Grants and Funding
Parent Announcements (For Unsolicited or Investigator-Initiated Applications)

NIH and other agencies serviced by eRA Commons want your investigator-initiated applications. Electronic grant applications must be submitted in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)**. We have developed Parent announcements for use by applicants who wish to submit what were formerly termed investigator-initiated or ‘unsolicited’ applications. Apply using the electronic application package for your chosen mechanism, listed in the table below. Read More About Parent Announcements. Not all Institutes and Centers participate in all FOAs. Please read announcements carefully to determine participation.

The following Parent Announcements are available (sorted by Activity Code):

[ Research (R) | Research Training (T) | Career Development (K) | Fellowships (F) | Admin Supplements | Post-award Administrative Action ]

Research (R) Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
R01 Research Project Grant (Parent R01) PA-13-302 NIH 08/02/2013 08/07/2013 09/08/2016
R03 NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03) PA-13-304 NIH 08/02/2013 08/07/2013 09/08/2016
R13,U13 NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13) PA-13-347 NIH 09/11/2013 11/12/2013 09/08/2016
R15, Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15) PA-13-313 NIH 09/11/2013 09/25/2013 09/08/2016
R21 NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21) PA-13-303 NIH 08/02/2013 08/07/2013 09/08/2016
R41,R42 PHS 2014-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] PA-14-072 NIH 01/17/2014 03/05/2014 01/08/2015
R43,R44 PHS 2014-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]) PA-14-071 NIH 01/17/2014 03/05/2014 01/08/2015

Research Training (T) Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
T32, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32) PA-14-015 NIH 12/06/2013 12/25/2013 01/08/2017
T35, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35) PA-14-016 NIH 12/06/2013 12/25/2013 01/08/2017

Career Development (K) Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
K01, Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01) PA-14-044 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K02, Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02) PA-14-045 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K08, Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08) PA-14-046 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K23, Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23) PA-14-049 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K24, Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (Parent K24) PA-14-047 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K25, Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (Parent K25) PA-14-048 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017
K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00) PA-14-042 NIH 12/19/2013 01/12/2014 01/08/2017

Fellowship (F) Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
F30, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30) PA-14-150 NIH 03/07/2014 03/08/2014 01/08/2017
F31, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) PA-14-147 NIH 03/07/2014 03/08/2014 01/08/2017
F31, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) PA-14-148 NIH 03/07/2014 03/08/2014 01/08/2017
F32, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) PA-14-149 NIH 03/07/2014 03/08/2014 01/08/2017
F33, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellowship (Parent F33) PA-14-151 NIH 03/07/2014 03/08/2014 01/08/2017

Administrative Supplements Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp) PA-14-077 NIH 01/30/2014 01/30/2014 01/31/2017

Post-award Administrative Action Announcements

Activity
Code(s)
Title Announcement
Number
Issuing
Organization
Release
Date
Opening Date
(SF424 Only) Opening Date is the earliest date an electronic application may be submitted to Grants.gov - Applies only to SF424 electronic applications. Click on Question Mark for more information.
Expiration
Date
Successor-in-Interest (Type 6 Parent) PA-14-079 NIH 01/30/2014 01/30/2014 01/31/2017
Change of Grantee Organization (Type 7 Parent) PA-14-078 NIH 01/29/2014 01/30/2014 01/31/2017

 

 

Additional Tips for Identifying Opportunities

  • Applicants may also want to search RePORTER to find out if projects in their area have been funded by NIH and what NIH Institutes and Centers have shown an interest in their area in the past. This may help narrow their search for a suitable opportunity. RePORTER is part of the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT), which provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research.

  • Don’t be afraid to contact staff at NIH Institutes/Centers (PDF - 4.5 MB) to discuss your application.

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More about Parent Announcements

An important procedural change with electronic submission of grant applications is that all applications must be submitted in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)*. NIH and other HHS Agencies have developed omnibus Parent announcements for use by applicants who wish to submit what were formerly termed “unsolicited” applications. Responding to such an omnibus or umbrella Parent FOA ensures that the correct application package is used and enables NIH to receive the application from Grants.gov. This process in no way diminishes the interest of NIH Institutes and Centers in investigator-initiated, unsolicited research grant applications. Parent announcements are NIH-wide, but some NIH institutes may limit their participation, so check the announcement's statement of interest. For institute-specific opportunities in your area of science, search the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

While Parent announcements mark a big change in the way R01s have traditionally been received at NIH and other HHS agencies, Parent announcements are not new to NIH.  NIH has required a Parent announcement for small research grants (R03) and exploratory/developmental grants (R21) for many years. Parent announcements are now also used for conference grants (R13), AREA grants (R15), SBIR grants (R43, R44), STTR grants (R41, R42), Career Development awards (K01, K08, K23, K24, K25 and K99/R00) and Individual Fellowships (F31, F32 and F33), and will be issued for and Institutional Research Training Grants (T32 and T35) in the future. Most NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) participate in these Parent announcements. Parent announcements are not generally available for other highly specialized grant mechanisms (e.g. resource programs, construction grants, or education projects) and thus individual ICs will be issuing specific FOAs.

** Note: FOA is Grants.gov’s terminology for what NIH refers to as Program Announcement (PA), Request for Application (RFA), Program Announcement with special receipt, referral and/or review consideration (PAR) and Program Announcement with a set aside (PAS).

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