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How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted electronically using the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide following the instructions in Part I.7, " Preparing an Individual Research Career Development Award (CDA) Application" and Section IV of the program announcement. 

When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For assistance with application submission, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact eRA Commons Help Desk/ contact Center.

Application Receipt Dates and Review Schedule

 Receipt Date: New ApplicationReceipt Date: Resubmission ApplicationInitial ReviewCouncil ReviewEarliest Possible Start Date*
Receipt Cycle 1February 12March 12June/JulySeptember/OctoberDecember
Receipt Cycle 2June 12July 12October/NovemberJanuary/FebruaryApril
Receipt Cycle 3October 12November 12February/MarchMay/JuneJuly

Applications are due by 5 pm local time. 

When a standard submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

* Start dates are determined by the availability of NCI funds and may not occur until well after the earliest possible start date.

  • Updated: February 1, 2012