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Finance and Sponsored Projects: Competing Renewals

When planning your future grant funding be sure to think about long range plans for continuing your project. For those of you who might be ending your 5 year cycle on an NIH R01 grant and are looking to submit a competing renewal application, keep in mind the following points:

  • It is advantageous to apply with a renewal if you have made progress and accomplished some of your Specific Aims, and you plan a logical continuation using the same funding mechanism. If your research has gone well, peer reviewers are likely to give you an edge because you have a proven track record, and they know it takes time to build a successful research team.
  • If you are planning on proposing a project that goes after new goals then consider submitting a new application instead of a renewal.
  • To avoid a gap, think about applying one or more review cycles early to gain extra time in case you must resubmit.
  • Some Institutes apply a cap anywhere from 10-20% on the increase in the amount of funding allowed for renewals. For example, NIAID looks at the final year of the award and will allow a 20% increase, so if awarded $150,000 in year 5 the maximum allowable for a renewal year is capped at $180,000.
  • Try to get your papers published or papers accepted for publication before you apply.
  • Remember to weigh the pros and cons and ask your NIH program officer for advice.

Contact: Aaron Ufferman

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