NIH Funding

The NIH solicits applications from foreign Institutions in African countries who wish to develop the study of genomic/genetic/environmental contributors of human health and disease within Africa to understand health and diseases affecting African populations.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH supports H3Africa through the Global Health Program of the NIH Common Fund, a component of the NIH budget which is managed by the Office of Strategic Coordination/Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Coordination/Office of the NIH Director. Common Fund programs address emerging scientific opportunities and pressing challenges in biomedical research that no single NIH Institute or Center (IC) can address on its own, but are of high priority for the NIH as a whole. These programs are short-term, goal-driven strategic investments intended to change paradigms, develop innovative tools and technologies, and/or provide fundamental foundations for research that can be used by the broad biomedical research community.  Several of the NIH Institutes and Centers also contribute to H3Africa projects.”

NIH Resources for Applicants and Grantees

When you are preparing to apply for funding please bear in mind that the organisational director, the primary investigator and your institutional unit will be required to undertake a number of pre-registration processes which must be completed before you submit your application for funding. These include:

  1. Institutional Pre-registration with a number of international bodies which can take a minimum of six weeks.
  2. Setting up an eRA account for the Director or PI/PID.
  3. Registering with eRA Commons in order to receive and transmit information electronically. This can take 2– 4 weeks.
  4. Registering with, which can take eight weeks.

You can click here to download the pdf document of this guidance. Select the section you require from the menu below, or scroll through down the page to access all the information. You can also download some Deanna Ingersol’s technical guidance to support your application process as a zipped PowerPoint or a PDF.

NIH All About Grants:

Click on Grants Process Overview to get to the main site, or you might want to watch the video below first.


  1. How to Apply
  2. Peer Review Process
  3. Award Management
  4.  Foreign Grants Information

All About Grants Podcast
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) talks to NIH staff members about the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, and research administrators.

NIAID All About Grants Tutorials and Samples: 

  • Initiative on Research and Innovation Management (iRIM) – Research Administration Online Tutorials and Presentations.  . A partnership program funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and managed by the NIH, Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) is intended to make available to NIH grantees,
in a single document, the policy requirements that serve as the terms and conditions of
NIH grant awards. This document is also designed to be useful to those interested in NIH
grants by providing information about NIH—its organization, its staff, and its
grants process.

NIH Grants Policy Statement (11/15) (NIH GPS):


Follow this link to find out more about how the NIH approaches funding foreign institutions.

  • Public Policy Requirements and Objectives
  • Funding and Payment
  • Allowable and Unallowable Costs
  • Reporting and Record Retention

Required Registration: Electronic submission of grant applications is required for most NIH application types. Applicants from foreign institutions and international organizations must fulfill additional requirements to register for electronic submission of grant applications. Registration can be a lengthy process and foreign organizations are especially encouraged to register early.

Applicant Organizations: Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible.

The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.

        1. Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) – All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
        2. System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
        3. NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM.
        4. eRA Commons – This is the NIH electronic Research Administration system that allows applicants/grantees to electronically receive and transmit application and award information. All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account. PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or registration.
        5. – This is the U.S. Federal government’s single online portal to find and apply for Federal funding.  Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the registration. Institutions and the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) should register on

     For more on the NIH Submission Process you may find these links useful:

NIH eSubmission Tips:

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Contact for assistance with:

  •  Finding grant-related information, resources, guidelines, and contacts
  • Identifying grant programs
  • General questions about the electronic submission process and application forms, and the review and award processes

Contact for assistance with: Obtaining a DUNS number (required for CCR and registration)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) = NCAGE Code

Contact for assistance with: Obtaining an NCAGE code (required for CCR registration)

System for Award Management (SAM)

Contact for information/questions on:

  • eRA Commons
  • eRA Commons Registration
  • eRA errors and warnings
  • Status of the application
  • Post-award administration
  • Contact Center

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closed on Federal Holidays)
Contact for assistance with:

  • Registration
  • Downloading or navigating forms
  • Technical aspects of submitting to the system

NIEHS research uses state-of-the-art science and technology to investigate the interplay between environmental exposures, human biology, genetics, and common diseases to help prevent disease and improve human health.

To maximize your chance of funding, create an application that fits NIAID research priorities. Review Council-approved concepts, find clues in our initiative list, check NIH databases, and contact a NIAID

NCI is accepting applications for research grants that support the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations to speed progress in cancer research and lead to improved cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

NICHD was founded in 1962 to investigate human development throughout the entire life process, with a focus on understanding disabilities and important events that occur during pregnancy.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment

As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) solicits grant applications that relate to its scientific priorities and research interests. For some programs, the NHGRI participates with other Institutes and

The Fogarty International Center at NIH offers a variety of funding opportunities to support the field of global health research. Fogarty also offers a variety of resources for those seeking global health research funding

NIDDK conducts and supports innovative and pivotal basic, clinical, and translational research while fostering research training and mentoring opportunities to create new knowledge and improve health.

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) develops advanced health information resources and software tools.

All NINDS-related funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), request for applications (RFAs), program announcements (PAs), and other NIH Guide announcements are listed.Search the Closed Announcements tab to find expired opportunities. Search the Notices tab to find all Notices.

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Check the Quick Links bar on the left to access the latest funding opportunities and approved research concepts from NIMHD, along with information on how to access funding opportunities related to research on

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Global Infectious Disease Research Administration Development Award

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications from research institutions in low- to middle-income countries (LMIC) to provide senior administrators from these institutions with advanced training in the management of NIH grants.

Emerging Global Leader Award (K43; PAR-17-001)

Due to a technical error in the NIH Guide, potential applicants may have seen an incorrect version of the Global Emerging Leaders Award (K43) FOA[…]

There were no other changes in the FOA. Those who submitted for the November 7 due date have the option of withdrawing their applications […]

This notice clarifies the K43 eligibility for individuals at MEPI-supported institutions. Junior faculty at institutions awarded under […]

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Current Funding Opportunities

Feasibility of Novel Diagnostics for TB in Endemic Countries (FEND for TB) (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the evaluation of early stage diagnostics and novel diagnostic strategies for Tuberculosis (TB) in the context of existing clinical algorithms in TB endemic countries. Evaluation studies should: 1) perform proof-of principle studies of novel diagnostic tests and strategies and 2) provide feedback to diagnostic developers on the performance of the technologies and most

New NHLBI Global Health Funding Opportunity: RFA-HL-20-005

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), invite applications in response to the following Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Late-Stage Implementation Research Addressing Hypertension in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Scaling Up Proven-Effective Interventions (UG3/UH3 – Clinical Trials Optional) RFA-HL-20-005.

April 4, 2018

NIH Funding