NCI Grant Application Development, Submission, and Award

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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.

NCI grant applications follow a six-step process, as outlined below. This should provide a good understanding of the process and helpful resources. Download the PDF "The Grants Process, the Lifecycle of a Grant" for additional information.

Step 1: Application Development & Submission

Developing your grant application takes time and focus and can range from two or three weeks for a small project application to as much as a year for a complex proposal.

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

After you develop and submit your grant application and the CSR and NCI have received and assigned it, it will undergo peer review.

Step 4: NCI Funding Determinations

Around October 1st, the beginning of a new federal fiscal year, the NCI Scientific Program Leadership (SPL) Committee discusses program priorities and preliminary funding allocations.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Post-Award Administration

There are many requirements that recipient organizations need to be aware of to ensure they are successful stewards of federal funds.