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Select Type of Proposal

Included on this page:

  • New proposal A request for financial assistance for a project or activity that is not currently receiving sponsored support and must compete for support.

  • Pre-Proposal: A preliminary proposal which outlines concepts/activities of the scope of the research without detailed budgetary info. General purpose of Pre-proposal is to help funding agency in planning for peer review and workload.

  • Revision: An unfunded application that the applicant has modified following initial review and resubmitted for consideration

  • Competitive: A request for funding to renew, by one or more additional budget periods, a project period that would otherwise expire. Project must go thru peer review and compete for support.

  • Supplement: A request for additional award support for an existing project. The grant/contract award number remains the same and separate cash accountability is not required.

  • Non-Competing: A request for funding for the second or subsequent budget period within an approved project period.

    A limited number of NIH non-competing electronic proposals may be submitted on a voluntary basis under E-SNAP procedures below. If you are interested, contact Sinh Simmons at

  • NIH Modular Application: The Modular Grant concept establishes specific modules or increments in which direct costs must be requested as well as a maximum level for requested budgets under the Modular Grant model. Categorical dollar information should not be provided in the application; however, the responsibilities for the Principal Investigator and all key personnel must be specifically described.

    Background: The modular grant initiative expands the existing streamlining and reinvention initiatives that are designed to concentrate the focus of investigators, their respective institutions, peer reviewers, and NIH staff on the science NIH supports, rather than on the details of budgets. Through its simplified budget reporting features, the modular grant application also will help address the broader NIH goal of reducing the length of time between application receipt and grant award. These goals are consistent with the understanding of the research grant award as a grant-in-aid.

    More information about the Modular Grant Application can be viewed at

  • Industry Clinical Trials: A prospective controlled study designed to assess the safety and efficacy of identified and specific new drugs, devices, treatments, or preventive measures in humans by comparing two or more interventions or regimens.