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How to Apply

Get an overview of the application process and reward cycle, guidance on how to develop your proposal, and information about current funding opportunities.

Learn about NIH grants

The Office of Extramural Research manages a Grants & Funding website with lots of helpful information. Find out how to apply and get the forms you need.

Get tips from NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

Learn how to plan, write, and finalize your application — and find out what to expect after you submit.

Find out how NEI and NIH support new investigators

First time applying for an NIH grant? NEI welcomes applications from first time investigators. Get guidance about grant options, awards, and special initiatives for new investigators.

Keep track of application deadlines

The Office of Extramural Research has a comprehensive list of application due dates — as well as information about review and award cycles.

Explore funding opportunities at NEI

Get the details about NEI’s programs, research priorities, and current funding opportunities — including programs that support international and trans-NIH research.

Choose the correct FOA for your research project

Not sure which funding opportunity announcement (FOA) you’re supposed to use? This NEI flowchart will help clarify your options.

Have questions?

Not sure how many years of support you need? Wondering if you can take your grant with you to a new institution? We can help.

Find the appropriate program director to get your questions answered.

Last updated: July 31, 2019