Apply for a Grant

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All groundbreaking cancer research discoveries start with an idea that needs funding to be put into action. One of NCI’s primary roles is to provide funding for cancer research. The essentials of the NCI grants process are available on this website or download the PDF “The Grants Process, The Lifecycle of a Grant” for additional history and references.

The NCI grants process is similar to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants process; it is rigorous and complex to ensure applications proposing promising scientific research projects are evaluated and awarded, and that the results are disseminated to the American public.

Step 1: Application Development & Submission

Learn about specific procedures and required documentation for grant applications.

Step 2: Application Receipt & Assignment

After you develop and submit your application, the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will assign your application to an Institute or Center (IC) at NIH based on the focus and mission of the IC.

Step 3: Peer Review and Funding Outcomes

Each grant application is reviewed for scientific and technical merit.

Step 4: Award Negotiation & Issuance

When an agency awards a grant, it is formalizing its partnership with the recipient (institution) to ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations and policies, and to protect the overall scientific endeavor.