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Deadlines and Where to Send Applications


  • For up to date information on deadlines, please refer to submission dates/deadlines. 
  • Note important exceptions to these dates: grant applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFA), and special Program Announcements (PARs ) that have special receipt dates as noted in that RFA and PAR.
  • For electronically submitted applications, the applications should be submitted by 5 pm local time, on the due date.
  • Applications in response to RFAs and PARs must be RECEIVED by the date stated in the announcement. This also applies to some mechanisms such as fellowships and training grants. Check the due dates carefully in the announcements.
  • Check the submission schedule or the specific announcement for due dates and to find out whether your application should be postmarked or received on the dates specified in the announcement.

Late Applications

Late applications are not encouraged. See NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications  for more information.

Where to Send Applications

Electronic Submission (using form SF 424 R&R)

  • To submit an electronic application your institution must first register with  and the NIH eRA Commons , and you must have an individual eRA Commons account (received through your institution.)
  • Download the application from the specific funding announcement or see Apply for Grant  electronically.
  • Refer to Electronic Submission  for further information.

Submission by Mail (using form PHS 398)

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