Extramural Research FAQ's

  1. I’m not sure whether to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement. How do they differ?
    The main difference between a grant and cooperative agreement is the level of NCIPC’s involvement. For a grant, NCIPC is not substantially involved in the execution of the research. For a cooperative agreement, NCIPC may have substantial involvement. The amount of involvement by NCIPC in a cooperative agreement will be specified in the program announcement.
  2. Can I submit more than one application for the same program announcement?
    You are encouraged to submit only one application in response to a particular program announcement. With few exceptions (e.g., research issues needing immediate public health attention), only one application per principal investigator will be funded per program announcement.
  3. Can I apply to more than one program announcement?
    Yes, there are no restrictions on the number of program announcements to which a principal investigator can apply.
  4. I have other funding for part of our project/research and want to apply for NCIPC funding to extend our work. Is this ok?
    Yes, you can apply for NCIPC to fund research that is partially funded by another source. However, the proposed research needs to be different than that which is already funded; NCIPC will not pay for duplicate research.
  5. My application from last year was not funded; can I resubmit it this year?
    You may resubmit your application provided the proposed research meets the research objectives of a new program announcement. The research objectives of the program announcements change from year to year, so it is important that your application meets the current objectives. A resubmitted application will not receive any special treatment. It is possible to improve your chances of success if you consider the weaknesses and limitations addressed in your summary statement from your peer reviewed application.
  6. How do I find out what type of research NCIPC is looking to fund?
    Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/injury/researchpriorities/index.html to learn more about NCIPC’s research priorities.

Application Process and Requirements
    1. What form do I use to submit my application?
      CDC uses the SF424 and has adopted the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide located at this Web site: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.htmexternal icon.
    2. Where do I obtain additional information on the SF424 and electronic submission?
      For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see the following Web sites: SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information, respectively.
      https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms.htmlexternal icon
      https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.htmlexternal icon
    3. Must I have all my IRB assurances to submit my application?
      You do not need IRB approval when you submit your application. However, if you receive an award, a portion of your funds will be restricted until all of your IRB assurances are in place.
    4. Who will review my application?
      Your application will be evaluated first for eligibility and responsiveness by the Office of Grants Services and NCIPC ERPO, respectively. If accepted, your application will move to scientific and technical merit by an external peer review panel convened by NCIPC. Applications judged to have technical and scientific merit then undergo a secondary review for programmatic relevance to NCIPC priorities and other considerations. The secondary review will be conducted by the Board of Scientific Counselors or a Senior Advisory Panel in accordance with CDC Peer Review Policy. The NCIPC Director will make final funding decisions based on the results of the primary review, the relevance and balance of proposed research relative to NCIPC programs and priorities, and the avoidance of unwarranted duplication of federally funded research.
    5. Program announcements from other granting agencies have offered a conference call-in time for potential applicants to ask questions. Can my research team set up a conference call with you?
      The NCIPC ERPO routinely conducts a pre-application call for the pool of potential applicants to hear about the intent of the NOFO and to ask any questions prior to submitting an application. Information about the time and date for these “pre-application calls” are included in the published NOFO. Potential applicants can also contact the Scientific Program Official listed in the NOFO for information.

For more information or inquiries, please email us at NCIPC_ERPO@CDC.GOV