The following frequently asked questions are aimed at helping NIGMS T32, T34, R25, and K12 grant applicants avoid the consequences of not following instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). When this happens, it can result in the application’s withdrawal without review.
The easiest way to avoid noncompliance is to read and carefully follow the FOA’s instructions, relevant notices, and SF424 instructions when preparing your grant application. Please note that FOA-specific application instructions are not validated by grants.gov or eRA systems, so these compliance issues will not lead to an error or warning message. FOA-specific requirements are manually checked by our staff after you pass all the systematic checks in place. We also recommend that you submit your application early—at least 2 days before the due date. Submitting early provides time for you to view your application once submitted, track it, and correct any errors prior to the due date.
Learn more about the grant application and review process.
There are several reasons why an application can be found noncompliant. The most common reasons include missing required letters, training data table infractions, not designating multiple program directors or principal investigators when required, and violations in the appendices.
Depending on the FOA, the instructions are provided in the FOA instructions or as a related notice.
See the following notices for information related to appendices:
See the following FOAs for more information on appendix page limits:
Noncompliant applications may be withdrawn prior to peer review and funding consideration.
Yes! If you have any questions about submitting your application again, please reach out to your NIGMS program officer.
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