Grant Runner PHS398 Research Plan


You must include this NIH form with your application. For descriptions of the attachments, see the specific instructions for your opportunity and OSP’s page.

Use the corresponding links to add each attachment. Follow the formatting and length specifications in the sponsor’s instructions for each specific attachment. All attachments must be PDFs. For general information about managing Grant Runner attachments, see eGC1 and Grant Runner Attachments.

Grant Runner File Names: All Grant Runner attachment names must be unique across all forms. The NIH allows file names that contain alpha-numeric characters, hyphens (-), and underscores (_), followed by a single period (.) and the extension “pdf” in lowercase. NIH does not allow spaces in the file name.


1.  Introduction to Application (for RESUBMISSION or REVISIONS only)

Note: This will only display for the appropriate application types.

Research Plan Section

2.  Specific Aims

The NIH requires the Specific Aims attachment unless otherwise specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

3.  Research Strategy

Required for all applications.

4.  Progress Report Publication List

List the titles and complete references to all appropriate publications, manuscripts accepted for publication, patents, and other printed materials that have resulted from the project since it was last reviewed competitively.

Other Research Plan Section

5.  Vertebrate Animals

Complete this section if you answered Yes to the question Are Vertebrate Animals Used? on the R&R Other Project Information Form.

6.  Select Agent Research

Select agents are hazardous biological agents and toxins which DHHS or USDA have identified as having the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, to animal and plant health, or to animal and plant products. The CDC and the Animal APHIS Select Agent Programs jointly maintain a list of these agents at

7.  Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan

For applications designating multiple PD/PIs, you must include a leadership plan.

8.  Consortium/Contractual Arrangements

Explain the programmatic, fiscal, and administrative arrangements to be made between the applicant organization and the consortium organization(s).

9.  Letters of Support

Provide all appropriate letters of support, including any letters necessary to demonstrate the support of consortium participants and collaborators such as Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors included in the grant application.

10.  Resource Sharing Plan(s)

NIH considers the sharing of unique research resources developed through NIH-sponsored research an important means to enhance the value and further the advancement of the research. When you have developed resources with NIH funds and published the associated research findings or provided them to NIH, it is important that the resources are readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community.

11.  Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources

Not required.


12.  Appendix

According to OSP, you should only add an appendix if it is specifically called for in the instructions. Otherwise, it may affect your submission.

You can upload one or more PDF documents (maximum of 10) to satisfy the sponsor requirements for this section.

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