Funding FAQ

What are the types of funding?

NIH uses activity codes (e.g. R01, R43, etc.) to differentiate the wide variety of research-related programs we support. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) may vary in the way they use activity codes; not all ICs accept applications for all types of grant programs or they apply specialized eligibility criteria. Look closely at Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to determine which ICs participate and the specifics of eligibility.
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How to apply for a grant?

As you plan to write and submit an NIH application, it is important to know some important submission basics, such as what type of application will be needed (paper or electronic) and which forms are necessary, as well as links to contacts, important deadlines, a general timeline, and guidelines for tracking your application through the process.
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What has NIH funded?

The RePORT Expenditures and Results Tool (RePORTER) allows you to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from that funding.

What are 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. Not all Institutes and Centers participate in all FOAs. Please read announcements carefully to determine participation.
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What is OppNet?

OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative that funds activities to build the collective body of knowledge about the nature of behavior and social systems, and that deepen our understanding of basic mechanisms of behavioral and social processes. All 24 NIH Institutes and Centers that fund research and five Program Offices within the NIH Office of the Director (ICOs) co-fund and co-manage OppNet. All OppNet initiatives invite investigators to propose innovative research that will advance a targeted domain of basic social and behavioral sciences and produce knowledge and/or tools of potential relevance to multiple domains of health and life course related research.
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Listserv for Behavioral and Social Research Funding Announcements

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) provides an e-mail service for announcing NIH funding opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences. Once or twice a month, OBSSR distributes via e-mail a listing (with hyperlinks) of recent funding announcements (Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, Notices) published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts.

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To join the listserv

  • Send an e-mail message to:
  • The message should read SUBscribe BSSR-Guide-L [your full name]. The message is case sensitive; so capitalize as indicated. Don't include the brackets.
  • Leave Subject line blank.


  • For Robin Smith to subscribe, the message would read: SUBscribe BSSR-Guide-L Robin Smith
  • Subject line: LEAVE BLANK.

You will receive back an acknowledgement of your subscription that will also provide instructions on how to unsubscribe from the list.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I remove my name from the mailing list?

You may leave the list at any time by sending an e-mail message to:

The message should read SIGNOFF BSSR-GUIDE-L


Who can post messages to this listserv?

This is a distribution list only. Consequently, you will receive messages only from the NIH list manager.


Can I see messages posted before I joined the list?

The NIH maintains an archive of all messages distributed to the list in the past 12 months.

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Where can I get information about how to write a grant?

Review NIH Grant Writing Tips Sheets

Links to NIH Institutes and tips on preparing NIH grants.


Whom should I contact for more information?

Isabel M. Estrada-Portales, Ph.D, M.S. [Contractor]