Find Your NINDS Program Director

    If you know your Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), have already applied, or been awarded:

    • Pre-submission:  Contact the Scientific/Research Contact in Section VII of the FOA.
    • Post-submission: Find your assigned Program Director in eRA Commons.
    • Post-award: Find your assigned Program Director in the Notice of Award.

    Otherwise, use one of these methods to identify the most relevant NINDS Program Director for your inquiry:

    What are the roles of an NINDS Program Directors and other NINDS staff?

    • NINDS Program Directors (sometimes called Program Officers) are the main point of contact for NINDS applicants and grantees. Program Directors are scientists who administer NINDS scientific programs, oversee grant portfolios, contribute to research priority setting, and assist grant applicants interested in applying for research opportunities.
    • NINDS Grants Management Specialists oversee fiscal, business, and policy issues related to grants and awards. 
    • NINDS Scientific Review Officers review applications, ensure fair evaluation, and provide summary of the evaluation. 
    • NINDS Health Program Specialists support administration and evaluation of scientific programs, conduct scientific/administrative analyses, and assist with guidance to applicants and grantees. 

    When to contact an NINDS Program Director

    Pre-submission, mandatory:

    • Proposed budget exceeds $500,000 in annual direct costs. 
    • Submitting a Conference Grants (R13 or U13) or Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Grant.
    • Required per the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or Notice of Special Interest (NOSI).

    Pre-submission, recommended:

    • Assess the fit of your proposed research with the NINDS mission and strategic objectives or recommend other NIH initiatives.
    • Discuss eligibility criteria and the most appropriate grant type (funding mechanism) for your proposed research.
    • Clarify NIH and NINDS requirements regarding human subjects, vertebrate animals, rigor and transparency, data sharing in research, and other policies.

    Post-submission, recommended:

    • Obtain advice regarding your pending application's priority score or discuss the reviewer critiques contained in your summary statement.
    • Find out the latest funding status for your application or if the funding decision on your application is deferred until later in the fiscal year.
    • Discuss next steps for your research proposal. If your application is eligible, discuss the possibility of resubmission.

    Post-award, mandatory:

    • Discuss issues that may affect research progress and obtain approval for significant changes in research aims, scope of research, or clinical trial design.
    • Obtain approval for changes in key personnel or significant level of effort or institution.
    • It is also important to communicate about upcoming publications or other products of your research, including datasets, patents, etc.

    When to contact an NINDS Grants Management Specialist

    Identify the NINDS Grants Management Specialist in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, eRA Commons, or the Notice of Award.

    Mandatory:

    • Pre-award requests, our “just-in-time” process. 
    • Delay in completing paperwork required to issue your award.
    • Any action that requires NINDS prior approval. 

    Recommended:

    • Questions about your budget or other support on your grant.
    • Questions about any terms and conditions on your Notice of Award.
    • Clarification of NIH or NINDS Rules and Policies.
    • Any issue that your business office does not handle or cannot advise you about.

    How to find your NINDS Scientific Review Officer
     

    How and when to contact an NINDS Scientific Review Officers

    When to Contact

    • To discuss the review assignment
    • To request permission to send additional/corrective materials
    • To discuss any study section or review concerns (e.g., expertise needed on the review panel, conflicts, reviewers that may have bias)

    Where to Find Contact Information

    • After finding an FOA
      • Refer to section VII of the FOA for Peer Review Contact(s)
         
    • After application submission
      • Look in your eRA account or Notice of Award for the name and contact information for the assigned scientific review officer for your application

    Learn more about NINDS Program Directors and Health Program Specialists

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    What is an NINDS Health Program Specialist?

     

     
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