracts, including active NCI contract Requests for Proposals and recently issued Requests for Proposals?

8. Where do I find information on NCI priorities for future directions?

Budget Proposal

9. Where do I find the definitions of various grant mechanisms, such as R01, R21 or P01?

Types of Grants Defined

10. How do I find recently cleared NCI concepts which may result in future Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, or Requests for Proposals?

Recently Cleared Grant/Contract Concepts

11. Where do I find a listing of NCI Program Announcements by grant mechanism, such as P01 or R21?

NCI Program Announcements by Grant Mechanism

12. Where do I find a comprehensive listing of NIH grant initiatives, such as Program Announcements and Requests for Applications?

NIH Guide

13. What one web site describes all grant opportunities from all Federal grant-awarding Agencies, including NCI and NIH?


17. Where do I get the forms used for most grant applications or other grant forms?

398 Forms
See also SF474

18. Where do I find information on regulations concerning use of human subjects or animals in research?

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Further Guidance on a Data and Safety Plan for Monitoring for Phase I and II Trials
Office of Laboratory Animal Welvare (OLAW)

19. Where do I find the NCI policy on inclusion of women, minorities and children in research?

Women and Minorities

20. Where can I get instructions and forms for submitting a Small Business project?

Electronic Registration

Note that as of December 1, 2005 all SBIR/STTR application submissions must be electronic.

21. How do I apply for conference grant support?

Conference Grants
Inclusion of Women, etc.

Note that as of December 15, 2005 all conference grant submissions must be electronic.

22. What are the guidelines regarding “modular budgets?”

Preparation and Format

To download Acrobat Reader necessary to access the Adobe PDF formatted document, click here.

See Also

23. What is the latest NIH guideline on salary caps?

Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts

24. Where do I find helpful hints on preparing an application?

Grants Writing Tips Sheets

25. What is the NCI policy on budget inflation increases for Type 2 (competitive renewal) applications?

Generally, a budget inflation increase of 20% over current level is allowed. See below for details.

26. What are AREA grants and where can I find the guidelines and eligibility information?


29. Where do I find information about the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), which cnducts peer review on most grant applications?

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

30. How do I find study section rosters of scientists who are likely to review my grant application in CSR?

CSR Study Section Rosters

32. How do I get my score and summary statement after peer review?

These are available on the eRA Commons after you have registered. See question #1 above.

33. How do I find who serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) and other NCI Advisory Committees such as the Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA) (reviews concepts for new initiatives)?

NCI Advisory Boards and Groups


34. Where do I get information on Data-Sharing?

NIH Statement On Sharing Research Data
Frequently Asked Questions
Policy Extention

35. What are the instructions on sharing model organisms?
See Also


36. Where do I find information on NIH Grant Policies, such as rights and responsibilities of Principal Investigators?

Grants Policy Statement

Publication of the Revised Grant Policy for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after December 1, 2003

37. After my grant is awarded, can I rebudget between categories without prior approval from NCI?

Yes, up to a 25% variance from total costs (that is, you may rebudget between categories, both direct and indirect costs). For example, if your total costs are $200,000 per year, you may rebudget up to $50,000 from one category, such as personnel, to another category, such as supplies. See the NIH Grant Policy for more details.

38. How do I add supplements to NCI grants to promote personnel diversity in Health-Related and to promote re-entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research careers?

Persons with Disabilities
Reentry into Research

See Also

39. Where do I send my completed minority supplement applications?

Original and 2 copies should be sent to:

Dr. Peter Ogunbiyi
Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch
National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 7028
MSC 8350
Bethesda, MD 20892-8350 (US Postal Service)
Rockville, MD 20852 (Courier Services)

Contact: Dr. Peter Ogunbiyi-

40. How do I report inventions supported by NIH funding?

EDISON (Invention Reporting)

41. May I obtain prior approvals, such as a change in Principal Investigator, by email?

Yes, provided appropriate information is provided as in Notice OD-00-009, January 6, 2000,NIH Guide.

42. Where do I send my interim progress reports and final reports for NCI grants?

Interim progress reports for most grant mechanisms are best submitted electronically through eSNAP which requires registration on the eRA Commons (See question #1 above). Until electronic submission is fully implemented for your type of grant, the option is to mail the report to:

Division of Extramural Activities Support, OER
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 2207, MSC 7987
Bethesda, MD 20892-7987 (for regular or US Postal Service Express mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for other courier/express mail delivery only)
Phone: (301)594-6584

Final reports are sent to:
National Cancer Institute
Records Management Center
Executive Plaza South
6120 Executive Boulevard, Room T42, MSC 7107
Bethesda, MD 20892-7107
Express Mail/Courier Service: Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301)496-7756
FAX: (301)496-8662

43. Where do I send my progress reports for AREA grants?

A yearly progress report should be sent to the NCI Program Director of the grant listed on the Notice of Grant Award.

Final progress reports should be sent to the above address in question #44 for the Records Management Center.


44. Where do I find information on the policies regarding technology transfer and standard forms, such as Material Transfer Agreements?

Technology Transfer


46. Where do I find the NCI web site?


47. Where do I find information on ongoing NCI-sponsored clinical trials?

Cancer Trials- a comprehensive clinical trials resource

48. Where do I find information on NCI press releases?

NCI Press Rleases

49. Where do I find information to assist friends or relatives who have cancer?

Cancer Information Service
Getting Answers to Cancer questions: 1-800-4-CANCER

50. How do I find cancer rates by disease, such as lung cancer, for different parts of the United States?

Cancer Mortality


51. Where do I find information on new genetically defined mouse models of human cancer?

Mouse Models of Human Cancers

52. Where do I find a list of available research resources, such as tissue repositories?

Grant Funding Resources
Additional Grant Funding Resources


53. How do I find the latest information on the NCI project to identify “cancer genes”?

Cancer Genome Anatomy Project (CGAP)

54. How do I find a comprehensive list of NCI Program Directors by Program Areas of Expertise?

NCI Program Directors for Grants


55. Where do I find the NIH position on recent items of interest in the news?

NIH News Flashes

About the Branch Chief

Dr. Sundar Venkatachalam Dr. Sundar Venkatachalam serves as the chief of PTGB. Sundar earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University, where he studied the molecular mechanisms of DNA damage and repair responses induced by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine, he analyzed the role of the p53 haploinsufficiency in tumor susceptibility and aging using genetically engineered mouse models. More…