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Finance and Sponsored Projects: New NIH Tool Helps PIs Choose Which Study Section to List as Preference

Principal investigators looking at R01 submission deadlines may be considering which National Institutes of Health (NIH) institute and study section to list as a preference in a cover letter.  A new eRA search tool called LikeThis can help. LikeThis is available as a link in eRA Commons once you log in.

Option 1:
Enter scientific text from your grant application into LikeThis (the data remains confidential) to find similar grants, including the name of the NIH funding institute as well as a list of the study sections where these were reviewed.

Option 2:
Access your previously funded or unfunded grants from the “My Applications” tab in LikeThis to find similarly funded grants.

Soon available to more than PIs
The LikeThis tool is currently only available to principal investigators. Following a July 19 - 20 software release, the tool will be made available to signing officials as well as others with eRA Commons roles such as trainees, post docs and assistants.

Learn more about what LikeThis offers
The LikeThis tool offers principal investigators many more resources.  To find out more, log in to Commons at or read an overview description of LikeThis at
Contact: Aaron Ufferman

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